Exploring the land of links: meet LIMES in the next LOD2 webinar

It’s been a while since I last posted about LOD2. This doesn’t mean nothing is going on… on the contrary! We are working hard to make a life LOD users a bit easier. I could go on and on about this, but I won’t… not yet. This time I’d like to announce the 5th free LOD2 webinar about the tools in LOD2 Stack. Missed previous ones? You can find info about them on the LOD webpage.

Interested? Continue reading (the official text).


LOD2 Webinar: LIMES

The 1st version of the LOD2 Stack has been published in September 2011 in the form of a LOD2 Stack demo and the downloadable LOD2 Stack virtual machine image – additional details and the instructions on installing the LOD2 Stack from scratch are available in the HOWTO Start document.
Born from the wish to make linking tractable, the (LIMES) is tailored towards the time-efficient and lossless discovery of links across knowledge bases. LIMES is an extensible declarative framework that encapsulates manifold algorithms dedicated to the processing of structured data of any sort. Built with extensibility and easy integration in mind, LIMES allows implementing applications that integrate, consume and/or generate Linked Data. Within LOD2, it will be used for discovering links between knowledge bases.

LIMES dashboard (image from their official page)

This webinar will be presented by the LOD2 Partner: University of Leipzig (ULEI), Germany.
The LOD2 webinar series is powered by the LOD2 project organised and produced by the Semantic Web Company(Austria). If you are interested in Linked (Open) Data principles and mechanisms, LOD tools & services and concrete use cases that can be realised using LOD then join us in the LOD2 webinar series! The LOD2 team is looking forward to meeting you at the webinar!!

When : 27.03. 2012, 04.00pm – 05.00pm CET
Information & Registration: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/369667514
The LOD2 team is looking forward to meeting you at the webinar!!

About the LOD2 Stack

The LOD2 stack is an integrated distribution of aligned tools which support the life-cycle of Linked Data from extraction, authoring/creation over enrichment, interlinking, fusing to visualization and maintenance. The stack comprises new and substantially extended existing tools from the LOD2 partners and third parties. The LOD2 stack is organized as a Debian package repository making the tool stack easy to install on any Debian-based system (e.g. Ubuntu). The first release of the LOD2 stack contains the following components (available as Debian packages):

  • LOD2 demonstrator, the root package (LOD2)
  • Virtuoso, RDF storage and data management platform (Openlink)
  • OntoWiki, semantic data wiki authoring tool (ULEI)
  • Silk, interlinking engine (FUB)
  • D2R, RDF wrapper for SQL databases (FUB)
  • ORE, ontology repair and enrichment toolkit (ULEI)

As online services were integrated into the LOD2 Stack: PoolParty (taxonomy manager by SWCG) and Spotlight (annotating texts w.r.t. DBpedia by FUB). The LOD2 Stack also makes use of dataset metadata repositories such as thedatahub.org and http://publicdata.eu. A selection of the datasets has been packaged and are available in the LOD2 stack repository.
The LOD2 stack is an open platform for Linked Data components. We are happy to welcome new components. Detailed instructions how to integrate your component into the LOD2 Stack as Debian package are available in the HOW-TO-CONTRIBUTE. For assistance or any questions related to the LOD2-stack contact support-stack@lod2.eu. From now on we will regularly release improved and extended versions of the LOD2 Stack. Major releases are expected for Fall 2012 and 2013.

More information about the LOD2 Stack
Demo: http://demo.lod2.eu/lod2demo
Virtual Machine Image: http://stack.lod2.eu/VirtualMachines/
How To Document: How to Start.

