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Challenge Details

There will be a total of 5 winning teams, 3 from the first heat and 2 from the second. Each team will be awarded up to $2,000US in travel funds to come to Montreal, and the chance to win a $2,000US cash prize at the Summit. We’ve got more details here.

Heat 2 Entries

Heat 2 is now open until May 1. If you are interested in entering the Challenge, first enter a team, and then you’ll be able to submit your entry.

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  1. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: Free Your Metadata


    Team: Free Your Metadata

    Country: Belgium

    Team Leader: Seth van Hooland

    Team Members: Ruben Verborgh, Max De Wilde

    “The Free Your Metadata project wants to leverage existing tools to generate more adoption of Linked Data principles amongst librarians, archivists and museum professionals. Academia and companies have generated tremendous progress the last ten years regarding standards and technologies. We want to focus on large-scale adoption of these standards and technologies by making them available for a non-technical audience.

    The last two years, the team has been working hard to raise awareness regarding metadata cleaning and reconciliation, which are fundamental steps in order to prepare your metadata for exposure on the web. Having clean metadata linked to existing vocabularies is only the first half of the story. The second half involves developing a sustainable way of dissemination that is able to withstand several waves of technological change. Especially in these economic harsh times, we need to think proactively on how cultural institutions can minimize changes in how they provide access to their electronic resources. Architectures such as HTTP that conform to the REST architectural style employ the resources-and-representations model to minimize the architectural impact when responding to change. Concretely, while RDF can be a suitable internal representation, on today’s Web, HTML and JSON representations need to be available as well, and these lists of formats can (and will) change in the feature. By January 2013, we will roll out a large-scale case study (Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York) in which we’ll illustrate how a cultural institution can provide a sustainable access to multiple representations of its resources and metadata. This case-study will be thoroughly documented on freeyourmetadata.org and presented at conferences in the US and Europe.

    Free Your Metadata is a scientific and a non-for-profit collaboration between Multimedia Lab (ELIS — Ghent University / iMinds) and MasTIC (Université Libre de Bruxelles).”


  2. Jon Voss

    Meet the Teams: FAO-OEKC


    Team FAO-OEKC

    Country: Italy

    Team Leader: Fabrizio Celli

    Team Members: Yves Jaques, Johannes Keizer, Stefano Anibaldi

    “The team is affiliated to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. We are working on the AGRIS dataset (http://agris.fao.org/). AGRIS is one of the most important world-wide bibliographic data repositories in the agricultural domain with more than 3.7 million of XML records. Although the number of records in AGRIS with URLs has exponentially increased in the last 5 years, it is still only 3% of the entire collection. Records are manually created by cataloguers, who often do not know whether a resource has a link to the full text. In addition, records are isolated, without relationships or connections to other bibliographic records or sources of information.

    In order to enrich the content of the AGRIS repository, since 2011 the AGRIS team works to connect the existing dataset to other information resources on the web (Figure 1) like:

    Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
    FAO Geopolitical Ontology
    AGRIS serials dataset
    Global capture production – FAO Fishery Statistical Collections
    World Bank

    AGROVOC (http://aims.fao.org/standards/agrovoc/linked-open-data) is used as the backbone for interlinking content, and the methodology applied is based on the Linked Data principles, a way to publish structured data and interlink with other existing datasets, in a machine readable way.

    As a result, OpenAGRIS acts as a web application to aggregate information from different Web sources with more than 100 million triples. Currently OpenAGRIS is a beta version, work interlinking to other datasets to expand the AGRIS repository is ongoing.”

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