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Semantic Days 2010

The conference Semantic Days 2010 will take place in Stavanger, Norway from Monday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 2 2010.

Semantic Days 2010 slogan: Understand Your Data

Programme and registration

Programme available below. Registration form:

General information about Semantic Days

Semantic Days in Stavanger is an annual conference that has become a meeting place for industrial and public sector use of semantic technologies with solid contribution from research institutes and universities.

Why semantic technologies?

Semantic technologies emerge from efforts to create a Semantic Web, to transform the current “Web of documents” to a “Web of linked data”, available to people and to computers alike. It opens up a whole new class of intelligent services and applications, not restricted to the domain of the web proper. Both industry and public services may greatly benefit from the enhancement of human-computer communication, improved information retrieval, data exchange and system interoperability offered by semantic technologies. The semantic technologies comprise a set of standardized formats and languages used to express data on the Web, allowing consumers and businesses to easier find and analyze all kinds of useful online information. The basic technologies are:

  • Common languages for representing and linking structured and unstructured data
  • Ontologies – concepts, relations and definitions – that provide common terminologies to interpret data from disparate sources
  • Rules that allow software to retrieve and reason about information on the basis of the ontologies

A central point of semantic technologies is that all data, including formalized vocabularies, is formulated in terms of statements, i.e. assertions of facts. This makes it conceptually very easy to join both data sets and vocabularies. All data in these statements refer to a defining vocabulary, and are therefore equipped with a handle on their meaning. This explicit representation of meaning opens for a systematic and uniform treatment of data that would otherwise appear heterogeneous and thus resist uniform treatment. As a consequence, data can be processed independently from the application that created them.

What will you learn?

  • Introduction to basic semantic technologies
  • Why and how industries and research institutions are developing ontologies
  • What practical applications ontologies can be used for
  • The benefits of semantic technologies for standardized information access
  • Availability of IT solutions for integrated work processes

Who should attend?

  • Everyone is challenged by information overflow
  • Everyone is challenged by interoperability issues arising from the absence of a shared understanding
  • Everyone wondering how semantic information can support integrated work processes
  • Everyone wondering how to achieve interoperability between data sources
  • Everyone wondering how to create an architecture for sharing information
  • Everyone interested in semantic technologies and the future of the Web

Program Semantic Days 2010

May 31st 2010


The half-day tutorials has been set up to give deep insight into selected areas of semantic technologies. Tutorials has been divided into half-day tutorials on Semantic Web Programming (targeting programmers, researchers and architects), building and using Semantic Applications for the Oil- and Gas sector, for Service Modeling with SoaML, and building and using Semantic Applications for Government (SERES).

Semantic Web programmingThe tutorial is based on material from a new course given at the University og Oslo in the spring term 2010. Learn how to publish and retrieve knowledge using W3C Semantic Web standards. Create an ontology to formalize a data model, and reason about it. Target audience: programmers, students, professionals. Don't forget to bring your laptop! Presenter: Martin Giese, Department of informatics, University of Oslo.

Martin Giese works as a researcher and teacher at the University of Oslo. He received a PhD in computer science from the Univ. of Karlsruhe in 2002 and has been working in a broad range of topics connected to formal methods, automated deduction, and semantic technologies. He is currently affiliated with the Semicolon project that is concerned with the integration, communication, and publication of information in the Norwegian public sector. He has recently developed an introductory course on semantic technologies at the Univ. of Oslo.
Interoperable OpenPlant and ProjectWise Lifecycle solutions using ISO 15926This session will provide an insight into how Bentley Systems Inc. has been implementing the latest ISO 15926 protocols in OpenPlant suite of products and ProjectWise Lifecycle solutions. A brief demonstration will be provided of an Engineering Contractor to Owner-Operator data exchange scenario that leverages ISO 15926 protocols and OpenPlant Schema built from an online connection to the RDS/WIP. Presenter: Manoj Dharwadkar, Bentley Systems, Inc.
Service Modeling with SoaMLSoaML (Service oriented Architecture Modeling Language) is a new OMG standard for Service Modeling adopted in December 2009, with both a UML profile and a metamodel for modelling of services. This tutorial introduces the concepts and practical use of SoaML with corresponding tool and methodology support. The tutorial is provided in two parts. Part I provides an introduction to SoaML for Service Modeling and Service oriented architectures and Part II shows how SoaML can be used and extended in a wider context including a link to business modelling and support for semantic web services. Presenters: Arne Jørgen Berre and Dumitru Roman, Sintef.

