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Vidi Competition launching today

Marieke Guy - November 5, 2013 in Linked Up, News

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Calling all developers! Today the LinkedUp Project are launching the second of the LinkedUp Challenge competitions – the Vidi Competition.

The LinkedUp Project aims to push forward the exploitation of the vast amounts of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational institutions and organizations.

For Vidi we’re inviting you to design and build innovative and robust prototypes and demos for tools that analyse and/or integrate open web data for educational purposes. You can submit your Web application, App, analysis toolkit, documented API or any other tool that connects, exploits or analyses open or linked data and that addresses real educational needs. For Vidi your tool may contain some bugs, as long as it has a stable set of features and you have some proof that it can be deployed on a realistic scale.

Please take a look at our video to get a better idea of what we are after.

This time we also have two focused tracks to run alongside our open track. In these tracks we are asking you to design a solution to the problem we have described. The first focused track is called Simplificator and calls for applications easing access to complex information by summarizing them in a simpler form. The second focused track is called Pathfinder and requires applications easing access to recommendation and guidance when choosing appropriate curriculum of courses and related resources. You can find out more about the focused tracks from the LinkedUp Challenge website.

The Vidi competition will run from 4th November 2013 till 14th February 2014. Prizes (up €3,000 for first prize) will be awarded at the European Semantic Web Conference in Crete, Greece in May 2014.

That gives you 3 months to get designing and building. You can find out more details about the catalogue of datasets we’ve collated for you and ideas to get you started on the LinkedUp Challenge website.

So get designing!

LinkedUp Open Education Veni Competition: The winners!

Michelle Brook - September 17, 2013 in Featured, Linked Up, OKCon, Open Education

The winners for the LinkedUp Veni Competition, organised by the LinkedUp Project were announced today at the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva.

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The LinkedUp Project, a multi partner consortium funded by Framework Programme 7, want to push forward the exploitation of the vast amounts of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational institutions and organizations.

Entrants to the Veni Competition, the first of three open and linked data competitions being run by the LinkedUp Project, were challenged to create prototype tools or demos that analyse or integrate open web data for educational purposes.

Submissions were received from 12 different countries – including Greece, the United States, and Nepal. There was a huge breadth in submissions: from crucial areas such as mobile education, knowledge sharing and museum visits, to politics and sustainable development.

And the winners are:

Third Place: We-share (Prize – 1000 EUR)

We-share is a social annotation application for educational ICT tools, which allows educators and teachers to search, create and and enrich descriptions of ICT tools. Find out more about the application here.

Team: Adolfo Ruiz-Calleja, Guillermo Vega-Gorgojo, Juan I. Asensio-Pérez, Eduardo Gómez-Sánchez, Miguel L. Bote-Lorenzo, Carlos Alario-Hoyos (from the Universidad de Valladolid and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Second Place: Globe-Town (Prize – 1000 EUR)

Globe-Town explores open data for sustainable development education, allowing the user to explore the ‘intersections, tensions and trade-offs’ in sustainable development, including the environment, the economy and society.

Team: Jack Townsend, Andrea Prieto-Vega, Richard Gomer, Will Fyson, Dom Hobson and Huw Fryer (from University of Southampton, and Independent from Southampton)

AND THE WINNERS: Polimedia (Prize – 2000 EUR)

Polimedia improves the analyses of radio & newspaper coverage of political debates, by connecting transcripts of the Dutch Parliament with media coverage in newspapers and radio bulletins. More information can be found here

Team: Martijn Kleppe, Max Kemman, Henri Beunders, Laura Hollink, Damir Juric, Johan Oomen and Jaap Blom (Affiliations: Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU University Amsterdam, TU Delft, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and VU University Amsterdam and Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid).

The evaluation committee was led by the LinkedUp advisory board, and the rest of the committee can be found on the LinkedUp Challenge website. In judging the entries, the committee considered many aspects of the entries including innovation, attractiveness and usefulness. They also looked at the relevance for education, the usability and performance of the tools, the data the entry uses or provides, and the way privacy and other legal aspects are dealt with.

There was also a ‘Peoples Choice Award’, a more informal award given to the team who got the most votes on our Ideascale platform. The winner of this prize – winning a toy helicopter, was We-share.

Congratulations everyone!

Building upon the success of the Veni Competition, the LinkedUp Project will launch the Vidi Competition, in November. The Vidi Competition will involve more data, will be more challenging, will offer more support and more prizes.

