SMWCon Spring 2011

SMWCon Spring 2011
The 3rf conference on Semantic MediaWiki (SMWCon) brings together developers, users, and organizations from the semantic wiki community around the world.
Conference details
Start: April 28, 2011
Finish: April 30, 2011
General Chair: Jesse Wang
Local Chair:
Program Chair:

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Raytheon BBN Technologies office in Arlington, Virginia, USA,
1300 North 17th Street, Arlington, VA 22209
Raytheon BBN Technologies office in Arlington, Virginia, USA
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Washington, D.C. in the spring

The Spring 2011 SMWCon was held on April 28-30, 2011 at the Raytheon BBN Technologies office in Arlington, Virginia, in the Washington, DC area.

It was the longest SMWCon yet, at three days, and included a "tutorial day" for the first time. The basic schedule was:

  • Tutorial Day: Thursday, April 28 (NEW)
  • Conference: Friday, April 29: presentations, case studies, applications
  • Conference: Saturday, April 30: more presentations, plus panel and group discussions

SMWCon has so far been a twice-yearly Semantic MediaWiki Conference. For more information, see SMWCon.

General info[edit]


SMWCon brings together developers, users, and organizations from the Semantic MediaWiki community around the world.

As with the previous SMWCons, SMWCon Spring 2011 will include presentations and discussions about current applications and the future development of Semantic MediaWiki and its extensions and applications. Participants are invited to present their own work and to discuss experiences and ideas. While the conference will have scheduled presentations, each will encourage free discussion and a rapid exchange of ideas.

View the event on LinkedIn here.

Follow along on IRC using #semantic-mediawiki.


BBN Meeting Location, ride elevators to 6th floor

The conference will take place at the Raytheon BBN Technologies office at:

1300 North 17th Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22209

You can see directions to get there by car or metro here. The location is a short metro ride from Washington Reagan National Airport. It is a 30 minute taxi ride from Washington Dulles Airport. Parking at the BBN Technologies building is $14 per day. You can gain access to the parking deck from 17th street, just past the building.

BBN is the black glass building.

For security reasons, attendees need register with our host BBN (same-day on-site registration is OK, only on weekdays).

Walking Directions from the Rosslyn Metro Station[edit]

From the Rosslyn Metro Station, exit the station onto N. Fort Meyer Dr. which is the small exit up a few steps directly behind you as you exit through the gates at street level (not the street where the bus stops are). Turn left and walk 1/2 block to Wilson Blvd. Turn Right onto Wilson and walk up the hill one block towards the Hyatt Hotel. Turn Left onto Nash St., and Nash will end at 1300 N. 17th St.


For international attendees who may need a visa, you can find more information about our invitation letter.

Suggestions and deals for flight arrangements:

Suggestions and deals for nearby hotels:

Be advised: Rt. 66 eastbound is HOV-2 from 6:30am-9:00am, so if you plan to commute into Arlington, either carpool or take alternate Rt. 50.


  • On January 15, 2011, organization committee generally agreed on conference dates, fees and content.
  • On October 26, 2010, Pre-conference survey is sent out; here is the real-time result.
  • On October 12, 2010, Raytheon BBN Technologies agreed to provide hosting services.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in sponsoring any part of the event, please contact Jesse Wang or anyone in our SMWCon organization committee.

Tutorial Day[edit]

On Thursday, April 28, we will have our first-ever Tutorial Day: a full day of instruction, meant to provide a solid basis of understanding for anyone who wants to use or administer Semantic MediaWiki. Everyone from complete newcomers to MediaWiki to people already using the software should be able to benefit.

Each section will be about 1.5 hours long, which may include a 10-minute break (optional, decided by tutorial speakers). There will be 30 minutes coffee break between sections in the morning and afternoon. Lunch break will be 1.5 hours.

Tutorial fee is $100/person ($50/student) including lunch and snack/drink.

Before the tutorial, there will be a short talk by our host BBN Technologies on logistics and security.

Tutorials start at 10 AM, Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Please arrive early to allow time for registration and breakfast; door opens at 9:30am.

MediaWiki and Core SMW[edit]

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Led by: Yaron Koren

Slides: Spring 2011 SMWCon MediaWiki + Semantic MediaWiki tutorial.pdf

This tutorial will cover the following topics:

  • MediaWiki - a brief history, basic usage, wiki syntax, templates, categories
  • MediaWiki extensions - finding and installing extensions, some popular non-semantic extensions
  • The Semantic Web - semantic triples, a very brief guide to RDF and SPARQL
  • Semantic MediaWiki - a brief history, storing data, properties, types, #ask queries, "concepts", result formats, exporting data

The tutorial will include a hands-on element, with laptops.

Enhanced SMW[edit]

Time: 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Led by: Yaron Koren

Slides: No real slides for this one; it was very hands-on.

