Disintermedia hitting financial world?



Greece on the breadline: cashless currency takes off

OpenMAMA is an open source project hosted at The Linux Foundation. MAMA is a high performance Middleware Agnostic Messaging API that provides a consistent abstraction layer over a variety of message oriented middlewares.









ENGAGE project, funded by the European Commission under the e-Infrastructures Programme, aims at the deployment and use of an advanced service infrastructure, incorporating distributed and diverse public sector information resources as well as data curation, semantic annotation and visualisation tools, capable of supporting scientific collaboration and governance-related research from multi-disciplinary scientific communities, while also empowering the deployment of open governmental data towards citizens. More information.

About ENGAGE Project
Open data provide an unprecedented opportunity for societies to move towards transparency, evidence-based decisions, enhanced cohesion, public engagement and trust. Public sector information may be offered as “open data” in many forms and through different media: from simple datasets describing traffic or unemployment, to web services linking and mashing information from different sources, to interactive visualization of complex phenomena, to citizen-based data gathering and transmission. This way, new information is made available to scientists, citizens and enterprises for developing and offering value-adding services, thus forming a supply chain around publicly available open data.

In this context, the ENGAGE project (http://www.engage-project.eu), funded by the European Commission under the e-Infrastructures Programme, aims at the deployment and use of an advanced service infrastructure, incorporating distributed and diverse public sector information resources as well as data curation, semantic annotation and visualisation tools, capable of supporting scientific collaboration and governance-related research from multi-disciplinary scientific communities, while also empowering the deployment of open governmental data towards citizens.

Future of Scholarly Communication and Scientific Publishing Workshop@ESWC (May 27/28): SePublica Submission Deadline Extended to March 18.

Wikis offer an excellent environment for “future scholarly communication and scientific publishing”, don’t you think so? We are looking forward to your submissions! – Cheers, Christoph Lange

Deadline extended: March 18

http://sepublica.mywikipaper.org/ – the future of scholarly communication and scientific publishing

SePublica2012 an ESWC2012 Workshop. May 27 or 28 (exact day to be announced), Heraklion, Greece.

At Sepublica we want to explore the FUTURE OF SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION and SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING. As we are going through a transition between print media and Web media, Sepublica aims to provide researchers with a venue in which this future can be shaped. Consider research publications: Data sets and code are essential elements of data intensive research, but these are absent when the research is recorded and preserved by way of a scholarly journal article. Or consider news reports: Governments increasingly make public sector information available on the Web, and reporters use it, but news reports very rarely contain fine-grained links to such data sources. At Sepublica we will discuss and present new ways of publishing, sharing, linking, and analyzing such scientific resources as well as reasoning over the data to discover new links and scientific insights.

Workshop Format

We are planning to have a full day workshop with two main sessions. During the first part of the workshop accepted papers will be presented; the second part of the workshop will address by means of focus groups two main questions, namely “what do we want the future of scholarly communication to be?” and “how could data be preserved and delivered in an interactive manner over scholarly communications?”. These focus groups will be followed by a panel discussion. As an outcome of these activities we will have a communique that will be the editorial for the workshop proceedings.


  • workshop papers submission deadline: March 18 (EXTENDED)
  • workshop papers acceptance notification: April 1
  • workshop papers camera ready: April 15



Research papers are limited to 12 pages and position papers to 5 pages. For system/demo descriptions, a paper of minimum 2 pages, maximum 5 pages should be submitted. Late-breaking news should be one page maximum. All papers and system descriptions should be formatted according to the LNCS format.

We encourage the submission of semantic documents. LaTeX documents in the LNCS format can, e.g., be annotated using SALT (http://salt.semanticauthoring.org) or sTeX (http://trac.kwarc.info/sTeX/). We also invite submissions in XHTML+RDFa or in the format or YOUR semantic publishing tool. However, to ensure a fair review procedure, authors must additionally export them to PDF.

For submissions that are not in the LNCS PDF format, 400 words count as one page. Submissions that exceed the page limit will be rejected without review.

Depending on the number and quality of submissions, authors might be invited to present their papers during a poster session.

The author list does not need to be anonymized, as we do not have a double-blind review process in place.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by three independent reviewers; late-breaking news get a light review w.r.t. their relevance by two reviewers. Accepted papers have to be presented at the workshop (requires registering for the ESWC conference and the workshop).

