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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Sander is Programme Lead for Fiscal Transparency at Open Knowledge Foundation. Furthermore, he's responsible for the team at Open Knowledge Foundation that works in the areas of Research, Communications, and Community. Sander combines a background in Computer Science with Philosophy and has a passion for 'open' in all its form, ranging from open data to open access and open source software.