What’s next – the LOD2 webinar series

The LOD2 webinar series offers several (one per month) free webinars about Linked Open Data tools and services around the LOD2 project, the LOD2 Stack and the Linked Open Data Life Cycle, also in the form of 3rd party tools.
The next 2 dates of the LOD2 webinar series are already fixed as follows:

About LOD2 – Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data
LOD2 is a large-scale integrating project co-funded by the European Commission within the FP7 Information and Communication Technologies Work Programme (Grant Agreement No. 257943). Commencing in September 2010, this 4-year project comprises leading Linked Open Data technology researchers, companies, and service providers (15 partners) from across 11 European countries (and 1 associated partner from KOREA) and is coordinated by the AKSW research group at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
LOD2 will integrate and syndicate linked data with large-scale, existing applications and showcase the benefits in the three application scenarios of media and publishing, corporate data intranets and eGovernment. The resulting tools, methods and data sets have the potential to change the Web as we know it today.
More information about LOD2
Web: http://lod2.eu
Blog: http://blog.lod2.eu
Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/lod2project
Twitter: @lod2project , #lod2
flickR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lod2/



Enhanced by Zemanta

The Power of LOL

If you spend at least two or three hours online daily, you probably met one of the most powerful words ever! No, it’s not money, godamit! It’s LOL.
I know it is an acronym actually, but… to keep it simple, let’s assume it’s a word. You see, LOL has many different meanings. We are probably all familiar with the “laughing out loud”, but there’s more.

The meaning depends heavily on the context of LOL.

Meaning #1: This is funny

A friend of yours posts something funny, e.g.: “Avoid arguments with the Mrs about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.
You could write “Hahaha, where on earth did you find this? It’s hillarious!” in response, but it’s much easier to write “lol“.
This also complies with the KISS principle. In this case lol has one and one meaning only: this is/was funny.

Meaning #2: You’re crazy, funny, but crazy

A friend posts something like this: “I’m gonna go tease lions dressed up like a zebra.
You could respond with: “Hahaha, man, you’re crazy! What lion?! You’re thousand miles away from Africa and there is no Zoo in the radius of 250 km!
But instead you write “lol“. It’s the same. KISS, remember?

Meaning #3: In your dreams only!

You have a friend who is known as a womanizer, a ladies man, if you know what I mean, and he asks: “May I borrow your car? I have a date tonight.
Because you know what he is about to do in your car, you would say: “C’mon, get a room, dude! My car? In your dreams only!
Isn’t it easier to just write “lol”? It really is the same, only with less characters.

Meaning #4:  How nice, thank you for sharing (sarcasm unleashed)

Friend:Dude, I might have slept with your girlfriend/boyfriend. Sorry, we were both drunk.
You:How nice, thank you for sharing.
Believe me, “lol” is much more appropriate for this situation.

Meaning #5: Lots Of Love

Priest: “Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife? Yadda yadda yadda …”
Wife-to-be/Hubby-to-be: “I, (Bride/Groom), take you (Groom/Bride), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.

Here is what I suggest…

Priest:What will you give her?
Priest:What will you give him?
Wife-to-be: “Lol.”
Priest:Woman, you should say lol and occasional you-know-what!

As simple as that. And a lot of KISSes! :lol:

I’m sure you can identify even more meanings of lol. Have fun doing it! :D

Brainmachine 101 – Unleash the Power of Memorizing … Part 1

Now hear this, now hear this! We have a visitor!

Let me guess. You’re here because someone forced you to come here. No?
Because you’re curious? Do you wanna rule the world or show off in front of your friends or … maybe even get laid?

You are at the right place to obtain unbeatable and mesmerizing super memorization powers! Ready, steady? No-go! Easy now… don’t rush, please :)

First things first. Try to quickly remember items from list below, because it’ll be gone in 6,0 seconds! Darn, where is Nicholas Cage when you need him?!
(Actually, the list won’t be gone, you have to pretend like you don’t see it anymore, k?)


Miss Piggy
Bumble bee

Stop looking at the list!
6,0 seconds are gone!

Before I reveal you all the secrets of the GettinStuffIntoMemoryToGetLaid, you have to meet the good, the bad and the ugly. Everyone, meet the good – brainmachine, the bad – memory and the ugly – training.

