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STASIS - Software for Ambient Semantic Interoperable Services

Semantic Week: June 22-26, 2009, Amsterdam

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SW'09: Semantic Week
Well - what a Semantic Week it was!

Firstly, thanks again to all who presented or assisted in the organisation and, above all, those who attended.

It went beyond our expectations. The feedback was excellent and the intent is to hold a similar event next year. Watch this space for SW'2010, provisionally scheduled for May 2010. We promise better on the main theatre seats from which it seems a lot of you are still recovering!

In fact 120 unique people attended the event, 12 parallel sessions were run, 53 presentations were made, two projects held plenaries and one symposium was hosted. Two boat trips had waiting lists and one Dieter caused chaos on this :-) 315 lunches were served, only 25% of you consumed non-alcoholic beverages, and nearly 300 litres of refreshments drunk. We won't go into details of refreshment consumption outside the event but the tourist trade in Amsterdam apparently had a boost.

Oh... and finally 20 people did not RT*M and threw away the gift boxes which had the batteries in them... if you still can’t fathom why your device won't work, contact me and we will fix you up with a battery.

Speaker details, presentations, a list of attendees and event photos are all on line so feel free to continue networking and learning. If you have extra photos, e-mail if you wish to incriminate anyone.

You may remember we also asked you for "Relevant semantic areas". These are also listed (see below) and could be of interest to you in future EU calls and, of course, we will forward them to the EU.

It's amazing what a free gift does to motivate feedback, with over 90% of you providing forms allowing us to get very relevant statistics: 4/5 for presentation/session quality and 4/5 for relevance. It seems we hit the mark.

The top 5 feedbacks were:
  • Positive: Networking, Other initiatives, Organisation, Presentations, People
  • Negative: Seating, Lunches, Wi-Fi, Timekeeping, Rooms
Some of the feedback... "I liked it - well done", "Lively speakers", "A very interesting and well organised conference", "the seats!!!", "Not enough champagne [prizes]" (be quicker at semantic dating) and finally someone who mentioned post event: "I've tried the various semantic interoperability techniques in Brussels but I still haven't found a date - they always disappear when I mention WSDL and SOA" - we did warn you!

And if you weren't there? Please take advantage of these resources and we hope to see you next year!

For those of you who are interested in collaborating on SW'2010, please e-mail

On behalf of everyone involved, thanks again!

Stuart Campbell, TIE CTO and STASIS Project Manager

 Position  Positive Negative
1 Networking 30 Seating (main lecture theatre) 11
2 Learning about other projects/developments/initiatives 18 Food, refreshments & no water 11
3 Organisation 17 Wi-Fi 7
4 Presentations (interactive/interesting) 13 Timekeeping 6
5 People (working in the same area) 12 Rooms (dark/hot/small) 6
6 Agenda & mix of talks/sessions 11 Sessions (too high level/short/theoretical) 6
7 Venue (Amsterdam) 9 Venue (distance of event from City centre) 5
8 Food 4 Lack of real world industry/user participation 5
9 Sharing knowledge/ideas/experiences 4 Sound problems 4
10 Speakers (variety, reputation) 4 Too many parallel sessions/overlap 4
Enjoyed the STASIS demo
Please keep the development of real tools and technology demonstrators coming. These represent the validation of concepts from research.
Would have liked to attend other presentations on parallel sessions but difficult due to clashes
Friendly atmosphere
Broad view on semantics
[Agenda was too ] widespread... if you are in an uninteresting session you can't change as you will have missed the beginning of other ones
Not enough champagne :-(
I liked it - well done!
Lively speakers
Excellent organisation... maybe next year we should have more emphasis on technical issues. Overview presentations are always interesting but maybe we need to see some good scientific ones as well.
The seats in the main hall were too cramped for a long session
A very interesting and well organised conference
Really enjoyed it

In response to the above question, suggestions included:

Usability... user interface development for simple user input
Develop multi-disciplinary topics (SOA, semantics, MDE, BPM, interoperability, collaboration) and in the same time experiment around future needs & requirements shared with real world users
Extension of semantics concept to include notions of behaviour in addition to static state (e.g. to describe algorithms, state transitions, constraints, etc.)
Distributed semantic repositories of web services
Reasoning incomplete and inaccurate semantic information
Scalability and reusability of semantic technologies
Develop multi-disciplinary topics (SOA, semantics, MDE, BPM, interoperability, collaboration) and in the same time experiment around future needs & requirements shared with real world users
Interoperability & semantic web services
Semantics related to the Future Internet (services, IoT, security, trust)
Development of comprehensive standardised ontologies
Linked data
Interoperability & use of ontologies in master data management
Topic map technology
Semantic web
Ontology mapping and bridging
Natural language processing & adaptive systems reasoning
Standards vs scientific integration i.e. e-business
How to make it an invisible, standard, normal part of systems
The way industrial companies can cooperate using transparent methods for them
Distributed semantic repositories of web services
Acceptance by business users
Enable users to easily attach semantic content
Distributed semantic repositories & ntologies; agents & service semantics
Semantic search and retreival
Any solution which helps SMEs generate more money
Distributed search and trust
Business models
Application experience failures & successes in implementations/plans... standards impact in semantics & opportunities
E-Commerce & e-Government as application scenarios
GUI for ontology management
Semantic reasoning
Discussion between ontology service providers and business users
Making semantics available to average, non-expert users