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Linked Data in the Future Internet at the Future Internet Assembly, Ghent 16/17 Dec 2010

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The Future Internet sparked the interest of many different communities. All of these communities develop specific parts of infrastructure, which at one point of time need to be able to interoperate. Unfortunately, currently the Future Internet architecture does not include means to achieve interoperability at a data level. At the same time Linked Data is becoming an accepted best practice to exchange information in an interoperable and reusable fashion. Many different communities on the Internet use Linked Data standards to provide and exchange interoperable information. This is strikingly confirmed by the dramatically growing Linked Data cloud and the currently more than 25 billion facts represented and interconnected therein with exponential growth rates both in terms of data sets and contained data.

The OSI/OSI 7-Layer architecture is a conceptual view on networking architectures. One possible view is a look at Linked Data as an independent layer in the Internet architecture, on top of the networking layer, but below the application layers, since it provides a common data model for all applications as shown in the figure below. This session investigates this view, what implications this imposes on the Future Internet Architecture, but also how future architectures and system developments can benefit from this new layer.

We are looking for position papers regarding the use of Linked Data in the Future Internet. These can be either concrete current use-cases or envisioned usages for the topics relevant for the Future Internet (examples include: Internet of Things, embedded systems, FIRE, services, smart cities., Open Government Data, Future Internet Architecture and others). The papers provide an input for the ongoing discussion on the role of Linked Data for the Future Internet.

Session Programme (Thursday December 16th)

Linked Data I

11:00-11:10 Linked Data and the Future Internet Architecture: A motivation, Stefan Decker (DERI NUI Galway, Ireland)

11:10-12:00 Invited Talk by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (Inventor of the World Wide Web and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, MIT, USA)

12:10-12:25 The Linked Data Web: DBpedia and beyond, Soeren Auer (University of Leipzig, Germany)

12:25-12:40 From Open to Linked Government Data, Vassilios Peristeras (European Commission, Informatics Directorate-General, Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA))

12:40-12:55 Linked Data and Search, Thomas Steiner (Google Inc, Germany)

12:55-13:00 Summary & Preparation (Organisers)

Linked Data II

14:30-14:45 Linked Data, Search and Social Media, Peter Mika (Yahoo! Research, Spain)

14:45-15:00 Services and Linked Data, John Domingue (KMI, UK)

15:00-15:15 Trust and Linked Data, Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez (ISOCO, Spain)

15:15-15:30 Real World Internet, Smart Cities and Linked Data, Mirko Presser (Alexandrea Institute, Denmark)

15:30-15:45 FIRE and Linked Data, Dennis Pfisterer (University of Luebeck, Germany)

15:45–16:00 Lightning Talks (3 min max, 1 slide)

  • Tope Omitola
  • Barry Norton
  • John Dominque
  • Gianluca Correndo

16:00–16:30 Discussion and identification of next steps (Organisiers)


Your position paper should have between 1 and 10 pages. We encourage authors to comply with the Springer LNCS format.

Position papers can be submitted until 30th November 2010 (in HTML or PDF) via email to

Accepted Papers


Submitted position papers will be published on and at Publications may substantially influence further developments in the Future Internet space.

Session Organiser

  • Sören Auer,
  • Stefan Decker (main contact),
  • Manfred Hauswirth,
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