Dr. Dumitru Roman joined SINTEF ICT as a research scientist in September 2009. Previously he worked as a senior researcher at the Semantic Technology Institute Innsbruck, Austria, where he was involved in several large projects on developing and applying semantic technologies in the area of service-oriented computing and the Web. His general research background and interests lay at the border between knowledge representation and reasoning, and large scale, dynamically distributed systems.
SERES tutorialA SERES tutorial (For public sector, in Norwegian)

June 1st 2010

Bird of a feather

Organized on site08:00-09:00

First day Opening Keynotes

OpeningPC chair09:00-09:10
Keynote"Public Open Data and Innovation" (unconfirmed)09:10-09:40
KeynoteBertrand du Castel, Schumberger. "Upstream Ontologies: Will We Ever Learn?" The upstream industry, so dependent on people and information, has been pursuing for decades a long quest to bridge the need for expert decision with the barriers to sensory input in the oilfield. Size, remoteness, invisibility, all combine to make the use and accumulation of knowledge difficult indeed. From the data bases of the eighties to the networks of the nineties to the ontologies of the first decade of this century, the industry has walked a long way. But the next challenge looms; as exploration and production ask for more and more human-centered automation, will our systems ever learn?

Bertrand du Castel is a Schlumberger Fellow. Based in Austin, Texas, Bertrand is past Vice-Chairman of POSC (Energistics), and co-Chairman of the December 2008 W3C Worshop on Semantic Web in Energy Industries. Bertrand received the 2005 Visionary Award from Card Technology Magazine for his pioneering of the Java Card, the most sold computer in the world. Bertrand is author with Tim Jurgensen of Computer Theology (Midori Press, 2008). He has an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique, France, and a PhD in theoretical computer science from the University of Paris.
KeynoteDavid Pearson, VP Architecture and Sem. Tech, Oracle UK

Dave Pearson is a vice president in the Global Technology Business Unit for Oracle Corporation. He leads the definition of industry specific reference and solution architectures and is a regular speaker at information technology events and conferences. His experience in IT spans 30 years including 21 years with Oracle. In that time he has worked on architecture and IT strategy with Oracle’s key customers in all industry sectors. He has also actively participated in international standards organisations and is a former chair of the OGF working group on Database Access and Integration Services. He began his career as an exploration geologist in the mining industry. Prior to joining Oracle he worked in the oil industry developing data integration and visualisation systems to support exploration and production processes. He holds a BSc in Geology from Durham University and carried out postgraduate research at Imperial College, London.
Coffee break10:40-11:00
KeynoteStefano Bertolo, EC "The EU Semantic Technologies ecosystem: funding and strategies". Through its Framework Programmes 6 and 7 the EU has been and continues to be a major funder of Semantic Technologies. This presentation will give an overview of the wealth of freely available resources produced by such funding and describe strategies for the future.

Stefano Bertolo received a joint Philosophy Ph.D. and Cognitive Science diploma from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1995 with a dissertation on formal learning theory and human language acquisition. During three years as post-doctoral associate at the Brain and Cognitive Science department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he published a book and several papers on language acquisition. In 1998 he joined Cycorp, Inc. in Austin, Texas where he developed various components of the Cyc system and managed several research and development projects at the intersection between formal knowledge representation, natural language processing and information retrieval and extraction. Since 2004 he has been working as a scientific project officer for the European Commission where he oversees the progress of several research projects in information management and contributes to the definition of future EU research directions.
KeynoteMorten Dæhlen, UiO "The search for the perfect balance" Informatics (or ICT) is the science on how data systems are constructed and used, and informatics is today the science in the realm of all sciences with the largest impact on the development of the society. With emphasis on collaboration with industrial partners and important units in public sector this presentation is about the long term research challenges within informatics. It is all about shaping the workforce of tomorrow and performing high quality basic research for sustainable development.

