Presentations, abstracts and Bios

Keynote Tax Systems in an Era of Transformation - Challenges, Solutions and the Role of Semantics

June 8th, 10:10-10:40


The Norwegian Tax administration has a long history of using information technology in taxation. This has resulted in an large and diverse portfolio of IT-systems that supports the administration misson to collect taxes. The administration is now at a cross-road where the current application-portfolio will need to be overhauled to face the future challenges for the tax-system. The key-note speak will explore challenges, solutions and the role Semantics play in modernising the information systems in an era of economic transformation.

Hans Erik Gravdahl Sørensen

Enterprise Architect, Norwegian Tax Administration

Hans Erik Gravdahl Sørensen is an Entprise Architect in the Norwegian Tax Administration. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from theUniversityofOslo. Prior to joining the Tax administration he served 10 years as advisor in various Ministries on topics relating to Government IT-policies and eGovernment initiatives.

Knowing Something About Your Semantic Web Data

June 8th, 11:00-11:30


Working on data integration within an organization you need to pull data together from different sources. Once you are successful at this, you should not have forgotten where that data came from, who had asserted it, how it had been processed, when it was valid, etc. Obviously, you do not only need the data, but you need also plenty of knowledge about your semantic Web data and even more so when you move beyond your organization's boundaries and into the global semantic Web. In this talk, I will look at some media data and survey some possibilities of how to structure and process your data such that knowing something about your semantic web data is not more difficult than necessary. Possible solutions include ontology patterns, data lineage processing and workflow provenance techniques.

Steffen Staab

Professor, University of Koblenz-Landau

Steffen Staab is professor for databases and information systems at the University of Koblenz-Landau. He is director of the institute for Web Science and Technologies (West).
He is editor-in-chief of Elsevier's Journal of Web Semantics and programme chair for WWW2012. His interests are related to many aspects of Web Science, such as Semantic Web, Web Retrieval, Social Web, Multimedia Web, Software Web and Interactive Web. Steffen is project coordinator for the EU Integrated Project "Robust - Risk and Opportunities Management of Huge-Scale Business Community Cooperation". Previously, Steffen held positions as researcher, project leader and lecturer at the University of Freiburg, the University of Stuttgart/Fraunhofer Institute IAO, and the University of Karlsruhe and he is a co-founder of Ontoprise GmbH.

Semantics, open data and interoperability

Rune Gløersen, Director of ICT, Statistics Norway

June 8th, 13:00-13:30


Statistical Institutes collect data across all domains of our society, and produce data that are rapidly utilized and composed into new information widely available. Timeliness, coherence and cross-national comparability are crucial demands, challenging all aspects of interoperability. The collection and dissemination of statistical data are dependent on the evolvement of standards in adjacent environments, and the coherence with the statistics community standards must be aligned. The Linked Open Data initiative is one example in this area, the growth of Google being another. The presentation will cover current challenges and developments.

Rune Gløersen

Rune Gløersen is Director of IT and Statistical Methods at Statistics Norway. He has a long experience in the development of standards and tools for collection, production and dissemination of statistics. He has participated in various projects aiming at increased interoperability between administrations at national level (e-Government) or internationally among statistical institutes.

The Digital Agenda for Europe and Open Data in the Cultural Sector: Improving the Access to and use of Cultural Material

Yvo Volman, PhD, European Commission

June 8th, 13:30-14:00


The Digital Agenda for Europe – the European Union's strategy for the information society – contains several actions that are directly relevant for the access to and use of material fromEurope's cultural institutions. It supports the further development of Europeana,Europe's digital library, archive and museum, and more in general looks at ways and means to make cultural better available for the citizens and for economic activity.

The presentation will focus on the policies pursued at the European level to open up public data, and will look in particular at the issues around the availability of digitised material and metadata from Europe's libraries, archives and museums.

Yvo Volman

Interlinking the web of data: challenges and solutions

Jérôme Euzenat, Senior Researcher, INRIA, Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes

June 8th 15:30-16:00


Large data sets are added everyday to the web of data making possible semantic web applications. However, linked data is only worth if... linked.But the task of linking large data sets is daunting given the size of the data and the fact that data publishers only know one side of the links. Automated support should be sought to help data providers in this task. We will identify the different problems raised by data interlinking through real world examples. We will present the type of solutions that are provided to this task as well as existing systems. Then, we will articulate the available technologies in a coherent framework for data interlinking.

