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Re: Use cases wanted for media coverage

From: Sören Auer <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 13:15:38 +0100
Message-ID: <4D32E16A.1080301@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
To: Markus Krötzsch <markus.kroetzsch@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org
Dear Markus,

First of all thanks for bringing this up - I think its really crucial 
for us as a research community to showcase what impact the results of 
our research can make in practice!

Besides DBpedia (already frequently featured in public press, e.g. two 
days ago by famous German newspaper TAZ [1]), we are working on 
Catalogus Professorum (led by my colleague Thomas Riechert), which I 
think nicely demonstrates the usefulness of semantic technology to a 
wider public:

The Catalogus Professorum is a project by historians and AKSW research 
group from Universität Leipzig to enlighten the academic history in 
Germany by representing information about professors, their 
professional, familiar and societal context in a comprehensive, 
semantically structured knowledge base. It currently features more than 
1500 detailed biographies of academics with some ties to Universität 
Leipzig, but due to the mobility of the academic community it gives also 
insights on the academic life in Germany and central Europe in general. 
The knowledge base allows historians to pursue various research 
questions by employing the Catalogus Professorum knowledge base. Of 
particular interest are currently the relationship between religious 
movements, political systems, family ties and academia. However, since 
the information is represented semantically independent of a particular 
usage scenario it can be easily used to facilitate the investigation of 
novel research questions. The Catalogus Professorum is also extremely 
interesting to citizens interested in local history, Genealogy, the 
history of specific topics or communities. It was recently features in 
an article by the leading daily regional newspaper Leipziger 
Volkszeitung (LVZ).

More information about Catalogus Professorum can be found at:

* http://blog.aksw.org - a copy of the LVZ article
* http://www.uni-leipzig.de/unigeschichte/professorenkatalog - website 
for the general public
* http://catalogus-professorum.org - the project website for experts
* http://svn.aksw.org/papers/2010/ISWC_CP/public.pdf - the best paper 
award winning ISWC 2010 In-Use track paper about CP

Feel free to forward my contact details to the journalist or let me know 
if I can help in any other way to facilitate this effort!




Working on LOD2 - from Linked Data 2 Knowledge: http://lod2.eu

Sören Auer, AKSW/Computer Science Dept., University of Leipzig
http://www.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/~auer,  Skype: soerenauer
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