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Best Practices for Linked Data Education

  1. 1. Best Practicesfor Linked Data EducationTutorial at WWW 2013Dr. Alexander MikroyannidisKnowledge Media InstituteThe Open University, UK13.05.2013 1
  2. 2. The Open UniversityThe Open University (OU) is the largest academicinstitution in the UK with:• more than 250,000 students• close to 7,000 tutors• more than 1,200 full-time academic staff• more than 3,500 support and administrative staffMost OU courses are available throughout Europeand some are available worldwide.Since its launch in 1969 more than 1.6 millionpeople worldwide have achieved their learninggoals by studying with the OU.13.05.2013 2
  3. 3. Agenda• The EUCLID project• Best practices for curriculum design &delivery• The EUCLID curriculum& module productionprocess• The EUCLID learningmaterials13.05.2013 3
  4. 4. Motivation• There is a growing demand for DataScientists possessing skills and detailedknowledge in Linked Data.• Open Educational Resources (OERs) andMOOCs are changing the landscape ofeducation online.• The EUCLID project brings together thesetwo developments by delivering a curriculumand learning materials with a focus on LinkedData.13.05.2013 4
  5. 5. The EUCLID project• A European project facilitating professionaltraining for data practitioners, who aim to useLinked Data in their daily work.• EUCLID delivers a curriculum implementedas a combination of living learning materialsand activities (eBook series, webinars,face‐to‐face training).• The EUCLID curriculum is validated by theuser community through continuousfeedback.13.05.2013 5
  6. 6. EUCLID target groups• Practitioners interested in using cutting‐edgetechnologies to analyze and make sense of largeamounts of Structured Data.• Technology enthusiasts aiming to broaden theirknowledge on one of most exciting and rapidlyevolving topic related to Big Data and open‐accesspolicies.• Researchers in the Semantic Web community whowant to gain basic, down‐to‐earth knowledge aboutproven‐and‐tested technologies for using Linked Data.• Researchers in other disciplines interested to useLinked Data technologies to optimize specific DataManagement aspects related to the scientific data theyoperate on.13.05.2013 6
  7. 7. EUCLID partnersCore partners:Associate partners:13.05.2013 7
  8. 8. Best practices forcurriculum design• Industrial relevance• Team curriculum design• External collaboration• Explicit learning goals• Show realistic solutions• Use real data• Use real tools• Show scalable solutions• Eating our own dog food13.05.2013 8
  9. 9. Industrial relevance• The EUCLID curriculum takes into accountthe needs of industry related to Open Dataand Linked Data.• Future work aims to automatically mineand analyse relevant job adverts to gaindesired competencies for the sector.13.05.2013 9
  10. 10. Team curriculum design &external collaboration• The EUCLID team is composed of a numberof roles to fully capture industrial, academicand pedagogical requirements:– Industry (Ontotext, FluidOps) who have extensiveexperience with professional training, industrialrequirements and scalable tools– Academia (KIT, STI International) who haveresearch expertise in Linked Data andpedagogical experts (The Open University).• External collaboration for gaining world-classcurriculum expertise and for facilitatingcourse delivery and dissemination.13.05.2013 10
  11. 11. Explicit learning goals• All content (slides, webinars, eBooks) aredeveloped based on a set of explicitlearning goals.• Learners are guided through the learninggoals by learning pathways – a sequenceof learning resources to achieve a learninggoal.13.05.2013 11
  12. 12. Realistic solutions, realdata & real tools• Rather than toy examples we utilizesystems which are deployed and used forreal.• We use a number of large datasetsincluding for example, the MusicBrainzdataset which contains 100Ms of triples.• Our collection of tools are used for realincluding for example: Seevl, Sesame,Open Refine and GateCloud.13.05.2013 12
  13. 13. Scalable solutions• Based upon industrial-strengthrepositories and automatic translations.• For example using the W3C standardR2RML for generating RDF from largedata contained in standard databases.13.05.2013 13
