Sören Auer

University of Bonn / Fraunhofer IAIS - Germany

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Prof. Sören Auer studied Mathematics and Computer Science in Dresden, Hagen and Yekaterinburg (Russia). In 2006 he obtained his doctorate in Computer Science from Universität Leipzig. From 2006-2008 he worked with the database research group at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2008 he founded AKSW research group at University of Leipzig, which he led till 2013. Currently, he holds the chair for Enterprise Information Systems at University of Bonn and leads a department at Fraunhofer Institute for Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). Sören has made substantial contributions to semantic web technologies, knowledge engineering as well as databases and information systems. He is leading several large-scale collaborative research projects such as the European Union’s H2020-ICT flagship project BigDataEurope comprising 14 partners from 10 countries. Sören is co-founder of several high-impact research and community projects such as the Wikipedia semantification project DBpedia, the OpenCourseWare authoring platform SlideWiki.org or the spatial data integration platform LinkedGeoData. The technology Sören develops with his team fuels many industrial applications. He serves as an expert for industry, the European Commission, the W3C and board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation.


BigDataEurope - The collaborative creation of an open software platform for researchers addressing Europe's societal challenges
May 11, 2017 09:00 - 09:30

The management and analysis of large-scale datasets - described by the term Big Data - involves the three classic dimensions volume, velocity and variety. While the former two are well supported by a variety of software components, the variety dimension is still rather neglected but crucial for the integration and analysis of heterogeneous scientific data. In this talk we discuss the principles of Linked Research Data and practical approaches for their implementation using semantic technologies such as the Data Spaces or Knowledge Graphs. As a concrete example, we discuss the collaborative creation of the BigDataEurope Platform, an open software stack for researchers addressing Europe's societal challenges.

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