Jérôme Euzenat

Jérôme Euzenat is senior research scientist at INRIA (Montbonnot, France). He has set up and leads the INRIA Exmo team dedicated to "Computer-mediated communication of structured knowledge" which is also part of the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble (Grenoble computer science lab). Dr Euzenat has contributed to reasoning maintenance systems, object-based knowledge representation, symbolic temporal granularity, collaborative knowledge base construction, multimedia document adaptation and semantic web technologies. His all time interests are tied to the relationships holding between various representations of the same situation. Hence, his interest in connecting heterogeneous ontologies and linking data. His work on heterogeneity has been recently published as a book, Ontology matching, co-authored with Pavel Shvaiko.

Linked Objects and Rules

Dr. Harold Boley, Adjunct Professor, University of New Brunswick, NRC-IIT, Canada

June 8th, 16:00-16:30

Abstract : Linked Objects and Rules

Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council;
Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Two popular modeling and programming paradigms (e.g., on the Semantic Web) have been objects (e.g., RDF/JSON/...) and rules (e.g., RIF/RuleML/...). Objects basically have a -- possibly typed -- IDentifier (OID) described by a collection of slots, each being a pair of a key and a filler (a literal data item or the OID of another object); object descriptions can be asserted as slotted facts. Rules basically have a predicate application as a conclusion implied by a conjunction of premises, each being again a predicate application; conclusion predicate applications without premises are positional facts. Combinations of objects (frames) and rules were done -- e.g. in F-logic (Frame logic) and W3C RIF (Rule Interchange Format) -- such that some or all rule premises become object queries, and the rule conclusion is usable for (dynamic) object derivation.

Ontologies come into this picture as follows: First, OID types (sorts, classes) can be organized into a subClassOf taxonomy (a 'light-weight'
ontology), e.g. employing RDF Schema. Second, objects descriptions on the schema/signature level correspond to certain description logics, the foundation of OWL (Web Ontologies Language) and OWL 2. In F-logic and RIF, frames are defined entirely separately from function and
predicate applications. In POSL and RuleML, these fundamental notions are integrated by permitting applications with optional object identifiers and, orthogonally, arguments that are positional or slotted. The resulting positional-slotted, object-applicative (psoa) terms have recently been endowed with a new formal semantics, reducing the number of RIF terms.

Linking or Webizing is characteristic for modern object and rule languages on the (Semantic) Web. They employ IRIs (Internationalized Resource dentifiers) as OIDs (which can also occur as slot fillers), slot keys, type dentifiers, and document identifiers for entire object and rule bases modules). Linked objects and rules can thus be regarded as generalized inked data. Therefore, an object and rule language such as RuleML can be sed for the interchange of information ranging from linked data sets to inked Horn-logic and F-logic knowledge bases to linked first-order and igher-order logic documents.

Harold Boley

Dr. Harold Boley is adjunct professor at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick, and Leader of the Semantic Web Laboratory at the National Research Council Canada, Institute for Information Technology. His specification of Web rules through RuleML has found broad uptake. It has been combined with OWL to SWRL and become the main input to the W3C Recommendation RIF. His work on Rule Responder has enabled deployed distributed applications for the Social Semantic Web.


Morten Thorkildsen, Adm Dir., IBM Norge

June 9th, 12:30-13:00


The rapid increase in the amount of readily accessible data available has exploded in recent years. Organizations are collecting and capturing more data than ever. At the same time, significant increases in computational power combined with advances in data storage and analytics capabilities have evolved. However, despite the greatest availability of data and information ever, many organizations are still struggling how to leverage all of this to their advantage.
We are at a turning point to start another journey from utilizing ICT solutions. The opportunity to drive better performance based on information from an ever-increasing number of sources, even in real time, will be key in a number of industries and public sector organisations in the years to come.

Morten Thorkildsen

Morten Thorkildsen has been the country general manager for IBM in Norway the last 8 years, responsible for all business IBM conducts in Norway. The company participates in a number of innovation networks and projects for advanced and innovative use of ICT. The initiative to establish the IBM Center of excellence for Oil and Gas in Stavanger, gave him the Rosing "IT Manager of the Year" award in 2006. He sponsors the relationship with the University of Science and Technology (NTNU), is chairman of the Norwegian Computer Society, and is a board member of Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory. He has a bachelor degree in business organisation from Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, and an MBA from Norwegian School of Management (BI).

Information and Data Quailty

Trine Hansen, Principle Advisor, DNV and Tor Arne Irgens, CMDR SG T, Norwegian Defence

June 9th, 14:00-14:30

Abstract: Information and Data Quality

This presentation provides an update on the emerging ISO 8000 standard for Information and Data Quality, the business needs and the requirements. Examples, with results, from early implementations from several business domains will be referred. This is work in progress with opportunities to influence and participate.

Principle Advisor Trine Hansen, DNV and CMDR SG Tor Arne Irgens, Norwegian Defence, both on the team developing the standard.

Trine Hanse

Trine Hansen is working in the Defence department at Det Norske Veritas. Her focus area is Information Quality Risk. She has been involved in several pilot projects for application of principles of the emerging ISO 8000 standard. Trine has been involved in the ISO 8000 development since the start in 2006 and is one of the editors.

Tor Arne Irgens

Tor Arne Irgens is chief of the Product Life Cycle Support Section in Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation. His area is Information Management and Tor Arne supports several Sea, Land and Air acquisition project. Tor Arne serves on several standardisation committees and has been involved on the ISO 8000 work since 2006.

The Role of Semantic Technology in Governance, Risk and Compliance Management

Marcus Spies, Professor, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

June 9th, 16:00-16:30


With the increasing market acceptance of software services, highly effective GRC management processes and supporting tools are needed, for the service providers as well as the client organizations and third parties like auditors and regulatory or statutory institutions. In this talk, we will focus on specific challenges for GRC in the realm of cloud computing security. Several standardization initiatives are working towards the common goal of defining metadata, evaluation and auditing frameworks for cloud computing security. The efforts are building on stablished risk management and IT governance frameworks like COBIT. A common trait across all the proposed standardizations is that they need a strong semantic modelling layer for the business domains the services are addressing as well as the security functionality and criteria across a multitude of perspectives (e.g., applications, data, infrastructure, organization). Even if several scientific approaches to modelling service semantics are existing, the complexity of cloud security poses massive challenges to semantic technologies. The talk will focus on solution approaches to the following challenges – risk and control systems models and their integration with business domain models, business rules types and inference systems supporting operational compliance verification, and representations of security requirements that can be used in auditing processes.

Marcus Spies

Marcus Spies, born in 1956, studies in cognitive science, computer science and economics at Berlin Technical University. Ph.D. thesis on uncertainty management in knowledge based systems 1988. From 1988 to 1995, research staff member at IBM Research. International patent in statistical speech recognition. From 1996 to 2001, senior consultant with IBM Consulting group, design of IT security architectures for innovative banking applications with one of Germanys largest financial services provider. Since 2001 professor of knowledge management at University of Munich, visiting professor at Digital Enterprise Research Institute of Innsbruck University 2006-2008. IEEE Enterprise Computing Conferences (EDOC) program chair 2007, general chair 2008. 2008-2010 scientific and technical coordinator of the EU FP 6 integrated research project on multi-industry semantics based next generation business intelligence (MUSING). Recent work on Governance, Risk, Compliance metadata standards and process management. Cooperations with the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG). Member of the Cloud Controls Matrix steering committee at the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

Tools/techniques/challenges in exposing data in LOD; status of various (linked) open data initiatives

Francois Scharffe, Associate Professor, University of Montpellier 2, France

Project session June 9th, 08:30-11:30


Publishing linked data can be as simple as installing a tool on a server in a few clicks. However, publishing quality linked data is
another story. Ontologies need to be carefully selected and designed, reference datasets need to be identified and the corresponding resources linked to the new dataset. These tasks require both a considerable amount of effort, as well as the availability of reference ontologies and datasets to publish and link the data. The Datalift project propose to tackle these issues on the example of publishing French public data. Datalift aims at developing a suite of tools easing the publication process, and to provide reference ontologies and datasets that can serve as authoritative datasets on which others can link.
We will present the current progress toward reaching this goal, in particular we will focus on Linked Open Vocabularies, a tool for
analysing vocabulary usage on the Web of data, and on techniques allowing to automate the data linking process. We will also show our
progress towards building a French linked-data ecosystem.

François Scharffe

François Scharffe is associate professor at the university of Montpellier, France. His main area of research is the Semantic Web, with
a specific focus on reconciling knowledge, both at the schema and at the data levels.
François is the scientific coordinator of the Datalift project, a national research project on publishing linked data on the Web.
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Event Processing

Roy Schulte, Vice President and distinguished analyst, Gartner Group

June 9th 13:30-14:00


  • Definitions: What is an event? How are events used in computer systems?
  • Two important aspects of events: Event-driven architecture (EDA) and complex-event processing (CEP)
  • Role of event processing in making systems “smart” (smart electrical grids, smart bridges, smart buildings, smart cities)
  • Role of event processing in providing “real time” operational intelligence/continuously updating business dashboards
  • What are banks, railroads, government organizations, defense departments doing with “real time” operational intelligence based on CEP?
  • The future of event-processing networks.
  • Event objects – what kind of data is in an event object? event schemas, relationship to SOA interface definitions
  • Why publish-and-subscribe is becoming more widely used for information dissemination and for data synchronization (MDM)

Roy Schulte

Roy Schulte is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Research on the Business Intelligence team. His specialties include event processing, real-time operational intelligence, CEP, BAM, message-oriented middleware (MOM), publish-and-subscribe, and cloud messaging.

Information Management

Roy Schulte, Vice President and distinguished analyst, Gartner Group

June 9th 09:00-09:45


  • Three styles of application integration (in this context, integration means “making independently designed systems work together” among multiple business units in one or more enterprises), cost of integration as a % of project costs
  • Contrasting Point-to-point transformation vs. the use of canonical intermediary formats in SOA, MDM, and event-based communication
  • Organizational issues – how do different business units and their technical staffs come to agreement on data, event and interface definitions, and how do they document interfaces and manage the metadata for events; stove piped SOA, Canonical SOA vs Federated SOA?
  • SOA service sharing, data sharing, event sharing – why isn’t there more SOA service sharing? Why is data sharing more common than logic sharing?
  • Why B2B metadata standards work better than internal metadata standards
  • Data schemas are just one of the issues in interoperability – related governance issues
  • Event objects – what kind of data is in an event object? event schemas, relationship to SOA interface definitions

Roy Schulte

Roy Schulte is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Research on the Business Intelligence team. His specialties include event processing, real-time operational intelligence, CEP, BAM, message-oriented middleware (MOM), publish-and-subscribe, and cloud messaging.

The many dimensions of compliance - from semantic technologies to business use-cases

Ian Glendinning, Director & Principal Consultant, GlencoIS and Lillian Hella, Semantic Technology Expert, PCA

June 9th 15:00-15:30

Lillian Hella

Lillian Hella has studied at Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU, and holds a Master in technology from 2004 in the area of information systems. Her master thesis was related to semantic transformations and the data model of ISO 15926 (part 2). In her PhD work semantic technologies and ontologies are used in the context of mobile personalization. Since May 2010 Lillian has been working for POSC Caesar Association (PCA) where the combination of semantic technologies and ISO 15926 are important areas of her work.

Ian Glendinning

Ian Glendinning is a professional engineer and manager with Batchelor's in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master's in Business Administration from Imperial College of London University. Ian has over 30 years experience in process plant pressure systems engineering, on offshore and onshore oil & gas, refining, chemicals & pharmaceuticals projects around the world. He has been involved in development and exploitation of ISO15926 since before its inception in the mid-1990's, responsible for some of the earliest and largest data warehouse & portal implementations of Foster-Wheeler, AVEVA and Intergraph, for Shell, BP and others. In recent years Ian has been very active as both a PCA and FIATECH member in ISO15926 project collaborations, and is currently managing the JORD (Joint Operational Reference Data) Project. A primary aim of the JORD project is to achieve certifiable ISO15926 compliance for industrial users and software providers.

New collaboration model for environmental monitoring

Vidar Hepsø, PhD, Principal Researcher, Statoil and Professor II, NTNU

June 8th 11:30-12:00,


Statoil is developing a new framework for real time environmental monitoring. The presentation will provide an introduction to the existing practices and business context of environmental monitoring, that includes what we want to measure and how we want to integrate it with daily operations. The specific research and technology development areas will be presented as a business capability platform with layers that starts with an intelligent infrastructure and ends with business operations. The core semantic challenges with developing the new platform will be presented

Vidar Hepsø

Vidar Hepsø holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from NTNU and is currently Principal Researcher/Project Manager in Statoil R&D. He is also Professor II at the NTNU IO Center for the Petroleums Industry.

Hepsø has worked for Statoil since 1991 and his main interests are related to new types of collaboration enabled by new information and communication technology (ICT) in general and in particular ICT-infrastucture development and collaboration technologies.

The main work area the latest years has been within 'Integrated Operations' .Within this field of activities he is involved in both planning, execution and evaluation of IO activities in Statoil in addition to being project mananger and resource for branch specific research and development of IO in both Norway and internationally. He currently central in Statoils initiative for setting up an infrastructure for real time environmental monitoring were he is leading the activity on Integrated environmental monitoring in daily operations. This activity both deals with data integration/modelling and creating new collaborative work spaces and work processes for environmental monitoring in operations

Value creation through collaboration

Karl Johnny Hersvik, Director of Research, Statoil

June 8th, 09:40-10:10


In its keynote, Karl Johnny will address how open data is key for collaboration within Statoil. The evolution in data architecture and technical solutions these last ten years has shaped our operations. Integrated operations have led to safe, efficient and cost-effective ways of working. A new step forward within IO is real time environmental monitoring, especially directed towards challenging and sensitive environments. This calls for further integration towards the supplier industry and innovative solutions. Statoil has a strong drive for innovation and opening data may set the course for promoting innovation.

Karl Johnny Hersvik

Karl Johnny Hersvik started working at Hydro in 1988, first as a reservoir engineer on Brage, then a discipline manager within reservoir, adviser in reservoir technology and petroleum technology manager on the same field. After that he worked with Troll and served as the petroleum technology manager there for a while before he moved to Teheran and worked in Iran for two years. Following this, he worked with business development on the Norwegian shelf and then with underwater technology, where, among other things, he helped creating the production support center. Before his job as the executive vice president of research & development, he worked on securing Statoil a share in the West Qurna 2 field in Iraq.

Data modeling challenges in industrial domains

Trond Solberg, Lead Architect, Statoil


Implementing an integration layer for on- and offshore plants that utilise a canonical data model to provide both connections between equipment and measurements as well as direct mapping to data sources has proven to be a challenging task. Trond will give a brief presentation where he outlines the most important challenges Statoil has met so far in the implementation of the new Global Operation Data Integration (GODI) integration layer and its associated model, and the lessons the technical team has learnt in the process.

Trond Solberg

Trond Solberg started working at Mandatum in 1994, as a developer of CRM-integrated solutions for retailers in a wide variety of business areas. Trond joined Statoil Norge, Statoil ASA's retail and downstream business, in 1997, first as a contractor before becoming an employee in 2002. At Statoil Norge, Trond was responsible for developing marketing campaign solutions. In 2003, Trond moved to Harstad, Norway, to join Statoil ASA in the upstream sector. Trond became involved in developing reporting solutions for the petroleum technology departments, eventually as lead developer and project manager. Trond is currently Statoil ASA's lead architect for the MapIT project, which is implementing the GODI solution and preparing for roll out, as well as holding the position of Lead Solution Architect for the asset integration domain.

Ron Montgomery, IBM and Alan Johnston

Ron Montgomery

Ron Montgomery is a Solutions Business Unit Executive for the Chemical & Petroleum Industry for IBM’s Industry Sector Software Group.

He has extensive chemical, petroleum, paper, textile and aligned process industry experience, with over 35 years of manufacturing, manufacturing systems, and process control technology experience and 20 years of project management and project implementation experience. He is currently responsible for World Wide Chemical and Petroleum Solutions Technical Sales.

He has a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering.

He has operational and project experience in the Chemical and Petroleum and Process Industries including: Project Conceptualization, Justification, and Management, Technical Management, Technology Assessment and Selection, Information Technology Architecture, Order Management and Fulfillment, Supply Chain Management and Operation, Scheduling and Optimization, Process Data Acquisition, Process Control and Manufacturing Execution Systems, and Application Integration. And has held the following industry positions: Process Engineer, Control Systems Engineer, Senior Control Systems Engineer, Process Engineering Group Leader, Assistant Operations Superintendent, Process Engineering Manager, Department Manager Process Control, Research Group Leader, Research Section Manager, Corporate Manager Process Control, and Division Director of Information Technology

He has been closely involved in industry groups such ISA 72, 88, 95, MIMOSA, and Open O&M providing advisory and expertise in integration and architecture to develop the industry standards. Currently he is active in a multi-standards joint working group developing a complementary linked model for ‘Open Operations and Maintenance”.

Alan Johnston

Alan Johnston, Assetricity, LLC General Manager, is a senior SME with over 30 years of information architecture, systems analysis, systems integration and software development experience, with a focus on Critical Infrastructure Management. Mr. Johnston currently serves as the President of MIMOSA and the OpenO&M Initiative Chair. He chaired the ISO TC 184 Manufacturing Asset Management Integration Task Force Chair and is the co-chair for the proposed ISO TC184 Oil and Gas asset management operations and maintenance Interoperability (OGI) Technical Specification.

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