The Semantic Academy – Intensive School

The Semantic Academy 2023

In recent years, one of the major challenges in Environmental and Earth Sciences has been managing and searching larger volumes of data, collected across multiple disciplines. Many different standards, approaches, and tools have been developed to support the Data Lifecycle from Data Acquisition to Data Curation, Data Publishing, Data Processing and Data Use. In particular, modern semantic technologies provide a promising way to properly describe and interrelate different data sources in ways that reduce barriers to data discovery, integration, and exchange among biodiversity and ecosystem resources and researchers.

When and where

25 – 29 September 2023, Lecce, Italy

Target audience

The School is mainly aimed at IT architects, Research Infrastructure (RI) service developers and user support staff, and RI staff.

Learning objectives

  • Compare the most important approaches to
    Semantic Web and Ontology Engineering, presenting their main characteristics
  • Discuss the main steps of the design and
    development of ontologies and semantic artifacts repositories
  • Examine the most critical elements and
    tools for designing thesauri
  • Demonstrate how to annotate and query your
    data in a Virtual Research Environment
  • Create your Virtual Research Environment,
    using tools such as NaaVRE

Programme Overview

  • Day 1 – Welcome
  • Day 2 – Semantic Web and Ontology Engineering (Theory and Practice)
  • Day 3 – Design Thesauri and Annotate your data (Theory and Practice)
  • Day 4 – AI and Ontologies
  • Day 5 – Closing


  • Nicola Fiore, LifeWatch ERIC
  • Armando Stellato, Tor Vergata University of Rome
  • Manuel Fiorelli, Tor Vergata University of Rome
  • Zhiming Zhao, University of Amsterdam
  • Yifang Shi, University of Amsterdam
  • Gabriel Pelouze, LifeWatch ERIC
  • Clement Jonquet, INRAE (MISTEA), University of Montpellier (LIRMM)
  • Joaquín López Lérida, LifeWatch ERIC
  • Mark Musen, Stanford University (TBC)


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