meetings, projects

7th ODS Coordination and 6th Cluster Meetings

This week, the 7th ODS Coordination and 6th Cluster Meetings of the Open Discovery Space project are taking place in Helsinki, Finland. University of Helsinki is hosting the event, which started on Tuesday morning with the cluster II meeting sessions. Regading our group, the morning sessions of cluster II are the most relevant ones, as the Content data alignment is being discussed: Enayat has been presenting the updated results on the harvested, pending and new repositories, we have also presented together with Paul Libretch the current status of the search engine as well as the pending tasks. A later session of our interest lead by Open University of the Netherlands discussed the status and future work in the social information to be exposed and managed in the ODS portal, among other issues such as the social info-powered recommender engine.

Tomorrow sessions for cluster III are of special interest to us too, as we will present the work we did creating and giving the content providers online seminars as well as preparing a MOOC for anyone interested in joining ODS project as content provider. David Martin will be the IE representative in those sessions. Bellow, some pictures taken during these days.

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3rd ECVET-Step meeting in Alcala

The 3rd ECVET-Step meeting took place in our hometown Alcala de Henares, from 1st to 3rd December. The meeting was held at a crucial moment during the project lifetime, i.e. just before the end of year 1, so a lot of important discussions took place, many reports on the work done during the first part of our project were done and also a few critical discussions run, specially for the University of Alcala, on the shape and features that the project online services and portal will provide. IE members Enayat, Meritxell and Salvador participated in the sessions.

We presented to our partners the revised version of D2.1 (a report presenting the review of existing information models and metadata implementations in systems that exchange, process, use and combine various competence-related information objects in VET), and also started to prepare the documentation for the soon to come interim report. It was also time to complete our report to IAEI concerning dissemination events, as well as to provide feedback for the exploitation activities and to the quality and risk questionnaires by UDE. On the social side, we had a nice dinner in the surprising tapas restaurant Plademunt (the imaginary restaurant) with lots of funny conversation and laughs to develop the teamwork spirit ūüôā

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6TH ODS meeting in Belgrade

During the last 3 days Belgrade, the capital and largest city of Serbia, hosted the 6th ODS coordination and 5th cluster meetings. The overall objectives were of course, to present the progress of the work so far, but also to ensure partner responsibilities, activities and tasks outputs are aligned and to agree on a detailed plan for 3rd period of the project.

A six months extension to the project was announced as a surprise to many of us, particularly to University of Alcala participants Maricruz, David, Enayat and Salvador, who were attending the sessions in a non-particularly populated room. Another important news was the presentation of the new project manager and assistant to the coordinator, Mr. Evangelos Argyzoudis. The Metropolitan University facilities, facing the Danube, were something to remember (see pictures below). As usual, the atmosphere was OK and we all had a great time biking on the Danube riverside.

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2nd ECVET-Step meeting at Ede, Netherlands

During the last 3 days (2nd to 4th of July), the second meeting of the partners of the ECVET Step consortium has been successfully held in Ede, the Netherlands. The meeting, nicely hosted by AOC Raad, was a nice opportunity to discuss the status of current activities such as the consultation meetings and to clarify the concepts and objectives of some incipient tasks. As usual, a homework list was prepared for all to know exactly what is expected from them for the next 6 months. As or us, IE member Salvador visited Ede and gathered all the necessary information. It was really nice to meet all friends like Jad and Tasos, as well as the ones we are working with for the first time in this project such as Petr, Hans and Ales (among others!).

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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 ‚ÄúUsing multilingual technologies in web portals ‚Äď 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.

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6th Organic.Lingua project meeting in Graz

From Tuesday to Thursday last week, several members working for the IERU team in the project -namely Vassilis, David Martin and Salvador- were in Graz, Austria, for the 6th Organic.Lingua project meeting. We were missing Giannis, who participated from home as he was only 3 days to have a baby (he didn’t know by then that his daughter would be born this monday, congratulations!). So, the meeting took place in the Amedia hotel and was hosted by our Knowledge Center – Graz colleagues, which really did a fantastic job with the organization and recommendations for social activities.

During this meeting we revisited the vision and current status of the project using a scenario where different personas showed their perspective of the Organic.Edunet portal and their contribution to the project. It was a very important meeting as it the project has entered in the last 6 months before its end so the technological achievements are evident and tangible now, but the sustainability plan and the best practices document that will gather all the recommendations from our 3 years effort are right now being discussed and polished as the most important pending issues at this stage. The Ontology Evolution Services, aimed at generating suggestions for the evolution of the ontology based on the use of User Generated Content, the design and planning of the open pilots and the final touches to the Language Technology Framework were other hot topics in the discussions that we had. Below these lines, some snapshots taken during these intense 3 days (including some social activities by the way!).

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IERU day at UAH

Last Tuesday the whole IE staff,¬†consisting of 20~ members¬†that include professors,¬†developers and students,¬†organized a morning presentation session where each member¬†briefly¬†described the current state of the research projects he/she is involved in. As it can be¬†appreciated¬†in the IERU’s wiki, the group coordinates three¬†European¬†projects (i.e., ICT PSP VOA3R, ICT PSP Organic.Lingua and FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES agINFRA) while it is a member of the consortium of other projects with heterogeneous scope. That is the case of the¬†European¬†project Open Discovery Space and the national projects HEDECAMA, MAVSEL and SLROUTE.

The end of the session led to a cocktail in order to celebrate Christmas as well as¬†the research success of the group, in spite of the¬†difficult¬†situation that the academic world is going through.¬†Below, some pictures of the event…

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