This tutorial will cover some of the popular extensions that are used to enhance the SMW experience, including Semantic Forms, Semantic Forms Inputs, Semantic Maps, Semantic Internal Objects, Semantic Drilldown, and elements of Semantic Result Formats not covered in the previous tutorial. This tutorial will be hands-on, with participants creating templates, forms, categories and the like (with guidance) on a central wiki, via their laptops.

Application building with SMW and the Halo Extension[edit]

Time: 2:15 - 3:45 PM

Led by: Daniel Hansch

Slides: Download the slides from the SMWforum.

This tutorial will demonstrate how to easily build applications with SMW by assembling a light-weight project-management tool, that contains:

  1. Projects
  2. Milestones
  3. Work packages
  4. Resources
  5. Time sheets

The project-management tool will enable users to:

  1. Create projects and work packages and milestones
  2. Display the sequence of work packages per project (as a timeline)
  3. Export the project to MS project
  4. Enter work reports
  5. Evaluate work reports

The tutorial will cover these products:

  1. SMW
  2. Halo extension (usability improvements to SMW)
  3. Deployment framework (to install extensions to SMW)
  4. Microsoft Project Connector (to import project data into MS Project)
  5. TripleStore basic (to evaluate business rules)

The objective of the tutorial is to enable the audience to adapt the project management application to their needs and to to deploy it in their team wiki. No special knowledge about project management or programming is required.

Applied SMW[edit]

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Led by: Jesse Wang, co-presenting with Ning Hu and Wil Smith


We will show you the following:

  • Different approaches to jump-start your SMW
    • Installation bundles
    • Setup/deployment options
  • Customize your SMW
    • Basic configuration options, security
    • Skins and customizing a skin
    • Customizable side pane, especially query and user based content
    • Improve the performance of your installation: caching, squid, load balance, etc.
  • Develop social semantic web apps with SMW
    • Choose extensions - general guidelines on how to choose a variety of extensions
    • Data integration (I/O)
      • Wiki Object Model - an infrastructure to allow people read/write almost any part of the wiki content anywhere
  • Examples of how to use these toolset to achieve your goals.
    • A quick example of how to build a site

Group Dinner[edit]

We will enjoy a relaxed group dinner on Thursday, April 28, 2011 following the Tutorial. All conference and tutorial attendees are welcome.

  • Location: Piloa; 3 blocks from BBN.
  • Time: 6pm
  • Cost: conference and tutorial combined attendees - no additional cost. conference only attendees - $30/person

We have arranged for a prix fixe menu. You can take a look at it and get an idea of your order.

Conference Days[edit]

The SMWCon 2011 Spring will be on Friday and Saturday 4/29-4/30.

The fee for the conference is $60/person ($30/student), including lunch and snacks/drinks for both days.

If you attend both the conference and the tutorial, the combined fee is $140/person ($70/student).

Combined conference fees also include a group dinner on Thursday evening (April 28, 2011). For people who only pay for the conference, the dinner is about $30/person extra.

Below is the current schedule for the conference:


9:30 - Doors open

9:30 - 10:00 AM - Continental breakfast

10:00 - 10:15 AM - Jesse Wang: Welcome remarks

10:15 - 11:00 AM - Keynote: Mike Dean: How SMW is used at BBN

11:00 - 11:30 AM - John Callahan: Aqueduct: Collaborative Projection, Annotation, and Analysis of Linked Data using a Semantic Wiki Google code site

11:30 - 12:00 AM - Coffee break

12:00 - 12:45 PM - Michael Erdmann & Daniel Hansch: Semantic Data Integration with SMW+

12:45 - 1:15 PM - Wil Smith: Search Engine Optimization for SMW

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Lunch

2:15 - 3:00 PM - Keith Fligg: Top Ten Reasons we use SMW at PNNL

3:00 - 3:45 PM - Jesse Wang & Ning Hu: Wiki Widget Editor - First Preview

3:45 - 4:15 PM - Coffee break

4:15 - 4:45 PM - Daniel Hansch: New features in SMW+ Community Edition (contains Halo core extension)

4:45 - 5:15 PM - Yaron Koren: SMW and the Workflow Puzzle


The building lobby should be open. Call Mike Dean at 734-997-7439 if you have trouble.

