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The winners of the Linked Vici Competition, our third and final competition on open and linked data for educational purposes, have been announced at ISWC 2014, the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, in Riva del Garda, Italy.

vici All the Vici Shortlisted Candidates receive their awards

The Vici shortlist contains ten innovative, mature tools, which are all worth checking out. The evaluation panel selected the following four submissions as the winners.

The Third Place (€1000 each) is shared by:

  • The Visualization of Water Resources & Ecology, which provides rich means to search journals, tweets and Wikipedia annotations. The interactive visualizations address the Focused Track ‘Water Resources & Ecology’, proposed and supported by Elsevier, to see how linked data can be used for making the learning experience more appealing and enhanced. The reviewers spent quite some time clicking around and were “overall happy with the interface and with the data”.
  • AGRIS, a system to support Agricultural Science and Technology worldwide. It contains a bibliographic database, collecting metadata from every side of the world, in various languages. AGRIS can rely on over 150 data providers located in more than 100 different countries and attracts thousands of visitors on a monthly basis. AGRIS has participated in the previous Vidi competition; the reviewers observed that the system tremendously improved since then and now completely exposes its database as Linked Open Data.

Second Place (€2000):

  • Didactalia, which has been developed by the team of GNOSS, who has also participated in the previous Veni competition. Didactalia has a large user base in Spain and explicitly addresses educational stakeholders. The Didactalia system is a lighthouse example for the use of Semantic Web and Linked Data and helps you to browse, find and use learning material on many different topics, for different age groups and from various educational repositories. The reviewers found it an outstanding initiative and a great example for other countries next to Spain.

First Place (€3000):

  • FLAX, provides data for language learning in a new and innovative way by combining corpora, varying from TED talks to academic collections. It also support teachers in creating automated exercises and assessments with these corpora. FLAX has been designed for language teachers and language learners.Teachers or supporting staff can build their own language collections, serving their specific needs. The FLAX software can be freely downloaded and used both online and in the classroom.

flax Flax receive their award

The winner of the People’s Choice Award was selected by the participants of the ISWC 2014 conference. The Award was won by the Visualization of Water Resources & Ecology

people Water Viz receive the People’s Choice Award

The Vici presentation and award ceremony at ISWC 2014 marks the end of the LinkedUp Challenge, which received many great submissions for Veni, Vidi and Vici. Links to all prototypes and tools will remain available on our LinkedUp Challenge website.

All the photos from LinkedUp activities at ISWC are available on Flickr.

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