Virtuoso+DBpedia+OntoWiki together with several industry relevant uses cases – that´s about the formula of the OntoWiki project, which was launched yesterday in Leipzig.
Sören Auer and his team from AKSW at Uni Leipzig are the coordinators of this EU funded project which supports the development of innovative software products. All industry partners are SMEs which offer services for different fields like E-learning, E-tourism or Business Intelligence. Leipzig and OpenLink Software will work on an integration of OntoWiki & Virtuoso.
The first day of the meeting was, of course, dedicated to socialize and get to know each other. The mixture of the project team turned out to be well chosen – and in the evening we flew at higher game: We had a nice overview over Leipzig standing on the highest building of the town.
On the second day of the meeting Orri Erling, Program Manager at OpenLink Software, came up with an idea which is pretty forward: Why shouldn´t we provide OntoWiki as a Linked Data Browser, e.g. on top of DBpedia etc.? One possible outcome of this project.
Some other use cases which make already use of the existing OntoWiki system were demonstrated: Take a look at Vakantieland (…and start to plan your holidays in the Netherlands) and also at LinkedGeoData where a nice user interface can be tried out.
The Kick-Off Meeting will proceed with two workshops dedicated to semantic technologies and to Application Development with the OntoWiki Framework. Thanks to Sören and his team for the excellent hosting of this event!