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The fourth early adopters tutorial will be held in conjunction with next LarKC project meeting on the 13th November, 2010 in the Gongda Jianguo Hotel, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China. This tutorial will enable participants to the get access to early research results and technologies from the LarKC project, and will mainly focus on […]

LarKC – The Large Knowledge Collider has been nominated as a ’start project’ for the ICT 2010 event in Brussels. The project was present with a stand showcasing the life science and urban computing demonstrators, and the newly released LarKC Movie. The movie had its world premier on the first morning of the ICT event and triggered a lot of very positive feedback in course of the three-day event. The movie is published on the project Web site and we invite you to enjoy the introduction to the LarKC project and its approach.

The LarKC consortium representatives thank the numerous visitors to the stand that have shown general interest in the project, that shared technical insights, that intend to exploit some of the project results or that might have ideas and visions to collaborate with LarKC or its members in future activities and projects.

Watch the LarKC project movie and find out what it is all about!

Lael Schooler gave a talk on LarKC at “European Society for Cognitive Psychology Summer School in Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Cognition” in Mallnitz, Austria, 9-19 July 2010.

by Yi Zeng

Following the release of LarKC Chinese Website (http://cn.larkc.eu/) and several Chinese document related to LarKC (including translated user manual, introduction paper, slides, etc.), the LarKC project provides a LarKC Chinese Forum(http://www.w3china.org/larkc) to the Chinese Semantic Web researchers, developers and users.

The forum is located on the W3China website (The most influential Chinese WWW developer website which is devoted to promote W3C related technologies). We thank W3China for providing the special forum on their website. LarKC members are available for answering LarKC related questions and many up-to-date LarKC news, document will be shared through this forum.

In the mean time, LarKC is going to have the 4th early adopters tutorial in Beijing in Nov 13th, 2010. We will select questions, requirements through the forum and discuss them during the tutorial.

LarKC is very proud to be connected with Chinese WWW researchers, developers and practitioners. We are looking forward to meeting you on the  LarKC Chinese Forum !

by Zhisheng

The Chinese government has decided to make a big move to “Internet of Things”.  That may make China a semantic web superpower in coming few years.  Recently Ron Callari wrote an interesting article to make such an analysis:

China’s ‘Internet Of Things’ To Become Semantic Web Superpower?

The LarKC Consortium is going to have a project meeting in Beijing in November 2010. During the meeting, LarKC will have the 4th early adopters workshop in China. That is considered to be an important dissemination activity in China for LarKC.
We expect the act will capture much attention of the researchers and developers from China universities and industry, and perhaps some officers from the Chinese government. Urban computing and its stream processing and reasoning in the LarKC WP6 case study is considered to be one which provides a strong connection between the Semantic Web technology and Internet of Things.

We are glad to announce that the LarKC Platform Release v1.1 is now available in our repository on http://larkc.sourceforge.net.
The redistributable package can be downloaded from our collaborative development environment, LarKC@SourceForge at:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/larkc/files/Release-1.1/larkc-release-1.1.zip/download (OS independent)

The source code belonging to the release can be checked out from SVN at:

https://larkc.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/larkc/tags/Release-1.1

The complete (updated) manual for both users and developers can […]

We are glad to announce that the LarKC Platform Release v1.1 is now available in our repository on http://larkc.sourceforge.net.

The redistributable package can be downloaded from our collaborative development environment, LarKC@SourceForge at:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/larkc/files/Release-1.1/larkc-release-1.1.zip/download (OS independent)

The source code belonging to the release can be checked out from SVN at:

https://larkc.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/larkc/tags/Release-1.1

The complete (updated) manual for both users and developers can be found at:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/larkc/files/Release-1.1/LarKC_PlatformManual_V1_1.pdf

If you need any support or want to give us any feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us at:

  •  larkc-user-support@lists.sourceforge.net (if you want to use LarKC)
  • larkc-dev-support@lists.sourceforge.net (if you are or are willing to become a LarKC developer)

If you are interested in discussions around the LarKC Platform, don’t hesitate to participate in our forums at:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/larkc/forums/

We hope you enjoy LarKC and we are looking forward to your feedback!

The LarKC Platform development team

Prof. Dr. Fensel received an award for the excellent project coordination of LarKC at the event “Austrian Champions in European Research” from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

(By Jose Quesada)Twitter plans to support annotations. Since Facebook started supporting RDFa with their openSocial graph, it was just a matter of time that twitter followed. What are annotations? From Gigaom:

In a nutshell, Annotations would allow developers (and Twitter itself, of course) to add additional information to a tweet — such as a string of text, a URL, a location tag or bits of data — without affecting its character count. In other words, such information would be metadata about the tweet or the user who posted it, and would be carried along as an additional payload as it traveled through the Twitter network. Apps and services could then collect that information and filter it or make sense of it.

It isn’t clear exactly how Annotations will be implemented, but it doesn’t matter, as they are published in some form. This is a gigantic nod towards linked data by one of the largest internet companies (others, such as Google and Facebook both already support RDFa).In some ways, Annotations are like Facebook’s open graph protocol, which also adds metadata to the behavior of users. But they could also be Activity Streams, an extension to the Atom format to represent social objects (see slide 6).There seems to be a lot of interest on real-time web combined with linked data. Alex Passant won the scripting challenge at ESWC2010 with sparqlPuSH, which uses XMPP. And of course there’s C-SPARQL.What this means is that now the three largest social web companies (Google, Twitter, Facebook) all will support linked data formats. It is hard to overestimate this fact. As Bernard Lunn (excellent coverage) puts it:

When gorillas compete, everybody else wins. The logic of the market is increasing support for RDFa by Google, Facebook, Twitter and therefore everybody else.

That is a win for open standards and that is a win for all of us, who can publish RDFa and search RDFa and build tools that make publishing and searching RDFa easier.