PhD/Research Seminar SS2011

High-quality PhD research is widely recognized as one of the key success factors in every academic institution. While doing a PhD necessarily implies a high amount of individual research work, the role of supervision is essential for the systematic operation of the process and its successful finalization.

The seminar is open to everyone who's interested, it is not restricted to PhD students and their supervisors.



June 15 - 16, 2011
Obergurgl (Universitätssportheim), Austria



The research seminar has the explicit purpose of coordinating the doctoral research of participants and monitoring the overall operation of the process. Students will submit a PhD progress report and present their research to fellow PhD students and PostDocs and will receive feedback.

The seminar itself will be carried out as blocked seminar in Innsbruck.

Venue: Obergurgl (Universitätssportheim), Austria


PhD students are expected to give a presentation (30 minutes talk + 15 minutes discussion) about their PhD work. PhD students who are about to finish their thesis (phase 3) may choose to give a presentation as well. Please inform Katharina Siorpaes at your earliest convenience if this should be the case.

The annual PhD progress reports as PDF (cf. research plan) must be sent to Anna Fensel no later than May 1. After that they will be distributed to reviewers. These reviews, together with your performance in the PhD seminar will form the basis for the evaluation of the PhD progress of the students. Please refer to the research plan for details on the content and structure of the reports or to the website of the Phd School.

There will be a poster session for master students. All master students are kindly requested to send a summary of their poster (1 page) as PDF to Anna Fensel by May 1. The poster you bring to Obergurgl should be size A1. Please make sure to print posters in time.


Important Dates

  • Deadline for PhD progress reports: May 1st, 2011
  • Deadline for Master thesis poster: May 1st, 2011

Invited Speaker: Andreas Harth, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


Linked Data, Linked Services and the Science of the Web

The Web enables the publication and consumption of data on a global scale. The availability of vast amounts of data in turn enables integration and combined querying of multiple data sources. Easy access to data from multiple source has the potential to bring about opportunities for commerce and insights for science.

Semantic Web technologies have been developed for facilitating the integration of data. Especially the Linked Data principles led to an enormous growth in the amount of available structured information online. With Linked Data it is possible to combine data about people, companies and even governments and provide innovative offerings based on the integrated data. In some scenarios, however, the basic principles for Linked Data need to be augmented to provide more elaborate access methods. One proposed technology for bringing data from APIs such as those of Twitter and Facebook to the Linked Data Web are Linked Data Services.

I will present the basic principles of Linked Data and Linked Data Services and show applications that leverage these technologies to provide functionality to end users, both in commercial and scientific settings. I will discuss the social aspect of the Web, which leads to issues unique to large-scale environments. Further, I will discuss possible implications that are brought about by greater transparency, which is a direct result of free availability of information.


Detailed Schedule

June 15, 2010
09:00 Departure to Obergurgl (at STI office)
11:00 Welcome Anna Fensel
11:10 Srdjan Komazec
11:50 Thomas Bauereiß
12:20 Iker Larizgoitia
12:50 Lunch
14:00 Invited talk:
Andreas Harth
Linked Data, Linked Services and the Science of the Web
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Dieter Fensel Die Menschwerdung des Affen (The Incarnation of the Monkey)
17:00 Closing
19:30 Dinner
after Dinner Movie: "Quest for fire"
June 16, 2010
Set up posters
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Andreas Thalhammer
11:30 Poster session for master students
12:15 Lunch (and set up of posters)
13:15 Feedback and Closing
14:00 Departure



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