Monthly Archives: September 2018

DBpedia Chapters – Survey Evaluation – Episode One

DBpedia Chapters – Challenge Accepted

The DBpedia community currently comprises more than 20 language chapters, ranging from  Basque, Japanese to Portuguese and Ukrainian. Managing such a variety of chapters is a huge challenge for the DBpedia Association because individual requirements are as diverse as the different languages the chapters represent. There are chapters that started out back in 2012 such as DBpediaNL. Others like the Catalan chapter are brand new and have different haves and needs.

So, in order to optimize chapter development, we aim to formalize an official DBpedia Chapter Consortium. It permits a close dialogue with the chapters in order to address all relevant matters regarding communication, organization as well as technical issues. We want to provide the community with the best basis to set up new chapters and to maintain or develop the existing ones.

Our main targets for this are to: 

  • improve general chapter organization,
  • unite all DBpedia chapters with central DBpedia,
  • promote better communication and understanding and,
  • create synergies for further developments and make easier the access to information about which is done by all DBpedia bodies

As a first step, we needed to collect information about the current state of things.  Hence, we conducted two surveys to collect the necessary information. One was directed at chapter leads and the other one at technical heads. 

In this blog-post, we like to present you the results of the survey conducted with chapter leads.  It addressed matters of communication and organizational relevance. Unfortunately, only nine out of 21 chapters participated, so the respective outcome of the survey speaks only for roughly 42% of all DBpedia chapters.

Chapter-Survey  – Episode One

Most chapters have very little personnel committed to the work done for the chapter, due to different reasons. 66 % of the chapters have only one till four people being involved in the core work. Only one chapter has about ten people working on it.

Overall, the chapters use various marketing channels for promotion, visibility and outreach. The website as well as event participation, Twitter and Facebook are among the most favourite channels they use. 

The following chart shows how chapters currently communicate organizational and communication issues in their respective chapter and to the DBpedia Association.

 

 

The second one explicit that ⅓ of the chapters favour an exchange among chapters and with the DBpedia Association via the discussion mailing list as well as regular chapter calls.

 

The survey results show that 66,6% of the chapters currently do not consider their current mode of communication efficient enough. They think that their communication with the DBpedia Association should improve.

 

As pointed out before, most chapters only have little personnel resources. It is no wonder that most of them need help to improve the work and impact of chapter results. The following chart shows the kind of support chapters require to improve their overall work, organization and communication. Most noteworthy, technical, marketing and organization support are hereby the top three aspects the chapters need help with. 

 

 

The good news is all of the chapters maintain a DBpedia Website. However, the frequency of updates varies among them. See the chart on the right.

 

 

 

Earlier this year, we announced that we like to align all chapter websites with the main DBpedia website. That includes a common structure and a corporate design, similar to the main one.  Above all, this is important for the overall image and recognition factor of DBpedia in the tech community. With respect to that, we inquired whether chapters would like to participate in an alignment of the websites or not.

 

 

 

With respect to marketing support, the chapters require from the Association, more than 50% of the chapters like to be frequently promoted via the main DBpedia twitter channel.

 

 

Good news: just forward us your news or tag us with @dbpedia and we will share ’em.

Almost there.

Finally, we asked about chapters requirements to improve their work and, the impact of their chapters’ results. 

 

Bottom line

All in all, we are very grateful for your contribution. Those data will help us to develop a strategy to work towards the targets mentioned above. We will now use this data to conceptualize a little program to assist chapters in their organization and marketing endeavours. Furthermore, the information given will also help us to tackle the different issues that arose, implement the necessary support and improve chapter development and chapter visibility.

In episode two, we will delve into the results of the technical survey. Sit tight and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or subscribe to our newsletter.

Finally, one last remark. If you want to promote news of your chapter or otherwise like to increase its visibility, you are always welcome to:

  • forward us the respective information to be promoted via our marketing channels 
  • use your own Twitter channel and tag your post with @dbpedia,  so we can retweet your news. 
  • always use #dbpediachapters

Looking forward to your news.

Yours

DBpedia Association

Grüezi Community!

More than 110 DBpedia enthusiasts joined the Community Meeting in Vienna.

After the success of the last two community meetings in Amsterdam and Leipzig, we thought it is time to meet you at the SEMANTiCS conference again. This year’s SEMANTiCS opened with the DBpedia Day on September 10th, 2018 in Vienna.

First and foremost, we would like to thank the Institute for Applied Informatics for supporting our community and many thanks to the Technical University Vienna and the SEMANTiCS for hosting our community meeting.

