Dr. Axel Polleres

Dr. Axel Polleres
DERI Galway

Using/Extending RIF and SPARQL to navigate Linked Open Data?

In this talk we will instroduce two standards - SPARQL and RIF - to formulate rules and queries for creating simple mashups to access and extract Linked Open Data on the Semantic Web. The presenter was/is involved in the shaping of these two standards within the W3C and works on implementations and several extensions of both. Base concepts of the languages and what you can do with them will be introduces by practical examples and - time allowed - accompanied by some demos.

Axel Polleres ( obtained his PhD in Computer Science at the Vienna University of Technology in 2003 working on AI Planning and Nonmonotonic Reasoning. From 2003 to 2006 he worked at the Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck in the areas of Semantic Web Services, Ontologies, Rules & Query Languages and Logic Programming. He worked for one year at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid under a "Juan de la Cierva" research award and joined the National University of Ireland, Galway  in April 2007.  Dr. Polleres has published more than 50 articles in journals, books, and conference and workshop contributions and has co-authored a book on Semantic Web Services. He has organised several international workshops in areas such as logic programming, Semantic Web, Semantic Web services, Agents, and Expert Finding. He gave invited talks and tutorials at several research institutions and at International Conferences, and has been member of programme committees of conferences and workshops such as for instance ISWC, ESWC, ICSOC, or ODBASE. He actively contributes to international standardization working groups such as WSMO, WSML,the W3C’s Rule Interchange Format (RIF) RDF2RDF working groups as well as the W3C Advisory Committee.