Issues to be addressed


  • Formal representations of scientific data; ontologies for scientific information
  • What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in a document?
  • How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in scholarly communication, and of hypotheses and scientific evidence?
  • Integration of quantitative and qualitative scientific information
  • How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge encoded in scientific documents and in general-interest media publications?
  • Connecting scientific publications with underlying research data sets

Technological Foundations:

  • Ontology-based visualization of scientific data
  • Provenance, quality, privacy and trust of scientific information
  • Linked Data for dissemination and archiving of research results, for collaboration and research networks, and for research assessment
  • How could we realize a paper with an API? How could we have a paper as a database, as a knowledge base?
  • How is the paper an interface, gateway, to the web of data? How could such and interface be delivered in a contextual manner?

Applications and Use Cases:

  • Case studies on linked science, i.e., astronomy, biology, environmental and socio-economic impacts of global warming, statistics, environmental monitoring, cultural heritage, etc.
  • Barriers to the acceptance of linked science solutions and strategies to address these
  • Legal, ethical and economic aspects of Linked Data in science

Innovation Nation & GOSCON August 23, 2011

Save the Date! for GOSCON 2011, returning to Washington D.C. late this summer on August 23. We’re delighted to share the news that we’ll partner with the Meritalk Network for Goverment IT and co-locate with their fantastic Innovation Nation Forum for a special one day program.

What: Innovation Nation & GOSCON 2011
When: August 23, 2011, 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Where: D.C. Convention Center, Washington D.C.
Cost: Complimentary for Government
$95 Early Bird Industry (Until June 24, 2011)
$150 Industry (Beginning June 25, 2011)

Innovation Nation will focus on the three bellwether topics in Federal IT today – cloud, data center consolidation, and cyber security – plus GOSCON will feature a full track on open source. GOSCON will present three deep dives:

Cost Take Out: What’s the Bottom Line for Open Source
Engine Room: Open Source Fuels the Cloud & Consolidation
Lessons Learned: The Road Traveled by State and Local Gov

Previously scheduled for April of this year, the new late August date for Innovation Nantion and GOSCON empower Federal IT pros to understand the latest and greatest trends and offerings prior to the end of the Federal fiscal year.

More detail to follow! For further information please contact director@goscon.org .

Penguin Day, Washington, DC Sunday, March 20

Penguin Day is returning to Washington, DC on Sunday, March 20, right after the Non-Profit Technology Conference. Josephine Butler Parks Center 2437 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 20, 2011 ** REGISTER HERE:  http://bit.ly/penguindaydc2011register ** Penguin Days are designed to let nonprofits and social justice activistslearn about free and open source software that can support their workand potentially save them money, including tools for web publishing, fundraising, blogging, and campaigning. ## Sessions will include ##

  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Software
  • Making sense of Free and Open Source Content Management Systems
  • Participating in Free and Open Source Communities
  • Introduction to Blogging with WordPress
  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Desktop Applications
  • Free Culture, Creative Commons And Open Content
  • Managing Constituents with CiviCRM
  • Mozilla Drumbeat and the Open Web
  • …and we encourage anyone who wants to add or request a session topic to do so! Penguin Day DC 2011 is happening a short distance away from the NTC. We invite you to register now for Penguin Day DC.  Self-serve sliding-scale registrations available.  Contact us for more info: info@aspirationtech.org. Penguin Day DC 2011 is organized by your friends at Aspiration and PICnet. It’s looking to be a great day and we hope to see lots of you there! peace, gunner — Allen Gunn Executive Director, Aspiration +1.415.216.7252 http://www.aspirationtech.org Aspiration: “Better Tools for a Better World” Read our Manifesto: http://bit.ly/aspimanifesto Follow us: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aspirationtech Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aspirationtech


    <ed.note>I’ve been tweeting and stuffing content into my “delicious knowledge management repository” [Update: Diigo] at a ferocious rate. Yet there’s some outstanding stuff I want to note. A City Sponsored BOINC Distributed Computing Effort – what if every municipality took advantage of its citizens as voluntary compute cylce resources this way (instead of that “give us more tax money approach”). BOINC, Facebook, GridRepublic and Intel wed social networking to distribtued computing promotion. HIMSS crowdsources.</ed.note>

    1) A City Sponsored BOINC Distributed Computing Effort

    Zivis is the first “city-wide supercomputer”. The project is run by the Zaragoza City Council, and the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex System (BIFI) at the University of Zaragoza. The objective is to harness local (and non-local) computing resources for local research; and at the same time to involve the community in the science being done locally. The initial research being done on Zivis is on the subject of fusion plasma (“Integration of Stochastic Differential Equations in Plasmas”) — improved understanding of this could lead to better designs for fusion power stations. (Fusion power is a form of nuclear energy that produces a lower volume of less dangerous waste than traditional nuclear fission power.)

