Re: DERI, NUI Galway launches the SIOC Data Competition

Dear all -

With sincere apologies for the one-month delay in the competition start 
date; we are now accepting signups for the competition at and data sets will be available to verified 
accounts for download on 1st September 2008.  The new closing date is 
31st October 2008.

With thanks,

John Breslin wrote:
> The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway is 
> running a unique competition from 1st August to 30th September 2008 in 
> conjunction with, Ireland’s largest discussion forum site. 
> The competition is an open contest in which entrants can win over 
> €4000 in vouchers by submitting an interesting creation 
> based on a data set of discussion posts from over the past 
> ten years:
> * The first prize is an Amazon voucher for $4000 (~€2500)
> * The second prize is a voucher for $2000 (~€1250)
> * The third prize is a voucher for $1000 (~€625)
> Read the rules and find out more information on the contest at:
> The data set (approximately 9 million documents) has been represented 
> in the Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC) open data 
> format developed by DERI, NUI Galway for expressing the information 
> contained in social websites (forums, mailing lists, blogs, etc.). 
> There's some FOAF data in there too! (We will also be making some 
> LOD-type connections to DBpedia available shortly.) Entrants may 
> create whatever they feel is interesting based on this data: it could 
> be a novel web application that makes use of the data set, a report on 
> analyses performed on the data, a tool that allows one to visualise or 
> browse the semantic structure, or whatever else the imagination can 
> come up with!
> The data reflects ten years of Irish online life, collected between 
> 1998 and 2008 from is one of Ireland’s busiest 
> websites, with over a million unique visitors a month. The most 
> popular discussion areas are 'after hours', soccer, motors, poker, and 
> computers. Popular topic threads include one about a virtual pub (over 
> 4000 pages), member discussions (2800 pages), poker stories (1800 
> pages), Liverpool rumours (1250 pages), recruitment in the Gardaí (800 
> pages long), and a freebie list (250 pages).
> To enter the competition, go to to 
> access the data sets and view the guidelines. There will be three 
> prizes for the top entries, as judged by an independent panel of three 
> experts. The contest is open to anyone except current / former 
> researchers with DERI and employees of Ltd. One person may 
> make multiple entry submissions. The closing date is the 30th 
> September 2008.
> The purpose of this contest is to generate interesting applications or 
> creations that make use of community data represented in the SIOC 
> Semantic Web format. All rights to these creations will remain with 
> the contest participants (not including the underlying data, whose 
> copyright remains with the creators). Neither DERI nor Ltd. 
> will acquire any commercial rights to these applications or creations 
> as submitted through this contest. Up until now, this data has been 
> publicly viewable, but it was difficult to leverage it without any 
> added semantics due to the fact that it was embedded in heavily-styled 
> HTML pages.
> (DERI is a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) 
> established at NUI Galway in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation 
> Ireland (SFI). After five years of operation, DERI has become an 
> internationally-recognised institute in Semantic Web research, 
> education and technology transfer.)

Dr. John Breslin
DERI, NUI Galway

Received on Tuesday, 26 August 2008 11:44:41 UTC