Jacco van Ossenbruggen


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Jacco van Ossenbruggen is a senior researcher with the Information Access group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, and affiliated as an assocociate professor with the Web & media research group at VU University in Amsterdam. His research interests include semantic web interfaces for cultural heritage and other linked open data (working with Riste Gligorov, Alia Amin and Michiel Hildebrand on interfaces such as /facet) and Web-based data integration (working with Anna Tordai on alignment of SKOS vocabularies). Jacco is currently active in the Agora and PrestoPrime projects and the EuropeanaConnect Best Practice Network. Jacco obtained a PhD in computer science from VU University Amsterdam in 2001.


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22 - 26 June 2009: Semantic Week, Amsterdam

I gave an invited talk about semantics for European cultural heritage during the Semantic Week in Amsterdam.

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18 June 2009: DEN expert meeting, Den Haag

I was invited to attend an expert meeting organized by DEN. The goal was to kickstart a discussion about a minimal set of guidelines for the digital description of objects in Dutch cultural heritage. The process and its outcome will be made available online at the DEN website (in Dutch).

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15 - 16 June 2009: "Archieven de Ruimte", Haarlem

I gave an invited talk (in Dutch) about the importance of linked open data for archives for the Koninklijke Vereniging van Archivarissen in Nederland. I was happy to see my talk started some good discussion in the blogosphere!

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10 - 11 June 2009: PrestoPrime project meeting, London

I attended the PrestoPrime project meeting at the lovely BCC R&D Kingswood Warren location, just south of London. Our group at VU is working on improved end-user access to audiovisual archives, we are for example collaborating with Beeld en Geluid on the waisda? video tagging game.

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31 May 2009: European Semantic Web Conference

I'm a member of the program committee of The 6th Annual European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2009) which was organized from 31 May - 4 June 2009 in Crete, Greece

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28 - 29 May 2009: EuropeanaConnect Kickoff, Vienna

I attended the EuropeanaConnect at Kick-off meeting in Vienna. Our team at the VU will be responsible for big parts of Europeana's Semantic Layer.

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8 February 2009: Visual Interfaces to the Social and the Semantic Web

I'm a member of the program committee of Visual Interfaces to the Social and the Semantic Web (VISSW 2009), which will be held in co-location with IUI2009 in Florida, USA.


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26-30 October 2008: 7th International Semantic Web Conference

I attended ISWC 2008 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Michel Hildebrand won the best paper award in the Doctoral Consortium. Jan Wielemaker presented our paper on "Thesaurus-based Search in Large Heterogeneous Collections" (runner up for the best paper In Use track)

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14-15 October 2008: MPG eScience Seminar 2008

I gave an invited talk on metadata interoperability at the MPG eScience Seminar of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany.

29 July 2008: Adaptive Hypermedia 2008

I was a member of the program committee of AH2008, which took place from 29th Juli till August 1 in Hannover, Germany.

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5 April 2008: SWUI at CHI

I was a member of the program committee and presented our position paper at the Semantic Web User Interaction workshop at CHI 2008 in Florence, Italy.

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4 March 2008: SIKS PhD Course on Web-based systems

I gave a course about our MultimediaN E-Culture project at the Advanced SIKS Course: "Web-based systems: a semantic perspective".

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7-31 January 2008: VU CS1 Course on Web Technology

Guus Schreiber and I gave a CS1 course Web Technology at VU University Amsterdam.


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12-13 December 2007: Programma Digitaal Erfgoedconferentie 2007

I gave an invited talk about our MultimediaN E-Culture project during the Dutch national digital cultural heritage conference.

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12 November 2007: First International Workshop on Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web in Busan, Korea

Lora Aroyo, Eero Hyvönen and I organize this workshop during ISWC 2007

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18-19 October 2007: Intelligent Access to Digital Heritage

I gave an invited talk at this conference organized by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Incubator Activity

16 August: W3C Incubator Group Reports on Image Annotation

2007-08-16: The Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group published their report on Image Annotation on the Semantic Web. The report, of which I am one of the co-editors, describes the use of RDF and OWL to create, store, exchange and process information about images. The previously published Multimedia Vocabularies on the Semantic Web discusses a number of individual vocabularies that are relevant for image annotation. Both publications are part of the Incubator Activity, a forum where W3C Members can innovate and experiment. (W3C News)

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19 June: MultimediaN in Nemo

We demonstrated our eculture demo as part of the MultimediaN event in Nemo. This was also the official launch of the project's promo video!

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9 June: ERCIM News about MultimediaN/E-Culture

ERCIM News published "Getting your data back by giving it away", a short article I wrote about the use of open data in our MultimediaN E-Culture project.

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24 May: "Digitaal Verhaal" in Hilversum, NL

I gave a demonstration about the advantages of open linked data in the context of our e-culture project at a Dutch cultural heritage meeting, which was held in the beautiful building of "Beeld en Geluid".