Morten Dæhlen got his PhD in numerical analysis at the University of Oslo in 1989 and he has been professor in informatics since 1992. He has since 2005 been head of the Department of Informatics at (UiO) – a department with approximately 250 employees and 1500 students. Dæhlen has also been director at Simula Research Laboratory (2001-2004), executive director at The Research Council of Norway (1999-2000) and research director at SINTEF (1994-1997). Department of informatics has a broad range of activities covering distributed multimedia systems, networks and distributed systems, nanoelectronics, robotics and intelligent systems, object-oriented modeling and languages, precise modeling and analysis (secure and robust software development), logics and natural languages (language technology), design of information systems (human computer interaction), global infrastructures for mobile services, bioinformatics, computational mathematics and imaging( Image analysis and signal processing). Dæhlens research interests are modeling and representation of huge data sets for real-time visualization, real-time physics calculations and efficient data transfer. This involves GPU-programming, geometric modeling, computer graphics and interactive visualization, scattered data approximation, data integration and data reduction. Dæhlen is also involved in projects utilizating game technology for the development of learning and medical applications.

First day main session

Theme: “Challenge of Information Overflow” (or: “data overflow”?)

Session talkLars Olav Grøvik, Statoil - "Introduction to the challenge as it appears in Statoil"13:00-13:30
Session talkJayant, IBM, Watson Research Lab13:30-14:00
Session talkInge Svensson, Baker Hughes - Data integration14:00-14:30
Coffee break14:30-15:00
Session talkSteffen Lamparter, Siemens "From patients to information and back - how semantic technologies support this round trip" Recent developments in storage and sensor technologies enable healthcare information systems to gather an enormous amount of data about, e.g., patients, pharmaceuticals or even medical equipment. However, while current healthcare applications are quite powerful regarding their data collection capabilities, they still lack intelligent functionality for searching, analysing and thus reusing the stored information. A major obstacle in this context is the heterogeneity of the available data which requires applications to cope with structured as well as unstructured data, qualitative as well as quantitative data, and data from various sources with different structures and formats. Semantic technologies such as natural language processing, ontology learning and mapping, imagine interpretation, sensor data aggregation, and semantic search provide means for overcoming the heterogeneity. This talk discusses some major challenges of today's healthcare applications and outlines how semantic technologies may contribute to future healthcare information systems.

Steffen Lamparter is research scientist in the Global Technology Field Autonomous Systems at Siemens Corporate Technology. Before joining Siemens AG Steffen Lamparter was project leader at the University of Karlsruhe, Institute AIFB and managing director of the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI). He received a diploma in information management and engineering as well as a PhD in applied informatics from the University of Karlsruhe. Steffen Lamparter is a program committee member of several international conferences, reviewer for international journals such as the Journal of Web Semantics and the journal on Electronic Commerce Research and Applications (ECRA). He has published over 30 articles in international journals and conferences addressing interdisciplinary topics in the fields semantic web technologies, electronic markets, and services research.
Session talkRalf Møller, Hamburg - Status of Semantic Technologies15:30-16:00
PanelIndustry: IBM, Schlumberger, Baker, Oracle et.al16:00-17:00
Demo floor17:00-18:00

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June 2nd

Bird of a feather

Organized on site08:00-09:00

Second main session

Theme: “Standards and Open data"

