Elsevier announces semantic web competition winners

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Elsevier has announced the winners of the 2009 Semantic Web Challenge. The challenge, which was organised by Peter Mika of Yahoo! Research and Chris Bizer of Freie Universität Berlin, consists of two categories: Open Track and Billion Triples Track. Applications in the first track should utilise the semantics (meaning) of data and be designed to operate in an open web environment. The Billion Triples Track focuses on dealing with very large data sets of low quality.

The Billion Triples Track was won by “Scalable Reduction” by Gregory Todd Williams, Jesse Weaver, Medha Atre, and James A. Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, which showed how massive parallelisation can be applied to clean and filter large amounts of RDF data quickly.

The winners of the 2009 Open Track were Chintan Patel, Sharib Khan, and Karthik Gomadam from Applied Informatics. Their entry, TrialX, enables finding new treatments by intelligently matching patients to clinical trials using advanced medical onthologies to combine several electronic health records with user-generated information.