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13 April: "Museums and the Web" in San Francisco, CA

Guus Schreiber and I gave a mini workshop about the advantages of open linked data and showed the demonstrator of our e-culture project at the international Museums and the Web conference.


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November 5-9 2006: The 5th International Semantic Web Conference in Athens, GA, USA

My co-author Michiel Hildebrand presented our paper about the /facet browser, which is a major part of our MultimediaN E-Culture demonstrator that won the International Semantic Web Challenge 2006!

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June 9 2006: Metadata seminar at CEPIC

I gave an invited talk and participated in a panel on the use of metadata in the stock image industry during the CEPIC congress in Biarritz.

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22 May 2006: First International Workshop on Semantic Web Annotations for Multimedia (SWAMM)

I'm co-organizer of the SWAMM workshop that wass held during the WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh.

Incubator Activity

24 April 2006: W3C Announces Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group

Today W3C announced the W3C Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group of which I am one of the founding members.

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30 March 2006: ACHE (Amsterdam Cultural Heritage Exchange)

The ACHE event of which I was the local organizer was a great success. ACHE aims at sharing knowledge and expertise in the domain of Cultural Heritage and Semantic Web.


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20 December 2005: MultimediaN/E-Culture Annotation Party

I participated in the annotation party which took place in the context of the MultimediaN project I'm involved in.

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6-10 November 2005: The Fourth International Semantic Web Conference

I attended ISWC2005 in Galway, Ireland. Before the start of the conference, I participated in the face-to-face meeting of the Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group. I gave a short presentation about the work of the Working Groups Multimedia Task Force. during the SWCASE Workshop.

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10-14 May 2004: The Fourteenth International World Wide Web Conference

I attended WWW2005 in Chiba, Japan. My co-author Lloyd Rutledge presented our paper Making RDF Presentable: Integrated Global and Local Semantic Web Browsing


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7-11 November 2004: The Third International Semantic Web Conference

I attended ISWC2004 in Hiroshima, Japan.

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17-22 May 2004: The Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference

I attended WWW2004 in New York City and participated in the First International Workshop on Interaction Design and the Semantic Web.

The Semantic Web Home Page

10 March 2004: W3C launches phase two of the Semantic Web Activity

This phase also includes the Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group of which I am a member.


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20-24 Ocober 2003: The Second International Semantic Web Conference

I attended ISWC 2003 on Sanibel Island, Florida. My co-authors Joost Geurts and Stefano Bocconi presented our paper "Towards Ontology-driven Discourse: From Semantic Graphs to Multimedia Presentations".

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20-24 May 2003: The Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference

I attended WWW2003 in Budapest, Hungary to present our paper Towards a Multimedia Formatting Vocabulary.

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29-30 March 2003: Hypertext 2003 PC Meeting

I attended the PC meeting of the ACM Hypertext 2003 in Nottingham, UK.


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9-12 June 2002: The First International Semantic Web Conference

I attended ISWC2002 in Sardinia, Italia.

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7-11 May 2002: The Eleventh International World Wide Web Conference

I attended the 11th Web conference and gave a short talk at the Semantic Web Workshop about our paper Smart Style on the Semantic Web (a revised version of CWI Techreport INS-R0201 ).

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4-5 March 2002: W3C Workshop on W3C Workshop on Delivery Context

I gave a short talk at the W3C Workshop on Delivery Context in Sophia-Antipolis, France.


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5-7 November, 2001: CWI hosts MMM 2001

My colleague Lloyd Rutledge was the conference chair of MMM 2001 - The 8th International Conference on Multimedia Modeling . The conference was held on November 5th though 7th at CWI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I co-authored the paper Application-Specific Constraints for Multimedia Presentation Generation presented by my other colleague Joost Geurts.

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5 October 2001: CWI Bedrijvendag

I gave an overview of the research of our group, focusing on the issues related to Multimedia on the Semantic Web .

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7 August 2001: W3C released SMIL 2.0 as a Recommendation

The W3C SYMM working group I'm involved in has released SMIL 2.0 as a Recommendation (see the press release).

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1-5 May 2001: WWW10 in Hong Kong

I presented our paper Towards Second and Third Generation Web-based Multimedia during the 10th International World Wide Web Conference.

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10 April 2001: Defense of my PhD thesis

My PhD defense was held on the 10th of April, at 15:45hr in the main building of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

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2 March 2001: "Multimedia on the Semantic Web" talk at MIA

I gave a talk about Multimedia on the Semantic Web
for MIA at the UvA, Amsterdam.


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3-4 October 2000: W3C Workshop on Web Device Independent Authoring

I gave a short talk at the W3C Workshop on Web Device Independent Authoring in Bristol, UK.

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May 15 2000: Multimedia and the Web workshop at WWW9

Lynda Hardman and I organised the Multimedia and the Web workshop on Monday May 15th at WWW9 in Amsterdam , the Netherlands.

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