Call for participation - LD4D tutorial @ ISWC2012

Tutorial Linked Data for Development (LD4D)
November 12, 2012 - International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Boston.

Linked Data have by-and-large been designed around centralized, powerful
Web servers and the (mobile) clients accessing them. As a direct
consequence of these design decisions, the usage of data-sharing
technologies depends on the availability of a Web infrastructure comprised
of data-centers, high-speed, reliable Internet connections, and modern
client devices. Four-billion people currently have no access to such an
infrastructure and are thus deprived of the benefits Linked (Open) Data

“Linked Data for Development” (LD4D) is a sub-topic of Information and
Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), referring to the
specifics of using Linked Data principles in developing countries. In a few
words, this tutorial is about the need for establishing such technology and
the potential usages of it. Participants will learn more about the specific
challenges of ICT4D and play around with some technologies being developed
to tackle these challenges.

Program overview


09:00 – 10:30

ICT4D: what is this about?

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30

LD4D: how can Linked Data contribute to improving the life conditions?

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Towards LD4D based systems

15:30 – 16:00


16:00 – 17:30

Hands on session

Keynote speakers


Walter Bender: Walter Bender is founder of Sugar Labs, a non-profit
foundation. In 2006, Bender co-founded the One Laptop per Child, a
non-profit association with Nicholas Negroponte and Seymour Papert. As
director of the MIT Media Laboratory, Bender led a team of researchers in
fields as varied as tangible media to affective computing to lifelong
kindergarten. In 1992, Bender founded the MIT News in the Future
consortium, which launched the era of digital news.

Bernie Innocentie: Bernie Innocenti is a Linux software engineer and
systems administrator who volunteers for OLPC since 2007. In 2009, Bernie
co-founded Sugar Labs, a community-led project to promote world-wide access
to free and open education through a constructionist computing environment
for young learners. Since then, Bernie worked on-site with the engineering
teams of several OLPC deployments to improve Sugar and the underlying Linux

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