Opening Session
Javier Fernández

Javier David Fernández García, Vienna University of Economics, opened the meeting with his keynote Linked Open Data cloud – act now before it’s too late. He reflected on challenges towards arriving at a truly machine-readable and decentralized Web of Data. Javier reviewed the current state of affairs, highlighted key technical and non-technical challenges, and outlined potential solution strategies.

The second keynote speaker was Mathieu d’Aquin, Professor of Informatics at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway. Mathieu, who is specialized in data analytics, completed the meeting with his keynote Dealing with Open Domain Data.

Mathieu d’Aquin

 

Showcase Session
Beyza Yaman

Patrik Schneider started the DBpedia Showcase Session with his presentation of the “NII (Japan) Research Showcase – A Knowledge Graph Management Framework for DBpedia”. Shortly after, Jan Forberg, from AKSW/KILT Leipzig, promoted the usage of WebIDs in a short how-to tutorial session. Adam Sanchez, from University Grenoble Alpes, talked about RDFization of a relational database from medicine domain by using Ontop. Followed by another presentation by Beyza Yaman, University of Genoa, talking about Exploiting Context-Dependent Quality Metadata for Linked Data Source Selection. Afterwards, Robert Bielinski, from AKSW/KILT Leipzig, introduced the new DBpedia release circle by using Apache Spark. Closing the Showcase Session, Tomas Kliegr, University of Economics Prague, presented a showcase using DBpedia to study cognitive biases affecting interpretation of machine learning results.

 

For further details of the presentations follow the links to the slides.

  • WebID Creation by Jan Forberg, AKSW/KILT slides
  • RDFization by Adam Sanchez, Université Grenoble Alpes slides
  • Exploiting Context-Dependent Quality Metadata by Beyza Yaman, University of Genoa slides
  • Extracting Data using Apache Spark by Robert Bielinski, AKSW/KILT slides
  • Using DBpedia to study cognitive biases affecting interpretation of machine learning results by Tomas Kliegr, University of Economics Prague slides
Parallel Session
Gary Munnelly

As a regular part of the DBpedia Community Meeting, we had two parallel sessions in the afternoon where DBpedians can discuss technical issues. Participants interested in NLP-related topics joined the NLP & DBpedia session. Milan Dojchinovski (AKSW/KILT) chaired this session with four very stimulating talks. Hereafter you will find all presentations given during this session:

 

Diego Moussallem

At the same time, the DBpedia Association Hour provided a platform for the community to discuss technical questions and especially the DBpedia databus. Sebastian Hellmann presented the DBpedia databus and explained the advantages of global IDs. Shortly after, Marvin Hofer (AKSW/KILT) demonstrated the new DBpedia global ID webinterface. Please find his slides here.

 

Afternoon Track
Enno Meijers

The 12th edition of the DBpedia Community Meeting also covered a special chapter session, chaired by Enno Meijers, from the Dutch DBpedia Language Chapter. The speakers presented the latest technical or organizational developments of their respective chapter.

Following, you find a list of all presentations of this session:

 

This session has mainly created an exchange platform for the different DBpedia chapters. For the first time, representatives of the European chapters discussed problems and challenges of DBpedia from their point of view. Furthermore, tools, applications and projects were presented by each chapter.

Jens Grivolla

Summing up, the 12th DBpedia Community Meeting brought together more than 110 DBpedia enthusiasts from Europe who engaged in vital discussions about Linked Data, the DBpedia databus as well as DBpedia use cases and services.

 

In case you missed the event, all slides and presentations are also available on our Website. Further insights, feedback and photos about the event are available on Twitter via #DBpediaDay.

We are now looking forward to more DBpedia meetings in the next years. So, stay tuned and check Twitter, Facebook and the Website or subscribe to our Newsletter for latest news and updates.

Yours

DBpedia Association

Beta-Test Updates

While everyone at the DBpedia Association was preparing for the SEMANTiCS Conference in Vienna, we also managed to reach an important milestone regarding the beta-test for our data release tool.

First and foremost, already 3500 files have been published with the plugin. These files will be part of the new DBpedia release and are available on our LTS repository.

Secondly, the documentation of the testing has been brought into good shape. Feel free to drop by and check it out.
Thirdly, we reached our first interoperability goal. The current metadata is sufficient to produce RSS 1.0 feeds. See here for further information. We also defined a loose roadmap on top of the readme, where interoperability to DCAT and DCAT-AP has high priority.

 

Now we have some time to support you and work one on one and also prepare the configurations to help you set up the data releases. Lastly, we already received data from DNB and SUMO, so we will start to look into these more closely.

Thanks to all the beta-testers for your nice work.

We keep you posted.

Yours

DBpedia Association