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More than 140 DBpedia enthusiasts joined the Community Meeting in Amsterdam.

After the success of the last two community meetings in Sunnyvale and in Galway, we thought it is time to go Orange again. During the SEMANTiCS 2017 in Amsterdam, Sep 11-14, the DBpedia Community met on the 14th of September. First and foremost, we would like to thank the Institute for Applied Informatics for supporting our community and many thanks to the Meervaart Theatre and the SEMANTiCS for hosting our community meeting.

picture by Andrea Volpini

Opening Session

Chris Welty

During the opening session, Chris Welty, Google Researcher, presented Even the Changes Are Changing: A New Age of Cognitive Computing. He introduced the impact and challenges of question answering & AI as well as the development of Jeopardy through technical changes. Victor de Boer from the VU University talked about Semantic Technology for Development: Semantic Web without the Web?. He demonstrated the use of semantic technology in the challenging technical environment of developing countries. Both talks illustrated the ever growing importance of semantic technology and AI each placed at opposite sites of the technology spectrum, from Raspberry PIs to High Performance Clusters.

 

Showcase Session

The DBpedia Showcase Session started with an interactive interview. Sebastian Hellmann (AKSW/KILT) talked with Jan-Bart de Vreede (Kennisnet, former member of the Wikimedia Foundation) about the challenges of growing an open community and creating a more formal structure. They discussed advantages, pitfalls and what lessons can be learned from other communities such as Wikimedia. Afterwards Markus Freudenberg (AKSW/KILT) introduced the highlights of the 2016-10 DBpedia Release.

At this session, five speakers presented how to utilize DBpedia in novel and interesting ways. Including:

  • Virtuoso 8 and Scalable Attributed-based Access Controls (ABAC) by Patrick van Kleef (Openlink Software)
  • Learning to Associate DBpedia Entities like Humans by Joern Hees (DFKI) (demo)
  • Towards Using UnifiedViews for Executing DBpedia Data Extraction and Curation Tasks by Tomas Knap (Semantic Web Company)
  • Sustainable Linked Data Generation: The Case of DBpedia by Wouter Maroy (imec)
  • Mappings UI by Ismael Rodríguez (Polytechnic University of Catalonia)
Wouter Maroy & Ismael Rodríguez

Parallel Session

As a regular part of the DBpedia Community Meeting, we had two parallel sessions in the afternoon where DBpedia newbies can learn about what DBpedia is and how to use the DBpedia datasets. Participants who wanted to learn DBpedia basics joined the tutorial session by Markus Freudenberg (DBpedia Release Manager). The DBpedia Association Hour provided a platform for the community to discuss the results of the DBpedia Strategy Survey 2017. This survey was prepared by Sören Auer and the DBpedia Board members to get to know what the DBpedia Community thinks about DBpedia’s strategic priorities and how the funds of the DBpedia Association should be spent. Even if 45 minutes were not adequate to review all survey questions, this session proved to be beneficial due to a really agile and dynamic discussion. A better cooperation and communication between the Association and the different national and language chapter is only one suitable key which was embraced by the community to facilitate problem solving and DBpedia’s organization.

Afternoon Track

The sessions in the afternoon highlighted two important fields of research and development, namely DBpedia Ontology and DBpedia & NLP. At the DBpedia Ontology Session, Gustavo Publio (AKSW/KILT) presented data quality issues in DBpedia and highlighted the challenges on redesign the DBpedia Ontology (slides).  Wouter Maroy (imec) and Ismael Rodríguez (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) showcased the DBpedia Mappings Front-End Administration, which they created during this year’s Google Summer of Code project. If you are interested in career opportunities at DBpedia, check out Wouter’s success story here.

