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November 12, 2020

Computer science professor recognized for collaborative efforts in scientific writing

Submitted by Wynne Reichart

Pascal Hitzler, professor and Lloyd T. Smith creativity in engineering chair in the computer science department at Kansas State University, and his co-authors have been recognized with the Semantic Web Science Association Ten-Year Award for published work.

Originally presented at the International Semantic Web Conference in 2010, the team's paper, "Ontology Alignment for Linked Open Data," was awarded for having the highest impact from conference proceedings 10 years prior. The recognition is contingent upon the number of citations from the paper over that time span, according to Google Scholar, as well as other impact factors.

The team's research introduced a new method to the field, by leveraging crowdsourced data — in this instance from Wikipedia — for data integration. Within the 10 years since publication, the paper has been cited 289 times.

The Semantic Web field of research concerns, at its core, efficient methods and software for data sharing, discovery, integration and reuse, with the goal of lowering the cost of data management. For his research, Hitzler is collaborating with partners in industry and academia on diverse topics such as ocean sciences, food supply chains and cultural history.

The Semantic Web Science Association is a nonprofit organization for the promotion and exchange of scholarly work in Semantic Web-related fields throughout the world.