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Methods for Building Semantic Portals: dissertation defense by Osma Suominen

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Osma Suominen defended his dissertation “Methods for Building Semantic Portals” on 9 September 2013. The dissertation presents methods used in semantic web application development for creating user-centered search interfaces, performing automatic topic indexing and for assessing and improving the quality of controlled vocabularies. The work included has got two international awards.

More information

Outstanding Paper Award from Semantic Web Journal

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The SeCo paper

Eetu Mäkelä, Eero Hyvönen, and Tuukka Ruotsalo: How to deal with massively heterogeneous cultural heritage data – lessons learned in CultureSampo, Semantic Web – Interoperability, Usability, Applicability, Vol 3, No 1, 2012.

received the Outstanding Paper Award 2011-2012 of the Semantic Web journal at ISWC-2012 conference in Boston, in November 14th.

First textbook on cultural heritage linked data published

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Morgan & Claypool, Palo Alto, CA published the SeCo textbook “Eero Hyvönen: Publishing and Using Cultural Heritage Linked Data on the Semantic Web” in its new series “Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology”, edited by Jim Hendler (University of Rochester) and Ying Ding (Indiana University) .

The book is available electronically at:

and in print from

Have a look inside at:

IESD Challenge Prize to EventMAP

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

SeCo was member in the EventMAP demonstrator team that won the Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data (IESD) Challenge competition at the IESD Workshop in Galway, Ireland. EventMap is a project funded by the European Institute of Technology.

Best In-use Paper Award at EKAW 2012 to SeCo

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The SeCo paper Osma Suominen and Eero Hyvönen:
Improving the Quality of SKOS Vocabularies with Skosify. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2012), Springer-Verlag, Galway, Ireland, October, 2012, was selected as the best in-use paper at the 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management, Galway, Ireland.

National Linked Data Finland Project Starts

Monday, February 20th, 2012

A new national project funded by Tekes 22 Finnish companies and public organizations starts in 2012.
The project is lead and research is done by the Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) of Aalto University and Univeristy of Helsinki.
More information is available at the project home page.

Master´s thesis award to SeCo

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Master’s thesis “Easily Integrable Ontology Services on the Semantic Web” by Jouni Tuominen, a doctoral candidate in SeCo, was awarded an annual master’s thesis award, organized by the Finnish Society for Computer Science. The thesis is based on the research on the ONKI Ontology Service.

More information:

Press release (in Finnish)

Master’s thesis “Helppokytkentäiset ontologiapalvelut semanttisessa webissä” (in Finnish)

ONKI Ontology Service

The Finnish Society for Computer Science

World Summit Award (WSA) Mobile 2011 to SeCo

Friday, December 17th, 2010

SmartMuseum application, developed in the FP7 SmartMuseum project by SeCo and seven international partners, got the World Summit Award (WSA) Mobile 2011 in category ‘M-turism and Culture’, organized by the United Nations. There were 430 participanting applications in the global final, selected from about 100 national competitions in different countries. The winners were presented in the WSA gala in Abu Dhabi on December 7th, 2010.

More information:

SmartMuseum home page, see e.g. the videos on the
front page illustrating the system.

Home page of World Summit Award

Press Release of Aalto University (in Finnish)

Aalto-yliopiston semanttisen webin tutkijat voittivat World Summit Award Mobile 2010 –kilpailun SmartMuseum -järjestelmällä

Aalto-yliopiston ja kuuden muun yliopiston ja tutkimuspartnerin kehittämä SmartMuseum-järjestelmä on voittanut kansainvälisen World Summit Award Mobile 2010 palkinnon. Työ valittiin parhaaksi kategoriassa ”M-turism and Culture” 430 ehdokkaan joukosta, jotka nimitettiin lähes sadan eri valtion osakilpailuissa.

SmartMuseum -järjestelmän ideana on tarjota museossa kävijälle tietoa ja opastusta kokoelmakohteista älykkäästi ja personoidusti paikan päällä. Voittoisan pilottijärjestelmän sisällöt ovat peräisin Firenzen tieteenhistoriallista Galileo museosta ja Maltan taidemuseosta. SmartMuseum-järjestelmän älykkyys perustuu semanttisen webin teknologioihin ja -portaalin haku- ja suosittelujärjestelmiin. Sisällöntuotannossa on hyödynnetty kansallista ontologiakirjastopalvelua.

Suomen osuus tutkimus- ja kehitystyöstä tehtiin Aalto-yliopiston mediatekniikan laitoksen Semanttisen laskennan tutkimusryhmässä, joka oli lokakuussa voittoisa myös Apps4Finland – Doing Good with Open Data -kilpailussa semanttisella DataSuomi-järjestelmällä.

