Elsevier Sponsors 2012 Semantic Web Challenge

Winners Announced at International Semantic Web Conference

Amsterdam, November 29, 2012 - Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). Determined by a jury of leading experts from both academia and industry, winners were announced at the International Semantic Web Conference held in Boston, MA, this month. The challenge and allocated prizes were sponsored by Elsevier.  

SWC contestants competed in any of two challenge categories: ‘Open Track’ and ’Billion Triples Track’. Open Track contestants are required to submit applications that utilize the semantics (meaning) of data and applications are designed to operate in an open web environment where information sources are under diverse ownership and control; Billion Triples Track contestants have to reason with a pre-supplied, very big data set of mixed quality.

Of this year’s 24 submissions, the panel of experts selected 4 Open Track Challenge winners and 1 Billion Triples Track winner.

Open Track challenge:

Billion Triples Track challenge:

"We were extremely impressed by the demos this year, many of which were interesting, well designed, highly polished, and had clear use cases for both the general public and for domain experts," explained SWC co-chairs Andreas Harth, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield.

In 2003 the SWC was set up to showcase the very latest in semantic web technology. Over the years the challenge has attracted over 165 submissions from across the globe. Every year the final rounds of this competition take place at the annual International Semantic Web Conference. The continuing maturity of the tools and components used to build applications has resulted in increasingly more compelling demonstrations.

“Elsevier is a proud sponsor of the Semantic Web Challenge as it clearly illustrates what the Semantic Web can provide to the world by highlighting the state-of-the-art developments in web technology each year. Furthermore, allowing researchers to showcase their work and compare it to others stimulates current research in this exiting and growing field,” said Sweitze Roffel, Senior Publisher in Computer Science at Elsevier.

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About the Semantic Web Challenge
The Semantic Web Challenge has been organized in cooperation with the Semantic Web Science Association since 2003 with the aim to offer participants the chance to submit their best Semantic Web Applications. The overall objective of the challenge is to apply Semantic Web techniques in building online end-user applications that integrate, combine and deduce information needed to assist users in performing tasks. As the potential of the Semantic Web is very broad, the open challenge intentionally does not define any specific task, data set, or application domain. To allow a broad range of applications to compete with each other, all teams are judged using a number of minimal criteria, as well as additional desired criteria. Based on these predefined criteria the winners are selected by an expert jury.

Full details of the competition, judging, as well as all the competing teams, including their papers, demos and presentations can be found on http://challenge.semanticweb.org

About the Semantic Web
The central idea of the Semantic Web is to extend the current human-readable web by encoding some of the semantics of resources in a machine-processable form. Moving beyond syntax opens the door to more advanced applications and functionality on the Web. Computers will be better able to search, process, integrate and present the content of these resources in a meaningful, intelligent manner.

About the International Semantic Web Conference series
The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the premier international forum for the Semantic Web and Linked Data Community. At the conference scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions. ISWC is organized annually by the Semantic Web Science Association and typically rotates between America, Europe and Asia.  

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Media contact
Sweitze Roffel
Elsevier
+31 20 485 2382
s.roffel@elsevier.com