Semantic Web in Provenance Management Workshop

December 25th, 2011

The Third International Workshop on the role of the Semantic Web in Provenance Management will be held in conjunction with the Ninth Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC-2012) on May 27 or 28 in Heraklion, Greece. The workshop’s objectives are to explore opportunities offered by the Semantic Web technologies in the context of the management and exploitation of provenance and document the role of provenance in real-world Semantic Web applications.

The one day workshop will include presentations of full research papers, short position papers, a panel on the W3C provenance working group proposals, and demonstrations of prototypes and working systems. Submit papers and demonstration proposals by 4 March 2012.

Akshaya Iyengar (MS 2011) on Wikipedia

December 24th, 2011

It’s very nice to see ebiquity alumna Akshaya Iyengar (MS, 2011) helping Wikipedia during its fund raising campaign. If you visit Wikipedia you might see her gracing a page you get, as I did just a minutes ago. See this screenshot and read her statement on why she has been donating to Wikipedia here. Her generosity has inspired me to contribute also.

UMBC team 2nd in DARPA Shredder Challenge

December 3rd, 2011

A part-time, two person effort UMBC VP for Research Don Engel and his wife Marianne nearly won the DARPA Shredder Challenge. Their entry, Schroddon got a late start, but held the top leaderboard spot for quite a while before being bested by “All Your Shreds Are Belong To U.S.” at the end. The first prize was $50,000 and second was … well, priceless.