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The first (possibly of many) VoCamps. More about this here in WhatIsVoCamp...


Weds 24th and Thurs 25th September 2008. Those of us who will be arriving in Oxford on Tuesday night and want to meet for dinner and a drink will meet at the Far from the Madding Crowd pub (review) at 8pm. Those who are still around on Thursday night are invited to attend the Oxford SWIG meeting at The Lamb and Flag from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.


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

Wednesday 24th September 2008[edit]

  • 10:00am Arrivals and Coffee
  • 10:30am Start and Introductions
  • 12:15pm Lunch
  • 5:30pm Close and Break until Dinner
  • 7pm Drinks and Dinner

Thursday 25th September 2008[edit]

  • 9:00am Coffee and Getting Started
  • 12:15pm Lunch
  • 4pm Close



The Buttery, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK


David has kindly reserved seventeen single rooms (the maximum they had free) at the Linton Lodge Hotel, Linton Road, Oxford (http://www.lintonlodge.com/), 400 metres up the road from Wolfson College, for the nights of Tuesday 23th, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th September at the discount rate of £75 per person per night bed and breakfast. People wanting rooms must book these individually for the exact nights they need within this time window, by phoning the hotel on +44 (0)1865-553 461 using their own credit cards before the end of AUGUST, quoting reference number VOC2309, after which this block reservation will lapse.

For those on a tight budget, there may be cheaper beds available in hostels. See: http://www.hostels.com/en/findabed.php?ChosenCity=Oxford&ChosenCountry=England


Oxford has a mainline train station with frequent connections to Birmingham and London, also less frequent/fast connections westwards to Bristol, southwards to Southampton (I think) and by bus eastwards to Milton Keynes where there are also connections to Luton Airport. See http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for train timetables. Oxford also has decent connections into the motorway network.

For those of you travelling from outside the UK, then Birmingham, London Heathrow and London Luton airports are all be pretty convenient for train/bus connections to Oxford AFAICT. London Gatwick, London Stansted, Bristol, Coventry and even Southampton may also be options, but YMMV. Of course Oxford is just a short train ride from central London, which is now less than two hours from Brussels by Eurostar (IIRC), so do consider coming by train if you can :)

Coaches (Oxford <-> London and the airports)[edit]

The Oxford Brookes website helpfully has a list of main coach services running from London into Oxford [1]. (Ignore their links to the oxford bus company, who have no conception of permanent URLs ;) -> Infomation about the coaches to and from Heathrow and Gatwick can be found here [2])

When coming in to the VoCamp, the central Oxford coach/bus terminus is called "Gloucester Green".

A google map showing the route from this bus terminus to Wolfson - directions to Wolfson, indicating the public transport route using the number 2 bus

How Much[edit]

The VoCamp event itself is free, although participants will need to pay for their own travel, accommodation and the evening meal at Wolfson College on Wednesday night (£30 a head including drinks, please bring cash, receipts will be available). Thanks to generous sponsorship from Talis lunches, tea and coffee will be provided without any charge. See also VoCampSupporters...




Participants, please list your name and any areas in which you're interested in creating vocabs (note: this is non-binding; it's also fine to list none). NB Only 20 places available this time, first come first served!

  1. TomHeath: whisky, (evidence-based) health, politics, travel/transport, t-shirts, environmental performance...
  2. RichardCyganiak: tasks and TODOs; tagging; linked data helper vocabularies (paging, property value lists) Sick in bed. Wishes a successful and productive time to all participants!
  3. Jun Zhao
  4. IanDavis: evidence based genealogy, collaborative vocabulary building, vocabulary hosting
  5. KeithAlexander: meta(data and vocabs) book history, politics
  6. Chris Wallace : academic structures and organisation; ships; weather ;
  7. Cathy Dolbear : geographic information
  8. Matthias Samwald: Extensions to FOAF for use in corporations, extensions to SIOC for discourse representation, associative tags / structured tags for lightweight representation of facts, especially in the field of biomedical R&D
  9. Knud: desktop data, events, conference metadata, World of Warcraft (;-) . Dan's FOAF service pack 1 sounds fantastic.
  10. Ben O'Steen Semantically representing an academic work/research/data (implying author, dept, funder, etc represented as URIs), whisky sounds good, FOAF/SIOC/SKOS, oh and what about skos:disambiguates? (e.g. how to represent the links between http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_(disambiguation) and the links it portrays
  11. Uldis Bojars: modelling user-generated content, extending SIOC and combining it with other vocabularies
  12. Holger Stenzhorn: biomedical ontologies
  13. David F. Flanders (is coming for the whole event!)
  14. Fabien Gandon (trip confirmed and hotel booked arriving the 23rd, leaving the 26th)
  15. Earle Martin
  16. Tom Morris
  17. Rob Styles : workflow/lifecycle; higher education; foaf and social networks.
  18. Laurian Gridinoc
  19. Leigh Dodds
  20. Graham Klyne

---- maximum 20 places available. please use the standby list below if this list is full ----

Standby List[edit]

When the list above gets full, add your name here if you want to be on the standby list in case places become free:

  1. Eamonn Neylon
  2. ...

... (increase as needed)

Disappointed that they can't go[edit]

  1. Daniel Lewis - I can't go due to postgraduate registration :-(
  2. Michael Hausenblas is really very sad about this ... has to attend a project meeting :((
  3. Sergio Fernández - I'm a little bit far away and the dates are not good for me... next time.
  4. Alistair Miles was torn between vocamp and DC2008 but had to choose.
  5. Peter Mika is glad to see this idea realized...but unfortunately had a previous commitment to the Dagstuhl seminar on the Social Web.
  6. YvesRaimond: can't make it unfortunately due to thesis commitments
  7. Haklae Kim - have to attend DC2008.. maybe next time in Galway?.
  8. Marie-Claire Forgue
  9. Amit Kumar
  10. Alexandre Passant: last-minute change, I'll be in Dagstuhl for the Social Web seminar - hope to see you in Galway for the next VoCamp !
  11. Milan Stankovic: class of commitments unfortunately.
  12. Ian Ibbotson: Didn't find out about it until too late :( Next time.
  13. Patrick Sinclair
  14. Fouad Zablith
  15. Nico Adams: Only found out about it on the day it started. VERY interested in the idea of SIOC for data.

... (increase as needed)

Wrap up[edit]

Published Ontologies[edit]

Ongoing Ontologies[edit]

  • Journey Ontology
  • Data publishing, sharing, visualisation ontology. An initial description of this ontology can be seen on the ImageWeb project wiki. At the time of writing, no formal schema or ontology has been generated.


Vocabify vocabulary bootstrapper[edit]

Event Coverage[edit]

See VoCampMediaCoverage...