DBpedia Chapters – Survey Evaluation – Episode One

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:31am

DBpedia Chapters – Challenge Accepted

The DBpedia community currently comprises more than 20 language chapters, ranging from  Basque, Japanese to Portuguese and Ukrainian. Managing such a variety of chapters is a huge challenge for the DBpedia Association because individual requirements are as diverse as the different languages the chapters represent. There are chapters that started out back in 2012 such as DBpediaNL. Others like the Catalan chapter are brand new and have different haves and needs.

So, in order to optimize chapter development, we aim to formalize an official DBpedia Chapter Consortium. It permits a close dialogue with the chapters in order to address all relevant matters regarding communication, organization as well as technical issues. We want to provide the community with the best basis to set up new chapters and to maintain or develop the existing ones.

Our main targets for this are to: 

  • improve general chapter organization,
  • unite all DBpedia chapters with central DBpedia,
  • promote better communication and understanding and,
  • create synergies for further developments and make easier the access to information about which is done by all DBpedia bodies

As a first step, we needed to collect information about the current state of things.  Hence, we conducted two surveys to collect the necessary information. One was directed at chapter leads and the other one at technical heads. 

In this blog-post, we like to present you the results of the survey conducted with chapter leads.  It addressed matters of communication and organizational relevance. Unfortunately, only nine out of 21 chapters participated, so the respective outcome of the survey speaks only for roughly 42% of all DBpedia chapters.

Chapter-Survey  – Episode One

Most chapters have very little personnel committed to the work done for the chapter, due to different reasons. 66 % of the chapters have only one till four people being involved in the core work. Only one chapter has about ten people working on it.

Overall, the chapters use various marketing channels for promotion, visibility and outreach. The website as well as event participation, Twitter and Facebook are among the most favourite channels they use. 

The following chart shows how chapters currently communicate organizational and communication issues in their respective chapter and to the DBpedia Association.

 

 

The second one explicit that ⅓ of the chapters favour an exchange among chapters and with the DBpedia Association via the discussion mailing list as well as regular chapter calls.

 

The survey results show that 66,6% of the chapters currently do not consider their current mode of communication efficient enough. They think that their communication with the DBpedia Association should improve.

 

As pointed out before, most chapters only have little personnel resources. It is no wonder that most of them need help to improve the work and impact of chapter results. The following chart shows the kind of support chapters require to improve their overall work, organization and communication. Most noteworthy, technical, marketing and organization support are hereby the top three aspects the chapters need help with. 

 

 

The good news is all of the chapters maintain a DBpedia Website. However, the frequency of updates varies among them. See the chart on the right.

 

 

 

Earlier this year, we announced that we like to align all chapter websites with the main DBpedia website. That includes a common structure and a corporate design, similar to the main one.  Above all, this is important for the overall image and recognition factor of DBpedia in the tech community. With respect to that, we inquired whether chapters would like to participate in an alignment of the websites or not.

 

 

 

With respect to marketing support, the chapters require from the Association, more than 50% of the chapters like to be frequently promoted via the main DBpedia twitter channel.

 

 

Good news: just forward us your news or tag us with @dbpedia and we will share ’em.

Almost there.

Finally, we asked about chapters requirements to improve their work and, the impact of their chapters’ results. 

 

Bottom line

All in all, we are very grateful for your contribution. Those data will help us to develop a strategy to work towards the targets mentioned above. We will now use this data to conceptualize a little program to assist chapters in their organization and marketing endeavours. Furthermore, the information given will also help us to tackle the different issues that arose, implement the necessary support and improve chapter development and chapter visibility.

In episode two, we will delve into the results of the technical survey. Sit tight and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or subscribe to our newsletter.

Finally, one last remark. If you want to promote news of your chapter or otherwise like to increase its visibility, you are always welcome to:

  • forward us the respective information to be promoted via our marketing channels 
  • use your own Twitter channel and tag your post with @dbpedia,  so we can retweet your news. 
  • always use #dbpediachapters

Looking forward to your news.

Yours

DBpedia Association

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Grüezi Community!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 8:53am

More than 110 DBpedia enthusiasts joined the Community Meeting in Vienna.

After the success of the last two community meetings in Amsterdam and Leipzig, we thought it is time to meet you at the SEMANTiCS conference again. This year’s SEMANTiCS opened with the DBpedia Day on September 10th, 2018 in Vienna.

