(I had this post in draft for too long. Time to publish, as is)
The Semantic MediaWiki conference Fall 2011 in Berlin is over, so time to summarize some thoughts and impressions.
It was my first SMWCon at all. A bit late regarding that I did a Google Summer of Code project for SMW in 2010, but my finances were kind of inexistent then. Happy to get the chance now though.
Before turning to some of the individual talks, just a note of two general things I found interesting (I wish I would have time to review each of them, since there was so much interesting stuff...):
Note that you can now find slides and videos for most of the talks, online:
The conference started with one tutorial day, followed by the main days for talks. The tutorials turned out to be so interesting though, so that most people seemed to attend them as well.
Find below my very brief notes/impressions on some talks that I found specially interesting, for my use cases and interests:
Daniel Hansh from OntoPrise showed off their SMW+ Community Edition package, which includes SMW, Halo and other extensions. This is quite cool stuff, with really helpful and slick UIs, so let's hope it will remain open source! :) (Slides, Video)
Markus Krötzchs talked on "Saving C02: Top SMW Performance Issues and How to Address Them". The slides are cram full of link to more detailed in formation, so this I'll have to study in more detail. (Slides , Video)
As said, there were lots of RDF talks on the conf. One of which is some reworkings of the SMW internals to support the RDF and SPARQL models better. Markus Krötzch gave an overview of the role between SMW and RDF in his talk "Connecting SMW to RDF Databases: Why, What, and How?" (Slides)
William Smith, Christian Becker and Andreas Schultz presented some very cool sutff: "Neurowiki: How we integrated large datasets into SMW with R2R and Silk / LDIF". The LDIF framework seems to do a lot of what RDFIO does, but in a much bigger and more capable framework. Really cool stuff! (Slides 1, Slides part 2, Video)
Denny Vrandečić and Daniel Kinzler presented the WikiData extension, as part of their work to make a "Semantic Wikipedia" a reality ... and based on another nice demo-project they did: Shortipedia. This is gonna be hot stuff! (Slides, Video)
Anja Jentzsch from the LODD presented Linked Data, and the best practices for how to publish RDF data, so that you really "get connected" to the evolving Semantic Web. An increasingly important topic, as shown by the increased interest in connecting SMW with the outside world. (Slides, Video)
My talk ... (as blogged earler)
Michael Erdmann also presented how they do Data integration with SMW+ and OntoBroker. They interestingly use a similar strategy as RDFIO in order to nicefy wiki page titles. Interesting! ... maybe there is a way to consolidate all these efforts in a reusable way? (Slides, Video)
Jeff Pan talked on "Tractable Reasoning". Very interesting! They focus on "making reasoning reasonable", that is, computationally feasible ... and seem to have succeeded as well, their REL reasoner has shown to totally outperform reasoners such as Pellet for more or less any kind of ontology, cool! (I found out it's quite easy to beat pellet though, earlier, with SPARQL/ARC, and especially with PROLOG). (Video)
Benedikt also showed of their Semantic Web browser, that only requires "Equivalend URIs" to be defined for pages, and then let's you browse the data in the wiki in it's original format. Interesting since that matches perfectly with RDFIO, in that RDFIO complements this with also RDF export and querying in original format, using basically the same strategy! (Slides, Video)
Mike Cariaso talked about what's new with SNPedia ... lot's of cool stuff (apart from how cool SNPedia is just in itself!) (Video)
Also, for you Bio-people readint this, the SNPedia + GeneWiki mashup, you'll probably find interesting! (Video)
Well, you better watch them all anyway, they are only 5 minutes each, and there's just too much good stuff there, so I can't cover it all: