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KMi researcher visits Ethiopia and participates in an Open Science training session

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:58:00 +0000

EIFL's invitation to KMi's CORE project to take part in a workshop for researchers from developing countries pays dividends for participants and for CORE. In June 2017, EIFL invited the global open access full text aggregator CORE to take part in an Open Science train-the-trainer course for universities and research institutions in EIFL partner countries. Read more on EIFL's post and check CORE's blog to watch the videos of the workshop participants talking about CORE.  

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OU case study featured in EU Policy Report: Blockchain in Education

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:47:00 +0000

An interview with KMi Director John Domingue about KMi's blockchain research at Open University is one of four use case studies featured in a new EU Policy Report: Blockchain in Education.  The Report exemplifies where the Blockchain is being deployed with an education context, and its potential for disruption in the education sector. Other case studies are from University of Nicosia, MIT and various educational institutions in Malta. This European Commission Joint Research Centre report presents the findings of a research study into understanding what can facilitate both the process of issuing and recognising credentials in an increasingly digitised world. It is primarily for policy makers, education institutions, educational researchers, teachers and learners, and anyone from a non-technical audience who is interested in understanding blockchain and its potential in education.  It explains how this technology may both disrupt institutional norms and empower learners and proposes eight scenarios for the application of the Blockchain in an education context, based on the current state of technology development and deployment. Professor Domingue, in his interview (page 64-67), describes KMi's holistic blockchain strategy which encourages researchers to explore the full potential of the technology, rather than focusing on one particular aspect.  He talks about KMi's research both within the Open University and global collaboration networks to conduct experiments with data, and the challenges and opportunities that these will pose for educational institutions in the medium term.   "Professor Domingue believes that administrative and student-facing processes within universities are ripe for radical change because of the fundamental need for the disintermediation of roles that currently sit within the institution and add little value to the end user – the student. Some components of these process (such as certification) need to be placed within the custodianship of students and not just the institution." Finally, he highlights the potential benefits for the sector from Blockchain Analytics: "Imagine a scenario where every learning activity is registered on the Blockchain, including informal learning – together with informal feedback. All assignment test scores will be mapped on learning environments across Europe. Europe-wide analytics could then be developed from the ground up. The best lecturers in Europe by subject could be easily identified. Learning would become that much more interactive – and reputations built on more tangible matrices". The Report itself concludes that "even from these early pilots it is pertinent to conclude that blockchain could probably disrupt the market in student information systems and loosen the control current players have over this market."  It recommends: creating and promoting a label for 'open' educational records that policymakers consider investigating and supporting the application of blockchain technology to specific educational use cases by organising and supporting innovation pipelines to lead to their implementation that Europe urgently supports standardisation activities in this area that an expert consultative committee be formed to keep policymakers abreast of developments and their implications on policy outreach to the networks to help them understand the benefits of blockchain technology, and the incorporation of the principles behind the technology into digital competence education for learners.

KMi at ISWC 2017

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:01:00 +0000

It was the turn of Vienna, Austria to host the International Semantic Web Conference, and once again KMi's participation at the event was very strong.  Miriam Fernandez co-chaired the Research Track, while Harith Alani, Enrico Motta, Alessandro Adamou, Francesco Osborne and Ilaria Tiddi sat on various program committees.  KMi members organised two Workshops this year, namely Alessandro Adamou and Enrico Daga's WHiSe: Humanities in the Semantic Web and Pinelopi Troullinou and Ilaria Tiddi's BlkMirror: Re-coding Black Mirror #RCBlackMirror. In addition, KMiers presented three workshop papers: John Domingue and Allan Third presented "LinkChains: Exploring the Space of Decentralised Trustworthy Linked Data" at DeSemWeb: Decentralizing the Semantic Web Workshop #DeSemWeb2017. Andrea Mannocci, Angelo Antonio Salatino, Francesco Osborne and Enrico Motta presented "2100 AI: Reflections on the mechanisation of scientific discovery", at the BlkMirror workshop. Enrico Daga and Paul Mulholland co-presented "Characterizing the Landscape of Musical Data on the Web: State of the Art and Challenges" at the WHiSe workshop. Two papers were also presented in the highly selective research and industry tracks, on "Semantic Wide and Deep Learning for Detecting Crisis-Information Categories on Social Media", by Gregoire Burel, Hassan Saif, and Harith Alani, and  "Supporting Springer Nature Editors by means of Semantic Technologies", by Francesco Osborne, Angelo Antonio Salatino, Aliaksandr Birukou, Thiviyan Thanapalasingam, and Enrico Motta. Within the demo and poster tracks the following contributions were given: Shuangyan Liu, Carlo Allocca, Mathieu D'Aquin and Enrico Motta demonstrated "A Platform for Triple Accuracy Measuring and Evidence Triples Discovering". Francesco Osborne, Thiviyan Thanapalasingam, Angelo Antonio Salatino, Aliaksandr Birukou and Enrico Motta demonstrated "Smart Book Recommender: A Semantic Recommendation Engine for Editorial Products". Francesco Osborne, Andrea Mannocci and Enrico Motta presented "Forecasting Technology Migrations by means of the Technology-Topic Framework". The highlight of the week was Ilaria Tiddi winning the SWSA Distinguished Dissertation prize - "Explaining Data Patterns using Knowledge from the Web of Data". The prize is awarded every year to the best Doctoral Thesis in the field. This was the second year in a row that a KMi graduate has scooped this highly prestigious award. To top all this, we participated in the first ISWC Job Fair where our members were on hand to talk to the ISCW community about the exciting academic and developer vacancies that are currently available at KMi. Last but not least, The Knowledge Media Instruments band took part in the legendary ISWC Jam Session promoting the cultural environment of KMi. Other important contributions were provided by Miriam Fernandez and Harith Alani, who were part of the tutor group invited to attend the mentoring lunch for PhD students, postdocs and junior faculty members; Miriam also attended editorial board meetings for the Journal of Web Semantics and Enrico Motta, who took part in the annual meeting of the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA), the body that oversees the ISWC series of conferences.  

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CORE listed as a top tool and resource to make Science Open and Collaborative

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:03:00 +0000

Laworm, an aggregator of scientific online tools addressed mainly to scientists, has listed CORE as a top tool and resource, which helps science to become open and collaborative. 

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CORE organised and presented two workshops for the OpenMinTeD project

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:52:00 +0000

  During 25 – 27 October OpenMinTeD participated in the FORCE2017 Research Communication and e-Scholarship conference that brings together a diverse group of people interested in changing the way in which scholarly and scientific information is communicated and shared.   On Friday October 27th the OpenMinTeD partners held two workshops, one on "How to improve interoperability across publisher platforms to support text and data mining" and another one on "Enhancing the real impact of scholarly publications through text and data mining".   At the first workshop the Open University partners from the CORE project presented on the work they have done on the Publisher Connector. This involved surveying the publishers on their machine accessibility interfaces of accessing Open Access content, the creation of the Publisher Connector, a tool that harvests Open Access content from publisher systems and exposes them via the ResourceSync protocol, and the technical expertise directory, where documentation is provided on how harvesting from publisher platforms can be achieved. Read more...  

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