Symposium – co-organized by DANS and the eHumanities group

Time: January 18, 2013, 9.00-17.00
Location: eHumanities group at Meertens Institute KNAW

Goal(s) of the meeting

●      Motivate the participating institutions in publishing their data as Linked Open Data (LOD)
●      Push forward the usage of VIVO as a tool, and as an ontology, for publishing the LOD
●      Discuss the connections with other projects such as Linked Universities
●      Highlight a set of persons to get in touch with for support
●      Share experiences and discuss how to push things further


See the list of participants.

Programme and links to presentations

Welcome by Sally Wyatt, Programme leader of the eHumanities group of the KNAW

Research information – past, presence and future

Christophe Guéret – DANS
Short introduction to the objectives of the day and what “Linked Open Data” means.

Andrea Scharnhorst – DANS
Research Information Systems (Measuring science – tracing the authors)

This presentation is an introduction into the origin of “measuring science”, bibliographic databases and current efforts to trace the authors.

Mathieu d’Aquin – Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University
Linking Universities – A broader look at the application linked data and semantic web technologies in an academic environment.

The Open University has pioneered the use of Linked Data in the higher education sector, not only through providing the first university-wide deployment of Linked Data to expose its public information, but also through the large variety of applications developed that exploit these data. Besides providing a valuable resource for learners, teachers and researchers, this experience has made emerge new challenges for research in the Semantic Web area, related to the discoverability of resources through Linked Data, the analysis and interpretation of information from connected sources, or the way following links into Web knowledge can lead to new research methodologies and new research questions. By investigating such challenges, we show how the realisation of the Semantic Web could provide the perfect technological solution to one of the most fundamental goals of academia: sharing knowledge globally.

Katy Börner – CNS, SLIS, Indiana University, USA
VIVO – International Researcher Network

There now exist diverse researcher networking services.. Among them are commercial services, e.g., LinkedIn or Facebook, as well as systems that were specifically designed for scholars, e.g., Elsevier’s Collexis, Harvard’s Catalyst Profiles, Stanford’s CAPS system, or the VIVO system. Thanks to the latter systems, scholars are uniquely identified via their institutional IDs and are linked to the papers they have published, the patents they authored, the funding they received, and the courses they teach. The web site at aims to show the adoption of different systems since January 2010. Users can turn on/off different data layers to explore the number and quality of loaded people, paper, patent, funding, and course records or animate the growth of data holdings. Never before has such a comprehensive record of scholarly micro-level activity data been available in machine readable format. This talk introduces diverse novel services, science of science studies, and visualizations that become possible through this data, see also VIVO book.

Experiences with exposing research metadata (VIVO or alike)

Feedback from activities around exposing research metadata

Linda Reijnhoudt & Chris Baars – DANS

NARCIS is a portal gathering information from all Dutch scientific research institutions. This presentation will show from where and how NARCIS gathers the data, which standards are used and how these standards change over time.

Nick Veenstra – Eindhoven University of Technology
VIVO deployment at TU/e

inking VIVO with Metis and HR data, development of a Surface 2.0 application on VIVO API’s.

Linda Reijnhoudt & Christophe Guéret – DANS
Exposing data from NARCIS

Report about the experiments in exposing data contained in NARCIS and the lack of information we faced in that approach.

Rinke Hoekstra – VU University Amsterdam
Exposing COMMIT in VIVO

Feedback on the first deployment and highlight the interlinking aspect

Publishing research data : why and how? Panel discussion around the need for publishing research metadata and the future of this activity

The panelists and their focus on interest are:

●      Paul Groth (Web Science, Alt Metrics)
●      Katy Borner (VIVO)
●      Mathieu d’Aquin (Linked Data for Universities)
●      Maurice Vanderfeesten (Enhanced publications)
●      Rinke Hoekstra (Linked Research Data)

During the symposium all current eight Iterations of the Places and Spaces exhibition (posters) were on display. (see