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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 have been set up to provide deeper insight into selected areas of semantic technologies. Tutorials have 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 for 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.
Practical use of ISO 15926 and demonstration of solutions based on the standard12.15-14.00 "Practical ISO 15926, interoperability with RDF/OWL." As author/editor of Part 7, 8, 9 and 10 of ISO 15926, I will speak about implementation of the standard, how EPC contractors are involved and data handover in the supply chain.Presenter: Onno Paap, Fluor Corporation

Onno Paap is currently Data Integration Manager in Fluor Corporation. He has 30 years of experience in EPC contracting in the process and offshore industry within Fluor. He is originally a Control Systems engineer with experience in engineering plant control software, DCS systems, logic/ESD systems as well as plant data warehouses and development of interfaces for these. For the past 18 years he did Project Automation development, System Analysis and Programming. He has initialized, set up, and lead a Fluor in-house development of integrated Engineering databases for the Piping, Control Systems, Electrical, Process, Mechanical, Structural, Construction and other departments, including intelligent P&ID, and with links to 3D model, Data Sheets, EDMS and web applications (the IDB development project). He is specialist on ISO 15926 and development of practical solutions and prototype software for this standard. Author/editor of ISO 15926 part 7, 8, 9 and 10 "Implementation methods for the integration of distributed systems". These parts handle implementation of the ISO 15926 ontology in RDF/OWL and triple stores.

14.15-16.00 "Interoperable OpenPlant and ProjectWise Lifecycle solutions using ISO 15926." This 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.

Manoj Dharwadkar has over 20 years of experience in developing technology solutions for the Process Industry. Manoj has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and had worked on several CII Research projects before joining Bentley Systems Inc. in 1995. He has provided key leadership at Bentley Systems for architecting data integration and interoperability solutions and promoting use of industry standards in Bentley products. He has been involved with the ISO 15926 related industry efforts for the last 13 years and is the co-founder of the FIATECH ADI project started in 2005. He is currently Director of Data Interoperability in the Bentley Software group.

16.15-18.00 iRINGTools - An ISO 15926 and Semantic Web
Bechtel's ability to execute projects successfully around the globe depends on the efficient availability of timely and high-quality information to all project stakeholders, including our customers, suppliers, and joint venture partners. Given our diverse and dispersed project environment, and our around-the clock demand for information, overcoming the complexity and challenges associated with delivering the information our stakeholders need can only be done through effective collaboration and standardization. By working on these issues across the industry, we can bring about the future of information modernization, where information is passed seamlessly among stakeholders in a timely and efficient manner. In this presentation we will discuss Bechtel's role in the development and usage of iRINGTools. iRINGTools is a set of free, public domain, and open source software applications and utilities that implement ISO 15926 and Semantic Web protocols labeled as "iRING". iRINGTools provide users with production ready deployable solutions. iRINGTools also provides technology solution providers with usage patterns for the implementation of iRING protocols in their respective solutions. Presenter: Robin Benjamins, Bechtel

Robin Benjamins is Bechtel's Corporate Engineering Automation Manager with proven expertise managing the engineering application portfolio, interoperability, and data integration solutions. In his role, Benjamins is responsible for developing and implementing strategy for Bechtel's "Central Engineering and Technology" and "Information, Systems, and Technology" organizations. In addition to this role, Benjamins is a member of the POSC Caesar Association Board. Benjamins is an accomplished technologist, with 33 years of experience in the EPC industry, including 16 years providing technology solutions to internal and external customers. Over his career, he has established the valuable dual expertise of business processes combined with technological acumen. He led the effort to create Bechtel's standard, global interoperability solution that is now used worldwide. This system also incorporates the methodologies of the ISO15926 Standard. Benjamins is now leading the industry on the adoption of iRING as the de facto implementation strategy for ISO 15926.
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).
The tutorial will introduce interoperability issues in public sector including how to handle organizational, juridical and semantic challenges in inter-governmenal services. The tutorial will cover an introduction to SERES and its relation to Altinn. It will also cover modeling your domain with SERES tools, both at a conceptual level, structural level and implementation details. Users will be able to get hands on experience with creating XSDs for Altinn II. The tutorial will also give an overview on the dual role of metadata in reporting (e.g. Altinn) and publishing Open public data, and how SERES may play a role also in the latter.

Geir Jevne, DNV/SERES. Geir is Group Leader for A-Z interoperability at DNV, and the chief architect for SERES. He is previously the CEO & Principal Consultant at Cogility Software Europe AS and have been working on model driven architecture for more than 10 years.

Terje Grimstad, Karde/Semicolon. Terje as been a research scientist and research director at the NorwegianComputing Center (1980-1994). He has served one year in the European Commission as ascientific officer (1995). He has been the director for systems development and electronicservices in ErgoGroup (1996 -2003). He is now the general manager for Karde.