Gustavo Publio

At the same time, Milan Dojchinovski (AKSW/KILT) chaired the DBpedia & NLP session with five very interesting talks. In the following you will find all presentations given during this session:

Dutch DBpedia Hour & Joint Workshop

Enno Meijers (National Library of the Netherlands) chaired the Dutch DBpedia Hour. In this open session members of the Dutch DBpedia Language Chapter discussed tasks and responsibilities for sustaining and developing the Dutch DBpedia as well as communication, technical infrastructure and content improvement of the DBpedia Dutch Language Chapter. The reference for this discussion was the tasks and responsibilities stated in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Huygens ING, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, iMec and Beeld en Geluid. Outcome of this session was an agreement on the approach for creating an operational plan.

Simultaneously, DBpedia joint a session with the Workshop “Linked Data Quality Assessment and Improvement from Academia to Industry”. The presentations are available below:

Amit Kirschenbaum & Magnus Knuth

In the closing session, Sebastian Hellmann (AKSW/KILT) announced a new collaboration to strengthen the DBpedia NLP Department. Via videostream we talked with Mike Tung and Filipe Mesquita from diffbot, about NLP and the relation extraction from Wikipedia articles. If you are interested in the new collaboration, please check diffbot’s slides here.

All slides and presentations are also available on our Website and you will find more feedback and photos about the event on Twitter via #DBpediaAmsterdam17.

We would like to thank the DBpedia Dutch language chapter, especially Enno Meijers (National Library of the Netherlands), Lieke Verhelst (Linked Data Factory, Informagic), Victor de Boer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Roland Cornelissen (metamatter), Gerald Wildenbeest (Saxion), Gerard Kuys (Ordina), Maarten Brinkerink (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) as well as Julia Holze (DBpedia Association), Dimitris Kontokostas (DBpedia Chapter Coordinator) and Sebastian Hellmann (AKSW/KILT, DBpedia Association) for devoting their time to curating the program and organizing the meeting.

Special thanks go to Katharina Weissenberg and Anna Keil for supporting the meeting by taking pictures of the community and the event.

We are now looking forward to the 11th DBpedia Community Meeting which will be held on 12th of October 2017 in Cupertino, California. Visit our event page for further updates.

So, stay tuned and check Twitter, Facebook and the Website or subscribe to our Newsletter for latest news and updates.

See you soon!

Yours,

DBpedia Association

Amsterdam verwacht u op de volgende DBpedia Community Meeting!

We are happy to announce that the 10th DBpedia Community Meeting will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During the SEMANTiCS 2017, Sep 11-14, the DBpedia Community will get together on the 14th of September for the DBpedia Day.

What cool things do you do with DBpedia? Present your tools and datasets at the DBpedia Community Meeting. Please submit your proposal in our form.

Highlights

– Keynote by Chris Welty (Google Research NY)

– Keynote by Victor de Boer (VU University)

– DBpedia Association hour & Dutch DBpedia hour

– A session on DBpedia ontology by members of the DBpedia ontology committee

– DBpedia Tutorial Session (For people who want to learn about DBpedia.)

– We will talk with Mike Tung, CEO and founder from diffbot, about the DBpedia NLP department via videostream.

Quick Facts

– Web URL: http://wiki.dbpedia.org/meetings/Amsterdam2017

– Hashtag: #DBpediaAmsterdam17

– When: September 14th, 2017

– Where: Meervaart Theatre, Meer en Vaart 300, 1068 LE Amsterdam, Netherlands

– Call for Contribution: Please submit your proposal in our form.

Tickets

– Attending the DBpedia Community Meeting costs €40 (excl. registration fee and VAT). DBpedia members get free admission, please contact your nearest DBpedia chapter or the DBpedia Association for a promotion code.