First and foremost, we would like to thank the Institute for Applied Informatics for supporting our community and many thanks to the Technical University Vienna and the SEMANTiCS for hosting our community meeting.

Opening Session
Javier Fernández

Javier David Fernández García, Vienna University of Economics, opened the meeting with his keynote Linked Open Data cloud – act now before it’s too late. He reflected on challenges towards arriving at a truly machine-readable and decentralized Web of Data. Javier reviewed the current state of affairs, highlighted key technical and non-technical challenges, and outlined potential solution strategies.

The second keynote speaker was Mathieu d’Aquin, Professor of Informatics at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway. Mathieu, who is specialized in data analytics, completed the meeting with his keynote Dealing with Open Domain Data.

Mathieu d’Aquin

 

Showcase Session
Beyza Yaman

Patrik Schneider started the DBpedia Showcase Session with his presentation of the “NII (Japan) Research Showcase – A Knowledge Graph Management Framework for DBpedia”. Shortly after, Jan Forberg, from AKSW/KILT Leipzig, promoted the usage of WebIDs in a short how-to tutorial session. Adam Sanchez, from University Grenoble Alpes, talked about RDFization of a relational database from medicine domain by using Ontop. Followed by another presentation by Beyza Yaman, University of Genoa, talking about Exploiting Context-Dependent Quality Metadata for Linked Data Source Selection. Afterwards, Robert Bielinski, from AKSW/KILT Leipzig, introduced the new DBpedia release circle by using Apache Spark. Closing the Showcase Session, Tomas Kliegr, University of Economics Prague, presented a showcase using DBpedia to study cognitive biases affecting interpretation of machine learning results.

 

For further details of the presentations follow the links to the slides.

  • WebID Creation by Jan Forberg, AKSW/KILT slides
  • RDFization by Adam Sanchez, Université Grenoble Alpes slides
  • Exploiting Context-Dependent Quality Metadata by Beyza Yaman, University of Genoa slides
  • Extracting Data using Apache Spark by Robert Bielinski, AKSW/KILT slides
  • Using DBpedia to study cognitive biases affecting interpretation of machine learning results by Tomas Kliegr, University of Economics Prague slides
Parallel Session
Gary Munnelly

As a regular part of the DBpedia Community Meeting, we had two parallel sessions in the afternoon where DBpedians can discuss technical issues. Participants interested in NLP-related topics joined the NLP & DBpedia session. Milan Dojchinovski (AKSW/KILT) chaired this session with four very stimulating talks. Hereafter you will find all presentations given during this session:

 

Diego Moussallem

At the same time, the DBpedia Association Hour provided a platform for the community to discuss technical questions and especially the DBpedia databus. Sebastian Hellmann presented the DBpedia databus and explained the advantages of global IDs. Shortly after, Marvin Hofer (AKSW/KILT) demonstrated the new DBpedia global ID webinterface. Please find his slides here.

 

Afternoon Track
Enno Meijers

The 12th edition of the DBpedia Community Meeting also covered a special chapter session, chaired by Enno Meijers, from the Dutch DBpedia Language Chapter. The speakers presented the latest technical or organizational developments of their respective chapter.

Following, you find a list of all presentations of this session:

 

This session has mainly created an exchange platform for the different DBpedia chapters. For the first time, representatives of the European chapters discussed problems and challenges of DBpedia from their point of view. Furthermore, tools, applications and projects were presented by each chapter.

Jens Grivolla

Summing up, the 12th DBpedia Community Meeting brought together more than 110 DBpedia enthusiasts from Europe who engaged in vital discussions about Linked Data, the DBpedia databus as well as DBpedia use cases and services.

 

In case you missed the event, all slides and presentations are also available on our Website. Further insights, feedback and photos about the event are available on Twitter via #DBpediaDay.

We are now looking forward to more DBpedia meetings in the next years. So, stay tuned and check Twitter, Facebook and the Website or subscribe to our Newsletter for latest news and updates.

Yours

DBpedia Association

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Beta-Test Updates

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:04am

While everyone at the DBpedia Association was preparing for the SEMANTiCS Conference in Vienna, we also managed to reach an important milestone regarding the beta-test for our data release tool.

First and foremost, already 3500 files have been published with the plugin. These files will be part of the new DBpedia release and are available on our LTS repository.

Secondly, the documentation of the testing has been brought into good shape. Feel free to drop by and check it out.
Thirdly, we reached our first interoperability goal. The current metadata is sufficient to produce RSS 1.0 feeds. See here for further information. We also defined a loose roadmap on top of the readme, where interoperability to DCAT and DCAT-AP has high priority.

