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Wikipedia and the Semantic Web

Panelists Denny Vrandecic, Markus Krötzsch, Erik Möller, Malvina Nissim, Valentina Presutti, Brion Vibber
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About the panelists
Denny Vrandecic is a researcher at the University of Karlsruhe's AIFB institute. He received his Master after studying Computer Science and Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. Now his research interests include the Semantic Wikipedia, ontology evaluation, and keeping in mind that making life easier for humans remains the main focus. He authored modules for the German role playing game Das Schwarze Auge, and created the first validating XML parser for Ada. He is a bureaucrat at the Croatian, and an editor on the German and English Wikipedia. He is one of the main developers of the Semantic Mediawiki.
Markus Krötzsch studied Computational Logic in Dresden before starting work on his PhD thesis at Karlsruhe University. His work and research is focused on advancing the "Semantic Web" and related technologies for organising, processing and retrieving knowledge. Markus enjoys both coding and mathematics, and is a core developer of the Semantic MediaWiki extension.
Erik Möller is currently contracted lead developer of WiktionaryZ and chief architect of the underlying Wikidata application layer. He has been a Wikipedian since 2001 and a MediaWiki developer since 2002; he served as "Chief Research Officer" for the Wikimedia Foundation from May to August 2005. He is also a technical journalist and has written a book about wikis, weblogs and open source titled Die heimliche Medienrevolution (German for 'The Secret Media Revolution'). He has spoken about wikis at conferences and workshops in Vienna, Sarajevo, Seoul, Pretoria, and across Germany.
Malvina Nissim graduated in Linguistics from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1998. She received a Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2002. From November 2001 until January 2006 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, in the U.K. Her interests are in information extraction and knowledge acquisition, computational semantics, and discourse processing, using both statistical and symbolic techniques.
Valentina Presutti graduated in Computer Science from the University of Bologna in 2002. She then received a Ph.D in Computer Science from the same University. Her research interests involve ontology engineering, ontology-based software engineering, semantic web portals and searching.
Brion Vibber has been working on the MediaWiki software that runs Wikipedia and its sister sites since 2002, leading development and maintenance since 2003. He currently serves as CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., coordinating new software development and content sharing support.
Wikipedia is the biggest collaboratively created source of encyclopedic knowledge in the world. It would empower Wikipedia to allow knowledge processing in a computer assisted way. Semantic technologies, like developed for the semantic web, or natural language processing techniques, can be used for the extraction of information from wiki text sources. In this panel current research and practice on applying this techniques on Wikipedia will be presented, and also how this will provide additional support for creating, maintaining and accessing Wikipedia's knowledge.
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