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Best Practices for Linked Data Education

  1. 1. Best Practices for Linked Data Education Tutorial at WWW 2013 Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis Knowledge Media Institute The Open University, UK 07.08.2013 1
  2. 2. The Open University The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution 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 staff Most OU courses are available throughout Europe and some are available worldwide. Since its launch in 1969 more than 1.6 million people worldwide have achieved their learning goals by studying with the OU. 07.08.2013 2
  3. 3. Agenda • The EUCLID project • Best practices for curriculum design & delivery • The EUCLID curriculum & module production process • The EUCLID learning materials 07.08.2013 3
  4. 4. Motivation • There is a growing demand for Data Scientists possessing skills and detailed knowledge in Linked Data. • Open Educational Resources (OERs) and MOOCs are changing the landscape of education online. • The EUCLID project brings together these two developments by delivering a curriculum and learning materials with a focus on Linked Data. 07.08.2013 4
  5. 5. The EUCLID project • A European project facilitating professional training for data practitioners, who aim to use Linked Data in their daily work. • EUCLID delivers a curriculum implemented as a combination of living learning materials and activities (eBook series, webinars, face‐to‐face training). • The EUCLID curriculum is validated by the user community through continuous feedback. 07.08.2013 5
  6. 6. EUCLID target groups • Practitioners interested in using cutting‐edge technologies to analyze and make sense of large amounts of Structured Data. • Technology enthusiasts aiming to broaden their knowledge on one of most exciting and rapidly evolving topic related to Big Data and open‐access policies. • Researchers in the Semantic Web community who want to gain basic, down‐to‐earth knowledge about proven‐and‐tested technologies for using Linked Data. • Researchers in other disciplines interested to use Linked Data technologies to optimize specific Data Management aspects related to the scientific data they operate on. 07.08.2013 6
  7. 7. EUCLID partners Core partners: Associate partners: 07.08.2013 7
  8. 8. Best practices for curriculum 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 food 07.08.2013 8
  9. 9. Industrial relevance • The EUCLID curriculum takes into account the needs of industry related to Open Data and Linked Data. • Future work aims to automatically mine and analyse relevant job adverts to gain desired competencies for the sector. 07.08.2013 9
  10. 10. Team curriculum design & external collaboration • The EUCLID team is composed of a number of roles to fully capture industrial, academic and pedagogical requirements: – Industry (Ontotext, FluidOps) who have extensive experience with professional training, industrial requirements and scalable tools – Academia (KIT, STI International) who have research expertise in Linked Data and pedagogical experts (The Open University). • External collaboration for gaining world-class curriculum expertise and for facilitating course delivery and dissemination. 07.08.2013 10
  11. 11. Explicit learning goals • All content (slides, webinars, eBooks) are developed based on a set of explicit learning goals. • Learners are guided through the learning goals by learning pathways – a sequence of learning resources to achieve a learning goal. 07.08.2013 11
  12. 12. Realistic solutions, real data & real tools • Rather than toy examples we utilize systems which are deployed and used for real. • We use a number of large datasets including for example, the MusicBrainz dataset which contains 100Ms of triples. • Our collection of tools are used for real including for example: Seevl, Sesame, Open Refine and GateCloud. 07.08.2013 12
  13. 13. Scalable solutions • Based upon industrial-strength repositories and automatic translations. • For example using the W3C standard R2RML for generating RDF from large data contained in standard databases. 07.08.2013 13
  14. 14. Eating our own dog food • We monitor communication and engagement with the Linked Data community through – W3C email lists – Social networking channels (LinkedIn & Twitter) – Content dissemination channels (Vimeo & SlideShare • We transform the monitoring results into RDF and make these available at a SPARQL endpoint. In this respect we use Linked Data to support Learning Analytics. 07.08.2013 14
