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ESWC2008 slides

I finally uploaded the slides of the various talks I gave at last ES(W)C in Tenerife:

As you can see, it was a busy but – once again – really valuable week. Lots of quality papers, especially, from my point of view, the ones about querying (esp. distributed approaches like DARQ – more details on Orri Erling’s blog), LOD-related (Semantic Sitemaps) and the OntoGame one. Readers of this blog should also be interested in xOperator, an approach combining LOD, social networking and instant messaging.

Interesting things were also presented during the workshops, as SWOOKI (a Semantic P2P wiki), ACEWiki (a wiki using controlled natural language to model both ontology and instances from the wiki, with reasoning capabilities using Pellet) and the use of semantic wikis for mathematics, which was particulary interesting from the use-case point of view, as for Flyspeck. Also nice (and sometimes fun) papers and demos in the SFSW workshop (congrats to Benjamin!) and in the demo session, as RDBToOnto that mine ontologies (and instances) from relational databases.

Another interesting fact for LOD-ers are the first steps of voiD, a vocabulary to describe datasets (which could efficiently combined with the previously mentioned work on distributed SPARQL: send your query on the Web, let the system find datasources, query and merge).

Finally, as in Beijing, it was a great opportunity to meet people I knew only online. Hope to see you in Karlsruhe!


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3 years later …

Today was my last day of work at EDF R&D. I spend 3 years and 4 months there, during my PhD funding contract, exploring and implementing ways to expose Enterprise 2.0 to Semantic Web technologies, combining unified meta-data modeling with SIOC, machine-readable knowledge with Semantic Wikis, advanced tagging with MOAT, the whole data interlinked in a “semantic ecosystem” offering new browsing, integration and search features. Even if it was not always easy to combine short-term industrial goals with research objectives, I’m really happy getting the chance to work on a real use case with various problems to solve. I hope I showed that Semantic Web could be a smart solution to these problems and would like to thank anyone involved in the projet, especially my co-workers and apologize for speaking about triples, RDF, ontologies and SPARQL all day long !

Tomorrow, I’ll flight to Tenerife for ESWC. A busy (and interesting regarding the program) week that will start sunday morning by presenting some use-cases of FOAF and SIOC during Harry Halpin’s tutorial on GRDDL and social networks, and then switching between SemWiki and SFSW workshops on saturday. I’ll speak on a panel titled “Social Network Portability: Is the Semantic Web Ready?” on wednesday evening and also be in the poster session tuesday to present MOAT. Then, back to Paris to finish writing my thesis, keep presenting some of my work and hopefully start a new position soon. And yes, having some rest could also be an option. Later, maybe.

Inline queries in Semantic Mediawiki

I’ve just got a mail on the swikig ML about the v0.4 release of Semantic Mediawiki, which should happen tomorrow.

{{The most remarkable item on the list of changes are probably the new inline queries which allow you to insert semantic search results into articles }}

Indeed, that’s really cool !

Have a look at SemWiki list of papers, and especially its source. The provided list of papers is a single line query, retrieving all accepted (and annotated as) papers created among the Wiki.

 <ask format="ul">[[Category:Paper]] [[accepted by::SemWiki2006]]</ask>

This means that the wiki is not only a tool for creating and querying triples, but also an RDF-consummer. Here, the wiki and the data are locally stored, but we can imagine to use a distributed query system among different tools / 3stores to get webpages – wikis or not – constantly up-to-date thanks to Semantic Web and distributed knowledge.

So now, let’s wait until tomorrow to know more about other features :)