Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS), the open source endeavorto increase speed of adoption for semantic web technologies, is planning itslargest workshop to date. Over 100 participants are expected in Paris July 5-6 for the free event.

The Semantic Web

The IKSproject is focused on making semantic technology more easily accessible tocontent and knowledge management platforms across Europe and beyond. Many CMSplatforms are based on LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, php) stacks that make itdifficult to incorporate semantic technologies such as RDF and OWL. To date, IKS has made open source contributions including:

  • Semantic enhancement engines that can be integrated into your CMS via RESTful APIs
  • An "entity hub," i.e. a caching solution that lets you combine local and web resources
  • A semantic editing support that lets you make use of RDFa annotations in HTML 5
  • In the pipeline is a rules engine, pret-a-porter data models and an ontology generator.

IKS is funded in part by a €6.58m grant from the EuropeanUnion. It strives to develop an open flexible technology framework thatallows these companies to enable their products to deliversemantic-web-enabled, intelligent content.

The July workshop will focus on using IKS semantictechnology to manage and integrate content from disparate sources. Keynotespeakers will include analysts from Alta Plana and Outsell’s Gilbaneservices. The workshop will kick off with an introduction and demos to Apache Stanbol, Apache’sproject for semantic content management, and Vienna IKS Editables (VIE). Theseare two of the core technologies for IKS and can be used with CMSplatforms such as Drupal, Alfresco, WordPress and Nuxeo to provide bettercontextual linking of content. Workshop attendees can attend sessions onimplementing IKS technologies in any CMS.

Learning Opportunities

The workshop's second day will feature a “hackathon” focusedon developers that want to work with core IKS development team members in addition to sessions. Participants will also have the opportunity to compete to win developmentfunding for the next “killer semantic web application.” The ideas will bepresented in the afternoon session after day two. The winning idea, chosen bythe conference and the IKS advisory board, will be funded by the project. Participantscan bring their ideas with them and present onstage and the solution mustintegrate quickly -- within minutes -- to any type of content management system.

IKS and Apache Stanbol are continuing to move the semantic technology forward. If you are near Paris, the workshop is certainly worth the time investment.