The Good – Brainmachine

I’m quite sure you think I’ll say your brainmachine is like a machine, but with brain. Doh! Surprise!
I won’t! Because it’s not! Brainmachine (anonymous) is like a memory factory, where memories are produced in three stages: acquire, store, use. If you want to memorize “something”, first you have acquire this “something”, right? And if you want to use it later, you have to store it. Somehow. As simple as 1,2,3.

Every factory needs a heavy worker or two — in our case three muscular, handsome… wait,wait, wait! Wrong movie. Anyways, if you want to acquire successfully, you have to pay attention! Pay attention! NOW! In next step try to relate things to stuff you already know. Isn’t this just like…? YES! Isn’t she just like…? YUP, SHE IS! And one more thing… Gals and dudes, please, get emotional while storing’n’organizing stuff into/in your head! #$%&”!!! You will remember it much easier. Really. Trust me … trust me or I’ll cry you a river! ;-(

Until now you’ve met three heavy workers: attention, associations and emotions! It’s time to meet the last one. Repetition. Use the stuff you learned as often as possible. Again. And again. And then again!

So far so good.

The Bad – Memory

Do you (at least sometimes) perceive your memory as a chunk of cheese and you can’t locate the darn mouse making extra holes in it? I have great news for you, folks! I can help you exterminate this  f***ing mouse! :lol: However, there are some nifty facts about the memory, if you’re still curious …


Did you know people can be divided into Shorties and Longies? Before you get too excited – NO, it has nothing to do with your height or with the length of Mr. Johnson. Shorties are people with the memorization capacity of a goldfish. They can remember things for few seconds or in maybe even minutes … but then … it’s all gone. People borrowing things from you (esp. money) are definitely shorties. One minute you lend them something, next minute they don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

On the other hand, person remembering something for a looooong (and I mean loooooooooong) period of time — like elephants do, is definitely a Longie. There is a 99% chance, that your spouse (or girl or best friend) is a longie. You don’t believe me, do you? Try to forget her birthday or an important anniversary. I can guarantee you she will remember every single detail, every single word you said that day and she won’t hesitate to use this memory against you when you’ll least expect it — even after 20 years! No, you won’t see it coming.Take my advice, be careful with Longies, k?


As if life wasn’t complicated enough, people can be further divided into Lefties and Righties. Do you recall the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Here we can talk about Dr. Ratio and Mr. Emotio(n). A Leftie or Dr. Ratio has no problems remembering facts and numbers. He will be able to memorize the pin code of your credit card (or the number of that secret bank account of yours) without special effort. He is very fond of logic, all kinds of lists and he’s probably the honorary member of some weird club named SequencesRule!

Mr. Emotion(n), definitely a Rightie, is quite the opposite. He likes imagination, colors, chaos and all the pretty pictures — especially in Playboy or Hustler. For Mr. Emotion(n) it is no biggie to remember faces, specially if they belong to blonds, brunettes… if you know what I mean. :lol:

Let me ask you something. Which one are you? None of them? You say you can’t remember numbers nor faces? Ouch, you’re in big trouble.

Come back to read about the ugly, it’s for your own sake.

… to be continued …

Is the mic on?

Is the mic on? Is it?

It is. Woohoo, I guess my Brainmachine is alive! It’s alive! No, actually it’s not, but who wants to deal with all the dirty details…

Well, upon serious reflection I decided to start writting stuff in English, too. Why? Because I can, partially. :D And yes, because I’d like to entertain you all English speaking/reading folks! The breakthrough was BarCamp meeting in Ljubljana, where I met the most awesome audience ever listening to my presentation Brainmachine 101!

Usually I have to deal with über serious scientists or hardcore programmers, who lost their sense of humor with the 1001st line of code. Guess what? Life doesn’t have to be so serious. You can be a geek, a businessman or a scientist and have fun at the same time. It”s not forbidden, doh ;)

I might not be the brightest star in the universe of geekiness, but I pretty sure I can make you laugh … or at least smile for a sec. No? C’mon, I can see a glimpse of smile. See, it doesn’t hurt ;)

Next time is gonna be all about brainmachine, your brainmachine. Don’t go away or don’t go too far.