– Please check all details here:  http://wiki.dbpedia.org/meetings/Amsterdam2017#tickets

Schedule

Please check our schedule for the 10th DBpedia Community meeting here: http://wiki.dbpedia.org/meetings/Amsterdam2017

Workshop

If you can’t stand it till the end of the SEMANTiCS, you can already participate in the workshop “Two worlds, one goal: A Reliable Linked Data ecosystem for media” held by DBpedia and Wolters Kluwer on the 11th of September. This half-day workshop aims at exploring major topics for publishers and libraries from DBpedia’s and Wolters Kluwer’s perspective. Therefore, both communities will dive into core areas like Interlinking, Metadata and Data Quality and address challenges such as fundamental requirements when publishing data on the web. Did we spark your interest? Check our detailed program here and get your ticket today.

Sponsors and Acknowledgments

– Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (https://www.vu.nl/en/)

– ALIGNED Project (http://aligned-project.eu/)

– Institute for Applied Informatics (http://infai.org/en/AboutInfAI)

– OpenLink Software (http://www.openlinksw.com/)

– SEMANTICS Conference Sep 11-14, 2017 in Amsterdam (https://2017.semantics.cc/)

In case you want to sponsor the 10th DBpedia Community Meeting, please contact the DBpedia Association via dbpedia@infai.org.

Organisation

– Enno Meijers, National Library of the Netherlands & Dutch DBpedia

– Lieke Verhelst, Linked Data Factory, Informagic & Dutch DBpedia

– Victor de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Dutch DBpedia

– Roland Cornelissen, metamatter & Dutch DBpedia

– Gerald Wildenbeest, Saxion & Dutch DBpedia

– Gerard Kuys, Ordina & Dutch DBpedia

– Maarten Brinkerink, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision & Dutch DBpedia

– Julia Holze, DBpedia Association

– Dimitris Kontokostas, DBpedia Chapter Coordinator

– Sebastian Hellmann, AKSW/KILT, DBpedia Association

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam!

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Results of the DBpedia Strategy Survey 2017

Sören Auer and the DBpedia Board members prepared a survey to assess the direction of the DBpedia Association. We wanted to know what the DBpedia Community thinks about DBpedia’s strategic priorities and how the funds of the DBpedia Association are be spent. Between February 2017 and April 2017, a total of 40 members of the DBpedia Community actively participated in the survey and voted as follows:

1. What should be the priorities of the DBpedia Association in the next year?

To overview the various priorities which were mentioned, the following digest illustrates the answers in four different groups. The most frequent answer was: to increase the data quality, followed by the enlargement of the DBpedia Community through broader dissemination.

2. What should be the priorities of the DBpedia Association in the next three years?

In contrast to question one, this one is based on the priorities the DBpedia Association focuses on during the next three years. As well as in the previous overview, the specified priorities are divided into four categories.

3. What is your main interest in DBpedia?

The chart above depicts the several main interests in DBpedia. The majority of participants have an “academic & professional” (45.7%) interest in DBpedia, followed by “professional” (28.6%) and “academic” (20.0%) interests. Only 2.9% of the answers are student-related interests.

4. How should the funds of the association be used?

With respects to “How should the funds of the association be used?”, most attendees chose “service provisioning”. The “development of new DBpedia features” was the second most popular choice. Nevertheless, also “Community building” and “release production” scored many votes.

5. How should the DBpedia Association collaborate with national/language chapters?

  • Agreeing on strategic goals; making sure that national contributions can be spread to other chapters, thus increasing the overall usability of DBpedia; keeping track of good practices
  • Facilitating grassroots initiatives – so mainly promote and stimulate national/language initiatives
  • Local events related to DBpedia tasks
  • Regular events to share ideas and data
  • Join other languages members onto DBpedia
  • As an umbrella organization: support, mediation, and representation
  • Regular exchange and involvement
  • Consult, try to figure out common priorities

6. Should DBpedia open itself to contain and curate more data not directly extracted from Wikipedia?As the chart above clearly depicts, more than half of the participants are in favor of DBpedia comprising datasets not directly derived or extracted from Wikipedia. In contrast, 34.3% have the oppositional opinion and appreciate  DBpedia focussing solely on data extraction from Wikipedia.

