ANN: 1st DBpedia Community meeting, 30th January at VU Amsterdam

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ANN: 1st DBpedia Community meeting, 30th January at VU Amsterdam

Sebastian Hellmann
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1st DBpedia Community Meeting
Web URL:
**Submission of presentations open**:

The DBpedia Project in 2014: from a hosted data set to a public data
infrastructure for the Web of Data. As the DBpedia community has grown
extensively, we think that the time has come to get everybody in one
large room and meet. We hope to get together three major groups involved
in DBpedia: the /DBpedia developers and maintainers/, the communities
of the individual /DBpedia language chapters/ and, of course, the
/DBpedia users/.

Quick Facts
When: January 30th, 2014
Where: VU Amsterdam, Netherlands (behind the high main building, nr 4 on
the map )
Host: Dutch DBpedia Chapter ( and the VU Amsterdam
Call for Contribution: **Submission Open**
Registration: see
Co-located with the PiLOD 2.0 meeting ( on January
29th, 2014


  * We would especially like to thank -- Public Libraries
of the Netherlands ( for supporting the Dutch
DBpedia Chapter.
  * Koninklijke Bibliotheek -- National library of the Netherlands
( for supporting the Dutch DBpedia Chapter and
providing lunch for the meeting.
  * VU Amsterdam ( kindly provided the facilities for
the meeting, with special thanks to Lora Arroyo from Biography Net
  * OpenLink Software ( for continuous
hosting of the main DBpedia Endpoint

(Please see for complete

The meeting will be held at VU Amsterdam on Jan 30th and is co-located
with the PiLOD 2.0 ( meeting one day earlier. The
first session will be a discussion about the DBpedia State-of-Play,
where core members of the DBpedia community present certain aspects of
DBpedia and the audience is invited to give feedback and ask questions.
The second session will be dedicated to users of DBpedia. We would like
to invite companies, organisations and other project to shortly present
their use cases for DBpedia and give input on how we can improve DBpedia
for users. Free slots still available, apply here:

After the lunch, we plan to have three break-out sessions for the topics
(1) DBpedia and Library, (2) Linking text to LOD entities and (3) What
is wrong with DBpedia? Developers discussion on how to improve our baby.
Finally, the last parallel sessions are planned as: DBpedia tutorial,
DBpedia I18N developers' session and a Local Dutch DBpedia Chapter
Meeting with the additional possibility to continue break out sessions.

-> Note the Local Dutch DBpedia Chapter might be held one day earlier at
the Pilod meeting, please look here for updates in a couple of days (
written Jan 14th) .

==== About DBpedia ====
The DBpedia community project extracts structured, multilingual
knowledge from Wikipedia and makes it freely available using Semantic
Web and Linked Data standards. The extracted knowledge, comprising more
than 1.8 billion facts, is structured according to an ontology
maintained by the community. The knowledge is obtained from different
Wikipedia language editions, thus covering more than 100 languages, and
mapped to the community ontology. The resulting data sets are linked to
more than 30 other data sets in the Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud. The
DBpedia project was started in 2006 and has meanwhile attracted large
interest in research and practice. Being a central part of the LOD
cloud, it serves as a connection hub for other data sets. For the
research community, DBpedia provides a testbed serving real world data
spanning many domains and languages. Due to the continuous growth of
Wikipedia, DBpedia also provides an increasing added value for data
acquisition, re-use and integration tasks within organisations. In this
system report, we give an overview over the DBpedia community project,
including its architecture, technical implementation, maintenance,
internationalisation, usage statistics and showcase some popular DBpedia

Travel Grants / Sponsorship

Some of the DBpedia developers work on DBpedia in their free-time and
will not have institutional funding to come to the meeting. Therefore,
we are still looking for sponsors for travel grants (as well as coffee
and food for the sessions). If you are interested to sponsor this
meeting, please fill out this form to request more information:

Given we can acquire a sponsor, participants can apply for a travel
grant here: or email Sebastian
(who will then add your request to the form ;) )
These grants will be awarded depending on the standing in the community
and community activity, e.g. Google Summer of Code participation or Git
Commits to DBpedia framework, activity on the mailing lists, etc.

We hope to see you there,
Gerard, Gerald (from Dutch DBpedia), Mariano from the Spanish DBpedia
and Dimitris and Sebastian

Sebastian Hellmann
Department of Computer Science, University of Leipzig
* *30th January, 2014*: 1st DBpedia Community meeting
* *Sept. 2014* MLODE
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