1. Statistical Linked Dataspaces and Analysis
Statistical data, in particular official statistics published by government agencies and other institutions, are inherently highly structured and comes with rich metadata. Implementing human and machine-friendly dataspaces and interfaces of such data on the Web expose engineering challenges and open up research areas.
I will walk through some of the “interesting bits” (e.g., transformations, provenance, comparability, interlinking, URI design, interfaces) based on actual implementations of statistical Linked Dataspaces. Lastly, the design and realization of a Linked Analysis service that is intended to work towards creating citizen-centric interfaces will be discussed and share the lessons learned.
See also: http://270a.info/
Sarven’s background is in user-experience design and open Web technologies, and he is ultimately interested in human-computer interaction, and how it changes us. Over the last few years, his focus has been in making statistical data on the Web more accessible and usable for Semantic Web developers and in parallel aiming to create citizen-centric interfaces in order to further knowledge about human societies, and to foster better decision-making environments.
He is currently a PhD student at the Leipzig University (AKSW), and research associate at the Bern University of Applied Sciences.
See also: http://csarven.ca/#i
2. Short Introduction to the Network Institute and their TechLabs
The Tech Labs consist of three different high-tech laboratories on the VU University Amsterdam Campus all bound together within the Network Institute making it easy to find exactly what you need. The Tech Labs facilitate any kind of research that focuses on the use and effects of technology by and on humans. For that the three locations offer any type space you need. From a large open and flexible room, to a high-tech high-profile environment to one person cubicles. Then there’s the equipment to match. Ranging from simple computers to heavy workstations, from large projection screens to head-mounted-displays, from sensors to recording equipment. And of course the software tools you need to make it all work. If it’s not available in the Tech Labs, we’ll try to build it ourselves or try to find the correct supplier so you can conduct your research in the way you want it. If you are not so tech-savvy, don’t worry. The Tech Labs also offer Full Support, our people will always be available to think along, build custom hard- and software, help setting up your experiment, take care of third parties, etc. Want to know more? Take a look at the facilities of the Intertain Lab, the Game Cella’ Lab and the Media Lab using the navigation menu on the right.