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Beta-tests for the DBpedia Databus commence

Finally, we are proud to announce that the beta-testing of our data release tool for data releases on the DBpedia Databus is about to start.

In the past weeks our developers at DBpedia  have been devloping a new data release tool to release datasets on the DBpedia Databus. In that context we were and are still looking for beta-testers who have a dataset they wish to release.  Sign up here and benefit from an increased visibility for your dataset and your work done.

We are now preparing the first internal test with our own dataset to ensure the data release tool is ready for the testers. During the testing process, beta-testers will discuss occuring problems, challenges and ideas for improvement via the DBpedia #releases channel on Slack to profit from each other’s knowledge and skills. Issues are documented via GitHub.

The whole testing process for the data release tool follows a 4-milestones plan:

Milestone One: Every tester needs to have a WebID to release data on the DBpedia Databus. In case you are interested in how to set up a WebID, our tutorial will help you a great deal.

Milestone Two: For their datasets, testers will generate DataIDs, that provide  detailed descriptions of the datasets and their different manifestations as well as relations to agents like persons or organizations, in regard to their rights and responsibilities.

Milestone Three: This milestone is considered as achieved, if an RSS feed feature can be genreated. Additionally, bugs, that arose during the previous phases should have been fixed. We also want to collect the testers particular demands and wishes that would benefit the tool or the process. A second release can be attempted to check how integrated fixes and changes work out.

Milestone Four: This milestone marks the final upload of the dataset to the DBedia Databus which is hopefully possible in about 3 weeks.

 

In case you want to get one of the last spots in the beta-testing team, just sign up here and get yourself a WebID and start testing.

Looking forward to working with you…

Yours,

DBpedia Association

DBpedia supports young developers

Supporting young and aspiring developers has always been part of DBpedia‘s philosophy. Through various internships and collaborations with programmes such as Google Summer of Code, we were able to not only meet aspiring developers but also establish long-lasting relationships with these DBpedians ensuring a sustainable progress for and with DBpedia.  For 6 years now, we have been part of Google Summer of Code, one of our favorite programmes. This year, we are also taking part in Coding da Vinci, a German-based cultural data hackathon, where we support young hackers, coders and smart minds with DBpedia datasets.

DBpedia at Google Summer of Code 2018

This year, DBpedia will participate for the sixth time in a row in the Google Summer of Code program (GSoC). Together with our amazing mentors, we drafted 9 project ideas which GSOC applicants could apply to. Since March 12th, we received many proposal drafts out of which 12 final projects proposals have been submitted. Competition is very high as student slots are always limited. Our DBpedia mentors were critically reviewing all proposals for their potential and for allocating them one of the rare open slots in the GSoC program. Finally, on Monday, April 23rd, our 6 finalists have been announced. We are very proud and looking forward to the upcoming months of coding. The following projects have been accepted and will hopefully be realized during the summer.

Our gang of DBpedia mentors comprises of very experienced developers that are working with us on this project for several years now. Speaking of sustainability, we also have former GSoC students on board, who get the chance to mentor projects building on ideas of past GSoC’s. And while students and mentors start bonding, we are really looking forward to the upcoming months of coding – may it be inspiring, fun and fruitful.  

 

DBpedia @ Coding da Vinci 2018

As already mentioned in the previous newsletter, DBpedia is part of the CodingDaVinciOst 2018. Founded in Berlin in 2014, Coding da Vinci is a platform for cultural heritage institutions and the hacker, developer, designer, and gamer community to jointly develop new creative applications from cultural open data during a series of hackathon events. In this year’s edition, DBpedia provides its datasets to support more than 30 cultural institutions, enriching their datasets in order participants of the hackathon can make the most out of the data. Among the participating cultural institutions are, for example, the university libraries of Chemnitz, Jena, Halle, Freiberg, Dresden and Leipzig as well as the Sächsisches Staatsarchiv, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Duchess Anna Amalia Library, and the Museum Burg Posterstein.