David Norheim, Computas/SERES. David works as an advisor for Brønnøysundregisterne/SERES. David has worked with semantic technologies for 10 years, as a researcher, co-founder of startups, and is now heading Computas' efforts on open data and semantics. He is a frequent presenter at semantics related seminars and conferences nationally and internationally.

June 1st 2010

Bird of a feather

Organized on site08:00-09:00

First day Opening Keynotes

OpeningPC chair09:00-09:10
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 a review of why EU thinks Semantic Technologies is important, and 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.
KeynoteAna Estelrich, Manager, National French Health Care Record. "Enabling secure access to patient health information between European healthcare systems." The talk focuses on developing and implementing pragmatic solutions in order to achieve semantic interoperability for the European citizen across the borders, and allowing the health care professionals as well as the patients access to comprehensible health care information."

Ana Estelrich is the work package leader for the Semantic Services within the European Patients Smart Open Services (epSOS). epSOS is a Europe-wide large scale pilot on cross-border interchange of patient health information, organized by 27 beneficiaries representing 12 EU member states, including ministries of health, national competence centers and companies. Ana works within the national team responsible for the implementation of the National French Personal Health Care record. She is also one of the co-chairs of the IHE International co-chair for the Quality, Research and Public Health domain, and active within several standardization activities at a national and international level."
KeynoteDavid Pearson, Vice President Architecture, Oracle Corporation. "Semantic Technology: A Challenge or Opportunity for Building Enterprise Systems." Sir Tim Berners-Lee laid out his vision for the web in 1999 in which he dreamed that computers would become capable of analyzing all the data on the web – the content, links, and transactions between people and computers. More than ten years later it can be argued that the essential technologies required to fulfill much of his dream exist today, are functionally rich and are mature. That said the widespread adoption of semantic technology within industry and the public sector is still lacking. Is this because semantic technology is considered to be just another ‘silver bullet’ or is it because its role in building enterprise systems is now only understood well enough for its full potential to be realised?

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
KeynoteNicola 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.

Nicola Guarino (1954) leads the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA). Since 1991 he has been playing a leading role in the ontology field, developing a strongly interdisciplinary approach that combines together Computer Science, Philosophy, and Linguistics, and relies on logic as a unifying paradigm. As early as 1993 he organized in Padua the first International Workshop on Formal Ontology in Conceptual Analysis and Knowledge Representation, and since then he has gained a well-known international leadership concerning the ontological foundations of conceptual modeling and knowledge engineering, and more in general the role of semantic technologies in information systems, multi-agent systems, and natural language processing. Among the best known results of his lab, the OntoClean methodology ( and the DOLCE foundational ontology ( Current research interests include the ontology of services, e-government, and socio-technical systems.
KeynoteMorten Dæhlen, University of Oslo. "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”

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.
Session talkLars Olav Grøvik, Statoil. "Introduction to the information overflow challenge as it appears in a Statoil asset."

Lars Olav Grøvik is senior advisor in subsurface data management , responsible for the data management process in Petroleum technology. Besides his commitments in Statoil Grøvik holds a number of functions related to data management in the oil and gas industry. He is member of the executive team of the group that develops WITSML, a standardized transmission format for drilling data, and is a member of the management group for the project that develops PRODML, a standard for production data transfer. He is member of the steering committee for the data management group of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a newly formed group that is analyzing the data management challenges in Subsurface. He is the chairman of the Reports User Forum of the E&P Information Management Association, a forum that maintains and further enhances the common reports to the authorities and to the partners in the drilling and production domains for all production licenses of the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Session talkJayant R. Kalagnanam, IBM, Watson Research Lab. "The use of structured and unstructured information for operational project planning and scheduling."

Dr. Kalagnanam is a Senior Manager in the Mathematical Sciences Department and has been at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member in 1996. Before joining IBM Research he worked as a Research Faculty at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where he developed large cost minimization models for designing and retrofitting utilities with new technologies. He graduated with a Ph.D. in 1991 from the same department. After joining IBM research, Dr. Kalagnanam worked on developing optimization models for production planning and scheduling in the context of manufacturing for various industries including steel, semiconductor, and electric utilities. He has been involved in the design and development of optimization solutions that have been deployed in plants and are in daily use. He has filed over a dozen patents and published over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences in the area of production modeling.
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 University of Technology. "Status of semantic technlogies." The talk presents the status of contemporary semantic technologies and summarizes corresponding standardization efforts. Based on examples for well-established ontologies for various domains, the talk sheds light on the industrial relevance concerning integration and interoperation issues. The main motivation for the talk is to give an answer to pressing questions, such as: What is semantic tehcnology useful for today? And what can we expect within the coming years?

