PERICLES presented at ESWC-2014 on May 27, 2014
PERICLES was presented by CERTH representative Stratos Kontopoulos at the European Project Networking Session at the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC-2014) on May 27, 2014 at Anissaras, Limenas Hersonissou, Crete, Greece.
The ESWC is a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations around semantic technologies. The European Project Networking Session that took place during the conference aimed at providing EU projects with the ability to connect with each other and engage in discussions about their respective research and development, establish opportunities for knowledge and technology sharing, and identify complementary activities and goals that can form the basis for future collaborations, research proposals, researcher exchange or joint participation at events or in initiatives.
The focus of ESWC is on semantic technologies and not long term digital preservation. However, there is a connection between the theme of the conference and PERICLES, because semantic tools can greatly assist people in understanding the meaning and context of digital data. The central challenge of the PERICLES research project is to then find ways of ensuring this contextual information is preserved so that this data remains useable over time. The project’s underlying semantic models (Linked Resource Model and ontological representations) promise to deliver an efficient mechanism for addressing this challenge and, thus, were the most relevant aspects of the project that were discussed within the networking session.
Overall, thirty (30) projects were presented during the session with highly diverse but extremely appealing thematic topics, as illustrated by the clustering map of the project topics below:
The Session Chairs introduced the idea of “1-minute-madness”, a novel and fun event, during which each project representative had only 1 minute to present the project, with the optional help of 1 slide! The time window of 1 minute allocated to each project was in fact a hard one, meaning that when the time was up, the speaker had to leave the floor for the next presenter to begin. This was a nice opportunity for a lot of laughs and a few awkward moments as well! :)
Immediately after the presentations, a common networking space with thematic tables took place. This “synergy time” slot was aimed at boosting interactions among the participants and individuating possibilities of project collaborations. The thematic tables were arranged to try to match project thematic (according to the clustering map above), requirements, and/or applications. Of course, project representatives were free to move to other tables as well, as this was a really dynamic time thought to really boost networking among participants.
Finally, in the evening all project representatives were invited to stand to their projects' posters (click here for the PERICLES poster). The poster presentations were open to all ESWC 2014 participants. This was also an excellent opportunity for acquaintances and networking. Overall, PERICLES was considered as an engaging interdisciplinary project by most attendees, who expressed a vivid interest to follow up on the project’s progress in the coming months.
The projects PERICLES came mostly in contact with during the session were:
COMSODE (Components Supporting the Open Data Exploitation), aimed at delivering a linked open data publication platform and a methodology framework for assisting non-familiarized end-users. This poses a good opportunity for investigating how (sub)sets of PERICLES data could potentially be published as linked open data in the future.
LDBC (Linked Data Benchmark Council), aimed at creating the first comprehensive suite of open, fair and vendor-neutral benchmarks for RDF/graph databases. LDBC results could assist in choosing the most appropriate RDF triple store for deploying the PERICLES semantic models.
SEMANCO (Semantic Tools for Carbon Reduction in Urban Planning), which involves an unrelated domain to digital preservation, but has delivered a suite of ontology engineering, visualization and mapping tools that could be deployed within PERICLES.
Additional projects presented at the European Project Networking Session that are of interest to PERICLES were PRELIDA (Preserving Linked Data), DaPaaS (A Data- and Platform-as-a-Service Approach to Efficient Open Data Publication and Consumption) and LEO (Linked Open Earth Observation Data). Further contacts with these projects, as well as with other individual researchers who participated in the conference will be pursued in the imminent future.
All in all, attending this networking session and getting in contact with a diverse variety of research projects led to the realization that “we are not alone out there”, meaning that there exists a (currently small but very dynamic) network of projects with related activities to PERICLES, all of which are great candidates for future collaborations.