It is difficult to foster innovation and perform high quality research when the underlying data is not accessible and usable. Data and data services should be offered via so-called research data infrastructures, think of user-friendly web platforms, repositories, and databases. But how does it work in practice, and how important is the human aspect of it? I have been at the 1st Conference on Research Data Infrastructure, 12 – 14 September 2023, and got some pretty good insights. In this blog post I will reflect on the conference and cover the keynotes, the poster sessions, our own work around Knowledge Graphs and Wikibase, as well as a selection of other interesting talks.
In June 2023 I attended a workshop in Hasselt, Belgium, organized by a research network on Knowledge Graphs and Data Integration. Linked Data-based systems and declarative SPARQL queries somehow magically do all the work efficiently, but how? For many people, presentations about using Linked Data and SPARQL already seem very technical. But this event went further, it covered the fundamental algorithms that power the Linked Data systems! In this post I try my best to briefly summarize some of the talks and highlight the added value of those fundamental and often behind-the-scenes work.
This year we had the honor to host the 10th anniversary edition of the DHBenelux conference at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR). In this blog post I will reflect on the different sessions I’ve attended at this year’s multitrack edition of DHBenelux 2023. I will group my notes around the following four recurring topics of the talks that I have seen: (1) data platforms and their usability, (2) how digital methods such as Linked Open Data are used for DH research, the other way around, (3) how DH research studies digital methods and tools, and finally (4) research with (historical) geospatial data in cultural heritage.
At the end of November 2019 I could visit the sunny California to attend the Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-Cap). A lot of interesting workshops, tutorials and talks covered topics such as the representation of knowledge in Wikidata, approaches to transform tabular data to Linked Data, or the representation of scientific literature and processes as Knowledge Graphs. Additionally I could present our work on MontoloStats. Continue reading for the full trip report!
In the last week of October 2019 I attended the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in Auckland, New Zealand. I had the honor to present my PhD plan at the ISWC Doctoral Consortium. In this blog post I talk a bit about the conference and focus on a few presentations I found particular interesting or relevant for my PhD regarding guidelines for the design and use of ontologies.
In the first week of July I participated the first edition of the International Semantic Web Research Summer School (ISWS) in Bertinoro, Italy. It was an exciting event, where I had a lot of fun and learned also a lot! Continue reading for the full travel report.
At the end of May I had the chance to attend the WebScience conference. A venue where computer scientists and social scientists meet! ACM Turing Lecture by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, adaptive learning analytics, roots of radicalisation on Twitter, internet regulation in Russia. These are only some of the very interesting topics. Continue reading for the full travel report.