  • If yes, which other datasets should DBpedia prioritize for fusion to improve its coverage and quality?

7. Which of the following features do you consider most important?

The following diagram gives a review of particular features and their importance from the participants point of view. As the result of question one reveals, data quality is considered the most important issue by the survey participants (23.7%). The second most important features, with 17.2% each, are: the provision of datasets extracted from the Wikipedia article text, substantial collaboration/integration with WikiData and a provision of better search, respectively an exploration of user interfaces.

8. Any other question, feedback, opinion, ideas or suggestion you would like to send to the association.

  • KUTGW
  • Increased support of non-RDF publication formats is probably wise as an insurance policy that DBpedia will stay relevant.
  • In users mailing-list being more open-minded in an easy manner and always signalling provocative postings are welcome. And I fear it is a bit late for this survey, but better late than never, my greetings to all making some thoughts about this stuff.
  • DBpedia Spotlight should return Wikidata URIs by default, for stability
  • Use a richer ontology without contradictions, e.g. Book-Physical vs. Book-Conceptual Work

Thank you for your input and your participation! Your priorities and opinions are of vital importance for the success of DBpedia in the future. We will discuss the implementation of your answers during our next DBpedia Board Meetings in order to find a reasonable strategic direction of the DBpedia Association for the next years.

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New DBpedia Release – 2016-10

We are happy to announce the new DBpedia Release.

This release is based on updated Wikipedia dumps dating from October 2016.

You can download the new DBpedia datasets in N3 / TURTLE serialisation from http://wiki.dbpedia.org/downloads-2016-10 or directly here http://downloads.dbpedia.org/2016-10/.

This release took us longer than expected. We had to deal with multiple issues and included new data. Most notable is the addition of the NIF annotation datasets for each language, recording the whole wiki text, its basic structure (sections, titles, paragraphs, etc.) and the included text links. We hope that researchers and developers, working on NLP-related tasks, will find this addition most rewarding. The DBpedia Open Text Extraction Challenge (next deadline Mon 17 July for SEMANTiCS 2017) was introduced to instigate new fact extraction based on these datasets.

We want to thank anyone who has contributed to this release, by adding mappings, new datasets, extractors or issue reports, helping us to increase coverage and correctness of the released data.  The European Commission and the ALIGNED H2020 project for funding and general support.

You want to read more about the  New Release? Click below for further  details.

 Statistics

Altogether the DBpedia 2016-10 release consists of 13 billion (2016-04: 11.5 billion) pieces of information (RDF triples) out of which 1.7 billion (2016-04: 1.6 billion) were extracted from the English edition of Wikipedia, 6.6 billion (2016-04: 6 billion) were extracted from other language editions and 4.8 billion (2016-04: 4 billion) from Wikipedia Commons and Wikidata.

In addition, adding the large NIF datasets for each language edition (see details below) increased the number of triples further by over 9 billion, bringing the overall count up to 23 billion triples.

Changes

  • The NLP Interchange Format (NIF) aims to achieve interoperability between Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools, language resources and annotations. To extend the versatility of DBpedia, furthering many NLP-related tasks, we decided to extract the complete human- readable text of any Wikipedia page (‘nif_context’), annotated with NIF tags. For this first iteration, we restricted the extent of the annotations to the structural text elements directly inferable by the HTML (‘nif_page_structure’). In addition, all contained text links are recorded in a dedicated dataset (‘nif_text_links’).
    The DBpedia Association started the Open Extraction Challenge on the basis of these datasets. We aim to spur knowledge extraction from Wikipedia article texts in order to dramatically broaden and deepen the amount of structured DBpedia/Wikipedia data and provide a platform for benchmarking various extraction tools with this effort.
    If you want to participate with your own NLP extraction engine, the next deadline for the SEMANTICS 2017 is July 17th.
    We included an example of these structures in section five of the download-page of this release.
  • A considerable amount of work has been done to streamline the extraction process of DBpedia, converting many of the extraction tasks into an ETL setting (using SPARK). We are working in concert with the Semantic Web Company to further enhance these results by introducing a workflow management environment to increase the frequency of our releases.