CodingDaVinciOst 2018, the current edition of the hackathon, hosted a kick-off weekend at the Bibliotheca Albertina, the University Library in Leipzig. During the event, DBpedia offered a hands-on workshop for newbies and interested hackathon participants who wanted to learn about how to enrich their project ideas with DBpedia or how to solve potential problems in their projects with DBpedia.

We are now looking forward to the upcoming weeks of coding and hacking and can’t wait to see the results on June 18th, when the final projects will be presented and awarded. We wish all the coders and hackers a pleasant and happy hacking time. Check our DBpedia Twitter for updates and latest news.  

If you have any questions, like to support us in any way or if you like to learn more about DBpedia, just drop us a line via dbpedia@infai.org

Yours,
DBpedia Association

Keep using DBpedia!

Just recently, DBpedia Association member and hosting specialist, OpenLink released the DBpedia Usage report, a periodic report on the DBpedia SPARQL endpoint and associated Linked Data deployment.

The report not only gives some historical insight into DBpedia’s usage, number of visits and hits per day but especially shows statistics collected between October 2016 and December 2017. The report covers more than a year of logs from the DBpedia web service operated by OpenLink Software at http://dbpedia.org/sparql/.  

Before we want to highlight a few aspects of DBpedia’s usage we would like to thank Open Link for the continuous hosting of the DBpedia Endpoint and the creation of this report

The graph shows the average number of hits/requests per day that were made to the DBpedia service during each of the releases.
The graph shows the average number of unique visits per day made to the DBpedia service during each of the datasets.

Speaking of which, as you can see in the following tables, there has been a massive increase in the number of hits coinciding with the DBpedia 2015–10 release on April 1st, 2016.

 

 

 

 

This boost can be attributed to an intensive promotion of DBpedia via community meetings, communication with various partners in the Linked Data community and Social media presence among the community, in order to increase backlinks.

Since then, not only the numbers of hits increased but DBpedia also provided for better data quality. We are constantly working on improving accessibility, data quality and stability of the SPARQL endpoint. Kudos to Open Link for maintaining the technical baseline for DBpedia.

The table shows the usage overview of last year.

The full report is available here.

 

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Thanks for reading and keep using DBpedia!

Yours DBpedia Associaton

 

To the DBpedia Community!

Can you believe ..?

… that it has already been eleven years since the first DBpedia dataset was released? Eleven years of development,  improvements and growth, and now, 13 billion pieces of information are comprised in our last DBpedia release. We want to take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to all contributors, developers, coders, hosters, funders, believers and DBpedia enthusiasts who made that possible. Thank you for your support.

But, apart from our data sets, there is much more DBpedia has been doing., especially during the past year. Think about the success story of Wouter Maroy, a GSoC 2016 student who got the opportunity to do a six weeks internship at our DBpedia office in Leipzig and who is still contributing to DBpedia’s progress.

All in all, 2017 was highly successful and full of exciting events. Remember our 10th DBpedia Community Meeting in Amsterdam featuring an inspiring keynote by Dr. Chris Welty, one of the developers at IBM computer Watson. Our DBpedia meetings are always a great way to bring the community closer together, and to not only meet our DBpedia audience but also new faces. Therefore, we have already started to plan our community meetings for 2018.

We hope to see you in Poznan, Poland, in spring and to meet you during the SEMANTiCS Conference in Vienna, from 10th – 13th of September 2018. Additionally, if everything goes according to plan, we will be mentoring young DBpedia enthusiasts throughout summer in GSoC 2018 and meet the US DBpedia community in autumn this year. Follow us on Twitter or check our Website for the latest News.

And last but not least, this year we plan something special. DBpedia intends to participate in Coding DaVinci – Germany’s first open cultural hackathon, which happens to take place in Leipzig, right around the corner. Aspiring data enthusiast will develop new creative applications from cultural open data. The kick-off is in early April, followed by 9 weeks of cooperative coding. We are eagerly awaiting the start of this event.

