Seme4 and Ethos Smart announce collaboration to provide Linked Data platforms for Smart Cities

A “Smart City” uses technology to enhance its physical infrastructure, with the aim of improving services, increasing revenues and making efficiency savings.

Seme4 will provide the semantic web and linked data expertise while Ethos Smart will provide the systems integration & service provision.

Tim Organ, Chief Executive Officer of Seme4, said:
“We welcome the opportunity to work with Ethos Smart in developing solutions to meet the vision of Smart City initiatives in the UK.” Adrian Ulisse, Managing Director of Ethos Smart, said: “I am excited about partnering with Seme4, which will support our strategy of creating, aggregating and publishing new data sets using globally scalable city digital platforms that are purposed to make real differences to citizens’ lives.”

Wendy Hall and Nigel Shadbolt awarded RISE fellowships

The RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) campaign was set up by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering to mark the 20th anniversary of the EPSRC.

It was launched by the UK Science Minister David Willetts. He said: “It’s important to celebrate and champion our leading scientists and engineers who are vital to both society and our economy. Their research has a real impact across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services.”

The CEO of the EPSRC, Professor David Delpy, was chair of the appointing panel. He said: “One of the best aspects of my job at EPSRC has been the chance to meet and speak directly to some of the most exciting, innovative and enthusiastic scientists and engineers in the UK. This campaign gives us the chance to recognise these outstanding individuals, but also to let others get to know them and the great research that they are doing.”

Wendy Hall wins Everywoman lifetime achievement award

Professor Dame Wendy Hall was presented with a special lifetime achievement award for being one of the most influential woman in I.T. in the U.K. and for her championing of women in I.T.

In her acceptance speech she said: “Computing is too important to leave it to men. The lack of women is as much a man’s issue as it is a woman’s, because there is an unconscious bias everywhere. Men have to make a sacrifice: When you’re asked to speak on a panel and you see it is an all-male panel, question where the women are and sacrifice your place for a female speaker instead.”

Everywoman is a global organisation that champions the advancement of women. It provides networking opportunities, training programmes and advice to women in both business and public sector organisations.

Nigel Shadbolt and Wendy Hall named in Science Council’s list of 100 leading UK practising scientists

The list was compiled by the U.K. Science Council, an umbrella organisation of scientific societies and professional bodies, including the British Computer Society, the Institute of Science and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt was recognised for his research on Open Data, Artificial Intelligence and Web Science and also for his previous role as President of the British Computer Society.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall was recognised for her research in Multimedia and the Semantic Web and also for her previous role as President of the British Computer Society and her membership of the U.K. Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

National photonics web portal launched

Seme4 has built a web portal which maps the activity of the photonics sector in the U.K.

Photonics technology (the transmission, detection, amplification, etc. of light) has a wide range of applications, including manufacturing processes, telecommunications, healthcare, defence, data storage and renewable energy.

The portal will provide data resources and contacts for collaboration from both the industrial and academic communities.

The site uses semantic web technologies and is hosted by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics at the University of Southampton.

Seme4 partners named in list of top 50 most influential people in U.K. I.T.

The list for Computer Weekly magazine was decided by both an expert judging panel and a reader vote.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt was placed at number 11 and is named in the list because of his role as chairman and co-founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI), his role as advisor to the U.K. government on public access to government information and his being a member of the Public Sector Transparency Board.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall was placed at number 25 and is named in the list for her academic reputation and for being a founding co-director of the Web Science Trust.

Wendy Hall appointed to Royal Society Council

Professor Dame Wendy Hall took up office on the Council along with 21 other Fellows on the 30th of November.

The Council is elected by the Royal Society Fellowship on an annual basis. It manages the Society’s business, makes Standing Orders which regulate the Society’s affairs and and acts as trustee of the Society under charity legislation. Council members serve on a voluntary basis.

Other members include Professor Anthony Cheetham, Sir John Beddington, Professor Geoffrey Boulton, Professor Roger Owen and Dame Nancy Rothwell.

Nigel Shadbolt and Wendy Hall to lead new Web Science Institute

The Web Science Institute (WSI) was launched on the 11th of November and will be based at the University of Southampton. It will be multidisciplinary, with academic staff from the humanities, social sciences, business and law acting as directors.

The WSI has a number of aims, including:

• focusing on interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships;

• demonstrating clear ambition, adaptability and innovation;

• leveraging the visionary leadership and outstanding staff and student expertise across the University;

• providing a platform for significant investment by government and external partners;

• showcasing unique and creative education programmes that set new standards internationally.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall said: “There is a ‘perfect storm’ brewing which combines open data, open education and open research, so this is a very exciting time to be launching the Web Science Institute.”

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt said: “The open data movement is one example of how the web is evolving, empowering individuals and communities to achieve phenomenal ends. The Web Science Institute will help us to understand this evolution.”

The launch of the institute was covered by the BBC.

Nigel Shadbolt gives evidence at parliamentary inquiry into statistics and open data

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt gave evidence to the parliamentary Public Administration Committee on the 22nd of October.

Stephen Shakespeare, Chief Executive of Yougov and a member of the Public Sector Transparency Board, was the second witness.

The witnesses were asked their opinions on the effectiveness of the government’s open data strategy and the extent to which more needs to be done to realise the potential of open data.

The video of the session can be found here and the transcript of the session can be found here.

Wendy Hall appointed to Connected Digital Economy Catapult board

In her new role as non-executive director of the board Professor Dame Wendy Hall will be advising on the ways in which technology can help to improve the economy and on how to encourage entrepreneurship.

A Catapult is a centre in which businesses, scientists and engineers work together on research and development. The Connected Digital Economy Catapult board is part of the Catapult Programme which was set up by the Technology Strategy Board, a government agency which provides support and funding to help businesses develop new products and services.