 

Now we have some time to support you and work one on one and also prepare the configurations to help you set up the data releases. Lastly, we already received data from DNB and SUMO, so we will start to look into these more closely.

Thanks to all the beta-testers for your nice work.

We keep you posted.

Yours

DBpedia Association

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Meet the DBpedia Chatbot

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 12:33pm

This year’s GSoC is slowly coming to an end with final evaluations already being submitted. In order to bridge the waiting time until final results are published, we like to draw your attention to a former project and great tool that was developed during last years’ GSoC.

Meet the DBpedia Chatbot. 

DBpedia Chatbot is a conversational Chatbot for DBpedia which is accessible through the following platforms:

  1. A Web Interface
  2. Slack
  3. Facebook Messenger

Main Purpose

The bot is capable of responding to users in the form of simple short text messages or through more elaborate interactive messages. Users can communicate or respond to the bot through text and also through interactions (such as clicking on buttons/links). There are 4 main purposes for the bot. They are:

  1. Answering factual questions
  2. Answering questions related to DBpedia
  3. Expose the research work being done in DBpedia as product features
  4. Casual conversation/banter
Question Types

The bot tries to answer text-based questions of the following types:

Natural Language Questions
  1. Give me the capital of Germany
  2. Who is Obama?
Location Information
  1. Where is the Eiffel Tower?
  2. Where is France’s capital?
Service Checks

Users can ask the bot to check if vital DBpedia services are operational.

  1. Is DBpedia down?
  2. Is lookup online?
Language Chapters

Users can ask basic information about specific DBpedia local chapters.

  1. DBpedia Arabic
  2. German DBpedia
Templates

These are predominantly questions related to DBpedia for which the bot provides predefined templatized answers. Some examples include:

  1. What is DBpedia?
  2. How can I contribute?
  3. Where can I find the mapping tool?
Banter

Messages which are casual in nature fall under this category. For example:

  1. Hi
  2. What is your name?

if you like to have a closer look at the internal processes and how the chatbot was developed, check out the DBpedia GitHub pages. 

DBpedia Chatbot was published on wiki.dbpedia.org and is one of many other projects and applications featuring DBpedia.

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In case you want your DBpedia based tool or demo to publish on our website just follow the link and submit your information, we will do the rest.

 

Yours

DBpedia Association

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DBpedia Entity – Standard Test Collection for Entity Search over DBpedia

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 3:07pm

Today we are featuring DBpedia Entity, in our blog series of introducting interesting DBpedia applications and tools to the DBpedia community and beyond. Read on and enjoy.

DBpedia-Entity is a standard test collection for entity search over the DBpedia knowledge base. It is meant for evaluating retrieval systems that return a ranked list of entities (DBpedia URIs) in response to a free text user query.

The first version of the collection (DBpedia-Entity v1) was released in 2013, based on DBpedia v3.7 [1]. It was created by assembling search queries from a number of entity-oriented benchmarking campaigns and mapping relevant results to DBpedia. An updated version of the collection, DBpedia-Entity v2, has been released in 2017, as a result of a collaborative effort between the IAI group of the University of Stavanger, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Wayne State University, and Carnegie Mellon University [2]. It has been published at the 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR’17), where it received a Best Short Paper Honorable Mention Award. See the paper and poster.

DBpedia Entity was published on wiki.dbpedia.org and is one of many other projects and applications featuring DBpedia.

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Beta-tests for the DBpedia Databus commence

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:56am

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 developing a new data release tool to release datasets on the DBpedia Databus. In that context, we 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 occurring 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 generated. 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 DBpedia Databus which is hopefully possible in about 3 weeks.

For updates on the beta-test, follow this link.

Looking forward to working with you…

Yours,

DBpedia Association

 

PS: 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.

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Call for Participation: 12th DBpedia Community Meeting in Vienna

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:23am

We are happy to announce that the 12th DBpedia Community Meeting will be held in Vienna, Austria. At the beginning of SEMANTiCS 2018, Sep 10-13, the DBpedia Community will get together on the 10th of September for the DBpedia Day.

