Denny Vrandecic is a researcher at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (Institute AIFB) of the Universität Karlsruhe (TH). He received his Master for studying Computer Science and Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. Now his research interests include ontology engineering, evaluation and inferencing, and keeping in mind that making life easier for humans is our main focus. He was co-organizer of the WWW workshops EON2006 on ontology evaluation and CKC2007 on collaborative knowledge construction. He is a co-developer of Semantic MediaWiki and co-authored several books for Germany's most-popular role playing game. Contact him at Inst. AIFB, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany; firstname.lastname@example.org and find more information at his user page.
Read more...Markus Krötzsch is a researcher at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (Institute AIFB) of the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) where he is currently working on his PhD thesis. He received his Master of Science in Computational Logic at Technische Universität Dresden. His research interests involve knowledge representation on the Semantic Web, the logical foundations thereof, and the efficient processing of such knowledge. He also is the lead developer of Semantic MediaWiki, maintainer of the wiki-based ontoworld.org research community platform, and a member of the Rule Interchange Format Working Group of W3C.
Semantic MediaWiki is an extension to the MediaWiki software that enables users to query the knowledge within the wiki, helps maintaining and checking the quality of the wiki-content, and offers novel ways to browse and display the information. After two years of development, Semantic MediaWiki today empowers numerous websites in many languages. Recent tests on a full copy of English Wikipedia give an impression of the novel possibilities and yield first performance estimates. In this presentation we will report on our results, show the current state of the project, and glimpse into some future plans.