Workshop “Search in Parliaments”Semantically Enhanced Search (Council of Europe - Room 11, Strasbourg, 18-19 December 2014) Print version
  • Theme 1: Current developments in search engines and practices in parliamentary context

    Search engines are getting smart and intelligent.
    Transparency in Parliaments - What is a good search engine for parliamentary data? An investigation of search engines for parliamentary data.

    18 December 2014 | 09:00 - 09:30 |

    Opening of the Workshop. Welcome and registration of participants.

    18 December 2014 | 09:30 - 09:40 |

    Welcome address by Horst Schade, Director of General Services of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    18 December 2014 | 09:40 - 10:15 |

    Past, Present and Future: from lessons learned to challenges". Laura Liudvinaviciute ICT applications assistant / Project leader - European Parliament - Luxembourg

    18 December 2014 | 10:15 - 11:00 |

    Indexation of Parliamentary Data and Processes. Shahin Hasanov, Head of Department on information Resources and Technologies - Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan

    18 December 2014 | 11:00 - 11:30 |

    Coffee break

  • Theme 2: Understanding semantic searches

    "Semantic search seeks to improve search accuracy by understanding searcher intent and the contextual meaning of terms as they appear in the searchable dataspace, whether on the Web or within a closed system, to generate more relevant results. (…) Semantic search systems consider various points including context of search, location, intent, variation of words, synonyms, generalized and specialized queries, concept matching and natural language queries to provide relevant search results. (...)
    Rather than using ranking algorithms such as Google's PageRank to predict relevancy, semantic search uses semantics, or the science of meaning in language, to produce highly relevant search results. In most cases, the goal is to deliver the information queried by a user rather than have a user sort through a list of loosely related keyword results." [From Wikipedia]

    18 December 2014 | 11:30 - 12:15 |

    Semantic web and knowledge society. Dr. Ioannis Antoniou, Professor - School of Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences and Semantic Web Unit - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    "This semantic web history is highlighted with the definitions of the key concepts. The current state of affairs is explained with selected examples and success stories. We conclude by presenting the semantic web vision for a knowledge society and the consequent transformation of our civilization.”

    18 December 2014 | 12:15 - 14:00 |


    18 December 2014 | 14:00 - 14:45 |

    Semantic search for Complex Data.  Dunja Mladenić, Researcher, Head of Department - Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    “Artificial Intelligence can be used to enhance search by combining machine learning methods and semantic technologies. Not only that we can model behavior and interest of the user to provide personalized search results, the results themselves can be grouped based on their semantic content using automatically obtained or;predefined categories.”

  • Theme 3: Semantic enrichment of textual data (in a parliamentary context)

    Semantic enrichment of textual data boosts information retrieval. Readers using search engines have to rely on full-text searches to identify either documents or subjects of interest. Semantic enrichment allows meaningful identification of the actual content. Semantic enrichment of textual data is the operation of linking mentions with the entities they refer to, and the subsequent enrichment of such entities with the background knowledge about them available in some knowledge bases.
    Creating semantically-enriched documents: indexing and thesaurus, automatic classification ; Future uses of enriched metadata ; Indexing unstructured data (social networks).

    18 December 2014 | 14:45 - 15:30 |

    Legal Open Data with Akoma Ntoso. Monica Palmirani, Associate professor of Legal Informatics - School of Law - Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna - Bologna (Italy).
    The talk would like to present the main principles and functionalities of Akoma Ntoso, tools available for marking up (e.g. web editor) and also the extraction of RDF metadata with some examples of query in a triple-store for demonstrating the power of the cross-references among heterogeneous documents in the parliamentary context.

    18 December 2014 | 15:30 - 16:00 |

    Coffee break

    18 December 2014 | 16:00 - 16:45 |

    Presentation of the PACE’s new search engine - Jean-Pierre Guglielmi, Head of the IT Unit and Julien Klauss, Developer at the IT Unit - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    18 December 2014 | 16:45 - 17:30 |  


    18 December 2014  20:00

    Dinner – Restaurant « Au Pont Saint Martin », 15 Rue des Moulins, Strasbourg

  • Theme 4: Linked open data: searching heterogeneous and multilingual data

    The growth of the Semantic Web and the ongoing release of knowledge organisation systems as linked open data.

    19 December 2014 | 09:15 - 10:00 |

    The National library of France in the semantic web : a feedback on Agnès Simon - Responsable du projet - Département de l'Information bibliographique et numérique - Bibliothèque nationale de France
    “The BnF has implemented linked data tools since 2011, through, a service that is still under development. aims at making the BnF data more useful on the Web, by automatically gathering data from different BnF databases, on pages about authors, works and themes, and displaying it according to the semantic web standards.
    Three years after its first release, we will give a feedback on the strengths of this project, but also its weaknesses and perspectives for the future. We will focus on the major requirements to build such a service, such as the policy concerning identifiers, controlled vocabularies and automatic linking.”

  • Theme 5: Success stories

    19 December 2014 | 10:00 - 10:45 | 

    Global Media Monitoring. Marko Grobelnik, Researcher and Project Manager - Artificial Intelligence Laboratory - J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    “Semantic Technologies naturally fit on search adding a layer on the top of the usual keyword search, where metadata on the content and search parameters can be combined enabling, for instance, search on news articles written in France on a specific event with positive connotation mentioning some particular person or organization. “

    19 December 2014 | 10:45 - 11:15 |

    Coffee break

    19 December 2014 | 11:15 - 12:15 |

    From statistical search to semantic search: steps towards the knowledge society. Panagiotis Tzounakis, MSc CS. School of Mathematics, Faculty of Sciences and Semantic Web Unit - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    “We demonstrate the significant improvement of the conventional statistical searching by using the semantic web technologies by: i) presenting a series of success stories, ii) distinguishing between statistical and semantic-aware thinking. This is followed and concluded by presenting interesting semantic web case studies relevant to “Search in Parliaments”.”

    19 December 2014 | 12:15 - 12:45 |


    19 December 2014 | 12:45 - 14:30 |