– Molempien palkintojen taustalla on vuodesta 2003 tutkimusryhmässämme johdettu laaja FinnONTO-hanke kansallisen semanttisen webin infrastruktuurin kehittämiseksi maahamme. Sen tutkimustuloksia ja uusia työkaluja voidaan nyt hyödyntää nopeasti ja kehittää edelleen uusissa sovelluksissa, kertoo hankkeen johtaja Eero Hyvönen.

World Summit Award on Yhdistyneiden kansakuntien ja sen Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID) -järjestön lippulaivahanke, joka järjestetään yhteistyössä UNESCO:n ja UNIDO:n kanssa. Palkinnot jaettiin Abu Dhabissa 6.12. pidetyssä kansainvälisessä WSA Mobile -gaalassa.


World Summit Award Mobile:
Semanttisen laskennan tutkimusryhmä SeCo:

Eero Hyvönen, professori
Aalto-yliopisto, mediatekniikan laitos
Semanttisen laskennan tutkimusryhmä SeCo
050 3841618,

Friday, 26th of November: dissertation defence by Eetu Mäkelä and guest lecture by professor Lora Aroyo of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

(väitöstiedote suomeksi)

Please be welcome to Eetu Mäkelä’s public defence of his doctoral thesis on View-Based User Interfaces for the Semantic Web. The defence will take place on Friday, the 26th of November, at 12 noon at the TUAS Building (Otaniementie 17, Espoo), Auditorium TU2. The defence will also be broadcast live over the internet here.

The content of the dissertation to be presented deals with the benefits that may be gained from publishing data using Semantic Web techniques, and how these benefits can be realized. Particular emphasis is placed on how originally varied and heterogeneous data can be linked to each other, and what new functionalities this enables for an end-user. Also discussed are how these functionalities are best implemented in user interfaces and system architecture.

The work in the thesis focuses mostly on publishing cultural heritage information in national level integrated portals. During the work two such were produced: and Of these, MuseumFinland was awarded both the Semantic Web Challenge award of the international research community as well as the Finnish prime minister’s honorary mention for the most innovative web application of the year. Other content areas discussed are e-Health, e-Government, e-Learning and e-Commerce.

As examples of the user interfaces developed during the work, data exploration interfaces were implemented that can answer questions such as “How beard fashions changed in the end of the 19th century?”, “which themes were the most popular in Finnish fiction in the year 2007?”, “what are the most popular colors of peoples’ underwear?” and “how are the Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the French emperor Napoleon the first connected to each other?”.

The viewpoint of an information provider is catered for in the section of the thesis discussing production and publishing architectures for Linked Open Data, as well as the problems faced in integrating vastly heterogeneous data.

The dissertation is available for download here (pdf).

Preceding the dissertation, the opponent, professor Lora Aroyo (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will give a guest lecture at the same auditorium at 10:15-11:00 on “User Interaction and Personalization with Semantics”.

In this talk I will present three use cases of how the use of semantics (1) brings added value and (2) introduces new challenges for the user interaction and personalization. The main focus of this research is to investigate how knowledge patterns in Linked Open Data can help in the process of consuming semantically enriched Web content. The three use cases are explored in the context of three projects NoTube (personalized access to TV content using content patterns in Linked Open Data), CHIP (personalized access to enriched museum collections using content patterns in domain ontologies), WAISDA? (interactive tagging game to collect user-generated data and use it for annotation of audio-visual collections). I will also demonstrate some of the prototypes developed for these use cases.

Project links:

Short bio:
Lora Aroyo is now an assistant professor at the Web & Media Group, VU University Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Currently she is technical coordinator for the EU Project NoTube, lead researcher for the VU in the EU Project PrestoPrime and for the CATCH project Agora. Previously she was also project coordinator for the CATCH project CHIP. She has written numerous publications in leading conferences and journals the fields of personalization, user modeling and semantic web. She has also been involved in the organizations of various conferences, workshops and journal special issues, most notably as PC Chair for ESWC2009 and ISWC2011, Conference Chair for ESWC2010, and as member of the editorial board of the UMUAI journal and the Semantic Web Journal. Her main research interests are in facilitating personalized access to Web content collections by utilizing Semantic and Social Web technologies for user modelling and recommendations.

1st Prize to DataFinland in Apps4Finland: Doing Good With Open Data Competition.

Friday, October 15th, 2010

“DataFinland – Semantic Search and Annotation Tool for Open Datasets”
particated in the Apps4Finland competition organized by the Finnish Society of Web Democracy .
DataFinland is a demonstration of a national data catalog of open, possibly linked datasets on the Semantic Web.

More info about the system at Apps4Finland and DataFinland homepage.