We do hope, we will meet you and some new faces during our events this year. The DBpedia Association want to get to know you because DBpedia is a community effort and would not continue to develop, improve and grow without you. Thank you and see you soon…

Subscribe to the DBpedia Newsletter, check our DBpedia Website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for latest news.

Your DBpedia Association

Career Opportunities at DBpedia – A Success Story

Google summer of Code is a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development.

During the 3 months summer break from university, students work on a programming projects  with an open source organization, like DBpedia. 

We are part of this exciting program for more than 5 years now. Many exciting projects developed as results of intense coding during hot summers. Presenting you Wouter Maroy, who has been a GSoC student at GSoc 2016 and who is currently a mentor in this years program, we like to give you a glimpse behind the scenes and show you how important the program is to DBpedia.


Success Story: Wouter Maroy

Who are you?

I’m Wouter Maroy, a 23 years old Master’s student in Computer Science Engineering at Ghent University (Belgium). I’m affiliated with IDLab – imec. Linked Data and Big Data technologies are my two favorite fields of interest. Besides my passion for Computer Science, I like to travel, explore and look for adventures. I’m a student who enjoys his student life in Ghent.  

What is your main interest in DBpedia and what was your motivation to apply for a DBpedia project at GSoC 2016.

I took courses during my Bachelors with lectures about Linked Data and the Semantic Web which of course included DBpedia; it’s an interesting research field. Before my GSoC 2016 application I did some work on Semantic Web technologies and on a technology (RML) that was required for a GSoC 2016 project that was listed by DBpedia. I wanted to get involved in Open Source and DBpedia, so I applied.

What did you do?

DBpedia has used a custom mapping language up until now to generate structured data from raw data from Wikipedia infoboxes. A next step was to improve this process to a more modular and generic approach that leads to higher quality linked data generation . This new approach relied on the integration of RML, the RDF Mapping Language and was the goal of the GSoC 2016 project I applied for. Understanding all the necessary details about the GSoC project required some effort and research before I started with coding. I also had to learn a new programming language (Scala). I had good assistance from my mentors so this turned out very well in the end.  DBpedia’s Extraction Framework, which is used for extracting structured data from Wikipedia, has a quite large codebase. It was the first project of this size I was involved in. I learned a lot from reading its codebase and from contributing by writing code during these months.

Dimitris Kontokostas and Anastasia Dimou were my two mentors. They guided me well throughout the project. I interacted daily with them through Slack and each week we had a conference call to discuss the project.  After many months of research, coding and discussing we managed to deliver a working prototype at the end of the project. The work we did was presented in Leipzig on the DBpedia day during SEMANTICS 16’. Additionally, this work will also be presented at ISWC 2017.

You can check out his project here.

How do you currently contribute to improve DBpedia?  

I’m mentoring a GSoC17 project together with Dimitris Kontokostas and Anastasia Dimou as a follow up on the work that was done by our GSoC 2016 project last year. Ismael Rodriguez is the new student who is participating in the project and he already delivered great work! Besides being a mentor for GSoC 2017, I make sure that the integration of RML into DBpedia is going into the right direction in general (managing, coding,…). For this reason, I worked at the KILT/DBpedia office in Leipzig during summer for 6 weeks. Joining and getting to know the team was a great experience.

What did you gain from the project?

Throughout the project I practiced coding, working in a team, … I learned more about DBpedia, RML, Linked Data and other related technologies. I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn this much from the project. I would recommend it to all students who are curious about DBpedia, who are eager to learn and who want to earn a stipend during summer through coding. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll have a good time!

Final words to future GSoC applicants for DBpedia projects.

Give it a shot! Really, it’s a lot of fun! Coding for DBpedia through GSoC is a great, unique experience and one who is enthusiastic about coding and the DBpedia project should definitely go for it.