If you are at OKCon, come by the LinkedUp poster session or grab one of the LinkedUp team to ask more. If you haven’t been able to join us in Geneva, please express your interest to hear more by signing up here.

Veni Open Education Competition: Vote now!

Michelle Brook - September 11, 2013 in Linked Up, OKCon, Open Education, WG Open Education

There is just one week left to chose a winner in the ‘People’s Choice’ strand of the LinkedUp Veni Competition.

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The Veni Competition is the first in the LinkedUp Challenge, a series of three consecutive competitions looking for interesting and innovative tools and applications that analyse and/or integrate open web data for educational purposes. Twenty-two submissions were received with innovative ideas in areas as different as mobile education, knowledge sharing, museum visits, politics and sustainable development. The LinkedUp project is an EU project that aims to push forward the exploitation and adoption of public, open data available on the Web, in particular by educational organisations and institutions.

We will be holding the award ceremony for the Veni Competition at OKCon in Geneva next week. Prizes will be awarded to competitors by Philippe Cudre-Mauroux, Professor at University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Director of eXascale Infolab and LinkedUp Advisory Board Member.

We are keen to get the wider Open Knowledge Foundation community involved in the judging procedure, so decided that we would have an open voting session for ‘the Peoples Choice’, which would take place at the same time. To ensure that details of the submissions are accessible to all we have invited the team behind each entry to publish a blog post describing what they created and how.

This week we will be posting these blog posts, so please do keep an eye on the LinkedUp Project blog, and vote for what you think the most interesting entry is! Get voting!!

Open Education Handbook Booksprint

Marieke Guy - September 5, 2013 in Linked Up, Sprint / Hackday, WG Open Education

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Yesterday seventeen open education experts came together to begin writing the Open Education Handbook. The handbook is part of the LinkedUp project, and the project team have chosen to also make it one of the first activities of the soon-to-be-launched Open Education Working Group. The handbook takes the form of an open, living document and it made sense to start the process through a collaborative effort – in the form of a booksprint.

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The booksprint methodology (initiated by Adam Hyde of booksprints.net) involves moving from zero to published book in 3-5 days. It was decided to take a less-pressurised and more collaborative approach to writing the Open Education Handbook handbook. By kickstarting with a mini-one-day-booksprint we could get the initial outline of the handbook, the final edited version will be written collaboratively over a longer time period of time (with a final version delivered October next year). The booksprint was held at C4CC in London and open education experts from many different sectors (commercial, academic, government, not-for profit) were invited to attend.

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Details of the day’s agenda are available on the LinkedUp blog, but the result was a lot of brainstorming and discussion, a brilliant community-building day and over 30 pages of outline and written text.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Open Education Handbook or would like to contribute to it then join the Open Education Working Group mailing list for updates. The Open Education Working Group will be officially launched at OKCon at a panel session on open education.

Images: Illustrations by Kevin Mears, photos OKFN, all CC-BY

Challenge launched to promote open data for education

Sander van der Waal - March 20, 2013 in Linked Open Data, Linked Up, OKF Projects


The LinkedUp project is very pleased to announce the launch of the LinkedUp challenge. This is a series of three competitions (Veni, Vidi, and Vici) promoting the innovative use of linked and open data in an educational context.

The LinkedUp team invites anyone, from researchers and students, to developers and businesses, to join the first ‘Veni’ competition. You can participate by building prototypes, demos and innovative tools that exploit, use, integrate or analyse large scale web data for educational use.

Some very attractive prizes are only one reason to join and participate in the challenge. It is also a great opportunity to work with a large, documented repository of linked datasets that the LinkedUp team is putting together. The consortium is also able to offer dedicated access to so far non-public resources. The challenge allows participants to showcase their ideas and solutions to a wide community of researchers and practitioners. For businesses as well as researchers, this will be a great opportunity to present their company and enhance their network. For people working in academia, the challenge will provide a wealth of material and opportunities for experiments and publications.

While the LinkedUp team already identified and connected many educational and non-educational resources to work with, participants can also use and connect their own material or other data sources. Anyone is free to showcase their creativity and solutions as long as the application is relevant to education in the broadest sense of the word. There are also some high profile use cases of established organisations made available that can serve as inspiration for innovative applications. Join today!

Important dates

  • March 2013: Launch of the Challenge
  • May 2013: Release of the comprehensive LinkedUp dataset
  • 27 June 2013: Submission deadline
  • 1 September 2013: Notifications and Nominations
  • 17 September 2013: Presentations and award ceremony

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