DERI

Book launch for "The Social Semantic Web"

We had the official book launch of "The Social Semantic Web" last month in the President’s Drawing Room at NUI Galway. The book was officially launched by Dr. James J. Browne, President of NUI Galway. The book was authored by myself, Dr. Alexandre Passant and Prof. Stefan Decker from the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at NUI Galway (sponsored by SFI). Here is a short blurb:

Another successful defense by Uldis Bojars in November

Uldis Bojars submitted his PhD thesis entitled "The SIOC MEthodology for Lightweight Ontology Development" to the University in September 2009. We had a nice night out to celebrate in one of our favourite haunts, Oscars Bistro.

Haklae Kim and his successful defense in September

This is a few months late but better late then never! We said goodbye to PhD researcher Haklae Kim in May of this year when he returned to Korea and took up a position with Samsung Electronics soon afterward. We had a nice going away lunch for Haklae with the rest of the team from the Social Software Unit (picture below).

Open government and Linked Data; now it's time to draft...

For the past few months, there have been a variety of calls for feedback and suggestions on how the US Government can move towards becoming more open and transparent, especially in terms of their dealings with citizens and also for disseminating information about their recent financial stimulus package.

"The Social Semantic Web": now available to pre-order from Springer and Amazon

Our forthcoming book entitled "The Social Semantic Web", to be published by Springer in Autumn 2009, is now available to pre-order from both Springer and Amazon.

Tales from the SIOC-o-sphere part #9

It's been another exciting six months in terms of SIOC-related developments. Here's a summary:

Prize winners visualise Irish online life in the boards.ie SIOC Data Competition

The winners of the SIOC (pronounced "shock") data competition being run by DERI at the National University of Ireland, Galway have been announced. The competition ran from September to October 2008, and the brief was to produce an interesting creation based on a data set of discussion posts reflecting ten years of Irish online life from boards.ie, Ireland's largest community website.

IET and CompSoc present a talk on the "Social Semantic Web" on 27th November

The Social Semantic Web

Speaker: Dr. John Breslin, Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway
Date and Time: 27th November 2008, 18:15
Venue: DERI, IDA Business Park, Dangan, Galway - useamap.com/deri

Open to the public, no attendance fee

Upcoming events of interest...

  • For those in Ireland or abroad who are interested in the Semantic Web, the 2nd Vocabulary Camp (VoCamp Galway for short) will be held in Galway on the 25th and 26th of November in DERI. VoCamp is an informal (free) event where people can learn about or create lightweight vocabularies / ontologies for the "web of data". Places are limited to 30, so you should sign up quickly if interested...