Presentation on WWW/Internet for BMET students

I had a special lecture today for Bio-Medical Equipment Technician students today at the Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk campus. It was a good experience to explore and share Web applications in the Biomedical field. It is interesting to see that there are so many applications, resources and Open data available in the biomedical domain.

Here are my slides

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Aid Transparency Barcamp: Linked data and Semantic Web Technologies for Aid Transparency

Just came back from the Aid Transparency Barcamp, Kathmandu. I had a talk on Linked data and Semantic Web Technologies for Aid Transparency. It was a mixed group of audience, with both developers and non-technical people. I guess that the presentation was a bit too much for the non-technical side (sorry for that :-P).
There are many things in the slides, so sharing them here for everyone’s reference. The developers may play with the tools and datasets. Perhaps someone could use Tim’s linked data and demonstrate some interesting app. (Thanks Tim ;-))

Some major questions/concerns from the audience -
* This seems too technical, does the user need to understand all this? (No)
* What will the user see as linked data, web pages? or something different? (ya basically web pages, but driven by data from different linked sources)

But most importantly,
* What problem does linked data address? (Thanks Simon for helping me answer this .. you can put complex queries which need data from across various sources, further you can reuse/link to existing data and similarly others can reuse/link to your data)
Towards the end Simon pointed out that we still need small concrete example applications (in aid transparency) to really convince people (at different levels) to provide (linked) open data, not just demos or visualizations. Agree.
Perhaps the developers/industry can build something really useful for some stakeholder to prove the potential of linked open data.

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PhD final defense presentation

Feel quite free after finishing the final defense for my PhD  :-)  (July 27, 2009 @ NII, Tokyo)

It went quite smoothly. Thanks to the evaluation committee for constructive comments. And it was nice to have a good number of interested audience. Thank you all for coming!

Here are the slides for my presentation, in case useful to anyone. The thesis is all about information sharing anyway ;-)

presentation slides

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Back from ASWC 2008, Thailand

I am back after presenting my paper in ASWC 2008, Bangkok, Thailand. I presented the following paper about StYLiD in the “Ontologies and tags” session.

Consolidating User-Defined Concepts with StYLiD

You can find my presentation slides here.

The conference was successful overall and an interesting experience for all. Congratulations to the organizers who made the conference a success inspite of the recent political troubles which forced the conference to be postponed to 2009, and some people could not make it to the new schedule too. It was a good conference with many high quality interesting papers. It was an enjoyable conference with various light moments and beautiful cultural shows.

It was nice to be back in Thailand again. I also visited AIT, from where I graduated, to meet some faculty and some of my colleagues who are still there. It was a great nostalgic feeling. I was lucky, I also got to attend an invited talk by Dr. Ramanathan Guha from Google, on the same day, in a full-packed room at AIT.

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RDF Semantics in Japanese

Good news for Japanese Semantic Web researchers or Japanese people interested in the Semantic Web. Seiji Koide from the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo has translated the entire W3C RDF semantics specification, which is the one of the foundations of Semantic Web, into Japanese! It is available at the following link.

http://www-kasm.nii.ac.jp/~koide/RDFSemantics-J.htm

This would be a great contribution for the Japanese people having a hard time trying to understand the specifications in English. It is even harder to translate and use  those terminologies properly while doing research in Japanese and explaining them to the Japanese communities. Great job ;-)

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StYLiD presented at the ISWC 2008 demo session

I am back from Karlsruhe, Germany after presenting StYLiD at the poster and demo session of ISWC 2008. My paper titled “Consolidating User-defined Concepts with StYLiD” was published in the proceedings CEUR-WS Volume 401. I have also uploaded the paper and the poster.

I prepared some screencast videos to demostrate StYLiD. I will try to post them online soon. Making screencasts proved to be a good idea as the internet connection at the venue was so intermittent ;-)

It was a good opportunity for me to attend such an important conference. Prof. Martin Hepp came along and watched my demo in detail and took a picture of the entire poster – an honor for me. He also asked me specific questions and thanks for his comments. He had rightly noted that I have been referring to and citing his works like myOntology and FolksOntology :-)

There were also other people interested in StYLiD. Luckily my stall was located next to other interesting demos like LENA (a linked data browser) and Thinkbase (a graphical interface to Freebase). However, I could not show my demo in detail to everyone, I realized that it takes time.

I will have more time to explain my work at ASWC 2008, Bangkok where I will present StYLiD as a full research paper.

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Social Web Incubator Group

Social Web Incubator Group

Good to see the Social Web incubator group charter. Great start! Harry Halpin had talked about it when he visited Tokyo and had a meeting with some W3C members here along with prof. Hideaki Takeda and I from NII.  I feel that a group like this can play a very important role in identifying and addressing practical challenges that are still hindering the adoption of open semantic standards in the social web. While movements like Data portability, SIOC and FOAF have been very successful in the Semantic Web world, many issues like privacy, authentication, ownership, security, trust etc should still be addressed if such standards are to be publicly accepted. Otherwise, people feel safe and comfortable within walled data gardens while social web companies prefer to hold their customers and their data.

The mission of the Social Web Incubator Group, part of the Incubator Activity, is to explore the development of open standards for social data portability built on existing W3C standards and standards developed by the community, and to promote these solutions within the W3C.

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