GeoKnow plenary meeting (29.01.2014) in Luxembourg after the 1 Year Review

The GeoKnow project just went through the Year 1 Review and straight after that meeting the consortium met for the plenary meeting on the 29 January 2014 in order to plan the activities within the work packages for the 2nd year. Below you will find the major high level information about the tasks that we will tackle in the upcoming months.

Work Package 1: One of the tasks will be to work on an authentication system that will connect the workbench with the underlying components. The initial version will be graph-based and tightly connected to the Virtuoso Graphs Security function. A first version should be ready by end of May 2014. In an extended version we will add multiple login options such as G+, Web ID etc. Another important issue is to work on scalability and therefore work on the benchmark such as the slippy benchmark, the BSBM BI load and harmonise this with the LDBC. Within the GeoKnow Workbench we will develop a dashboard and simple Workflow system that will allow the specification of processes that are interlinked and will be executed in the background and provide the monitoring of those processes.

Work Package 2: The team will work on improving algorithms related to geospatial dimensions that will support queries in relation to the different use cases. Most of the improvement will be within Task 2.6. InfAI and Athena will elaborate on on enhancements for the TripleGeo module that will include topics such as schema mappings and better support for the transformation process. Those activities are mostly a part of Task 2.7 and will also help to improve the scalability of the GeoKnow system.

Work Package 3: A high workload is related to task 3.2 and the integration of the tools such as FAGI, Facete and LIMES inside the GeoKnow Workbench. The integration work consist two parts. The first mainly concerns a tight technology integration and the second takes care of user interactions. Within task 3.3 major work will be devoted to the improvement of the GeoLift module and adding new datasets into the spatial mapping process. This will help to enrich the RDF datasets and create a larger knowledge base. Precision and and comparison of geospatial features such as metrics for polygons are the core challenges within task 3.4 that have to be solved and implemented. Based on those new implementations the link discovery process within LIMES has to be adapted and evaluated.

Work Package 4: Within WP4 the focus is on the visualisation and interaction with the users. IMP will add components that support mobile devices and a major step is to fully integrate the Facete and Mappify module inside the workbench. An improvement in filtering and selection will help users to navigate faster to the content. Further we have to solve the integration challenge of CubeViz and Facete. The above modules have to satisfy the requirements for knowledge engineer users but also for end users that will use just simplified UI versions to navigate and explore geospatial data content in the browser or on a mobile device.

Work Package 5: The main objective is to present at the next plenary meeting a supply chain scenario that is already using large portions of the GeoKnow workbench and have a real use case feedback.

Work Package 6: The real use case from the travel industry will do a full benchmark including the usage of the workbench on the transformation process including external and internal datasets. Further within this task will be a test where visualisation components will be deployed to the end user portals. Such a benchmark will provide feedback in scalability and handling and therefore provide deep insight about functional requirement, architectural issues and performance.

Work Package 7: Part of the dissemination work is to launch the GeoKnow workbench at two major events in March 2014 and attract a community that will start to use and test the system. Based on this we will be able to collect additional information that will help to tune the system. We will also provide documentation and tutorials on the Web page and continue to closely work with other funded projects.

Work Package 8: InfAI will continue the excellent work on managing the project, collecting and submitting the reports on time and hosting an advisory board telco. The next plenary meeting is set to take place in June 2014 and will most likely be organised by IMP in Belgrade.

Summary and Outlook
There are many small challenges that have to be solved but the major objective is to improve the overall integration of tools, run benchmarks with real use cases and work on scalability.

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