OGK2011 Program (V4)

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The initial OGK2011 program will be set in August once we know what papers have been accepted and finalized early in the fall. It will include a mix of invited talks, paper presentations, panels, system demonstrations, a poster session, and discussions. We plan to have several invited speakers drawn from government, academia and industry. The schedule will be coordinated with the other AAAI fall symposia with common breaks, lunches, a reception and plenary session. The following schedule is still a tentative program and may change in the future.

location: the Westin Arlington Gateway
room: Hemingway 2. floor map

Please comment the Map of Linked Open Government Data, tell us what are the business killer apps.

Friday, November 4

9:00 am - 10:30 am * Opening address
* Keynote: Driving Global Innovation through Open Government Data, by Jeanne Holm (NASA/JPL), Presentation (PPT)
Coffee break (in the foyer of Fitzgerald CD)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm * Invited Talk: Open Government and the National Institutes of Health: Crowdsourcing the Research Enterprise, by Abdul Shaikh (NIH/NCI),Presentation (PDF)
* Open Discussion 1: hot topic selection
Lunch break
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm * Invited Talk: Open Energy Information, by Debbie Brodt-Giles (NERL), Presentation (PPT), Demo Video
* Invited Talk: Scientific Data and Provenance, by Curt Tilmes (NASA), Presentation
Coffee Break (in the foyer of Fitzgerald CD)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm * Open Discussion 2: hot topics
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm * (AAAI FSS) Reception (in the foyer of Fitzgerald CD)

Saturday, November 5

9:00 am - 10:30 am * Keynote: Creating an effective eco-system for Open Public Data, by Sree Balakrishnan (Google), Presentation (PPT)
* Keynote: Manichean Progress: Positive and Negative States of the Art in Web-Scale Data, by Lewis Shepherd (Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Microsoft), Presentation (PPT)
Coffee break (in the foyer of Fitzgerald CD)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm * Automatically Generating Government Linked Data from Tables, by Varish Mulwad, Tim Finin and Anupam Joshi, paper & presentation
* Open Government in Law Enforcement: Assisting the publication of Crime Occurrences in RDF from Relational Data, by Julio Tavares, Vasco Furtado and Henrique Santos, Presentation (PPT)
* From Legal Information to Open Legal Data: A Case Study in U.S. Federal Legal Information, by Nuria Casellas, Joan-Josep Vallbé and Thomas Bruce, Presentation (PDF), Paper
* Not only Open Data, but Accessible Data and Programming Tools for Beginners, by Eni Mustafaraj, Presentation (PPT)
* Putting Aid on Budget: Proof of concept and lessons from Uganda, by Mark Brough
Lunch break
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm * Panel: Linked Government Data (host: David Wood)
Coffee Break (in the foyer of Fitzgerald CD)
4:00 pm - 5:30 * Panel: Open Government Knowledge: Business Opportunities and Challenges

  • Chris Biow: As a commercial NoSQL DBMS, MarkLogic has found business opportunity in the world of Open Government Knowledge, using techniques that vary from the edge of efficient graph-query techniques to the grunt work of parsing mainframe records of land-use variances.
  • Lewis Shepherd: Discussion of the civic and commercial opportunities rapidly emerging in use of AI technologies for more explicit, accessible and reusable public data.
  • Tim Finin: One way to make money with the LOD concept is to creature your own centralized LOD resource, which might be closed or open, but is
    largely under your control. Examples are Freebase, Probase and Cyc. Another is to embrace the open and distributed character of the Semantic Web LOD model and offer services in creating LOD resources and in building systems to exploit them. It's not clear which model will be more successful in the end, but we hope it will be the second.

Presentation by Chris Biow (MarkLogic)
The map of linked open government data, please comment and email back to the chair.

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm * (AAAI FSS) Pre-Plenary Session Break (in the foyer of Fitzgerald CD)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm * (AAAI FSS) Plenary Session (in the Fitzgerald Ballroom)

Sunday, November 6

9:00 am - 10:30 am * Linked Data Tutorial, by David Wood, presentation online
Coffee break (in the foyer of Fitzgerald CD)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm * Open Discussion 3: hot topics
* closing address

Keynote and Invited Talk (abstract)

Driving Global Innovation through Open Government Data, by Jeanne Holm, NASA/JPL
Abstract: Each day people make decisions based on information. How would things be different if people had better data that helped that make faster, more informed decisions? Opening up data from across the government, Data.gov strives to create an innovation ecosystem around data that puts that power in the hands of citizens across the nation and people across the globe. From Health to Energy to Law, Data.gov brings together communities around topics that people care about and companies work within. Join us to explore how new jobs, healthier outcomes, and global cooperation happen when data is set free.

Manichean Progress: Positive and Negative States of the Art in Web-Scale Data, by Lewis Shepherd, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments
Abstract: I will present current research projects and prospects which help drive open innovation and agile experimentation via cloud-based services; and projects which aim at advancing the state-of-the-art in knowledge representation and reasoning under uncertainty at web scale. I will also discuss potential malign implications of mass automated implementations of linked-data systems, as functions of what governments (and users of public data) can/should/shouldn’t do in promoting mass activity.

Creating an effective eco-system for Open Public Data, by Sreeram Balakrishnan, Google
Abstract: Although widely available, public data is often siloed and stored in hard to access formats. It is frequently necessary to clean, transform and join this data with other data before it can be useful. Tools for visualizing and analyzing the data are very expensive or brittle and hard to use. Google is working to build services that eliminate these barriers. We believe these services will create an eco-system for public data in which providers and users can much more effectively benefit from each other’s efforts. Data will be collaboratively built and enhanced creating even more data in a virtuous circle. This talk describes these services and provides real world examples of how they are being used by journalists, bloggers and variety of organizations to create and publish high quality content derived from public data with little or no IT skills.

