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.
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.
We are happy to announce that the 9th DBpedia Community meeting will be held in Galway, Ireland on June 21st 2017. DBpedia will be part of the Language, Data and Knowledge conference (LDK) in Galway. This new biennial conference series aims at bringing together researchers from across disciplines. The DBpedia Meeting is part of the conference and is scheduled for the last day.
Only few seats are left: So come and get your ticket to be part of the 9th DBpedia Community meeting in Galway.
Keynote #1: Logainm.ie data use cases by Brian Ó Raghallaigh (Dublin City University & Logainm)
Keynote #2: Wikimedia in Ireland: A Monumental Undertaking by Sharon Flynn (NUI Galway & Wikimedia Ireland)
DBpedia Association hour
A session about Irish Linked data projects (and DBpedia)
The social event will be held in the evening (starting at 6pm) at the PorterShed around the topic How to exploit data commercially? featuring several short impulse talks. We still have some remaining slots and would welcome you to present your success stories as well as use cases, but also tell us about your problems regarding the commercialisation of data. If you are interested in presenting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.
The DBpedia community and members from over 20 countries work hard to localize and internationalize DBpedia and support the extraction of non-English Wikipedia editions as well as build a data community around a certain language, region or special interest. The chapters are part of the DBpedia executives and have taken on responsibility to contribute to the infrastructure of DBpedia.
Other partners like imec/Ghent University and Institute of Sound and Vision have signed as well and became an executive partner of the DBpedia Association. The Vrije Universiteit will join soon. It is a cooperation between these Dutch organizations as well as the NL-DBpedia community.
Less than 24 hours left to reserve your seat for our 2nd US DBpedia Community meeting. The meeting will be held in Sunnyvale on October 27th 2016, hosted by Yahoo. Over 85 participants registered so far, we will offer 20 more tickets. So come and get your ticket to be part of this event.
The event will feature talks from Yahoo, IBM Watson, LinkedIn, Lattice, Wikimedia, Frank Inc, Knoesis, RIT and ImageSnippets. The topics will include knowledge graphs & machine learning, open data, open source and startups. Please read below on different ways you can participate. We are looking forward to meeting again in person with the US-based DBpedia community.
We thought it was about time to go orange again, meet the Dutch DBpedia Chapter and to meet and celebrate the growing dutch DBpedia community. Thus, following our successful US-event past November, the National Library of the Netherlands hosted the 6th DBpedia community meeting in The Hague on February 12th.
First and foremost, we would like to thank TNO for organizing the pre-event and the National Library of the Netherlands, especially Menno Rasch (Director of KB operations), for sponsoring the catering during the DBpedia community meeting.
Before diving into DBpedia topics, we had a welcome reception on February 11th with snacks and drinks at TNO – New Babylon. Around 40 people from the DBpedia community, members from TNO and its Data Science Department and representatives from the Platform Linked Data Netherlands engaged in vital exchanges about Linked Data topics in the Netherlands.
Sebastian Hellmann gave a short introduction about DBpedia and the recently found DBpedia Association. After Jean-Louis Roso talked about the TNO Data Science Department and current developments and projects, Erwin Folmerpresented the platform Linked Data Netherlands (PiLOD).
A poster and demo session right after gave people from TNO the opportunity to present and discuss projects currently carried out at TNO.
Following, you find a short list of poster-presentation during the pre-event:
The Smart Appliances REFerence ontology (SAREF)Standardization in IoT
The following social gathering with snacks and drinks, encouraged talks about current developments in the DBpedia community and about ongoing projects. According to TNO representative Laura Daniel, the pre-event was very successful. She summarized the evening of the welcome reception: “It was very inspiring to see the DBpedia community in action. There were lots of interesting projects that use DBpedia as well as lively discussions on the challenges faced by the community, and of course, the event was a great opportunity for networking!”
Following the pre-event, the main event attracted 95 participants and featured special session dedicated to the DBpedia showcases, the DBpedia ontology and challenges of DBpedia and Digital Heritage.
During the opening session, Menno Rasch, host of the meeting and Director of KB operations, highlighted the importance to raise awareness of the DBpedia brand in order to build a DBpedia community.
The newly found DBpedia Association and the related new charter regulating organizational issues in the DBpedia community was one of the focuses during the early morning hours, right before several interesting keynote presentations opened the discussion about DBpedia and its usage in the Netherlands.
Marco de Niet, representative of Digital Heritage Foundation (DEN Foundation), the Dutch knowledge centre for digital heritage,talked about “the National Strategy for Digital Heritage in the Netherlands”.
Marco BrattingaandArjen Santemafrom the Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster)presented a framework to describe the data and metadata in registration in relation to a concept schema that describes what the registration is about. Apart from the ideas behind the framework, their presentation included a showcase of examples from the cadastral registration as well as the topographic map and the information node addresses and buildings.
The morning session was closes byPaul Groth, fromElsevier giving a presentation about knowledge graph construction and the Role of DBPedia and other Wikipedia based knowledge. He discussed the importance of structured data as key to coordinate data in order to build better taxonomies. He also pointed towards the importance of having an updated publicly available knowledge graph as a reference for constructing internal knowledge graphs.
After Lunch Track
DBpedia is one of the biggest and most important focal point of the Linked Open Data movement. Thus, the after-lunch-track focused very much on DBpedia Usages during the dedicated showcase session, which started with the new DBpedia & DBpedia+ Data Stack release (planned for 2016-04).
Afterwards, the session continued with further DBpedia related discussions, in which various practical DBpedia matters such as DBpedia in the EUROPEANA Food and Drink project, the use of DBpedia for improved vaccine information systems or using Elasticsearch + DBpedia to maintain a searchable database of global power plants were tackled.
The afternoon track came along with four DBpedia highlight-sessions, namely DBpedia and Ontologies, DBpedia and Heritage, DBpedia hands-on development and DBpedia and NLP. Firstly, the DBpedia ontology group discussed possible ontology usages and presented the results of the latest DBpedia Ontology survey. In the following 75 minutes during the DBpedia and Heritage session, special challenges and opportunities of reference data for digital heritage were addressed by experts from EUROPEANA, iMinds, RCE and KB, the National Library of the Netherlands. Thirdly, members of the DBpedia Association and the AKSW/KILT group from Leipzig led a practical session for developers and DBpedia enthusiasts to talk about technical issues and challenges in DBpedia as well as they held a Tutorial session for DBpedia Newbies.
The end of the event was dedicated to NLP and the application of Linked Data on Language Technologies, especially entity linking, topics which are of vital importance for the research of AKSW/KILT members at the University of Leipzig.
Following, you find a list of all presentations given during the meeting.
All slides and presentations are also available on our Website and you will find more feedback and photos about the event on Twitter via #DBpediaDenHaag.
Summing up, the 6th community meeting brought together more than 95 DBpedia enthusiast from the Netherlands and Europe which engaged in vital conversations about interesting projects and approaches to questions/problems revolving around DBpedia, not only during the dedicated session but also during networking breaks. The recently found DBpedia Association was strongly represented with presentations from Sebastian Hellmann, Dimitris Kontokostas, Nilesh Chakraborty, as well as Markus Freudenberg.
Finally, we would like to thank the organizers Enno Meijers, Richard Nagelmaker, Gerald Wildenbeest, Gerard Kuys, Monika Solanki and representatives of the DBpedia Association such as Dimitris Kontokostas and Sebastian Hellmann for devoting their time to the organization of the meeting and the programme. We are now looking forward to the 7th DBpedia Community Meeting, which will be held in the city of Leipzig again, during the Semantics conference in September 15th, 2016.