Highlights

– Keynote presentation by Javier David Fernández García (WU Vienna)

– Keynote presentation by Mathieu d’Aquin (NUI Galway)

– DBpedia Association hour

– DBpedia Chapter Session

– Tell us what cool things you do with DBpedia: https://goo.gl/forms/ngRWCjgH9ocDCrEb2

Quick Facts

– Web URL: http://wiki.dbpedia.org/meetings/Vienna2018

– Hashtag: #DBpediaDay

– When: September 10th, 2018

– Where: Gußhaus Campus of Vienna’s Technical University, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Vienna, Austria

– Call for Contribution: Submit your proposal in our form.

Tickets

– Attending the DBpedia Community Meeting costs €50 (excl. registration fee and VAT). DBpedia members get free admission, please contact your nearest DBpedia chapter or the DBpedia Association for a promotion code.

– You need to buy a ticket. Please check all details here: https://2018.semantics.cc/registration

Schedule

Please check our schedule for the 12th DBpedia Community meeting here: https://wiki.dbpedia.org/meetings/Vienna2018

Pre-event

– When: September 9th, 2018

– Where: SBA Research, Favoritenstraße 16, 1040 Vienna, Austria

– What: We will discuss the development strategy of the DBpedia Association with members of the DBpedia chapters. You are cordially invited to participate in the discussion to shape the strategy of DBpedia.

– Registration can be made by email.

 

Sponsors and Acknowledgments

– Technical University Wien (https://www.tuwien.ac.at/en/)

– Institute for Applied Informatics (https://infai.org/)

– OpenLink Software (http://www.openlinksw.com/)

– SEMANTiCS Conference Sep 10-13, 2018 in Vienna (https://2018.semantics.cc/)

– SBA Research (https://www.sba-research.org/)

In case you want to sponsor the 12th DBpedia Community Meeting, please contact the DBpedia Association via dbpedia@infai.org.

 

Organisation

– Julia Holze, DBpedia Association

– Sebastian Hellmann, AKSW/KILT, DBpedia Association

 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna!

For latest news and updates check Twitter, Facebook and our Website or subscribe to our newsletter.

Your DBpedia Association

 

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French DBpedia enthusiasts joined the meetup in Lyon.

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 11:56am

Rencontre avec les français DBpédiens à Lyon

In cooperation with Thomas Riechert (HTWK/InfAI), the DBpedia Association organized our second DBpedia meetup this year, this time in Lyon. On July 3rd, 2018, we met the French DBpedia Community at the ENS in person and presented the vision of the new DBpedia Databus, an opportunity which simplifies the work with data.

First and foremost, we would like to thank the Institute for Applied Informatics for supporting our community and the LARHRA Laboratory as well as the ENS for hosting our community meetup. Special thanks go to Thomas Riechert and Vincent Alamercery (LARHRA Lyon) for organizing the event.

Opening Session

Sebastian Hellmann opened up the meetup in Lyon.

Sebastian Hellmann (AKSW/KILT) opened up the meetup in Lyon by introducing the DBpedia development strategy and the new DBpedia Databus to the French DBpedia community (slides). Afterwards, Elmahdi Korfed from INRIA presented new features and tools as results developed in  the French DBpedia chapter (slides):

In the following months, Elmahdi plans to work on the DBpedia historic live version and the DBpedia wiki commons. His research will be presented during our 12th DBpedia Community meeting on September 10th, in Vienna.

Elmahdi Korfed from INRIA presented new features developed in the French DBpedia chapter.

Following Elmahdi, Francesco Beretta presented LARHRA laboratory and its different research areas. In particular, he introduced the Data for History Consortium which is an international consortium founded in 2017 with the aim of improving geo-historical data interoperability in the semantic web.

Afternoon Track

The afternoon track started out with an inspiring presentation by Adam Sanchez from the University of Grenoble. He talked about ‘RDFization of a relational database from medicine domain using Ontop’ (slides) and introduced the Ontop mappings. Afterwards, Oscar Rodríguez Rocha (University of Côte d’Azur) showcased the application ‘Automatic Generation Educational Quizzes’ from DBpedia (slides) and explained how the automatic generation of quizzes works based on the game Les Incollables.

The meeting concluded with a dynamic discussion on the DBpedia Databus and potential collaborations between the DBpedia Association and the French DBpedia Chapter.

All slides and presentations are available on our Website. You can find more feedback and photos about the event on Twitter via #DBpediaLyon.

You still can’t get enough of DBpedia?

Don’t worry, we already have another meeting of the DBpedia community in the pipeline. Our 12th DBpedia Community meeting is scheduled for September 10th and preparations on the program are already in full swing. Our DBpedia Day will kick-off this year’s edition of SEMANTiCS 2018, hosted at TU Vienna and brings the European DBpedia community together.