    Start Date: October 2005
    Users: 2,359
    Project URL: http://zivis.bifi.unizar.es

    2) Intel introduces distributed computing to Facebook

    Intel has set up a Facebook page designed to induce casual users to sign up for a distributed computing project that runs on the BOINC client system. Now Facebook users can crunch away on any of three DC projects… – Ars Technica

    3) HIMSS crowdsources with Clinical Decision Support Wiki

    Hello! The HIMSS Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Task Force helps guide and execute HIMSS efforts to ensure that CDS delivers on its promise to improve care delivery and outcomes.

    What’s a Wiki? A wiki is an easy-to-use Web site that makes it easy to collaborate. You can use it to run a project at work, plan a trip, teach a class, etc.

    Why a Wiki? The wiki provides a forum where stakeholders can come together to help develop, use, and discuss Task Force deliverables. The links below provide access to pages where this conversation and work is unfolding. Please browse this home page and links, and join us on this important performance improvement journey.

    VC4Africa history and update current operations

    VC4Africa was started as a LinkedIn group in the spring of 2008 and has grown organically into what is now the largest online community dedicated to Venture Capital in Africa. The VC4Africa community (vc4africa.com) and related platforms have always been free for anyone to join, and the entire network and its content remain open and accessible.

    Currently the community can be found on social networking platforms like LinkedIn (+/- 3.900 members), LinkedIn Incubators (+/- 2.200), VC4Africa.com (+/- 3.300 members), VC4Africa.biz (+/- 3.400), Facebook Group (+/- 550 members) and Twitter (+/- 5.000). Members of the VC4Africa community use these social platforms to connect with other members and to exchange knowledge, information and contacts.

    A core vision behind the project is that VC4Africa is only a platform within a larger social movement. Open communication and collaboration is encouraged and all members are invited to become active participants in both growing and developing the project. This means members are encouraged to invite new members, post content, start discussions, initiate networking events and join the VC4Africa management team in a more concerted effort to grow, develop and evolve the concept. Every member is expected to contribute in some meaningful way.

    A few key points that make VC4Africa unique:

    SME Pipeline: Entrepreneurs crunch their venture by choosing icons that represent some of the standard answers that a business plan must provide. Members can vote for ventures and their input is used to rank the projects per country, stage of investment and sector. The output is a dynamic Digg.com style feed that sees the best projects rise to the top of their respective field so we can connect them with capital.

    Matchmaking: Organizations and individuals interested in investing in African businesses are able to register their investment profile with VC4Africa. Once registered as an investor we can facilitate targeted e-mail updates with ‘high potentials’ that match their investment criteria. This is currently a manual process that we look to automate in the next phase of development.

    Member initiated networking events: Second to networking online, VC4Africa makes use of the Barcamp model for events and organizes its own VC4Africa Meetups. Meetups have already been hosted in Johannesburg, Kampala, Nairobi, Kigali, Abuja, Lagos, Tunis, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Leuven and London. See a video about a VC4Africa Meetup.

    Open Source Approach: VC4Africa is an open source project built on open source software and anyone can contribute code to the VC4Africa platform. We are also working on an open Application Programming Interface (API) that would allow anyone to access VC4Africa data and repurpose it for their own use.

    Officers Program: The VC4Africa community also initiated an Officers Program used to engage active members in running and building the network. Officers take on different tasks in managing the community and are responsible for specific functions i.e. someone that manages the blog, someone that invites new members on LinkedIn or is responsible for growing the network on Facebook. These individuals are instrumental to the vitality of the project and help spread the word virally through their own networks. Moreover, they bring in new ideas and make valuable contributions that help define the scope and focus of the project. To this extent VC4Africa only builds what members demand.

    Want to get involved? Has VC4Africa been useful to you in any way? Do you have a venture you would like to promote/share with the community? Please reach out and share your ideas and experiences with us!

    ben / ben@vc4africa.com
    Posted By Ben White