In case you missed it, what we changed in the previous release (2016-04)

  • We added a new extractor for citation data that provides two files:
    • citation links: linking resources to citations
    • citation data: trying to get additional data from citations. This is a quite interesting dataset but we need help to clean it up
  • In addition to normalised datasets to English DBpedia (en-uris), we additionally provide normalised datasets based on the DBpedia Wikidata (DBw) datasets (wkd-uris). These sorted datasets will be the foundation for the upcoming fusion process with wikidata. The DBw-based uris will be the only ones provided from the following releases on.
  • We now filter out triples from the Raw Infobox Extractor that are already mapped. E.g. no more “<x> dbo:birthPlace <z>” and “<x> dbp:birthPlace|dbp:placeOfBirth|… <z>” in the same resource. These triples are now moved to the “infobox-properties-mapped” datasets and not loaded on the main endpoint. See issue 22 for more details.
  • Major improvements in our citation extraction. See here for more details.
  • We incorporated the statistical distribution approach of Heiko Paulheim in creating type statements automatically and providing them as additional datasets (instance_types_sdtyped_dbo).

 

Upcoming Changes

  • DBpedia Fusion: We finally started working again on fusing DBpedia language editions. Johannes Frey is taking the lead in this project. The next release will feature intermediate results.
  • Id Management: Closely pertaining to the DBpedia Fusion project is our effort to introduce our own Id/IRI management, to become independent of Wikimedia created IRIs. This will not entail changing out domain or entity naming regime, but providing the possibility of adding entities of any source or scope.
  • RML Integration: Wouter Maroy did already provide the necessary groundwork for switching the mappings wiki to an RML based approach on Github. Wouter started working exclusively on implementing the Git based wiki and the conversion of existing mappings last week. We are looking forward to the consequent results of this process.
  • Further development of SPARK Integration and workflow-based DBpedia extraction, to increase the release frequency.

 

New Datasets

  • New languages extracted from Wikipedia:

South Azerbaijani (azb), Upper Sorbian (hsb), Limburgan (li), Minangkabau (min), Western Mari (mrj), Oriya (or), Ossetian (os)

  • SDTypes: We extended the coverage of the automatically created type statements (instance_types_sdtyped_dbo) to English, German and Dutch.
  • Extensions: In the extension folder (2016-10/ext) we provide two new datasets (both are to be considered in an experimental state:
    • DBpedia World Facts: This dataset is authored by the DBpedia Association itself. It lists all countries, all currencies in use and (most) languages spoken in the world as well as how these concepts relate to each other (spoken in, primary language etc.) and useful properties like iso codes (ontology diagram). This Dataset extends the very useful LEXVO dataset with facts from DBpedia and the CIA Factbook. Please report any error or suggestions in regard to this dataset to Markus.
    • JRC-Alternative-Names: This resource is a link based complementary repository of spelling variants for person and organisation names. The data is multilingual and contains up to hundreds of variations entity. It was extracted from the analysis of news reports by the Europe Media Monitor (EMM) as available on JRC-Names.

 Community

The DBpedia community added new classes and properties to the DBpedia ontology via the mappings wiki. The DBpedia 2016-04 ontology encompasses:

  • 760 classes
  • 1,105 object properties
  • 1,622 datatype properties
  • 132 specialised datatype properties
  • 414 owl:equivalentClass and 220 owl:equivalentProperty mappings external vocabularies

The editor community of the mappings wiki also defined many new mappings from Wikipedia templates to DBpedia classes. For the DBpedia 2016-10 extraction, we used a total of 5887 template mappings (DBpedia 2015-10: 5800 mappings). The top language, gauged by the number of mappings, is Dutch (648 mappings), followed by the English community (606 mappings).