  14. 14. Eating our own dog food• We monitor communication and engagementwith the Linked Data community through– W3C email lists– Social networking channels (LinkedIn & Twitter)– Content dissemination channels (Vimeo &SlideShare• We transform the monitoring results into RDFand make these available at a SPARQLendpoint. In this respect we use Linked Datato support Learning Analytics.13.05.2013 14
  15. 15. Best practices forcurriculum delivery• Open to formatOur learning materials are available in a variety offormats including: HTML and as an eBook, as anApple iBook and on Amazon Kindles.• AddressibilityEvery concept in our curriculum is URI-identified sothat HTML and RDF(a) machine-readable content isavailable.• IntegrationThe main textual content, relevant webinar clips,screen casts and interactive components are placedinto one coherent space.13.05.2013 15
  16. 16. Best practices forcurriculum delivery• High qualityWe have a formalised process where allmaterials go through several iterations to ensurequality, e.g. for each module we run both apractice and a full webinars facilitating critiqueand commentary.• Self-testing and reflectionIn every module, we include inline quizzesformulated against learning goals enablingstudents to self-monitor their progress.13.05.2013 16
  17. 17. The EUCLID curriculumA series of modules, each targeting adifferent crucial task related to Linked Data:13.05.2013 17
  18. 18. The EUCLID curriculum• It has been designed to gradually build uptrainee’s knowledge.• It enables trainees with previousknowledge on a specific area of interest toonly briefly go over the introductorymaterials and directly dig into one of themore advanced modules.13.05.2013 18
  19. 19. The EUCLID moduleproduction process13.05.2013 19Ini al Version ofeBook Chapter(OU)Slides – First Version(KIT)Slides – Final Version(KIT + ONTO)Final eBook Chapterand online course(OU)Webinar –Final Recording(ONTO+OU)Webinar –First Recording(ONTO+OU)Collec on of RawChapter Materials(KIT)Pre-final Version ofeBook Chapter(OU)
  20. 20. The EUCLID learningmaterials• Presentation slides• Webinars• Screencasts• Exercises & quizzes• eBook chapters• Online courses13.05.2013 20
  21. 21. Presentation slides• These are the first training materialsproduced for each module. They providean overview of the main concepts coveredin each module.• They also contain an extensive set ofexamples, so that the concepts of themodule are explained to practitioners moreeffectively.13.05.2013 21
  22. 22. Webinars• The webinars are conducted based on theslides for each module.• They are broadcasted live; the audiencecan ask questions via Twitter.• A recording is made available through theEUCLID channel in Vimeo.13.05.2013 22
  23. 23. Webinars geo-coverage13.05.2013 23
  24. 24. Screencasts• They demonstrate the use of tools andplatforms related to the EUCLID modules,e.g.:––– BBC Music– Seevl– MusicBrainz– Sesame– OpenRefine13.05.2013 24Movie 1.6 Screencast of the Seevl siteMovie 1.8 Screencast of the BBC Music site
  25. 25. Exercises13.05.2013 25
  26. 26. Quizzes13.05.2013 26
  27. 27. eBook chapters• The EUCLID eBook encompasses the content foreach module in a structured and interactive way.• It serves as the basis for self-learning, as well asfor revisiting certain topics after a training iscompleted, e.g. as part of a EUCLID trainingevent.• The eBook chapters are made available for avariety of platforms and formats:– Web browsers (HTML format)– Apple iPad (iBook format)– eReaders (ePUB format)– Amazon Kindle devices (AZW3 format)13.05.2013 27
  28. 28. eBook chapter as HTML13.05.2013 28
  29. 29. eBook chapter as iBook13.05.2013 29
  30. 30. eBook chapter as ePUB13.05.2013 30
  31. 31. Online courses• The EUCLID online courses provide anintegrated overview, structured as a learningpathway, of all the learning materialsproduced in the project.• Learners can study them at their own pace,as there is no predetermined start or enddate.• They are available for:– Web browsers (HTML)– iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (iTunes U)13.05.2013 31
  32. 32. Online course as HTML13.05.2013 32
  33. 33. Online course in iTunesU13.05.2013 33
  34. 34. Online course inSocialLearn13.05.2013 34
  35. 35. Download our learning materials:35http://www.euclid-project.euUpcoming webinars:• May 15th: R2RML• June 10th: Interaction with Linked DataeBook chapters Online courses13.05.2013