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Seminar Linked Data in Research and Cultural Heritage

DANS seminar compiled by Herbert van de Sompel, on May 1. Meet people at the forefront of new developments in creating, keeping, and using Linked Data.

Hear more about nanopublications, self-publishing of scholarly papers, image interoperability and FAIR principles. See how Linked Data can be kept decentrally, and be subjected to distributed search.
This seminar is intended for people who are already familiar with the core concepts of linked data and associated technologies. If you are involved in current or upcoming projects that produce or consume linked data, this is a good opportunity to zoom in. You are welcome, please register.

For directions, please see the NWO website.

Preliminary program

11:30-12:00 Coffee and sandwiches

12:00-12:10 Welcome - Peter Doorn

12:10-14:00 Session 1

  • Ruben Verborgh, Universiteit Gent: Decentralizing queries at Web scale. Slides
  • Tobias Kuhn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Nanopublications and Decentralized Publishing. Slides
  • Sarven Capadisli, University Bonn: Linked Research. Slides
  • Michel Dumontier, Universiteit Maastricht: FAIR principles and metrics for evaluation. Slides

14:00-14:25 Discussion, moderated by Martijn Kleppe

14:25-14:45 Break

14:45-16:30 Session 2

  • Miel Vander Sande, Ghent University: A Linked Data Archive approach. Slides
  • Valentine Charles and Nuno Freire, Europeana: New approaches for data acquisition at Europeana: IIIF, Sitemaps and Slides
  • Enno Meijers, KB: A distributed network of digital heritage information. Slides
  • Albert Meroño Peñuela, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Repeatable Semantic Queries for the Linked Data Agnostic. Slides

16:30-17:00 Discussion, moderated by Martijn Kleppe

17:00-17:30 Drinks


Herbert Van de Sompel (@hvdsomp) is an information scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and currently spends his sabbatical at DANS. His research regards various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, and digital preservation. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications, the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, info URI, Open Annotation, ResourceSync, Memento "time travel for the Web", and Robust Links. Currently, he works with his team on Signposting the Scholarly Web, and contemplates about Archiving the Web-Based Scholarly Record.

Martijn Kleppe is researcher at the Research Department of the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). After finishing his PhD on iconic photographs he worked on several Digital Humanities projects (PoliMedia, AXES & Talk of Europe). In 2016 he moved to the KB to work as advisor Digital Scholarship and International relations and is member of KB’s Digital Humanities Team.

Peter Doorn is director of Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), the Netherlands Institute for Permanent Access to Digital Research Resources. He studied Human Geography at Utrecht University and received his PhD there. He taught Computing for Historians at Leiden University from 1985 to 1997. He was director of the Netherlands Historical Data Archive and head of department at the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services (NIWI). He was Principal Investigator of the DARIAH preparation project (now an ESFRI ERIC). He is (board) member of several organisations in the area of humanities computing, data infrastructure and digital archiving and editor of the newly founded Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ruben Verborgh (@RubenVerborgh) is a researcher in semantic hypermedia at Ghent University – imec, Belgium and a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders. He explores the connection between Semantic Web technologies and the Web's architectural properties, with the ultimate goal of building more intelligent clients. Along the way, he became fascinated by Linked Data, REST/hypermedia, Web APIs, and related technologies.

Tobias Kuhn (@txkuhn) is an Assistant Professor in the Web & Media group of the Computer Science department of the VU University Amsterdam. He got his PhD at the Institute of Computational Linguistics of the University of Zürich in 2010, was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Malta, postdoctoral associate at Yale University, and postdoc at ETH Zurich. His research interests span fields including knowledge representation, bioinformatics, and scholarly communication. His recent work focuses on the approach of nanopublications and how cryptographic methods and provenance modelling can support trust and reliability.

Sarven Capadisli (@csarven) is a PhD candidate at University of Bonn. His research involves statistical linked dataspaces and Linked Research, and dokieli which addresses some of the Linked Research challenges. He is the co-editor of the W3C Linked Data Notifications specification (a resource-centric communication protocol). Sarven advocates for researchers to apply native Web based tools and standards for their work in order to advance the social machinery around scholarly communication.

Dr. Michel Dumontier (@micheldumontier) is a Distinguished Professor of Data Science at Maastricht University. His research focuses on the development of computational methods for scalable integration and reproducible analysis of FAIR data across scales - from molecules, tissues, organs, individuals, populations to the environment. Dr. Dumontier leads a new interfaculty Institute for Data Science at Maastricht University with a focus on accelerating discovery science, empowering communities, and improving health and well being.

Miel Vander Sande (@miel_vds) is a senior researcher in publishing Linked Open Data at Ghent University - imec, Belgium. His main research topics are metadata and archiving techniques for sustainable Linked Data interfaces. Miel was involved in many European and Flemish projects on Open Data and metadata sharing. In addition, he works as a prototype engineer at imec to make research outcomes tangible for broader audiences.

Valentine Charles is responsible for advising, sharing knowledge and communicating Europeana’s scientific coordination and R&D activities. She also coordinates the further development and adoption of the Europeana Data Model.

Nuno Freire holds a PhD in Informatics and Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. He conducts his research at INESC-ID. His areas of interest include information systems, data integration, information extraction, data quality, knowledge representation, and information retrieval, particularly in their application to digital libraries. He has been a member of the Program Committees of major international conferences in the area: JCDL (Joint Conference on Digital Libraries) and TPDL (Theory and Practice in Digital Libraries), and reviewer for the International Journal on Digital Libraries.

Enno Meijers works as an information manager at the National Library of the Netherlands, one of the partners in the Digital Heritage Network (NDE). His main focus is metadata management and discovery services. For the past year he has been working on the development of a new cross domain discovery infrastructure for the heritage collections. Linked Data and (distributed) web technologies will be at the core of this new infrastructure. Earlier he has been leading the development of the National Library Catalogue platform build as one of the services for the national digital infrastructure for the Public Libraries. He is one of the founders of the Dutch DBpedia chapter and currently a member of the DBpedia Association Board. He studied Electrical Engineering and Business Informatics and has been working for libraries for the past eighteen years.

Albert Meroño Peñuela (@albertmeronyo) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Knowledge Representation & Reasoning Group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research revolves around interfaces between the Digital Humanities and the Semantic Web, concretely on enabling intelligent preprocessing and universal access to historical and musical data through Linked Data APIs. He is currently working in WP4 of CLARIAH, a Dutch national program that aims at integrating large amounts of humanities related datasets of high variety. Albert obtained his PhD in 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, under the supervision of Frank van Harmelen, Stefan Schlobach, and Andrea Scharnhorst.

May 01, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 05:30 PM (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC200)
NWO (building 'Java', room 300), Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 300, The Hague
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