Open Government and the National Institutes of Health: Crowdsourcing the Research Enterprise, by Abdul R. Shaikh, National Cancer Institute
Abstract: The White House's Open Government Directive has been a catalyst for change in government driven by the principles of transparency, collaboration, and participation. With the re-authorization of the America COMPETES Act and the launch of the Health Data Initiative and HealthData.gov, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been exploring new avenues to encourage health scientists, developers and entrepreneurs to utilize the growing array of publicly available data for the development of innovative new applications and services that can help improve health. This presentation will discuss how related efforts in open innovation and public-private collaboration, including the first NIH developer challenge authorized by America COMPETES, are tied to research priorities and funding opportunities in population health and behavioral informatics at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes of Health.

Open Energy Information, by Debbie Brodt-Giles, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Abstract: Open Energy Information (OpenEI - openei.org) is a platform designed to be the world's most comprehensive, open, and collaborative energy information network—supplying powerful data to decision makers and supporting a global energy transformation. The platform is developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), but is intended for the world’s contribution, collaboration, and participation. The platform provides a means for DOE and its laboratories to share energy data and information while addressing the White House directive to be open, participatory, and collaborative with open government data. For more information, access the OpenEI video and summary featured on the White House Open Government Featured Innovations Website.

Provenance Challenges for Earth Science Dataset Publication, by Curt Tilmes, NASA
Abstract: Modern science is increasingly dependent on computational analysis of very large data sets. Organizing, referencing, publishing those data has become a complex problem. Published research that depends on such data often fails to cite the data in sufficient detail to allow an independent scientist to reproduce the original experiments and analyses. This paper explores some of the challenges related to data identification, equivalence and reproducibility in the domain of data intensive scientific processing. It will use the example of Earth Science satellite data, but the challenges also apply to other domains.

OGK 2011 Speakers

Jeanne Holm is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL's) chief knowledge architect and chairs NASA's Knowledge Management Team. She is the evangelist for Data.gov, an open-Government flagship project for the White House. The systems she has managed (from the NASA Portal at www.nasa.gov to virtual worlds to DOD collaboration systems) have provided trillions of pieces of content to billions of customers over her twenty years at JPL.
Lewis Shepherd is Director of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments (MSI). MSI is an international arm of Microsoft overseeing strategic and technical efforts to use advanced technologies to solve significant public-sector challenges, from major enterprise-wide problems of national governments, to state and local efforts in e-government, health care, and education.
   Lewis currently serves on several government advisory boards in Washington DC, and is a member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee and the INSA Cyber Security Council.
Sreeram Balakrishnan (Sree) is the Technical Program Manager for Google's Structured Data Research Group. Prior to joining Google he spent the bulk of his career at IBM Research working on unstructured data analytics, and more recently at IBM Software group where he developed several products focused on combining search with text and structured data analytics. He has a PhD and Masters Degree in Natural Language processing and Machine Learning from the University of Cambridge.
Abdul R. Shaikh, PhD, MHSc (shaikhab@mail.nih.gov) is a Program Director in NCI's Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, where he leads Division-wide efforts in behavioral informatics, cyberinfrastructure and population health. Dr. Shaikh is also involved in the NIH implementation of open innovation competitions and prizes tied to the America COMPETES Act, and is an active participant in cross-agency initiatives in data harmonization, advanced computation, and cyber-enabled research. With a diverse background in public health research and practice, Dr. Shaikh also oversees extra-mural grants and contracts, and helps coordinate the Division’s Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) portfolio with the NCI SBIR Development Center.
Debbie Brodt-Giles is leading the effort to improve public access to energy information and data using a wiki-based platform called Open Energy Information or OpenEI (openei.org). For the past 15 years, Brodt-Giles has led the effort to develop, maintain, and expand advanced transportation and alternative fuels Web sites, online tools, and information resources for the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In her current role, she is leading the Digital Assets effort at NREL to develop and expand the OpenEI platform and working on development of an NREL registry of data, tools, and developer application program interfaces (APIs). She is also leading the Smart Grid team tasked with collecting, managing, and visualizing data and results from Smart Grid Projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) across the country. This work includes creation of a “data hub” that will manage information for both build and impact metrics as well as development of a Web site to showcase progress from the ARRA investments.
   Prior to joining NREL, Brodt-Giles worked at Southern California Edison and coordinated projects within the Demand Side Management and System Impacts Programs, which evaluated the potential load impacts of electric vehicles (EVs) on the utility distribution system. She was the project leader for the Electric Vehicle Trials Program and the General Motors “PrEView Drive Program.”
   Brodt-Giles has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a marketing emphasis from California State University at Northridge. She is also a member of the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE).
Curt Tilmes has been working for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center since 1994, where he has constructed several data processing system systems, including the MODIS data processing system, one of the largest components of the Earth Observation System (EOS) producing some of the largest and most widely used Earth Science datasets at NASA. His most recent work is on data processing systems for ozone and other air quality data products. He also serves as the chair for the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Fed) Preservation and Stewardship cluster. He recently joined the W3C Provenance Working Group on behalf of NASA. His research interests are in data provenance, equivalence and reproducibility.
  Curt Tilmes has received B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Virginia Tech and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and System Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He was recently awarded a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.