Jennifer ShortenEdward Thomas

The police in the UK are in a process of transformation both in their services and technology.  Part of this transformation includes prioritising their role in public protection and safeguarding.  There is intense pressure from the government and the public to ensure that the police do all they can to intervene before early indications of vulnerability escalate into serious harm and/or low leve

James Humffray

This presentation describes the issues that led to the creation and setup of a terminology service, the datasets used to provide the information to users, and how the datasets are linked together. The challenges and lessons learnt of the project will also be discussed. We will show what is presented to a user and the benefits they receive. Future developments will also be discussed.
The presentation will begin with a description of Healthdirect, our mission, and the services we provide. We began using PoolParty several years ago to manage a health thesaurus. The thesaurus is used to classify content to improve the search experience of a user, by providing the user with more semantically relevant search results. We discovered, through user research, that many users were searching for medicines information that we did not have. Our solution was to identify relevant and authoritative Australian medicine sources, ingest the data in RDF format into a terminology service, map the relevant relationships, and then aggregate the information to display to a user. It has extended the use of the health thesaurus which we manage in PoolParty and made it more integral as a linked data source, not just as a tool to facilitate search.

Andreas Blumauer

This talk discusses how companies can apply semantic technologies to build cognitive applications. It examines the role of semantic technologies within the larger Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology ecosystem, with the aim of raising awareness of different solution approaches.

Laura Daniele

This presentation builds on the success achieved with SAREF - winner of the best vocabulary award at SEMANTiCS2016 - a vocabulary developed in close interaction the industry and with the support of the European Commission. SAREF is standardized by ETSI (TS 103 264) and provides an important contribution to achieve semantic interoperability in the IoT.

Marco Brattinga

The choice of the right vocabularies, and in some cases, the creation of a domain specific vocabulary, is an important part of the publishing process of Linked Data.

Felix BurkhardtJoachim StegmannTill PlumbaumChristian SauerTilman BeckerMichael Feld

We created a RDF ontology for the telecom domain to support broader AI activities like enabling a chatbot system for customer support. The ontology creation process is semi-automatically. The general layout, the entities and edges, are defined by domain experts. The first input is then collected by mirroring the website structure of a customer help portal.

Wessel Schollmeijer

The Dutch Environmental Law is a huge legislation project in which about 30 laws and 100 regulations about different environmental aspects (air, water, soil, etc.) are brought together in one single law and 4 regulations.

Enno Meijers

The Dutch Digital Heritage Network (NDE) started in 2015 by the national cultural heritage institutions as a joint effort to improve the visibility, usability and sustainability of the cultural heritage collections maintained by libraries, archives, museums and other institutions. About 1500 cultural heritage institutions are part of the NDE network. From the usability perspective the challenge is to realize a distributed network of heritage information that no longer needs aggregating and postprocessing of the data. This talk will focus on our approach for developing a new, cross-domain, decentralized discovery infrastructure for the Dutch heritage collections. A core element in our strategy is to encourage institutions to align their information with formal Linked Data resources for people, place, periodes, concepts and to publish their data as Linked Open Data.  The NDE program works on making all relevant terminology sources available as Linked Data and provide facilities for term alignment and maintaining thesauri. PoolParty (Semantic Web Company), OpenSKOS (Open Source) and CultuurLink (Spinque) are important tools for doing this work.

Priem Matthias

Thesauri have since long been a key element for uniform search and annotation on large collections, such as the media collections preserved at Sound and Vision and VIAA. This talk will outline the work that has been done in a joint project between Sound & Vision and VIAA.

Elisa SabotJoe Pairman

Talend is an innovative vendor of big data integration software. Their documentation was published on the web, but in a linear, book-type format. Their customers often used Google to look for support, and when they clicked through to the documentation, the information and the links on the page were often insufficient to provide the needed answer.


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