Check our website for further updates, follow us on #twitter or subscribe to our newsletter.

Yours

DBpedia Association

 

Smart Minds Wanted

New Internship Opportunity @

In conjunction with Springer Nature,  DBpedia offers a 3 months internship at Springer Nature in London, UK and at DBpedia in Leipzig, Germany.

Internship Details

Position DBpedia Intern
Main Employer DBpedia Association
Deadline June 30th, 2017
Duration 3 months/full-time, internship will starts in the second half of 2017
Location 50% in London (UK) and 50% in Leipzig (GER)
Type of students desired Undergraduate, Graduate (Junior role)
Compensation You will receive a stipend of 1300€ per month and additional reimbursement of your travel and visa costs (total up to 1000€)

The student intern will be responsible for assisting with mappings for DBpedia at SpringerNature. Your tasks include and are not restricted to improving the quality of the extraction mechanism of DBpedia scholarly references/wikipedia citations to Springer Nature URIs and Text mining of DBpedia entities from Springer Nature publication content.

Did we spark your interest? Check  our website for further information or apply directly via our online application form

We are looking forward to meet all the whiz kids out there.

Your

DBpedia Association

GSoC 2017- may the code be with you

GSoC students have finally been selected.

We are very excited to announce this year’s final students for our projects  at the Google Summer of Code program (GSoC).

Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Stipends are awarded to students to work on a specific DBpedia related project together with a set of dedicated mentors during summer 2017 for the duration of three months.

For the past 5 years DBpedia has been a vital part of the GSoC program. Since the very first time many Dbpedia projects have been successfully completed.

In this years GSoC edition, DBpedia received more than 20 submissions for selected DBpedia projects. Our mentors read many promising proposals, evaluated them and now the crême de la crême of students snatched a spot for this summer.  In the end 7 students from around the world were selected and will jointly work together with their assigned mentors on their projects. DBpedia developers and mentors are really excited about this 7 promising student projects.

List of students and projects:

You want to read more about their specific projects? Just click below… or check GSoC pages for details.

 Ismael Rodriguez – Project Description: Although the DBPedia Extraction Framework was adapted to support RML mappings thanks to a project of last year GSoC, the user interface to create mappings is still done by a MediaWiki installation, not supporting RML mappings and needing expertise on Semantic Web. The goal of the project is to create a front-end application that provides a user-friendly interface so the DBPedia community can easily view, create and administrate DBPedia mapping rules using RML. Moreover, it should also facilitate data transformations and overall DBPedia dataset generation. Mentors: Anastasia Dimou, Dimitris Kontokostas, Wouter Maroy 

Ram Ganesan Athreya – Project Description:The requirement of the project is to build a conversational Chatbot for DBpedia which would be deployed in at least two social networks.There are three main challenges in this task. First is understanding the query presented by the user, second is fetching relevant information based on the query through DBpedia and finally tailoring the responses based on the standards of each platform and developing subsequent user interactions with the Chatbot.Based on my understanding, the process of understanding the query would be undertaken by one of the mentioned QA Systems (HAWK, QANARY, openQA). Based on the response from these systems we need to query the DBpedia dataset using SPARQL and present the data back to the user in a meaningful way. Ideally, both the presentation and interaction flow needs to be tailored for the individual social network.I would like to stress that although the primary medium of interaction is text, platforms such as Facebook insist that a proper mix between chat and interactive elements such as images, buttons etc would lead to better user engagement. So I would like to incorporate these elements as part of my proposal.

Mentor: Ricardo Usbeck

 

Nausheen Fatma – Project discription:  Knowledge base embeddings has been an active area of research. In recent years a lot of research work such as TransE, TransR, RESCAL, SSP, etc. has been done to get knowledge base embeddings. However none of these approaches have used DBpedia to validate their approach. In this project, I want to achieve the following tasks: i) Run the existing techniques for KB embeddings for standard datasets. ii) Create an equivalent standard dataset from DBpedia for evaluations. iii) Evaluate across domains. iv) Compare and Analyse the performance and consistency of various approaches for DBpedia dataset along with other standard datasets. v)Report any challenges that may come across implementing the approaches for DBpedia. Along the way, I would also try my best to come up with any new research approach for the problem.

