re:publica 08

April 4th, 2008 by Martin

I’m currently in Berlin attending the re:publica. The current session is quite boring, so I used the time to upload the slides of the presentation I gave yesterday. It’s called “Sagt wer? Metadaten im Web”. Slides are in German, but not that much text anyway.

The presentation is about why metadata is important, how metadata can be generated, and about why we should embrace any kind of information that is available. At least when we have the choice what to use in which way. And of course I also talked about ALOE , also introducing our tag recommendation approach. More on this topic when I’m back from Berlin, and when the FP7 madness is over.


March 6th, 2008 by Martin

ALOE is already in Hannover at CeBIT 2008 for three days now, and it looks as if several new and interesting cooperations are possible. Let’s see what happens, I’m curious. CeBIT will last until Sunday evening, you can find ALOE at the DFKI booth (B37) in hall 9!

And for all the German speaking readers: On Friday, I will give a future talk (also in hall 9) about the ideas behind ALOE. It’s called: “Schöne neue Metadatenwelt - Experten, Computer und User Generated Content”.

Looking forward to meeting you in Hannover!

“Metadata 2.0″

February 5th, 2008 by Martin

Thanks to Erik Duval and Martin Wolpers, I have the pleasure to give a talk at the Workshop “Metadata 2.0″ in Leuven on February 7th.

The title of my presentation will be ALOE - Combining User Generated Content and Traditional Metadata. I will talk about the ideas that led to the development of ALOE, and about the (potential) benefits of combining different kinds of metadata.

Update: The slides are available at slideshare now


January 23rd, 2008 by Martin

I got an invitation from to give a talk about User Generated Content on Wednesday 30th at the LEARNTEC 2008 in Karlsruhe. You can find an agenda here - it only seems to be available in German, although my talk will be held in English.

It’s always a bit difficult to prepare a talk when you don’t know your audience, whether they are familiar with the concept of user generated content or not. Anyway, I will give some examples, talk about social media and the paradigm shift that we experience, and of course also say a few words about how this influences the way people learn.

Update: The slides are available at slideshare now