Semantics2019 trip report

Last week, I attended the SEMANTiCS2019 conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. This was the 15th edition of the conference that brings together Academia and Industry around the topic of Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Technologies and the good news was that this year’s conference was the biggest ever with 426 unique participants.

Closing Session – The Power Of #KnowledgeGraphs & #SemanticAI:#SemanticsConf 2019 Says Thank You For Your AMAZING Contributions, Participations and Sponsorships!#DataScience #BigData #ML #MachineLearning #SemanticWeb #Semantics #blockchain #AI #KI #IoT #tech #OpenData https://t.co/GBhui4ZCqt

— SEMANTiCS Conference (@SemanticsConf) September 11, 2019

I was not able to join the workshop day or the dbpedia day on monday and thursday respectively, but was there for the main programme. The first day opened with a keynote from Oracle’s Michael J. Sullivan about Hybrid Knowledge Management Architecture and how Oracle is betting on Semantic Technology to work in combination with data lake architectures.

The vision of FAIR and hope for the future @micheldumontier #SEMANTICS2019 #semanticsconf pic.twitter.com/Tm54yPgBt8

— CMP Content Services (@CmpContent) September 10, 2019

The 2nd keynote by Michel Dumontier of Maastricht University covered the principles of FAIR publishing of data and current avances in actually measuring FAIRness of datasets.

Robin Keskisärkkä, @evabl444, Kelli Lind and @olafhartig win best Paper Award for RSP-QL* . Congratulations! #Semantics2019 pic.twitter.com/7lRF5jigfj

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

During one of the parallel sessions I attended the presentation of the eventual best paper winner Robin Keskisärkkä, Eva Blomqvist, Leili Lind, and Olaf Hartig. RSP-QL*: Enabling Statement-Level Annotations in RDF Streams . This was a very nice talk for a very nice and readable paper. The paper describes the combination of current RDF stream reasoning language RSP-QL and how it can be extended with the principles of RDF* that allow for statements about statements without traditional re-ification. The paper nicely mixes formal semantics, an elegant solution, working code, and a clear use case and evaluation. Congratulations to the winners.

Other winners included the best poster, which was won by our friends over at UvA.

Amsterdam success with a best poster win for Anthi Symeonidou, Viachaslau Sazonau and @pgroth! #semantics2019 pic.twitter.com/cwhrRSZYRc

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

The second day for me was taken up by the Special Track on Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities, which consisted of research papers, use case presentations and posters that relate to the use of Semantic technologies in this domain. The program was quite nice, as the embedded tweets below hopefully show.

@victordeboer openning special track on cultural heritage and digital humanities at #Semantics2019 pic.twitter.com/cK5UkHKxoE

— Artem Revenko (@revenkoartem) September 11, 2019

The #Semantics2019 special track on Cultural Heritage and #DigitalHumanities starts with a use case talk on KG-based @museodelprado project by Ricardo Alonso Mariana of GLOSS pic.twitter.com/H43NPGtSfM

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

up next: #LinkedSaeima which publishes Latvia's parliamentary debates as LOD. #semantics2019 pic.twitter.com/BJ6y5xrrel

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

The always amazing @vpresutti talks about knives and what we know about them in her #semantics2019 keynote on commonsense knowledge. pic.twitter.com/u52Vmv6y2Q

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

Victoria Eyharabide kicks off the last session of our Special Track with a talk about a #KnowledgeGraph on medieval #music and #iconography. #Semantics2019 @albertmeronyo #digitalhumanities @SorbonneParis1 pic.twitter.com/QFtlTT1tX4

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

#semantics2019 @heikopaulheim talks extracting numbers from Wikipedia abstracts to enrich #dbpedia. pic.twitter.com/kB0AUVmWRl

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

The winners of the #codingdavinci Hackathon close the #Semantics2019 special track on #digitalhumanities and #CulturalHeritage with #schmankerl Time machine! pic.twitter.com/n61RTToq5l

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) September 11, 2019

All in all, this years edition of SEMANTICS was a great one, I hope next year will be even more interesting (I will be general chairing it).

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