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State Award for Public Information

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Professor Eero Hyvönen receives State Award for Public Information for “Developing the Finnish Semantic Web”.
For more detail, see the news and a related video.

SeCoers active at the 11th ESWC 2014

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The paper Mikko Koho, Eero Hyvönen and Aleksi Lehikoinen: Ornithology Based on Linking Bird Observations with Weather Data was selected as the best paper of the Sepublica Workshop at the 11th ESWC 2014 and presented at a special session of the ESWC main track. SeCoers also co-organized the VISLOD tutorial and presented three demos and a poster. All papers can be found at the publications section.

National Library Deployed the Finto Ontology Service Based on the Ideas Behind ONKI

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The ONKI Ontology Service was originally developed and published by SeCo in 2008, and maintaned after this as a national Living Laboratory. During 2013 the National Library of Finland built a permanent, stable, continuously maintained version of the ONKI idea, which has now been released as the Finnish Thesaurus and Ontology Service Finto.

The new brand name Finto can be seen as a tribute to the FinnONTO project during which the ONKI service and its ontologies were developed at SeCo in collaboration with a large consortium of Finnish organizations, including the National Library. The development of Finto has been funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Finance.

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

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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