PanelSKD, BR, and more09:00-09:30
Session talk"A strategy for metadata for the Norwegian public sector", Endre Grøtnes, Difi. There are several initiatives and projects related to metadata in the Norwegian public sector today. Some of these initiatives are at a national level, like SERES and LOS, some are limited to specific sectors, such as the judicial or the health sector, and some initiatives are limited to improve information management within an agency. The Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) has been tasked by the Norwegian Ministry for Government Administration and Reform with proposing a national strategy for metadata. The strategy proposal, which will include proposals for activities for improving electronic data interchange in public sector, is due in December 2010, and the presentation will give an outline of the work and give some examples of the activities that will be considered for inclusion in the final strategy proposal.09:30-10:00
Session talkAna Estelrich, Manager of Standards Implementation and Development in the National French Health Care Record - epSOS.10:00-10:30
Coffee Break10:30-11:00
Session talkNicola Guarino, ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology. "The challenge of semantic integration and the role of ontologies." Despite the boom of so-called semantic technologies, semantic integration – that is, integration of heterogeneous information sources on the basis of their content – still remains a myth for current information systems. In most cases, we can effectively integrate information only where the basic concepts and relations used to structure such information are already well understood, and shared by a given community. In these cases, "lightweight" ontologies may prove to be useful to make such shared conceptual structure available to anybody, acting as a bridge between different applications. However, as soon as we need to cross the boundaries of restricted communities, immediately we realize that a deeper ontological analysis is needed to better understand the areas of mutual agreement and – what counts most – the reasons of disagreement. In this talk I shall motivate the need of such deep analysis, discussing the tradeoff between reusability and interoperability, and introducing a few formal, basic distinctions that might help people - and not just computers - to better understand each other.11:00-11:30
Session talkManoj Dharwadkar, Ph.D., Bentley Systems, Inc. OWL implementation of ISO 15926 Geometry Reference Data using Template Methodology. This talk will present some preliminary results of transforming ISO 15926 Part 3 Geometry Reference Data using Part 7 Template Methodology and creating an Part 8 OWL representation. This Part 8 OWL Geometry Reference Data is published through a SPARQL endpoint in conjunction with other non-geometry ISO 15926 Reference Data. This would now allow representation of geometry on P&ID Documents, 3D models and other wide usage of geometry using the Semantic Web Technology and Template Methodology.11:30-12:00

Projects parallel session

Oil and GasIntegrated Operations in the High North (IOHN). Organized by Frédéric Verhelst, project leader IOHN. May include talks by invited speakers
eGovSERES/Semicolon (large public sector projects). Organized by Håkon Olderbakk. This session will most likely be in Norwegian. May include talks by invited speakers
ResearchA technology session on semantic technologies (unconfirmed?) Organized by Dumitru Roman, SINTEF. Target audience: Students and researchers
HealthcareHealthcare and semantic technologies, Organized by Jim Yang, KITH.

Bird of a feather sessions

  • These are sessions that participants may suggest and organize themselves, with informal registration on site. The SD 2010 PC facilitates by providing meeting rooms and organization, possibly also by suggesting themes
  • Can also be used for vendor demos

Vendor demo session

  • Vendor stands for participants to walk around (i.e. a demo floor)
  • Organized by David Norheim, Computas

Invited confirmed vendors

  • Adaptive, inc
  • IBM
  • more to be anounced


The organisers of Semantic Days are E&P Information Management (EPIM), POSC Caesar Association (PCA), Tekna, The Brønnøysund Register Centre, The Norwegian Defence and The Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF).

The organisers have established a Board that appoints chairman and provides guidelines for the programme committee. PCA is accountable for economy and the secretarial functions.

Program committee

Arild Waaler, UiO (chair)
David Norheim, Computas (co-chair)


Lars Olav Grøvik, Statoil
Frédéric Verhelst, Epsis
Inge Svensson, Baker Hughes
Terje Gundersen, Schlumberger
Kaare Finbak, IBM
Naci Akkøk, Oracle


Espen Slotvik, Brønnøysundregistrene
Steinar Skagemo, DIFI
Terje Aaberge, Vestlandsforsking
Per Myrseth, DNV Research
Arne Thorstensen, Skattedirektoratet
Jim Yang, KiTH


Johan W. Klüwer, DNV Energy
Dumitru Roman, SINTEF
Jon Atle Gulla, NTNU
Andreas L. Opdahl, UiB
Chunming Rong, UiS


Thore Langeland, OLF (chair)
Nils Sandsmark, Posc Caesar Association (PCA)
Tor Arne Irgens, Norwegian Defense
Håkon Olderbakk, Brønnøysundregistrene
Ove Ryland, EPIM
Terje Andersen, Tekna


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