meetings, SemaGROW

SemaGrow 3rd project meeting in Wageningen

The 3rd plenary meeting of European Project SemaGrow took place in Wageningen (The Netherlands) on 12th and 13rd of May 2014. Alberto Nogales researcher of IERU group assisted representing Alcalá University. Organized by partnert DLO (Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek), the meeting took place at Alterra premises in the Wageningen University campus. The meeting started with a brain storming about how to cover the improvements noted by the reviewers after the first project review on January 2014. Then progresses in SemaGrow architecture and Ontology Evolutionwere were presented by NCSR-D and UNITOV respectively.

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Finally the Piloting Plan and Deployment where discussed by all the consortium in order to face the next period until the 4th plenary meeting to be organized in Athens during October 2014. We keep on researching.


ODS project meeting in Bayreuth

The 4th cluster and 5th coordination ODS meeting was held in Bayreuth, Germany last week, from Wednesday to Friday. IE members David and Enayat participated in the meeting. In the second day (Cluster II meeting), Enayat (and Kostas from GRnet) presented the work done in the past months regarding the ODS harvesting and its metadata analysis in WP7. They also discussed several issues, ideas and plans that ODS faces in the forthcoming harvesting round.

ODS partners also exchanged their ideas about some tasks which should have to be prepared for the review meeting in June.

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Bayreuth is a sizeable town in northern Bavaria, Germany, on the Red Main river. The town’s roots date back to 1194 and it is nowadays the capital of Upper Franconia with a population of 71,482. It is world-famous for its annual Bayreuth Festival, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Above, some snapshots taken during these 3 days.

Nikos Manouselis, PhD

Nikos Palavitsinis PhD dissertation

Last Friday, 21st of February, IE doctorate student and AgroKnow member Nikos Palavitsinis successfully presented his thesis METADATA QUALITY ISSUES IN LEARNING REPOSITORIES. The formal defense of the dissertation took place in the ancient Colegio de San Ildefonso of the University of Alcala, a beautiful baroque building currently hosting the Rectorate.

Nikos research work, supervised by IE member Salvador Sanchez and Dr. Nikos Manouselis, aimed to propose a set of methods that can be deployed throughout the life cycle of a repository to ensure that metadata generated from content providers are of high quality. The theoretical model (named MQACP for short) was applied on a Learning Federation of repositories, from day 1 of its existence until it reached its maturity and regular operation. Throughout each phase, the resulting metadata quality was measured to certify that the anticipated improvement in metadata quality actually took place. Based on the success of this first application, Nikos decided to validate the MQACP approach by applying it on another two cases of a Cultural and a Research Federation of repositories: VOA3R and Natural Europe, which allowed to prove the transferability of the approach to other cases as well as to present some similarities with the initial one.

It was a happy day for the whole IE team, many of whose members attended the dissertation (Enayat Rajabi, Rutilio Lopez, Paulo Alonso and David Marting among others). In the pictures below these lines, some moments of the day.

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Eagle, meetings, projects

Eagle project meeting in Ljubljana

The EAGLE project, Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy, celebrated its third plenary meeting on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting took place at the National Museum of Slovenia, which holds an extensive collection of archaeological artefacts. IE member Eydel Rivero took part in the meeting as a technical representation of the University of Alcalá. During the morning session, project partners reviewed the project overall status and next steps for individual deliverables. In the afternoon, a training session was carried out for illustrating to content providers different details of the submission of content to Europeana.

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The first EAGLE international event 2014, “Current Practices and New Directions in Digital Epigraphy”, took place on 19-20 February 2014, organized by EAGLE partner Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Archaeology (Slovenia), in collaboration with Heidelberg University (Germany) and Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy). The doors were opened for all those interested in traditional or digital epigraphy an aimed to the dissemination of general best current practices for digital editions involving several aspects of digital technology applied to inscriptions. The event was divided in three workshops:

Workshop 1: Harmonization and interoperability of Inscriptions (Harmonization and interoperability of Inscriptions). The following points were discussed:

  • The Eagle metadata model and its entities
  • Europeana Data Model
  • EpiDoc as interoperability format
  • Trismegistos and geographical information
  • Vocabularies and Terminologies

Workshop 2: Translations of Inscriptions (Eagle Working Group on Translations and content curation). The following points were discussed:

