Conferences Web of Data

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This is the place to discuss the current state-of-the-art regarding the handling of conference metadata and possible future developments.

Where We Are[edit]

Over the past couple of years a number of metadata chairs and SWT co-ordinators of Semantic Web conferences managed to build an impressive infrastructure. It it now possible to publish conference data such as publications, talks, etc. using stable vocabularies in a defined work flow (read more ...). At the recent ISWC2008 we have witnessed how powerful and engaging the addition of a dedicated social network for a conference can be; though still Web2.0ish and not available in RDF.

However, one may ask if this is just the beginning of more - more data, more functionality, more interaction?

Where We Could Go[edit]

In the following we take the idea further and discuss the Conferences in the Web of Data (CWoD) by applying the Linked data principles.

CWoD Manifest[edit]

What follows is the 'Conferences in the Web of Data' (CWoD) manifest, a number of requirements that enable a comprehensive realisation of representing and using conference (-related) data on the Web:

  • EVERY participant has a URI (i.e. not only speaker, etc.)
    • Even if it's just their Twitter or LinkedIn page
  • EVERY event has a URI (not only 'official' events such as a keynote, etc.)
  • Where possible, ALL events, people, etc. are interlinked with other resources on the Web (e.g. flickr photos, video captures of talks, etc.)
  • It should be straight-forward possible to integrate people's OpenIDs for ack the access of certain resources (blogs, Wikis, etc.)
  • It should be straight-forward possible to gather blogs, microblogs (identi.ca, twitter, etc.), homepages of participants
    • and/ or OPML files of their RSS feeds.

Exemplary Setup[edit]

Imagine an upcoming conference xSWC that uses http://data.semanticweb.org as a base to publish data about papers and people. We envision the following to implement CWoD:

  • using a true RDF-enabled social media platform such as http://paggr.com/ for hosting social stuff
    • the FOAF profile of the participants is used as the starting point (knows, interests, etc.)
    • new contacts and top.css are added as participants move around the conference
    • talks, meetings, etc. are automatically proposed and updated in the participant's PIM
    • room locations are taken into account
  • integrating post-conference resources such as flickr photos, video captures of talks by interlinking them with exiting conference data (such as talks, etc.)
  • enabling sponsors to talk to interested parties and people
  • adding social events, venue information etc.
  • integrating discussions pre/post via SIOC
  • lifestream wall with real-time tweets about the current sessions (as with MBC09)
  • microformats on related web pages, so that, say, events can be downloaded to calendars, contacts to address books, locations to mapping tools.
  • shared (and widely publicised, in advance where possible) tags for the whole event, and each session or topic, to be used across sites like Flickr, Twitter etc.

Interested People[edit]

  • Michael Hausenblas, Semantic Web Technologies Co-ordinator of the ESWC2009
  • Benjamin Nowack
  • Dan Brickley, FOAF project and W3C Semantic Web Interest Group chair
  • Harith Alani, Semantic Web Technologies Co-ordinator of the ESWC2009
  • Tom Heath, former Dogfood Tsar of ESWC2006 and ISWC2007+ASWC2007, so will be tracking this out of interest but probably can't actively contribute much right now. Update: hoping to produce a personalisation service for the conference programme; more info to follow.
  • Muhammad Aftab Iqbal
  • Ciro Cattuto, SocioPatterns project, and general co-chair of ACM Hypertext 2009. Interested in mashing up real-world data from RFID badges with background and on-line information.
  • Lora Aroyo, ESWC 2009 Program Co-Chair
  • Drew Perttula, interested in collecting and publishing people's notes during conferences
  • Knud Möller, Metadata Co-chair/Dogfood Tsar at ISWC+ASWC2007, 2008 and 2009, member of the team behind http://data.semanticweb.org
  • Philipp Kärger, Organizer of the SPOT workshop at ESWC2009, interested in trust and privacy issues on the social/semantic web. Likes the idea of mapping real-life trust relationships to social platforms like "you can access my profile if we met at ESWC2009".
  • Andy Mabbett - interested in making the above work with low-cost-of-entry tools, such as microformats and social media sites.

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