Mentors: Sandro Athaide Coelho, Tommaso Soru

 

Akshay Jagatap – Project Description: The project aims at defining embeddings to represent classes, instances and properties. Such a model tries to quantify semantic similarity as a measure of distance in the vector space of the embeddings. I believe this can be done by implementing Random Vector Accumulators with additional features in order to better encode the semantic information held by the Wikipedia corpus and DBpedia graphs.

Mentors: Pablo Mendes, Sandro Athaide Coelho, Tommaso Soru

 

Luca Virgili –  Project Description: In Wikipedia a lot of data are hidden in tables. What we want to do is to read correctly all tables in a page. First of all, we need a tool that can allow us to capture the tables represented in a Wikipedia page. After that, we have to understand what we read previously. Both these operations seem easy to make, but there are many problems that could arise. The main issue that we have to solve is due to how people build table. Everyone has a particular style for representing information, so in some table we can read something that doesn’t appear in another structure. In this paper I propose to improve the last year’s project and to create a general way for reading data from Wikipedia tables. I want to review the parser for Wikipedia pages for trying to understand more types of tables possible. Furthermore, I’d like to build an algorithm that can compare the column’s elements (that have been read previously by the parser) to an ontology so it could realize how the user wrote the information. In this way we can define only few mapping rules, and we can make a more generalized software.

Mentors: Emanuele Storti, Domenico Potena

 

Shashank Motepalli – Project Description: DBpedia tries to extract structured information from Wikipedia and make information available on the Web. In this way, the DBpedia project develops a gigantic source of knowledge. However, the current system for building DBpedia Ontology relies on Infobox extraction. Infoboxes, being human curated, limit the coverage of DBpedia. This occurs either due to lack of Infoboxes in some pages or over-specific or very general taxonomies. These factors have motivated the need for DBTax.DBTax follows an unsupervised approach to learning taxonomy from the Wikipedia category system. It applies several inter-disciplinary NLP techniques to assign types to DBpedia entities. The primary goal of the project is to streamline and improve the approach which was proposed. As a result, making it easy to run on a new DBpedia release. In addition to this, also to work on learning taxonomy of DBTax to other Wikipedia languages.

Mentors: Marco Fossati, Dimitris Kontokostas

 

Krishanu Konar – Project Description: Wikipedia, being the world’s largest encyclopedia, has humongous amount of information present in form of text. While key facts and figures are encapsulated in the resource’s infobox, and some detailed statistics are present in the form of tables, but there’s also a lot of data present in form of lists which are quite unstructured and hence its difficult to form into a semantic relationship. The project focuses on the extraction of relevant but hidden data which lies inside lists in Wikipedia pages. The main objective of the project would be to create a tool that can extract information from wikipedia lists, form appropriate RDF triplets that can be inserted in the DBpedia dataset.

Mentor: Marco Fossati 

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Congrats to all selected students! We will keep our fingers crossed now and patiently wait until early September, when final project results are published.

An encouraging note to the less successful students.

The competition for GSoC slots is always on a very high level and DBpedia only has a limited amount of slots available for students.  In case you weren’t among the selected, do not give up on DBpedia just yet. There are plenty of opportunities to prove your abilities and be part of the DBpedia experience. You, above all, know DBpedia by heart. Hence, contributing to our support system is not only a great way to be part of the DBpedia community but also an opportunity to be vital to DBpedia’s development. Above all, it is a chance for current DBpedia mentors to get to know you better. It will give your future mentors a chance to  support you and help you to develop your ideas from the very beginning.