9:30 AM - Doors open

9:30 - 10:00 AM - Continental breakfast

10:00 - 10:45 AM - Keynote: Mark Greaves: SMW and Linked Open Data

10:45 - 11:30 AM - Joel Natividad: NYCDataWeb

11:30 - 12:00 AM - Coffee break

12:00 - 12:45 PM - Clarence Dillon & Desiree Gennaro: All Our Semantic MediaWikis and How We Manage Them

12:45 - 1:15 PM - Daniel Hansch: A common repository for sharing wiki applications Participate in the survey about a common Wiki application repository

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Lunch

2:15 - 2:45 PM - Kristen Hunt: Reaching Consensus About Data Structure in a Wiki World

2:45 - 3:15 PM - Yaron Koren: Future Trends for Semantic Wikis

3:15 - 3:45 PM - Group Discussion: SMW in enterprise and government Led/moderated by Dr. Mark Greaves

3:45 - 4:15 PM - Coffee break

4:15 - 4:30 PM - Jesse Wang: How do we put wikis in Microsoft Office Apps

4:30 - 4:45 PM - Mason McLead: Use of SMW in Cyber Security

4:45 - 5:00 PM - Sherrod DeGrippo: OhInternet Demo

5:00 - 5:30 PM - Panel: Interactive SMW - Panelists: Yaron Koren, Daniel Hansch, Mike Cariaso, Wil Smith; Moderator: Jesse Wang

Things to do around the DC area[edit]

  • Washingtonian Restaurant Resource [1]
    • Gives a list of the 100 best restaurants in the Washington Area, and also the best Cheap Eats.
  • Washington Post Going Out Guide [2]
    • Gives a list of things happening around the DC area


  • Clarendon
    • Just two stops west on the Orange line, about 1.5 miles from the conference
    • Many good restaurants and bars
      • Liberty Tavern [3]
      • Restaurant 3 [4]
      • Circa [5]
      • Boulevard Woodgrill [6]
      • Mexicali Blues [7]
      • Faccia Luna [8]
  • Rosslyn
    • Cafe Asia [9]
    • Ray's Hell Burger
    • Ray's the Steaks
  • Dupont Circle
    • Take the orange or blue line to Metro Center, switch to the Red line to the Dupont Circle stop
    • Ideas for Restaurants and Bars [10]
  • China Town
    • Take the blue or orange line to metro center and walk a few blocks
    • Restaurant Ideas:
      • Matchbox [11]
      • Jaleo [12]
      • Ping Pong Dim Sum
  • Adam's Morgan/ U Street
  • Walking distance to Washington Monument
    • Old Ebbit Grill [16]


  • Smithsonian Museums [17]
  • Newseum [18]
  • Spy Museum [19]
  • Iwo Jima Memorial [20]
    • Located in Rossyln, just a few blocks away from the conference
  • Arlington National Cemetery [21]
    • viewable from Iwo Jima
    • Metro on blue line to Arlington Cemetery Metro stop
  • National Mall [22]
  • The National's Baseball team is in town this weekend
    • Saturday 4/30 Game at 4:05
    • Sunday 5/01 Game at 1:35
    • [23]
  • Farmer's Market in Dupont Circle on Sunday [24]
  • Eastern Market is a large farmers market open on the weekends [25]


Fee summary[edit]

  • Tutorial only (includes a dinner): $100/p (student fee: $50/p)
  • Conference only (includes NO dinner): $60/p (student fee: $30/p)
  • Combined tutorial and conference (includes a dinner): $140/p (student fee: $70/p)
  • Dinner for conference-only attendees: $30/p
  • For tutorial, keynote speakers and sponsors (includes a dinner): $0/p

The shop takes payments in USD, using any of these methods:

  • Credit card
  • Direct debit
  • Prepayment
  • Paypal

Please go to the ticket shop to register and purchase the ticket(s) you need: SMWCon 2011 Ticket Sales

Please bring a hardcopy of your ticket to the event!


  • Tutorial speakers must register, too. Please buy the ticket "Ticket for tutorial speaker (includes a dinner)". We advise to buy the ticket as soon as you are sure that your tutorial is accepted.
  • If you are a student, please bring a proof of your status to the event.
  • Dinner is budgeted at $30-40/p, and is included for people attending the tutorials. Unfortunately, we cannot reduce the fee for people who don't wish to attend the dinner. For conference-only attendees, the dinner costs $30 extra per person.


Please put your name below if you will be attending SMWCon.

  1. Jesse Wang
  2. Keith Fligg
  3. Andrew Cowell
  4. Eric Bell
  5. Clarence Dillon
  6. Suzy Tonini
  7. Yaron Koren
  8. Desirée Gennaro
  9. Bernadette Clemente
  10. Kelly Hatfield
  11. Keven Ring
  12. David Multer
  13. Daniel Hansch (ontoprise)
  14. Michael Erdmann
  15. Mary Beebe
  16. John Hebeler
  17. Wil Smith
  18. Mark Greaves
  19. Joel Natividad
  20. John Callahan
  21. Mike Dean
  22. Mason McLead
  23. Ning Hu
  24. Dorene Ryder
  25. Suzanne Collier
  26. Kristen Hunt
  27. Kazuhiro Kawaguchi
  28. Mike Cariaso
  29. Sherrod DeGrippo
  30. Yuna Wong
  31. Edward Swing
  32. Katie Filbert (User:Aude)


SMWCon Spring 2011 Picasa Web Album


Video of presentations from the Spring 2011 SMWCon will become available as they are processed and uploaded. The videos which have been completed so far are listed below: