Alasdair J G Gray

Connecting the dots in the World's data

ISWC 2014

ISWC 2014 is taking place on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. However, I won’t have much time to relax on the lake. Look out for my tweets (@gray_alasdair).

My conference activities start on Sunday 19 October with the first workshop on Context, Interpretation and Meaning (CIM2014), which together with Harry Halpin (W3C) and Fiona McNeill (Heriot-Watt University) I am a chair. We have managed to put together an interesting selection of 5 papers – two focusing on the context of links, two on the interpretation of alignments and one on the meaning of mappings. I am a co-author on this final paper, but Kerstin Forsberg will be presenting the work (Hussain et al., 2014). We also have an exciting panel session in store with Aldo Gangemi (CNR), Paul Groth (VU University of Amsterdam) and Harry Halpin.

Also taking place on Sunday is the Linked Science Workshop (LISC). Together with Simon Jupp and James Malone of the EBI we have a paper on modelling the provenance for linksets of convenience (Jupp, Malone and Gray, 2014). A linkset of convenience is one that does not model the underlying science correctly, but provides a convenient shortcut for linking data. An example from the world of biology is a linkset that directly links genes with their protein product.

On Monday I will be working with the W3C RDF Stream Processing (RSP) Community Group. We have been having regular phone meetings for the last year and have made great progress towards defining a common community model for RDF streams and a query language for processing them. The group will largely be attending the Stream Ordering Workshop and the Semantic Sensor Networks Workshop.

Tuesday is the first day of ISWC, and it is going to be a busy one for me. In the morning I will be presenting the Open PHACTS paper on our work enabling scientific lenses for chemistry data (Batchelor et al., 2014). In the evening I will be at the poster and demonstration session showing off the Open PHACTS VoID Editor (Goble, Gray and Tatakis, 2014).

Finally, I am organising the Lightning Talks session on the last day of the conference. This is a session where you can present late breaking results or responses to work presented in the conference. Talks will be 5 minutes each and abstracts can be submitted until 8.30 am on Thursday.

After ISWC I think I’m going to need a break.

  1. A Justification-based Semantic Framework for Representing , Evaluating and Utilizing Terminology Mappings
    Hussain, Sajjad and Sun, Hong and Erturkmen, Gokce Banu Laleci and Yuksel, Mustafa and Mead, Charles and Gray, Alasdair J G and Forsberg, Kerstin
    In Context Interpretation and Meaning, Riva del Garda, Italy, 2014
  2. Capturing Provenance for a Linkset of Convenience
    Jupp, Simon and Malone, James and Gray, Alasdair J. G.
    In Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Linked Science 2014 - Making Sense Out of Data (LISC2014) co-located with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2014), Riva del Garda, Italy, October 19, 2014., pages 71–75, 2014
  3. Scientific Lenses to Support Multiple Views over Linked Chemistry Data
    Batchelor, Colin R. and Brenninkmeijer, Christian Y. A. and Chichester, Christine and Davies, Mark and Digles, Daniela and Dunlop, Ian and Evelo, Chris T. A. and Gaulton, Anna and Goble, Carole A. and Gray, Alasdair J. G. and Groth, Paul T. and Harland, Lee and Karapetyan, Karen and Loizou, Antonis and Overington, John P. and Pettifer, Steve and Steele, Jon and Stevens, Robert and Tkachenko, Valery and Waagmeester, Andra and Williams, Antony J. and Willighagen, Egon L.
    In The Semantic Web - ISWC 2014 - 13th International Semantic Web Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy, October 19-23, 2014. Proceedings, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8796, pages 98–113, Springer, 2014
    (Alphabetical authorship)
  4. Help me describe my data: A demonstration of the Open PHACTS VoID Editor
    Goble, Carole A. and Gray, Alasdair J. G. and Tatakis, Eleftherios
    In Proceedings of the ISWC 2014 Posters & Demonstrations Track a track within the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2014, Riva del Garda, Italy, October 21, 2014., CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1272, pages 29–32,, 2014
    (Demo paper)

About Me


I'm an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University. My research focuses on linking datasets. Read more