Go on you smart brains, dare to become a top DBpedia expert and provide good support for other DBpedia Users. Sign up to our support page  or check out the following ways to contribute:

Get involved:
  • Join our DBpedia-discussion -mailinglist, where we discuss current DBpedia developments. NOTE: all mails announcing tools or call to papers unrelated to DBpedia are not allowed. This is a community discussion list.
  • If you like to join DBpedia developers discussion and technical discussions sign up in Slack
  • Developer Discussion
  • Become a DBpedia Student and sign up for free at the DBpedia Association. We offer special programs that provide training and other opportunities to learn about DBpedia and extend your Semantic Web and programming skills

We are looking forward to working with you!

You don’t have enough of DBpedia yet? Stay tuned and join us on facebook, twitter or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news!

 

Have a great weekend!

Your

DBpedia Association

DBpedia+Spotlight accepted @ Google Summer of Code 2013

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers post-secondary student developers (ages 18 and older, BSc, MSc, PhD)  stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together over 6,000 successful student participants and over 3,000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code.

DBpedia participated successfully in last’s year GSoC as DBpedia Spotlight. We were allowed with 4 students (out of a total 37 applications) and managed to enhance DBpedia Spotlight in time performance, accuracy and extra functionality.  We are thrilled to announce, that we were accepted again in GSoC 2013. We are participating with all DBpedia-family products this time – that is DBpedia, DBpedia Spotlight and DBpedia Wiktionary – and we hope we share the same luck, again.

This year we have  brand new and exciting ideas so, if you know energetic students (BSc, MSc, PhD) interested in working with DBpedia, text processing, and semantics, please encourage them to apply!

If you are a student, the application period starts in 2 weeks (deadline May 3rd). Judging from last year’s competition, writing a good application can be a really hard task so you should start preparing from now. We already created a dedicated mailing list and a few  warm-up tasks ( to get you familiar with our technologies) and we will of course be always available to any questions.

So go ahead, choose your idea, write your application and impress us;)

http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org/google/gsoc2013/dbpediaspotlight

On behalf of the DBpedia GSoC team,

Dimitris Kontokostas

OpenData Challenge awards 20.000€ prizes to open public data apps

European public bodies produce thousands upon thousands of datasets every year – about everything from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe.

The Opendata competition aims to challenge designers, developers, journalists, researchers and the general public to come up with something useful, valuable or interesting using open public data.

There are four main strands to the competition:

  • Ideas – Anyone can suggest an idea for projects which reuse public information to do something interesting or useful.
  • Apps – Teams of developers can submit working applications which reuse public information.
  • Visualisations – Designers, artists and others can submit interesting or insightful visual representations of public information.
  • Datasets – We encourage the submission of any form of open datasets produced by public governmental bodies, either submitted directly by the public body or by developers or others who have transformed, cleaned or interlinked the data.
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    The competition is open til 5th June midnight. The winners will be selected by an all star cast of open data gurus – and announced in mid June at the European Digital Assembly in Brussels. More information can be found at: http://opendatachallenge.org/

    DBpedia 3.6 AMI Available

    In line with prior releases of DBpedia, there is a new 3.6 edition of the DBpedia AMI available from Amazon EC2.

    What is a DBpedia AMI?

    A preconfigured Virtuoso Cluster Edition database that includes a preloaded DBpedia dataset. The entire deliverable is packaged as an Amazon Machine Instance (AMI); which is a cloud hosted virtual machine.

    Why is it Important?

    It enables you to productively exploit the power of the DBpedia within minutes. Basically, you can make DBpedia instances that serve you personal or service  specific needs. Thus, you do not have to constrain your use of DBpedia via the live instance which is configured for Web Scale use, based on server side constraints that affect concurrent connections, query timeouts, and result set sizes.

    How do I use it?

    Simply follow the instructions in the DBpedia AMI guide which boils down to:

    1. Instantiating a Virtuoso EC2 AMI
    2. Mounting the Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) snapshot that hosts the preloaded Virtuoso Database.

    Enjoy!