Mariano P. Consens: « Challenges and Opportunities for the Open Web of Linked Data »
Linked Data provides a mechanism to publish structured data on the Web, encouraging the creation of interlinks (RDF links between data items identified using de-referenceable URIs). The growing availability of open linked datasets enables new usage scenarios and novel applications.
The talk will highlight several opportunities and challenges brought forward by this promising direction for publishing web data. We will discuss first achieving and managing dense interlinking, followed by querying and exploring the data and metadata that is used within and across datasets in the open data cloud. We will draw examples from our experience with LinkedMDB (the first open linked dataset for movies, and the winner of the first Triplification Challenge), and from our analysis of the datasets used in the Billion Triple track of the Semantic Web Challenge. We will also discuss the privacy challenges brought on by the increased online availability of personal data and describe an approach to leverage linked data to facilitate transparency and accountability.
François Bancilhon: « Generating value from open data »
The motivation for open data is two-pronged: it has a transparency objective, by letting citizens access public data and understand what public administration is doing, and a business objective, by letting companies re-use public data to define new services and applications based, partially or totally on public open data. Open data will be successful only if the private sector can embrace it and generate value from it (i.e., revenue and jobs). Data Publica is one of the new breed of companies that plan to generate its revenue from data, and in part from open data. In this talk I will give several examples of the type of projects we build for our customers, based on open data.
Mariano Consens research interests are in the areas of Data Management and the Web, with a focus on linked data, privacy, analytics for semistructured data, XML searching, and autonomic systems. His publications include journal publications selected from best conference papers and several patents. Mariano received his PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. He also holds a Computer Systems Engineer degree from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. Consens is a University of Toronto faculty member and a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Center for Advanced Studies in Toronto. In addition, he has been active in the software industry as a founder and CTO of a couple of software startups, and as a Visiting Scientist at Yahoo! Research Barcelona.
François Bancilhon is currently CEO of Data Publica, a key actor of the Open Data / Big Data space in France. He has co-founded and/or managed several software startups in France and in the US (Data Publica, Mandriva, Arioso, Xyleme, Ucopia, O2 Technology). Before becoming an entrepreneur, François was a researcher and a university professor, in France and the US, specializing in database technology. François holds an engineering degree from the École des Mines de Paris, a PhD from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate from the University of Paris XI.