Elsevier Sponsors 2012 Semantic Web Challenge

                Elsevier Sponsors 2012 Semantic Web Challenge

  PR Newswire

  AMSTERDAM, November 29, 2012

AMSTERDAM, November 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

          Winners Announced at International Semantic Web Conference

Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, is pleased to announce the winners of the
2012 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). Determined by a jury of leading experts
from both academia and industry, winners were announced at the International
Semantic Web Conference held in Boston, MA, this month. The challenge and
allocated prizes were sponsored by Elsevier.

SWC contestants competed in any of two challenge categories: 'Open Track' and
'Billion Triples Track'. Open Track contestants are required to submit
applications that utilize the semantics (meaning) of data and applications are
designed to operate in an open web environment where information sources are
under diverse ownership and control; Billion Triples Track contestants have to
reason with a pre-supplied, very big data set of mixed quality.

Of this year's 24 submissions, the panel of experts selected 4 Open Track
Challenge winners and 1 Billion Triples Track winner.

Open Track challenge:

  *1 ^st prize: " Event Media " by Houd Khrouf, Vuk Milicic and Raphaël
    Troncy from EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis, France - This application
    demonstrates how to use semantic web technology to more efficiently and
    easily integrate multiple online and social media content sources that
    evolve over time.
  *2 ^nd prize: " Semantic Processing of Urban Data " by S. Kotoulas, V.
    Lopez, R Lloyd, M. Sbodid, F. Lecue, M. Stephenson, E. Daly, V. Bicer, A.
    Gkoulalas-Divanis, G. Di Lorenzo, A. Schumann and P. Aonghusa from IBM
    research's Smart Cities Team - The mayor of Dublin wanted to know why his
    ambulances were perennially late so this team 'knowledge mined' hundreds
    of information sources emanating from the city ranging from usual twitter
    feeds to garbage collection tags and many more to help the mayor improve
    city service.
  *3 ^rd prize: jointly awarded to: " Open Self Medication " by Olivier Curé
    of Universite Paris-Est, LIGM, CNRS - This application advises on
    self-medication, using the Linked Open Data cloud to mine contra
    indications for various over the counter medications and adds to these
    where they were missing. A mobile geo location price comparison tool
    enables users to find nearby pharmacies that sell the cheapest drugs,
    enabling French health care insurance companies to reduce their costs; "
    Wildfire Monitoring " by K. Kyzirakos, M. Karpathiotakis, G. Garbis, C.
    Nikoladu, K. Bereta, I Papatousis, T. Herekakis, D. Michail, M. Koubarakis
    and C. Kontoes from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
    National Observatory of Athens and the Harokopeio University of Athens -
    This application combines multimedia satellite images with ontologies and
    Linked Geospatial Data to improve the wildfire monitoring service used by
    the Greek civil protection agencies, military, and firefighters.

Billion Triples Track challenge:

  *" Exploring the linked data cloud " by X. Zhang, D. Song, S.Priya, Z.
    Daniels, K. Reynolds and J. Heflin of Lehigh University, USA. This system
    allows users to understand how massive data sets are populated and reveals
    patterns in within these data sets.

"We were extremely impressed by the demos this year, many of which were
interesting, well designed, highly polished, and had clear use cases for both
the general public and for domain experts," explained SWC co-chairs Andreas
Harth, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Diana Maynard, University of

In 2003 the SWC was set up to showcase the very latest in semantic web
technology. Over the years the challenge has attracted over 165 submissions
from across the globe. Every year the final rounds of this competition take
place at the annual International Semantic Web Conference. The continuing
maturity of the tools and components used to build applications has resulted
in increasingly more compelling demonstrations.

" Elsevier is a proud sponsor of the Semantic Web Challenge as it clearly
illustrates what the Semantic Web can provide to the world by highlighting the
state-of-the-art developments in web technology each year. Furthermore,
allowing researchers to showcase their work and compare it to others
stimulates current research in this exciting and growing field," said Sweitze
Roffel, Senior Publisher in Computer Science at Elsevier.

About the Semantic Web Challenge

The Semantic Web Challenge has been organized in cooperation with the Semantic
Web Science Association since 2003 with the aim to offer participants the
chance to submit their best Semantic Web Applications. The overall objective
of the challenge is to apply Semantic Web techniques in building online
end-user applications that integrate, combine and deduce information needed to
assist users in performing tasks. As the potential of the Semantic Web is very
broad, the open challenge intentionally does not define any specific task,
data set, or application domain. To allow a broad range of applications to
compete with each other, all teams are judged using a number of minimal
criteria, as well as additional desired criteria. Based on these predefined
criteria the winners are selected by an expert jury.

Full details of the competition, judging, as well as all the competing teams,
including their papers, demos and presentations can be found on

About the Semantic Web

The central idea of the Semantic Web is to extend the current human-readable
web by encoding some of the semantics of resources in a machine-processable
form. Moving beyond syntax opens the door to more advanced applications and
functionality on the Web. Computers will be better able to search, process,
integrate and present the content of these resources in a meaningful,
intelligent manner.

About the International Semantic Web Conference series

The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the premier international
forum for the Semantic Web and Linked Data Community. At the conference
scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future
of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions. ISWC is
organized annually by the Semantic Web Science Association and typically
rotates between America, Europe and Asia.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including
major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions
include ScienceDirect , Scopus , Reaxys , ClinicalKey and Mosby's Nursing
Suite , which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals,
and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review , which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people
worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC , a world-leading
publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier
PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL
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Media contact Sweitze Roffel Elsevier +31-20-485-2382 s.roffel@elsevier.com
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