  • WikiData as best practice for translations of inscriptions.
  • An Edit-a-thon of translations of Latin texts on the Eagle MediaWiki

Workshop 3: Intellectual Property Rights (Eagle Working Group on IPR and user engagement). The following points were discussed:

  • overview on licensing practices and policies in Europe
  • how to deal with IPR
  • how to properly label unlabeled digital items as photographs
  • a photographic workshop on shooting high quality images for online publication and research.
meetings, ODS, projects, talks, workshops

IERU represents ODS in the final event of the Global Excursion project

The final event of Global Excursion project, took place in Brussels, from last Friday 14th to 16th of February 2014 at the European Schoolnet, where IE member Enayat gave a presentation in a workshop for teachers and project partners.

The Global Excursion project, whose main access point is available through ViSH repository (Virtual Science Hub), built over these 3 years a collaborative content repository where scientists and teachers are able to exchange and establish collaborations. As ODS is going to harvest as well as integrate ViSH to the ODS repository, Enayat presented Open Discovery Space in a workshop that was organized as part of the final event of the project and discussed both marketing as well as technical perspectives of ODS along with detail integration plan for connecting ViSH to ODS. A nice opportunity to disseminate our effort in ODS and create links to similar efforts in Europe.


Enayat presenting ODS to the participants in the event

Enayat presenting ODS to the participants in the event

Organic.Lingua, projects, workshops

Organic.Lingua final Workshop in Rome

The final Workshop of the Organic.Lingua project, took place on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at the premises of  (CAE) in Rome, Italy.  The event was co-organized by the Organic.Lingua project partners Agro-Know Technologies and University of Alcalá (UAH) and collocated with the Herbal.Mednet 3rd project meeting.

A nice skate park at the entrance of  Città dell’Altra Economia

A nice skate park at the entrance of Città dell’Altra Economia

Salvador, Enayat and David attended the workshop, which was entitled “Using multilingual technologies in web portals – Challenges & Promises since it was focused in the multilingual outcomes of the project and how to enhance their reusability. The workshop started with the following presentations:

  • Multilingual information services in the area of agricultural data : the use case of AGRIS (Keynote Speech):Fabrizio Celli (FAO)
  • Applying language technologies in agricultural online services: The case of Organic.Edunet: Salvador Sanchez-Alonso (UAH)
  • Managing multilingual vocabularies and ontologies: Mauro Dragoni  (FBK)
  • A multilingual framework for transforming online services to truly multilingual: Giannis Stoitsis (UAH)
Salvador, during its presentation at Organic.Lingua final Workshop

Salvador, during its presentation at Organic.Lingua final Workshop

At the end of every presentation the audience was able to formulate questions and considerations regarding the future of the project and how to reuse its outcomes. After a coffee break, the event continued with two focus groups, one to discuss about technical challenges and the other one to deal with user-oriented issues.

Participants at the technical focus group.

Participants at the technical focus group.

The event closed with a networking session in the form of a round-table discussion, which provided the opportunity to the participants to discuss on potential opportunities arising from Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility.

At "Da Enzo al 29". Great place!

“Da Enzo al 29”, an amazing place!

An italo-spanish-iranian group (i.e. all IE members present in the workshop plus Victor Gonzalvez and Ana Lladosa from SEAE plus Luis and Barbara from AIAB) ended this fruitful day at “Da Enzo al 29” a great Trattoria, that we highly recommend! It’s good to know that almost everything is set up and ready for the next stop of Organic.Lingua project, the final review.

meetings, Nikos Manouselis, projects, review, SemaGROW

Semagrow 1st review meeting in Luxembourg

The first review of the project “SemaGrow: Data intensive techniques to boost the real-time performance of global agricultural data infrastructures” took place last week in Luxembourg, specifically during the 20th and 21st of January. IERU group from Alcalá University was represented by Miguel Angel Sicilia and Alberto Nogales. The review was coordinated by NCSR Demokritos from Athens with the help of Alcalá University. The others partners presenting some Work Packages were FAO  and UniTov from Italy, IPB from Serbia, the Semantic Web Company from Austria, DLO from The Netherlands and AgroKnow from Greece. Miguel Angel Sicilia as main coordinator of the project explained WP2 about Project Management.

At first sight the review was successful, promising hard work during the second year of the project.