  15. 15. Best practices for curriculum delivery • Open to format Our learning materials are available in a variety of formats including: HTML and as an eBook, as an Apple iBook and on Amazon Kindles. • Addressibility Every concept in our curriculum is URI-identified so that HTML and RDF(a) machine-readable content is available. • Integration The main textual content, relevant webinar clips, screen casts and interactive components are placed into one coherent space. 07.08.2013 15
  16. 16. Best practices for curriculum delivery • High quality We have a formalised process where all materials go through several iterations to ensure quality, e.g. for each module we run both a practice and a full webinars facilitating critique and commentary. • Self-testing and reflection In every module, we include inline quizzes formulated against learning goals enabling students to self-monitor their progress. 07.08.2013 16
  17. 17. The EUCLID curriculum A series of modules, each targeting a different crucial task related to Linked Data: 07.08.2013 17
  18. 18. The EUCLID curriculum • It has been designed to gradually build up trainee’s knowledge. • It enables trainees with previous knowledge on a specific area of interest to only briefly go over the introductory materials and directly dig into one of the more advanced modules. 07.08.2013 18
  19. 19. The EUCLID module production process 07.08.2013 19 Ini al Version of eBook Chapter (OU) Slides – First Version (KIT) Slides – Final Version (KIT + ONTO) Final eBook Chapter and online course (OU) Webinar – Final Recording (ONTO+OU) Webinar – First Recording (ONTO+OU) Collec on of Raw Chapter Materials (KIT) Pre-final Version of eBook Chapter (OU)
  20. 20. The EUCLID learning materials • Presentation slides • Webinars • Screencasts • Exercises & quizzes • eBook chapters • Online courses 07.08.2013 20
  21. 21. Presentation slides • These are the first training materials produced for each module. They provide an overview of the main concepts covered in each module. • They also contain an extensive set of examples, so that the concepts of the module are explained to practitioners more effectively. 07.08.2013 21
  22. 22. Webinars • The webinars are conducted based on the slides for each module. • They are broadcasted live; the audience can ask questions via Twitter. • A recording is made available through the EUCLID channel in Vimeo. 07.08.2013 22
  23. 23. Webinars geo-coverage 07.08.2013 23
  24. 24. Screencasts • They demonstrate the use of tools and platforms related to the EUCLID modules, e.g.: – Sig.ma – Data.gov.uk – BBC Music – Seevl – MusicBrainz – Sesame – OpenRefine 07.08.2013 24 Movie 1.6 Screencast of the Seevl site Movie 1.8 Screencast of the BBC Music site
  25. 25. Exercises 07.08.2013 25
  26. 26. Quizzes 07.08.2013 26
  27. 27. eBook chapters • The EUCLID eBook encompasses the content for each module in a structured and interactive way. • It serves as the basis for self-learning, as well as for revisiting certain topics after a training is completed, e.g. as part of a EUCLID training event. • The eBook chapters are made available for a variety of platforms and formats: – Web browsers (HTML format) – Apple iPad (iBook format) – eReaders (ePUB format) – Amazon Kindle devices (AZW3 format) 07.08.2013 27
  28. 28. eBook chapter as HTML 07.08.2013 28
  29. 29. eBook chapter as iBook 07.08.2013 29
  30. 30. eBook chapter as ePUB 07.08.2013 30
  31. 31. Online courses • The EUCLID online courses provide an integrated overview, structured as a learning pathway, of all the learning materials produced in the project. • Learners can study them at their own pace, as there is no predetermined start or end date. • They are available for: – Web browsers (HTML) – iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (iTunes U) 07.08.2013 31
  32. 32. Online course as HTML 07.08.2013 32
  33. 33. Online course in iTunes U 07.08.2013 33
  34. 34. Online course in SocialLearn 07.08.2013 34
  35. 35. Download our learning materials: 35 http://www.euclid-project.eu Upcoming webinars: • May 15th: R2RML • June 10th: Interaction with Linked Data eBook chapters Online courses 07.08.2013 http://www.euclid-project.eu/events/webinars

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