Ralf Möller is Professor for Computer Science at Hamburg University of Technology (since 2003). From 2001 until 2003 he was Professor for Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Wedel/ Germany. In 1996 he received the degree Dr. rer. nat. from the University of Hamburg and successfully submitted his Habilitation thesis in 2001 also at the University of Hamburg. His research interests include software technology for distributed systems as well as the application and theory of conceptual modeling and knowledge representation languages. His research goals encompass the development practical inference algorithms for embedding description logic systems into software engineering and web technology. Together with Prof. Volker Haarslev (Concordia Univ. Montreal) and Michael Wessel he is the principal architect of the description logic reasoner Racer, which is being used as a core engine for building ontology development tools as well as agent systems for the semantic web by many research groups all around the world. Besides the standard deduction inference services (developed, e.g., in the EU-funded TONES project), Racer also includes an abduction component which has been used in the EU-funded BOEMIE and CASAM projects to formalize multimedia content interpretation. Prof. Möller also holds several German national science foundation grants and was ta co-organizer of several international workshops on description logics and is the author of numerous workshop and conference papers as well as several book and journal contributions in his research area. He served as a reviewer for all major journals and conference in the knowledge representation and reasoning area.
PanelIndustry: IBM, Schlumberger, Baker, Oracle16:00-17:00
Demo floorVarious tool vendors with short presentations17:00-18:00

Sightseeing and conference dinner at ''Flor and Fjære''

June 2nd

Bird of a feather

Organized on site08:00-09:00

Second main session

Theme: “The challenge of open data and interoperability"

KeynoteGeorg Apenes - "Challenges with open public data"

Georg Apenes is a lawyer by education, but has also worked as a journalist, author, and served as a member of parliament for 3 periods for Høyre. In 1989 he became the Director of the Data Inspectorate, where he has made a mark in the political debate as a defender of privacy. Apenes is known as an active public commentary throughout his career, and has recieved several honors and prizes for his work defending privacy, the last in 2008 where he got the Rosing Annual honour. He retired from the position as a Director in April 2010.
Panel"Main interoperability challenges for the public sector." Participants from major public institutions present what they see as the most important challenges with open data and interoperability in the future.09:30-10:00
Session talkEndre Grøtnes, Difi. "A strategy for metadata for the Norwegian public sector." 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.

Endre Grøtnes is a senior advisor at the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment. He has worked with standardization, architecture and technological choices in the public sector for the last 15 years. The focus has been on strategic issues, and creating cross-sector interoperability and data exchange. He has a background from the University of Oslo in Informatics.
Coffee Break10:30-11:00
Session talkInge Svensson, Baker Hughes. "Challenges of data integration across disciplines for Digital Oilfield of the Future." When developing the new generation of Digital Oilfield operations, integrating data from various sources can be very demanding. Immense amounts of data are generated and getting value out of the information is a challenge. When an event or technical problem has occurred it is important to Link qualified Subject Matter Experts to resolve it. We present current projects that BEACON Enterprise Services are working on in these areas.

Inge Svensson has worked 12 years with data integration, ensuring information quality and developing technical solutions for Digital Oilfield operations and holds a M.Sc. degree in Distributed Information Systems from Brunel University.
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.

Manoj Dharwadkar has over 20 years of experience in developing technology solutions for the Process Industry. Manoj has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and had worked on several CII Research projects before joining Bentley Systems Inc. in 1995. He has provided key leadership at Bentley Systems for architecting data integration and interoperability solutions and promoting use of industry standards in Bentley products. He has been involved with the ISO 15926 related industry efforts for the last 13 years and is the co-founder of the FIATECH ADI project started in 2005. He is currently Director of Data Interoperability in the Bentley Software group.

Projects parallel session

Oil and GasIntegrated Operations in the High North (IOHN). Organized by Frédéric Verhelst, project leader IOHN. To be able to operate safely and sustainably in remote, vulnerable and hazardous areas such as the High North, major stakeholders have joined forces in the Integrated Operations in the High North project to develop and demonstrate a digital platform based on open standards and semantic technologies which manages the risks and allows optimization of next generation integrated operations. The 4-year project has just entered in the second half, and some of the first results will be demonstrated at the demo session. The session will not only focus on the project, but will also include background presentations that are relevant both for project participants and people interested to know more about it.
eGovPublic sector interoperability. Organized by Brønnøysundregisterne, Semicolon and Difi. This session will include major players involved in public sector interoperability in Norwegian public sector. It will include in depth discussions into Semantic Registry for public sector interoperability (SERES), the research project Semicolon and activities in Difi. This session will most likely be in Norwegian. May include talks by invited speakers.
ResearchResearch and technology session on semantic technologies. Organized by Dumitru Roman, SINTEF, Norway. This session will focus on research and technical aspects of semantic technologies. The session includes five invited talks, and will cover topics ranging from semantic services to various forms of reasoning on the semantic Web. The target audience for this session includes (but is not limited to) researchers, engineers, and students.

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. The Semantic Days 2010 committees are as follows.

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 Amundsen, Tekna


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