You want to contribute? Please submit your proposal and be a part of our amazing program. Register here and meet us and other DBpedia enthusiasts in Vienna. We are looking forward to your contribution.  

For latest news and updates check Twitter, Facebook and our Website or subscribe to our newsletter.

See you soon!

Yours,

DBpedia Association

 

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DBpedia at LSWT 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:31am

Unfortunately, with the new GDPR, we experienced some trouble with our Blog. That is why this post is published a little later than anticipated.

There you go.

With our new strategic orientation and the emergence of the DBpedia Databus, we wanted to meet some DBpedia enthusiasts of the German DBpedia Community.

The recently hosted 6th LSWT (Leipzig Semantic Web Day) on June 18th, was the perfect platform for DBpedia to meet with researchers, industry and other organizations to discuss current and future developments of the semantic web.

Under the motto “Linked Enterprises Data Services”, experts in academia and industry talked about the interlinking of open and commercial data of various domains such as e-commerce, e-government, and digital humanities.

Sören Auer, DBpedia endorser and board member as well as director of TIB, the German National Library of Science and Technology, opened the event with an exciting keynote. Recapping the evolution of the semantic and giving a glimpse into the future of integrating more cognitive processes into the study of data,  he highlighted the importance of AI, deep learning, and machine learning. They are as well as cognitive data, no longer in their early stages but advanced to fully grown up sciences.

Shortly after, Sebastian Hellmann, director of the DBpedia Association, presented the new face of DBpedia as a global open knowledge network. DBpedia is not just the most successful open knowledge graph so far, but also has a deep inside knowledge about all connected open knowledge graphs (OKG) and how they are governed. 

With our new credo connecting data is about linking people and organizations, the global DBpedia platform aims at sharing efforts of OKG governance, collaboration, and curation to maximize societal value and develop a linked data economy.

 

The DBpedia Databus functions as Metadata Subscription Repository, a platform that allows exchanging, curate and access data between multiple stakeholders. In order to maximize the potential of your data, data owners need a WebID to sign their Metadata with a private key in order to make use of the full Databus services.  Instead of one huge monolithic release every 12 months the Databus enables easier contributions and hence partial releases (core, mapping, wikidata, text, reference extraction) at their own speed but in much shorter intervals (monthly). Uploading data on the databus means connecting and comparing your data to the network. We will offer storage services, free & freemium services as well as data-as-a-service.  A first demo is available via http://downloads.dbpedia.org/databus

During the lunch break, LSWT participants had time to check out the poster presentations. 4 of the 18 posters used DBpedia as a source. One of them was Birdory, a memory game developed during the Coding Da Vinci hackathon, that started in April 2018. Moreover, other posters also used the DBpedia vocabulary.

Afternoon Session

In the afternoon, participants of LSWT2018 joined hands-on tutorials on SPARQL and WebID. During the SPARQL tutorial, ten participants learned about the different query types, graph patterns, filters, and functions as well as how to construct SPARQL queries step by step with the help of a funny Monty Python example.

Afterwards, DBpedia hosted a hands-on workshop on WebID, the password-free authentication method using semantics. The workshop aimed at enabling participants to set up a public/private key, a certificate, and a WebID.  Everything they needed to bring was a laptop and an own webspace. Supervised by DBpedia’s executive director Dr. Sebastian Hellmann and developer Jan Forberg, people had to log-into a test web service at the end of the session, to see if everything worked out. All participants seemed well satisfied with the workshop –  even if not everyone could finish it successfully they got a lot of individual help and many hints. For support purposes, DBpedia will stay close in touch with those participants.

 

Thanks to Institut für Angewandte Informatik as well to the LEDS -project and eccenca for organizing LSWT2018 and keeping the local semantic web community thriving.

 

Upcoming Events:

We are currently looking forward to our next DBpedia meetup in Lyon, France on July 3rd and the DBpedia Day co-located with Semantics 2018 in Vienna. Contributions to both events are still welcome. Send your inquiry to dbpedia@infai.org.

 

Yours

 

DBpedia Association

 

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NLI-GO DBPedia demo

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:01am

A small demo app for a generic natural language interaction library I am developing: NLI-GO. It allows you to ask a few questions in natural language (English). These questions are answered by DBPedia via Sparql queries.

NLI-GO DBPedia demo was published on wiki.dbpedia.org and is one of many other projects and applications featuring DBpedia.

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