During this weeks Linked Learning 2013 – the 3rd International Workshop on Learning & Education with the Web of Data (#LILE2013), LinkedUp team members gathered researchers and practitioners from the field of Linked Data and Education. LILE2013 followed up on the successes of the previous LILE editions which paved the way for a series of related activities, such as LinkedEducation.org, LinkedUniversities.org and last but not least also contributed to the origination of LinkedUp itself. This years edition of the Linked Learning workshop series was co-located with the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2013) in wonderful Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Having previously targeted European events only (ESWC2011, WWW2012), this years addition was the first one hosted at a non-European venue, what proved to be a worth-while experience, gathering researchers from all across the world to present their innovative work on using Linked Data in educational scenarios.
The workshop was kickstarted by a very inspiring keynote from Sweitze Roffel, Senior Publisher at Elsevier, who was providing insights into the use of open data in a world-leading publishing house. During two lively and interactive paper sessions, LILE2013 authors presented innovative work on adopting Linked Data or Linked Data principles to integrate and share educational resources, generate quizzes and assessment items or to enrich learning resources with media fragments. After having seen the engaging presentations during both paper sessions, the organisers, represented by Stefan Dietze, Bernardo Pereira Nunes and our LILE2013 Best Paper Award chair Sweitze Roffel had to come to a decision about the LILE2013 Best Paper Award which was kindly sponsored by LinkedUp. While it was no easy choice – given the high quality of all presentations – the chairs unanimously agreed on awarding it to the work from Danica Damljanovic, David Miller and Daniel O’Sullivan on “Learning from Quizzes Using Intelligent Learning Companions”. The engaging presentation from Danica highlighted the novel use of linked data, ontologies and reasoning for generating and learning from quizzes. Our congratulations again to the lucky winners.
All presented LILE2013 papers are published with ACM as part of the WWW2013 Companion Proceedings and available online. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all contributors, including all authors, participants and PC members for their invaluable contributions and look forward to a similarly engaging and inspiring LILE2014.