The Veni Competition ran between late May and late June 2013. People were invited to design and build innovative and robust prototypes and demos for tools that analyse and/or integrate open web data for educational purposes.
We received 22 valid entries. The abstracts are given below.
The entries were reviewed by the evaluation committee, led by the LinkedUp advisory board. The advisory board createded a shortlist as indicated below. This shortlisted were invited to OKCon in Geneva to take part in the LinkedUp Award Ceremony on Tuesday 17 September where first, second, and third prizes were awarded.
- Course Finder
- DataConf: Enriching conference publications with a mobile mashup application SHORTLISTED
- Dr Hoo
- Enrichment of Young Digital Planet’s biology lessons
- FavSync – Collect bookmarks together
- Globe-Town: open data for sustainable development education SHORTLISTED – 2nd PRIZE
- Knownodes – A collaborative project to explore, create and define links between online resources and ideas SHORTLISTED
- Learner Journey Navigation System
- LinkedIn MOOCs counselor
- MELOD: Mobile Environment for learning with Linked Open Data
- Mismuseos.net: Art After Technology. Putting cultural data to work in a Linked Data platform SHORTLISTED
- moocrank: recommendation of MOOCs based on learning outcomes
- Neuro-Cloud Free Textbook Project
- Open LInked Education Data
- One Million Museum Moments
- PoliMedia – Improving the Analyses of Radio & Newspaper coverage of Political Debates SHORTLISTED – 1st PRIZE
- REthink, REassure, RElook, REsee, REmember, REdiscover. This is simple. This is ReCredible SHORTLISTED
- Social VLE With Rich Structure Learning Data Using Semantic CMS
- Suggest me content for further reading and learning
- We-Share: a social annotation application that publishes and retrieves information about educational ICT tools from the Web of Data SHORTLISTED – 3rd PRIZE
- WIkipedia data linker
- yourHistory: Personalising Historic Events SHORTLISTED
Course FinderDevon Walshe and Lizzie Brotherston TechCube, Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK Our coursefinder app is a searchable map of every available course from Elementary level all the way to University. The data was compiled from multiple incomplete sources and government agencies, and merged into a simplified and complete dataset. Learners can search through the dataset by subject, institution name, postcode, qualification type or SCQF level. Results are displayed on a map with a tool tip for more information and a web link to the institution home page. This is the first time in Scottish history this type of information has been made publicly available, despite a number of official attempts. Demo: http://github.com:azymuth/lapi.git
DataConf: Enriching conference publications with a mobile mashup application – SHORTLISTEDFlorian Bacle, Benoît Durant de la Pastellière, Fiona Le Peutrec and Lionel Médini Université Claude Bernard Lyon and LIRIS laboratory (Lyon France) DataConf is a mobile Web application that allows browsing conference publications, their authors, authors organizations, and even authors other publications or publications related to the same keywords. It queries a main SPARQL endpoint that serves the conference metadata set, as well as other endpoints and Web services to enrich and explore these data. This application exploits the Linked Data paradigm and performs client-side reasoning. It follows recent W3C technical advances and as a full client-side mashup, requires few server resources. It can easily be configured and deployed for any conference with available metadata on the Web. Its component-based architecture also allows developing extensions that query new data sources. We also propose several custom data sources that allow managing conference events, linking authors and publications to other resources on the Web and locally handling the conference keyword ontology. Demo: http://dataconf.liris.cnrs.fr/
Dr HooLazaros Ioannidis, Panagiotis Bamidis, Charalampos Bratsas and Eleni Dafli School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Greece The game begins with a central concept, say a drug, that needs to be ‘guessed’ by the player. Unless the player possesses unexplained guessing potential, they have to expand the concept and reveal some of the hints related with it. The hints might either be other concepts (like a disease targeted by the drug) or a simple property of the original concept (like a brand name). The related concepts can, in turn, be expanded and soon an exciting knowledge network is developed. Demo: http://dbpedia.med.auth.gr/semedic/incubator/RGraph/example1.html and https://bitbucket.org/larjohn/semedic
Enrichment of Young Digital Planet’s biology lessonsJana Parvanova and Ilian Uzunov Ontotext, Sirma Media, Sofia, Bulgaria We have used biology lessons for 5th grade owned by Young Digital Planet (http://www.ydp.eu/). We have used a sample of 30 multimedia lessons. At first stage, we parsed the internal format and retrieved text attached to each page. Next, we applied a combination of entity-recognition algorithms and web crawling to fetch additional materials. Sources are mostly dbpedia and Encyclopaedia of Life (eol.org). As a result, we enriched the original multimedia application with additional links and images. When user moves accross pages of a lesson, links on the right change to reflect the content. Demo: http://bio-demo.ontotext.com/bio2
FavSync – Collect bookmarks togetherVladi Trop, Raphael Glassberg, Peter Kollarovits FAVSYNC BVBA, Lint, Antwerp province, Belgium FavSync – Collect bookmarks together FavSync allows users to easily share and sync groups of bookmarks with other users. Very effective to collect bookmarks as a group and work a project (Imagine Dropbox, just for bookmarks). Demo: https://www.favsync.com
