3rd PlanetData Roadmapping Workshop

Start date: 
Wednesday, 30 May, 2012
End date: 
Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Aldemar Knossos Royal & Royal Villa

Limenas Hersonissou
700 14 Crete

Tel.: +30 28970 27 510
Fax: +30 28970 23 150
email: krrdm@aldemarhotels.com


In cooperation with the EC Unit "Technologies for Information Management", Luxembourg, PlanetData is organizing the third Roadmapping workshop co-located with the Extended Semantic Web Conference ESWC 2012.

The objective of the meeting is to identify important issues to be addressed by the PlanetData project in order to make the provisioning and usage of open data a success, both from a business as well as from a technical point of view. In addition, we also invite selected speakers to present their ideas on future calls of the Unit E2: Technologies for Information Management, Luxembourg in Framework VII and potential long term goals for Horizon 2020 that will be the continuation of Framework VII in the Future.

The overall goal of the workshop is to contribute to shaping the vision of large scale data management.


The Roadmapping workshop will run from 16:00 to 17:30 (4pm – 5:30pm).

  • 16:00 – 16:05 Welcome and Objectives (Rudi Studer, KIT, Germany and Márta Nagy-Rothengass, European Commission)
  • 16:05 – 16:30 Invited talk: Craig A. Knoblock, University of Southern California
  • 16:30 – 16:55 Invited talk: Alek Kolcz, Twitter
  • 16:55 – 17:20 Invoted talk: Alon Haley, Google
  • 17:20 – 17:30 Conclusions (Elena Simperl, KIT, Germany)

Invited talks

Alon Halevy, Google

Title: A Few Experiences from Fielding a Large Scale Data Sharing System
Abstract: Over the last three years, Google Fusion Tables has served as a tool for data owners and enthusiasts to manage, share, visualize and publish data. Some of our most avid users are journalists who tell stories about data and bring it to the attention of millions around the globe, and people working in crisis response situations, where data is needed to help people in need after an earthquake or before a hurricane. I will describe some of the use cases of Fusion Tables and some of the key design decisions that enabled these use cases. Then I will talk about what I think we and any other data sharing platforms need to do in order to really capitalize on the value of data. In particular, I will discuss the need for creating an eco-system for structured data and knowledge, where different organizations can contribute their own strengths to enhancing, semantic integration, visualizing and story telling around shared data sets.
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Craig A. KnoblockUniversity of Southern California

Title: The Need for Semantics in Linked Open Data
Abstract: There is a great deal of interest in making data available as Linked Open Data (LOD) and a huge amount of information has been published to the LOD cloud.  These data and the links among them are potentially very useful.   However, in order to make effective use of all of this information requires a deeper understanding of the contents of the available sources and a description of how the sources relate to each other at level above the links between the specific data instances.  In this talk, I will argue why rich semantic descriptions of sources are important and present some initial work on techniques for producing such descriptions.
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Alek Kołcz, Twitter

Title: Social big data and user/time sensitivity
Abstract: More more and more data is social in the sense of capturing conversations and users interactions with content and other users. This makes such data interesting but also challenging to work with in several ways. The talk will address a few of these challenges. In particular, can we realistically share such data without invading users' privacy? Also, given that social data is very much time sensitive, can we insure that what we find in mining the historic data will be of relevance in the future? 
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