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The first VoCamp in New York City. WhatIsVoCamp...?

Please use the NYC Semantic Web Meetup site to register. http://semweb.meetup.com/25/calendar/10615059/ Why are we using the Meetup? We'll need to charge $20 per person to cover our expenses, and the Meetup is set up already to handle those transactions. Also, it's easier to keep in touch with each of you and post updates.


July 25-26


The following are outline timings for the event which are unlikely to change. Apart from these timings, exactly how we spend the time will largely be determined during the event.

Date July 25-26[edit]

  • 9:00 Arrivals and Coffee
  • 9:30 Start and Introductions
    • Short overview
    • Introduction of participants
  • 10:00 Short presentations (if desired)
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:30 Lunch (~1h)
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 Review accomplishments
  • 17:30 Close
  • 19:00 Dinner and drinks (Location to be confirmed)




Some possible accommodation options in New York can be found at this link. Local folks - please feel free to add your recommendations!


You can use HopStop to plan your route if you use the Subway or arrive to Grand Central Station, Penn Station or the Port Authority Terminal.

60 W. 23rd Street


Suggest vocabularies and other things to work on. List the topic you're interested in, and include your name. If you see a topic you'd like to work on as well, add your name at the end to indicate your interest.

Vocabularies and things I want to to work on[edit]

  • Events
  • Sentiment vocabulary
  • Mythology
  • Presentations (and associated events and media)
  • Vocabulary: Advertising-related (see, e.g., Ad-ID)
  • Vocabulary: Vertical Industry such as Travel (very hip to the need for standardization; see, e.g., the Open Travel Alliance)

Tools, techniques or other things I want to learn or teach about[edit]

If there's something (vocabulary related!) you'd like to learn about, or something you're pretty good at that you're willing to teach, please let everyone know here. Include your name and please indicate whether you want to learn or teach.

- Ontology list at w3.org wiki, titled SWEO Community Project: Linking Open Data on the Semantic Web. This is the list of ontologies Marco sent out to the swnyc Google group mailing list.

- Would appreciate any semantic insight into a multilingual web of data, services, orthographies and/or ontologies (e.g. multilingual dictionary based on universal words [1]). Am working with a chap, who has developed a new alphabet based orthography, which expresses the verbalized tonality inherent within the Mandarin Chinese language, in a fashion akin to the manner in which any other language of the world, that uses an alphabet, is expressed (http://attachments.wetpaintserv.us/Tcu130mZaMKO0ooAFloNrQ%3D%3D103765) - odoncaoa

- I would like a detailed discussion about how the Semantic Web got from a natural language sentence to s,p,o without any time reference (e.g. was). The Semantic Web is about structured data. However, there has to be a detailed justification about how it is related the makeup of a text document. David Jensen

A: Semantics - logical vs linguistic

- I would like to learn about tools for ontology building. I am somewhat familiar with Protege, Jena and reasoners such as Pellet. I've also seen some interesting graphical tools such as cMap and VUE. But it strikes me that, insofar as ontology is collaborative and bottoms-up, there must be something that will allow ordinary folk, in their very use of the internet to (perhaps implicity) build ontologies. -- Robert Kost

- I'd like to hear a bit about quadruples ("somebody asserted something") and, possibly related, the "strength" of assertions (notion borrowed from Cyc). Also, hoping to clear up some of my own confusion when it comes to using classes vs. individuals, particularly in the area of sentiment. - Mike Haley

- I would like to learn about "accepted" and standard ontologies for describing basic things like time, geolocation and units of measurement. Also, I'm interested in learning how to explicitly express calculated relationships in an ontology, for example, expressing that the circumference of a circle is 2 * pi * r. - David Grosfeld

How Much[edit]

The VoCamp event itself is free, although participants will need to pay for their own travel, accommodation and food. We'll be asking for $20 US to cover costs for snacks and drinks and site fees. See VoCampSupporters and speak to Christine or Marco if you'd like to sponsor the event.




Please use the NYC Semantic Web Meetup to register! Folks below, your space is secure, but please visit the Meetup site to share your contact details with the organizers. http://semweb.meetup.com/25/calendar/10615059/

  1. Marco Neumann
  2. Christine Connors
  3. Rob Kost
  4. Deirdre O'Brien
  5. Doug Randall
  6. Sergey Chernyshev
  7. Ralph Warren
  8. Marc Shimpeno
  9. Piotr Adamczyk
  10. Lin Clark
  11. Bert Picot
  12. Bradley Bloch
  13. David Grosfeld
  14. Mike Haley
  15. Martin Polley
  16. Paul Gearon
  17. Rachel Lovinger
  18. Bruce Esrig
  19. Amanda Xu
  20. Dalia Levine
  21. David Jensen
  22. Andres Garzon
  23. Rachel Lurie
  24. David Siegel

A snapshot of Saturday's VoCampers