This Week at DERI

DERI announces € 400,000 “Enterprise of the Future” Project Supported by Cisco
The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway today (Wednesday, 13 January) announced a three-year “Enterprise of the Future” technology project, supported by Cisco.
The € 400,000 project will develop new ways for the “Enterprise of the Future” to integrate information and make it easily accessible for employees. Today, a typical company has information stored across a variety of often unconnected formats including documents, emails, instant messaging and wiki pages. DERI’s semantic search and integration technology will seek to more cleverly and usefully link information and make it accessible across the company.
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The website
The website , which provides management and lookup of namespace URIs for the RDF and SPARQL user community, has received a major update. New in this version is reverse lookup of namespace mappings, an improved voting system to combat spam, data export in VANN format , and more. Details are available here . The website is developed by Richard Cyganiak of DERI's Linked Data Research Centre .
SMOB v2.0
From Alexandre Passant's Blog:
About 2 years ago, we - Alexandre Passant , Tuukka Hastrup , Uldis Bojars and John Breslin - designed SMOB, a Semantic Microblogging client and server application , in order to demonstrate how Semantic Web and vocabularies like FOAF and SIOC could be used to provide a more open microblogging experience.
While we did not improve is much since then, there have been a lot of work on it these last months (about 250 SVN commits since end of October, when we decided to revive it) and I'm happy to announce that SMOB v2.0 is now officilay out, after some internal beta-testing during the last weeks.
Overall, it has been a complete code rewriting and architecture redesign since the previous release. While the initial version relied on clients and servers to respectively publish and aggregate data, this new version is based on the concept of distributed and independent hubs that communicate each other to exchange data, being microblog posts as well as followers / following lists.
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A new public Google Calendar has been set up for the Reading Groups
This new public Google Calendar contains upcoming Reading Groups [1] with the title of the talk, the name of the presenter, a short description of the topic, references to related publications, time and location (room) of the presentation. Additionally, all past Reading Groups --- since 2005! --- are archived in this calendar.
You can consult the calendar online (HTML), import it to your favorite calendar application (iCal or XML) or add it to your own Google Calendar account using the links below.

  • XML link
  • iCal link
  • HTML link

[1] The Reading Group is a seminar for DERI researchers and other people interested in learning about seminal works in areas relevant to our research. In this weekly held event, scientific papers or textbooks chosen by the speaker are being presented and discussed. The Reading group is meant as a forum where we particularly focus on research done outside of DERI. Topics of the presented articles can vary greatly, and serve the purpose to deepen knowledge on relevant research going on in the fields DERI is involved in. Also, the seminar gives the presenters the chance to present excellent research results in a confined environment to practice their presentation skills and get feedback from a broader audience. Each of the presentations is followed by a discussion about impact and relevance of the presented work on our own research. Reading groups are normally held on Wednesday afternoon at 14:00 in the DERI Conference Room, unless otherwise specified. -