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Elena Simperl

Associate Professor in the Web Science and Internet Group at the University of Southampton

Dr. Elena Simperl is Associate Professor in the Web Science and Internet Group at the University of Southampton. Her research interests include social computing, knowledge driven technologies, and open data. She has contributed and led over 15 national and European research projects and authored more than 75 scientific publications, and chaired the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) in 2011 and 2012 and the European Data Forum (EDF) in 2013. Elena leads the Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE), which helps businesses using open data She is vice-president of STI International, director of the ESWC summer school, the Asian Semantic Web School, and the IEEE Summer School on Semantic Computing, and technical director of the European Data Science Academy. She is the founder of semsphere GmbH, a professional training company in the area of semantic technologies, and co-editor-in-chief of the newly launched Journal of Human Computation.

Talk Title: 
Building an open data incubator: the story so far
Talk Abstract: 

ODINE has set up a virtual incubation and acceleration programme for European SMEs interested in the open data economy. With 18 companies currently in the programme and around 30 more to be accepted in 2016, it builds a strong core of open data innovators in a growing ecosystem of data publishers, users, technology providers, and policy makers. In this talk we will review ODINE’s aims and service offering, and discuss its achievements and lessons learnt.