Hands on Presentations hosted by GfWM


The SEMANTiCS is a special place for collaboration between semantic scientists & technologists on one hand and technology & knowledge transfer professionals on the other hand. Thus the Society for Knowledge Management (www.gfwm.de) partners for the second year in a row with SEMANTiCS to enrich the conference portfolio and procedures. We select some of the best submissions and offer them the possibility to present their ideas and solutions in more detail. Join our interactive sessions to get an in-depth view on semantic technologies.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 11:00 to Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 16:15
Elisabeth Petracs and Ute John


Lead Knowledge Management


A Matchmaking Assistant to support developing countries in battling climate change.

The United Nations’ Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) provides technical assistance in response to requests submitted by developing countries via their Nationally-selected focal points, or National Designated Entities (NDEs). Upon receipt of such technical assistance requests, the CTC needs to quickly mobilize its global Network of climate technology experts to design and deliver a customized response tailored to local needs. The volume of requests as well as the amount of experts and technical assistance responses ('solutions') is growing considerably and therefore it was decided to explore if and how an automated process can support filtering technical assistance requests ('requirements') and the identification of experts and resources to fulfil these requests (a "Matchmaking Assistant"). Ideally, such an automated process would offer NDEs with the opportunity to query the CTCN's knowledge management system using problem-oriented language to find expertise, case studies/good practice stories, relevant documents and signposts to relevant other knowledge sources. This latter scenario would allow the CTCN to significantly scale-up its technical assistance work to developing countries.

A demonstrator matchmaking assistant was developed to explore how existing tools such as the REEEP Climate Tagger (which can identify most relevant concepts from unstructured text and is based on an expert-developed climate thesaurus) and the underlying PoolParty Semantic Suite Technology provide a solution for the above-mentioned challenge.

This talk outlines the matchmaking scenario supported by the demonstrator, the technical set-up of the demonstrator, user feedback and lessons learned.


Using open data thesauri to connect climate platforms

We strongly believe that semantic technologies and open data (ie. in the form of open data thesauri and ontologies) are key factors to connect information and knowledge in the climate sector. Using open data to increase consistency in language and allow links between related documents (across languages and platforms) provides those who are affected by climate change as well as decision makers in the field of sustainable development access to accurate and timely knowledge on climate related issues.

Interactive session: See a demo and experience first-hand our Knowledgecafe!


Scaling Semantic Technology to Increase User Engagement - FT.com

To serve their daily readership of 2.2 million and realise their 'digital-first' strategy, the Financial Times chose Ontotext's GraphDB Enterprise Edition. The installation of Ontotext's RDF database has pushed the state of the art by increasing the scalability, reliability and availability of semantic technology. Additionally, Ontotext provided a number of NLP-services leveraging the semantic database to provide concept extraction, disambiguation and personalised recommendation service for FT's customers.

Our talk will discuss the problems facing the implementation of semantic-driven approaches in an enterprise environment, the lessons learned and how those problems were overcome to help a world-renowned news publisher provide innovative new products and services.

Interactive session: Join us for an in-depth technology demonstration and take the hot seat on our panel session.

Linked Data Specialist


CultuurLINK: Connecting Cultural Heritage

CultuurLINK is a Web application to link vocabularies. The application is developed to support the cultural heritage community with the alignment of vocabularies. While several tools have existed previously to support the fully automatic alignment of vocabularies, these are difficult to apply effectively in practice. With CultuurLINK, the user guides the system step-by-step through the alignment process. With the graphical strategy editor the user builds a case-specific link strategy out of building blocks that provide operations such as filters and string comparison. The output of each step is directly available for the user to inspect, manually evaluate and decide which step to take next. Links are exported as SKOS triples while the definition of the link strategy provides the provenance of these links. CultuurLINK is a new, free service for the Dutch cultural heritage community, part of the national roadmap for digital heritage, to establish a digital infrastructure that connects collections from all over the Netherlands to each other, and to the rest of the world.

Interactive session: We are looking forward to discuss your own uses cases for searching and linking vocabularies. Learn how to use this technology in other domains.

How can Semantics and Knowledge Management methodologies benefit from each other

In my talk I will describe the basic concepts and methods of knowledge management with a focus on the benefits for both groups: semantic workers and knowledge management people. I will end my talk with a few questions to the auditors and I hope that we can work out some approaches of coworking between semantic workers and knowledge managers.