nullWill Hanley [1], a historian at the Florida State University [2], visits the faculty of Computer science, Mathematics and Natural science at Leipzig University of applied Science (HTWK). His research focuses on the legal history of the Middle East. Within his his one-month research visit, Will Hanley examined current research of the university-wide research group Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) [3] on their suitability for use for the development of scientific databases and related new collaborative research methods.

As part of a university open seminar "Software and Knowledge Engineering for the Semantic Web" on December, 12th at 9:30 am (GU 112), Will Hanley will present and discuss his relevant research work  within this field.

The research visit is supported by a grant of the DAAD.

Contact: Thomas Riechert





The First DBpedia community meeting will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on 30 January 2014. The focus of the meeting in addition is on the use of DBpedia in different areas. In a break-out session on Exploring the connection of DBpedia to Library and Cultural Heritage questions regarding use of DBpedia in the context of libraries will be discussed in the afternoon.

Vom 25. bis 27. November findet zum 5. Mal die Fachtagung Semantic Web in Bibliotheken organisiert durch das ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft und Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz) statt.

SWIB - Semantic Web in Libraries

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Scientific work with digital media such as online publications and scientific databases, is leading to new areas of research and new methodological approaches. It expands research both through novel access method and a large amount of available information. One aspect is linking of such media and databases on the web using the Linked Open Data paradigm consequently, semantic interoperability can be achieved through an alignment of vocabularies in the context of each research domains.

The focus of the workshop is on vocabularies of different domains within the humanities and social sciences, its development and publication on the Web, as well as alignment methods. The workshop addresses both scientists in the field of humanities and social science, IT experts in libraries and computer scientists. ...continue reading CfP: Workshop on OWL vocabularies within the context of digital collaboration in research

As part of the project "Development of a data management platform for Linked Open Library Data and Eletronic Resource Management" funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the AKSW research group is collaborating with scientists at the University Library in Leipzig and the Saxon State and University Library on the develop of a triple store based data management platform. We are looking for experience developers to join the team.

Bücher auf der Buchmesse The following two books will be presented at the 14th Leipzig Book Fair Academy from 14th to 17th March 2013 (10 am - 5 pm) .

  • Eine Methodologie für agiles und kollaboratives Requirements-Engineering. volume 33 of Leipziger Beiträge zur Informatik p. 245. Leipziger Informatik-Verbund (LIV), Leipzig, Germany, Juli 2012. ISBN: 978-3-941608-20-7. BibTex | PDF

  • Schmidt, Johannes and Riechert, Thomas and Auer, Sören, editors: Dritte Studentenkonferenz Informatik Leipzig 2012. volume 34 of Leipziger Beiträge zur Informatik p. 150. Leipziger Informatik-Verbund (LIV), Leipzig, Germany, September 2012. ISBN: 978-3-941608-21-4. BibTex | PDF

The books are among the 200 books, which exhibited at the Leipzig Book Fair 2013, out of 5,000 that are published in 2012 during academic work at the University of Leipzig, which exhibited at the Leipzig Book Fair 2013. If interested, I'm happy to answer questions about the books also during the exhibition. I ask for prior appointment by e-mail.

Neue Messe, Halle 3, Stand G201/H200

Here I also want to draw attention to the presentation of the radio play Jan and Rico, which was produced by Annett Riechert.

17th March 2013 | 10:30 am: Forum Hörbuch + Literatur, Halle 3, Stand B500

Bachelor's degree in computer science students of the University of Leipzig in the software engineering internship in the 4th Semester developed a exchange platform for childcare places, which is now officially passed over to test mode. During the internship, the group of 7 students realized the platform along the software development process.

The work was iniciated by parents Gesamtelternrat der Stadt Leipzig. Using the web-based tool SoftWiki were jointly togehter with the parents' representatives and the Jugendamt of the city of Leipzig elicitated requirements. This was followed by the development of a prototype and modeling using object-oriented analysis.

Using the paradigm of "Programming in Pairs" from the Extreme Programming engineering method, the platform was then implemented within 5 weeks. The installation and acceptance took place in autumn 2012.

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Working Group for "German professor catalogue" decides developing a comprehensive historical research system

The working group "German professor catalogue" held a workshop on 18th of January at the University of Leipzig. The group is represented by scientists from Leipzig professor catalogue and sibling projects of other German universities. The most important decision was to work on a joint application for a first three-year externally funded project to develop a common "German professor catalogue" from the Reformation to the present. Cooperation partner of the University of Leipzig, are the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, the University of Rostock and the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. The Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel is providing the professor catalogue of the former University of Helmstedt. The aim of the project is to integrate data of the participating institutions. The professor catalogues of individual universities remain local and scientific search can be made from a common search system.

As academic career paths in the past, usually led through several stages, the new catalogue will provide a variety of stimuli for the history of science research. Thus, historians trace in future vocation paths, historic landscapes formation or development of academic disciplines. Furthermore, the data can be linked with other biographical resources on the Internet, about the New German Biography, various biographical regional portals and the bibliographic data of the German National Library. This networking will lead to a significant simplification of research and highlighting the not yet visible connections.

In Leipzig in 2006, a team of historians of the chair of Modern History and computer scientists from the "Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web" research group started the Leipzig professor catalog "Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensium". This all Leipzig professors recognized since the founding of the University in 1409 and documented their career and their academic achievements.

Professor at the German catalogue initiative also works the team of Prof. Dr. Oliver Auge of the Department of Regional History with emphasis on the history of Schleswig-Holstein in the Middle Ages and early modern times, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. These give rise to the 350-year anniversary of the founding of the university in 2015, an online catalogue of all the professors of the period 1919-1965. Founded in 1419 the University of Rostock took their upcoming anniversary as an opportunity to develop a catalogue of all their professors (Catalogus Professorum Rostochiensium), which is mostly already online. The Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel owns a large part of the tradition of the former University of Helmstedt and offers a portal with information about professors, courses, students and university publications of the once busy university.

The "German professor catalogue" should form the central prosopographical platform for the German higher education landscape of the modern era.

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The current research project AWIP was presented at the open innovation conference, on November, 29th. AWIP is a cooperative project between the Medienservice Annett Riechert, the art-house cinema UT Connewitz e.V. and the AKSW research group. The conference was organized by the city of Leipzig within the Creative Cities project.

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The Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe (CVCE) and the Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Integration and its Research Programme ‘Digital Humanities Luxembourg' -DIHULUX (research unit Identités-Politiques-Sociétés-Espaces [IPSE]), organised the DHLU Symposium 2012.

This Symposium addressed both methodological aspects and the theoretical and institutional implications of the public dissemination of research results, focusing on digitised and online published sources as well as on websites themselves, which will be analysed as born digital sources. The potential of this innovative research approach was also be explored and emphasised.

Together with Christian Rau, we presented the Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensis.
The talk is available online.

During the Symposium participation on twitter was very high....