Wrap-up of Early Adopters Workshop in Amsterdam

Impressions and results of the IKS Early adopters workshop in Amsterdam

Salzburg, Austria - 14 Dec 2010
The 4th IKS Early Adopters Workshop in Amsterdam at the Felix Meritis Center (9-10, 2010) was attended by 40 people. It presented itself as a great opportunity to mix ideas and experiences with IKS results thus far.

A big thanks to all participants who contributed with their DEMOs, feedback and discussions and their code. Thanks also to those planning to participate in the community as early adopters thereby activating their own communities (see e.g. geeklog), and to those of you who are contributors to various components of IKS.

The first day started with two main demos/presentations:

  • Stefane Fermigier and Olivier Grisel (NUXEO) demonstrated the usage of FISE semantic enhancement engines within Nuxeo DM. See the screencast.
  • Henri Bergius (Nemein Oy / Midgard) and Haymo Meran (Gentics) showed how user interactions and annotations could be supported by semantic technologies with the help of the Aloha HTML5 editor.

After that, several early adopters demonstrated how they have integrated the FISE engine as part of their early individual adopters programme:

  • Tommaso Teofili (Sourcesense) presented a plugin in Confluence, which they will make available as open source. See the screencast.
  • Stefane Gamard (Salsadev, a semantic tool provider) showed their automatic categorisation engine via the FISE infrastructure.
  • Aingaran Pillai (Zaizi) demonstrated integration and future plans for Alfresco ECM.
  • Andreas Kuckartz (QuinScape) presented the current state of the integration of FISE in the OpenSAGA Wiki extension. It will be made available under an Open Source license.
  • Jens Klein (bluedynamics) presented how FISE is integrated into PLONE via a python library.

Two new components of the IKS stack - "from the lab" - provided an outlook and new components for (early) adoption through CMS.

  • Rupert Westenthaler (Salzburg Research) explained and demonstrated RICK, a component for an enterprise entitiy hub, which allows referencing, mapping and local caching of linked data.
  • Valentina Presutti and Alessandro Nuzzolese (CNR) showed the Knowledge Representation and Reasioning framework KReS and demonstrated together with Sebastian Germesin (DFKI) an interface and integration of KReS, FISE with the google rich snippets for better findability and search engine optimization of content.

Finally, Bertrand Delacretaz (Day/Adobe) focussed on the reasoning behind our move to Apache: Sustainability beyond the lifetime of IKS as a European Research Project.

IKS has incubated three of the above mentioned components (FISE, RICK, KReS) as STANBOL to Apache. Join the IKS stack at Apache Stanbol!

The second day was dedicated to hands-on integration workshops and planning of future developments of the existing components and the enhancement engines as well as the semantic interaction framework. A hackathon is planned to take place in Vienna in Spring, next year. Interaction with semantic objects will be the major theme. Web UI developers, who want to go semantics, are welcome. See the workshop page for short summaries of activities of the second day.


About IKS

Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS) is an open source community, whose projects are focused on building an open and flexible technology platform for semantically enhanced Content Management Systems (CMS). Its mission is to develop an open source stack for knowledge management, broaden the reach of semantic CMS technology and serve as a collaboration and software development hub for the semantic CMS community.

IKS is funded in part by a €6.58m grant from the European Union and governed by a core consortium of seven research partners and six industrial partners and actively encourages corporate and individual participation in the project. For more information, visit the website at: www.iks-project.eu.