Objectives of the workshop
Our current mind set as Semantic Web engineers is to focus on centralized and very powerful solutions centered (and depending on …) around Web hosted servers and (mobile) clients accessing it. As a direct consequence of that, the usage of Linked Data depends on the availability of a Web infrastructure compassing data-centers, high speed reliable Internet connection and modern client devices. If any of this is missing, our community is not able, yet, to provide any Linked Data enabled data management solution. Still, the digital divide that is currently widely recognized separates the world into those who have access to Web-based platforms and those who don’t.
When designing Linked Data platforms we tend to forget those 4 Billion persons who don’t have access to Internet but would benefit from being able to use Linked Data. We should keep everyone in mind when we design Linked Data platforms and aim at helping to reduce this digital divide. This workshop is a first step in acknowledging this fact and acting in that direction.
We are pleased to announce that Martin Murillo, IEEE HTC Data Connectivity technical lead, will give the following keynote:
Martin J. Murillo, All Internet is not created the same: Challenges, best practices, and opportunities in data connectivity for remote areas of the world.
As high as 91% of the population of various developing nations live in rural areas. When some of these areas enjoy Internet connectivity, such can be expensive, unreliable, intermittent, and extremely slow. Indeed, the Internet experience in these regions is different from the Internet we experience: a low resolution video that takes 10 seconds to download in capitals, can take hours or days in remote areas. According experts, hundreds of millions of people who experience the Internet for the first time will do it in a two-inch screen, in black and white and in text only. The talk will focus on opportunities in these contexts and how Open Data and semantic technologies could help leverage the aforementioned problems.