Knownodes – A collaborative project to explore, create and define links between online resources and ideas – SHORTLISTEDDor Garbash, Mikael Couzic, Liad Magen, Jesse Himmelstein, Alexandre Lejeune, Bruno Martin, Weipeng Kuang, Raphael goujet and Yann Leflour. CRI – Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire, University Paris Descartes, Citizen cyberlab, Paris, France Knownodes is a collaborative website that enables anyone to relate, define and explore connections between web-resources and ideas. By providing the context of how resources are related, participants lower the energy barrier for understanding and collaboration around complex knowledge and concepts. In knownodes, the connections between knowledge resources are centers for social interaction and combine together to generate a virtual network of knowledge resources, and user generated content such as ideas and open questions. Knowledge could be made easier to access by providing context to the knowledge around us. As well as serving as a collaborative, peer-reviewed curative platform of learning resources, state-of-the-art open research questions, and rich media(video, image, text, animation, games) The platform is open source, free and user-friendly. This proof of concept prototype demonstrates how anyone can easily create connections between wikipedia articles to learning resources and explore knowledge via a graph and list interface. We have also prototyped wikipedia api integration for easy retrieval of wikipedia articles. Next steps in our roadmap, is to apply a peer-review system, support for further apis for publications and OER and make information in the system available through a browser extension. Demo: http://www.knownodes.com and https://github.com/CyberCRI/KnowNodes
Learner Journey Navigation SystemWilbert Kraan, Jan Lasocki-Biczysko, Charles Duncan, Chris Chung, Joseph Chapman, Joe Wilson and Peter Winstanley CETIS, Intrallect ltd., JES and Co, Scottish Qualification Authority, Scottish Government Edinburgh, Scotland; Glasgow, Scotland; Tucson, USA Currently, the Learner Journey Navigation System is a linked data mash-up that illustrates how a learner can be helped to find her way through learning opportunities and resources when outcomes are published as URIs. The mash-up takes Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and publishes it via the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) linked data platform. With this infrastructure, it is possible to compare a learner’s interests and achievements, as recorded in an e-portfolio, with the curriculum data in the ASN in order to suggest career goals, as well as learning pathways to reaching them. Scottish Qualification Authority college data is used to suggest relevant courses nearby. A query in the Intralibrary digital content repository suggests relevant learning resources, while a controlled query in a social network suggests people who are or have been on similar journeys. With further development, the underlying linked data infrastructure could enable an unlimited number of other apps via generic web APIs provided by the ASN. Nor is the infrastructure limited to school curriculae. Other competency structures can also be URI-ified and used to support the “Teaching going social”, “Educationizer”, and “Supporting employees‚ development via didactic guidance through learning materials” LinkedUp Challenge use cases. Demo: https://github.com/wilmTap/datajam
LinkedIn MOOCs counselorEmiliano Marmonti Independent consultant, web semantic enthusiast, La Plata, Argentina The application uses LinkedIn API to identify the skills from the profile of the user. It will try to map these skills into more general concepts from a downloaded image of DBpedia and specific SPARQL query. Finally will try to offer MOOCS results from a search against OpenCourseWare API. Demo: http://emarmonti.com/contest
MELOD: Mobile Environment for learning with Linked Open DataMarco Arrigo, Giovanni Fulantelli and Davide Taibi National Research Council of Italy – Institute for Educational Technologies, Palermo, Italy The MELOD environment has been designed to support, through the use of mobile devices, the informal learning experiences that take place during the visit of a city. In the last few years, many applications for mobile devices have been developed with the aim of supporting students during a visit experience. One of the main difficulties in designing and managing these applications is related to the content, since usually it must be prepared in advance by the teachers, and maintained during the lifespan of the application, thus requiring an extra effort to organize the information for mobile devices and also to maintain the content updated. MELOD exploits the huge amount of dataset in the Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud to overcome the previous issues, by providing contextualized updated information based on students’ location. The MELOD environment interlinks the DBpedia, Europeana and Geonames datasets with the contextual information of the students’ learning experience. Finally, students social activities, like voting and commenting, are also used to feed new knowledge into the MELOD environment. Demo: http://22.214.171.124:8080/GeoFinder/
Mismuseos.net: Art After Technology. Putting cultural data to work in a Linked Data platform – SHORTLISTEDRicardo Alonso Maturana, María Ortega, María Elena Alvarado, Susana López-Sola and María José Ibáñez GNOSS, Spain Mismuseos.net shows a case of consumption and use of Linked Data from museums and their valorisation in education, through innovative end-user applications, like facet-based searches, semantic context creation and navigation through graphs, which drastically improve user experience. The search engine enables aggregated searches by different facets and summarization of results for each successive search. The solution is built on GNOSS, a semantic and social software platform. Our proposal consists of building a Museums Micro Cloud of Linked, Clean and Curated Data with an underlying Specialized and Unified Graph; and secondly, in connecting cultural and educational worlds in a knowledge ecosystem. This poses a particular problem of ontological engineering that we have addressed: the problem of building Hybrid Ontologies or extended ontologies. Demo: http://mismuseos.net/comunidad/museos
