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K-Cap 2013 - Datathon

From: Boris Villazon-Terrazas <bvillazon@isoco.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:50:18 +0200
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[Apologies for cross-posting]
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=> Participate in the K-Cap - Datathon: 
http://events.kmi.open.ac.uk/kcap2013/datathon/

Overview
*********
In recent years data has become the new oil. Indeed, just like oil, it 
needs to be discovered, extracted from its sources and refined
from the raw material into products with a high added value. Following 
the analogy, this is rarely an easy task and consequently
more and more sophisticated methods and machinery have been developed 
that allow for cost-efficient means that assist the
whole data lifecycle. As a consequence a large amount of actionable 
datasets is now available for exploitation in data-intensive applications
and domains, following different business models. This is especially the 
case of structured data accessible in the Web both through
dedicated APIs or freely available in the form of (Linked) Open Data. 
However, though important steps have been taken in this direction,
there seems to be still a gap between the potential social and economic 
benefits of the use of large-scale data in applications and the
current level of adoption.

This scenario has inspired the K-CAP 2013 Datathon, whose main objective 
is to demonstrate the value of Open Data through innovative applications.
Additional objectives include to identify possible pitfalls along the 
value chain of the data, and second, to draw a number of conclusions 
that allow
the communities involved in generating and exploiting large-scale data, 
to deal with such difficulties and flatten the ground for data-intensive
applications in the near future.


The Challenge
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We invite researchers, developers and practitioners to join us in the 
Datathon and turn this vision into a reality.
We are calling for teams with a maximum of four members to develop the 
best data-intensive applications that the
current technologies and members’ skills permit in a challenging setting 
and with a limited amount of time.

We expect highly innovative data-intensive applications, this is the 
most important thing! So, you are free to
decide the topic and domain. However, we recommend applications that 
cover one or several of the following categories:
- Social responsibility applications for solving problems in societies 
and the world.
- Business applications around a business idea to improve economic 
competitiveness.
- “Surprising” applications, bringing fresh air and inspiration to the 
K-CAP 2013 audience


Important Dates
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- Registration deadline - April 21st
- Datathon starts - April 22nd
- Datathon workshop at K-CAP - June 23rd
- Applications available on the Web for everybody to vote - June 23rd 
(upon workshop finishes)
- Online voting system available from June 24th and 25th
- Demo session at KCAP where applications are showcased and attendees 
vote – June 24 or 25th
- Winners are announced – June 25 or 26th

Further Information
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http://events.kmi.open.ac.uk/kcap2013/datathon/


Best

Boris
Received on Monday, 15 April 2013 08:50:53 UTC

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