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 Credits to

  • Markus Freudenberg (University of Leipzig / DBpedia Association) for taking over the whole release process and creating the revamped download & statistics pages.
  • Dimitris Kontokostas (University of Leipzig / DBpedia Association) for conveying his considerable knowledge of the extraction and release process.
  • All editors that contributed to the DBpedia ontology mappings via the Mappings Wiki.
  • The whole DBpedia Internationalization Committee for pushing the DBpedia internationalization forward.
  • Václav Zeman and the whole LHD team (University of Prague) for their contribution of additional DBpedia types
  • Alan Meehan (TCD) for performing a big external link cleanup
  • Aldo Gangemi (LIPN University, France & ISTC-CNR, Italy) for providing the links from DOLCE to DBpedia ontology.
  • SpringerNature for offering a co-internship to a bright student and developing a closer relation to DBpedia on multiple issues, as well as Links to their SciGraph subjects.
  • Kingsley Idehen, Patrick van Kleef, and Mitko Iliev (all OpenLink Software) for loading the new data set into the Virtuoso instance that provides 5-Star Linked Open Data publication and SPARQL Query Services.
  • OpenLink Software (http://www.openlinksw.com/) collectively for providing the SPARQL Query Services and Linked Open Data publishing infrastructure for DBpedia in addition to their continuous infrastructure support.
  • Ruben Verborgh from Ghent University – imec for publishing the dataset as Triple Pattern Fragments, and imec for sponsoring DBpedia’s Triple Pattern Fragments server.
  • Ali Ismayilov (University of Bonn) for extending and cleaning of the DBpedia Wikidata dataset.
  • All the GSoC students and mentors which have directly or indirectly worked on the DBpedia release
  • Special thanks to members of the DBpedia Association, the AKSW and the Department for Business Information Systems of the University of Leipzig.

The work on the DBpedia 2016-10 release was financially supported by the European Commission through the project ALIGNED – quality-centric, software and data engineering.

More information about DBpedia is found at http://dbpedia.org as well as in the new overview article about the project available at http://wiki.dbpedia.org/Publications.

Have fun with the new DBpedia 2016-10 release!

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DBpedia @ GSoC 2017 – Call for students

DBpedia will participate for a fifth time in the Google Summer of Code program (GSoC) and now we are looking for students who will share their ideas with us. We are regularly growing our community through GSoC and can deliver more and more opportunities to you. We got excited with our new ideas, we hope you will get excited too!

What is GSoC?

Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Funds will given to students (BSc, MSc, PhD) to work for three months on a specific task. At first open source organizations announce their student projects and then students should contact the mentor organizations they want to work with and write up a project proposal for the summer. After a selection phase, students are matched with a specific project and a set of mentors to work on the project during the summer.

If you are a GSoC student who wants to apply to our organization, please check our guideline here: http://wiki.dbpedia.org/gsoc2017

Here you can see the Google Summer of Code 2017 timeline:

March 20th, 2017 Student applications open (Students can register and submit their applications to mentor organizations.)
April 3rd, 2017 Student application deadline
May 4th, 2017 Accepted students are announced and paired with a mentor.
May 30th, 2017 Coding officially begins!
August 21st, 2017 Final week: Students submit their final work product and their final mentor evaluation
September 6th, 2017 Final results of Google Summer of Code 2017 announced

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We are looking forward to your input.

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DBpedia strategy survey

Dear DBpedians,

Sören Auer and the DBpedia Board members prepared a survey to assess the direction of the DBpedia Association. We would like to know what you think should be our priorities and how you would like the funds of the association to be used.

Your opinion counts so please contribute actively in developing a better DBpedia. If you use DBpedia and want us to keep going forward, we kindly invite you to vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/rDqLcwL823Ok09Uw2

We will publish the results in anonymized, aggregated form on the DBpedia website.

We are looking forward to your input. Check our website for further updates, follow us on #twitter or subscribe to our newsletter.

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