moocrank: recommendation of MOOCs based on learning outcomesIsrael Gutiérrez and Derick Leony University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid, Spain Massive Open Online Courses are becoming very relevant in the current scope of education. One of the weaknesses presented by current MOOC platforms is the lack of detailed and structured information about the learning outcomes achieved with the course. Moocrank is our proposal to solve this issue by combining open data about learning outcomes and data obtained from the main MOOC platforms (Coursera, Edx, Udacity). A user of Moocrank is able to: 1. define his/her learning objectives 2. obtain course recommendations based on those objectives 3. once he/she completes a course, he/she can provide feedback about the learning outcomes achieved with it Demo: http://www.moocrank.com and http://github.com/gootyfer/moocrank
Neuro-Cloud Free Textbook ProjectAndrew L Varnell, Don C Cooper and Neuro-Cloud Contributors Neuro-Cloud Publishing, Boulder Colorado, USA We believe that anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of neuroscience should have the opportunity to do so. As a result, we have decided to create an open-access, free forever textbook. This textbook is to be provided in three different formats: A downloadable app from the IOS and android market, a downloadable .pdf, and a physical copy that can be ordered at cost. Demo: http://neuro-cloud.net/TextbookWiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
Open LInked Education DataMadi Solomon, Marlowe Johnson and Ira Kleinberg Pearson Higher Education, North America This proposal is for the establishment of an Open LInked Education Data database, a curated “Subject” vocabulary, to be offered as a community service to the education sector. This open data would be accessed freely by institutions, teachers, publishers, and students to be used for tagging educational resources. Open data and education are natural partners as knowledge and wisdom are reliant on forging conceptual relationships.
One Million Museum MomentsSuzanne Sarraf and Herminia Din National Gallery of Art, University of Alaska, Washington, DC, USA OneMillionMuseumMoments.org is a project created by Herminia Din and Suzanne Sarraf designed to invite museumgoers and museum professionals to share their own museum moments/experiences. What is a museum moment? A Museum Moment happens when you are moved, touched, informed, awed, shocked, puzzled, confused, excited, transported, inspired, or enlightened during a museum visit. As the first online collection of its kind, we hope it will showcase the role of all type of museums in our community. Demo: http://onemillionmuseummoments.org
PoliMedia – Improving the Analyses of Radio & Newspaper coverage of Political Debates – SHORTLISTED – 1st PRIZEMartijn Kleppe, Max Kemman, Henri Beunders, Laura Hollink, Damir Juric, Johan Oomen and Jaap Blom Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU University Amsterdam, TU Delft, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and VU University Amsterdam and Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid Students of media and communication sciences study the role of media in our society. They frequently search through media archives to manually select items that cover a certain event. When this is done for large time spans and across media-outlets, this task can however be challenging and laborious. Therefore, up until now the focus of students has been on manual and qualitative analyses of newspaper coverage. PoliMedia aims to stimulate and facilitate large-scale, cross-media analysis of the coverage of political events. We focus on the meetings of the Dutch parliament, and provide automatically generated links between the transcripts of those meetings, newspaper articles, including their original lay-out on the page, and radio bulletins. Via the portal at www.polimedia.nl students will be able to search through the debates and find related media coverage in two media-outlets, facilitating a more efficient search process and qualitative analyses of the media coverage. Furthermore, the generated links are available via a SPARQL endpoint, allowing quantitative analyses with complex, structured queries that are not covered by the search functionality of the portal, thus challenging the student to go across the academic borders and enter fields that previously have been neglected. Demo: http://www.polimedia.nl
REthink, REassure, RElook, REsee, REmember, REdiscover. This is simple. This is ReCredible – SHORTLISTEDEntrepreneur: Vaidas Repecka, Senior scientist and spokesperson on things: Dr. Rytis Maskeliunas, Linguist and content advisor: Dr. Laura Merfeldiene Vaidas Repecka is a director of UAB Informacijos tinklas (Founder company). The rest are young and popular academic professors: Dr. Rytis Maskeliunas from Kaunas university of technology, and Dr. Laura Merfeldiene from Vytautas Magnus university
- RE:THINK! All information is linked via topics maps, just like your mind does! Visualize the Moon related to The Earth as satellite, not as section in page 872 in your astronomy book!
- RE:ASSURE! Assure and improve your knowledge! Look for related articles via attached nodes.
- RE:STORE! Tap any node of information and it will expand to give you more information. No learning curve required, Very intuitive and very natural interface. As they say a child could use it! Drag and spin the fluid display of knowledge!
- RE:LOOK! Look at all knowledge as a whole, or shift into exploring a specific semantic tree mode. No more books!
- RE:CREATE! Search, create and share with Facebook! Use Twitter to tell the world, email your friends, or customize to add more services! All in one place for your convenience.
- RE:LEARN! ReCredible is great for educational purposes! Explore a wide selection of carefully selected topics, searching and browsing to find an exact information via visual semantic links.
- RE:MEMBER! Find the information and improve your memory with ReCredible topic maps!
- RE:DISCOVER! Find new information! Expand your knowledge! Use ReCredible!