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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.


  1. Programme and registration
  2. General information about Semantic Days
  3. Preliminary programme: Semantic Days (revised 2010-01-29)

Programme and registration

Preliminary 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.


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.

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

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

Preliminary programme: Semantic Days (revised 2010-01-29)

Monday May 31


  • Semantic Web programming

Programming for the semantic web and open linked data requires knowledge of the vision, concepts, standards and tools. The tutorial is a condensed version of a course given at the University of Oslo and will enable participants to create their own solutions based on principles of the Semantic Web. Target audience: Students, professionals, researchers.

  • Practical ISO 15926 and demonstration of solutions based on standards
  • Service Modeling with SoaML

SoaML (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.

Tuesday June 1

Early birds session

  • 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


  • The keynote session will include keynote presentations from important decision makers in the oil and gas industry, the public sector, research sector and EU as well as experts on semantic technologies.

Main session 1: Challenges of data overflow

  • The challenges of data overflow are hitting industry as well as public sectors. This session will focus on how this challenge is manifesting itself in the oil and gas industry and public sectors, and how it is and can be met by using principles and standards from semantic technologies.

Panel: What are the software vendors doing?

  • Major software vendors are represented in the panel together with oil companies and major public institutions. They will address questions such as: What is the status of technology today? What’s on the agenda? What’s the focus of ongoing R&D projects? What can we expect in the future? What are the vendors doing to meet the challenges of data overflow?

Vendor demonstrations

  • Vendor stands for participants to walk around (i.e. a demo floor)
  • Tore will add 2-3 lines.

Sightseeing and conference dinner at Flor and Fjære

Wednesday June 2

Early bird session

  • 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

Main session 2: Challenge of exchanging the right information

  • Lack of a common and explicit understanding in information exchange, results in expensive integration costs and reduced information quality. Semantic technologies provide a framework where information can be described, assembled and understood at the conceptual level. This session will address how public sector and industry are challenged by the lack of quality in information exchange and how these issues can be addressed by means of semantic technologies.

Project parallel session

  • Integrated Operations in the High North

The IOHN project

  • SERES and Semicolon

The Brønnøysund Registry Centre’s SERES is becoming part of the national infrastructure for interoperability in the public sector. Semicolon is a research project addressing the challenges and opportunities in public sector interoperability. This session is an open session for those who want in-depth knowledge in these activities.

  • Technology and research

Target audience for this session is students, professionals and researchers. The session will address topics from cutting edge activities in technology and research related to semantic technologies.

Contact Queries can be made to Nina Lein Nybråten, PCA (Email: [email protected]…, Mobile: +47-9225 0030)

Professor Arild Waaler (University of Oslo), Chairman of the Program Committee Project Manager David Norheim (Computas), Co-chairman of the Program Committee

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