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Learn from the trailblazers!

SEMIC 2014 brings together both the experts driving the practice of semantic technologies and those who have first-hand experience of implementing these standards in cross-border e-Government applications.

It's your chance to learn more about semantic technologies, be inspired by real-life case studies and share your own experience.

What to expect on the day

SEMIC 2014 offers a unique opportunity to explore how Public Administrations can use semantic technologies to make information exchange efficient and effective, allowing them to operate at lower costs and provide better services. The conference will be held in Athens on the 9th of April 2014, under the auspices of the   Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance.

The conference addresses topics such as:

  • Metadata management and governance;
  • E-Document engineering methods;
  • Linked open government data;
  • Open Standards for eGovernment;
  • Core Vocabularies;
  • Data interoperability.

‚ÄčThis one-day conference is organised by the ISA Programme of the European Commission.  Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required and places are limited.

Meet our Keynote Speaker

Kshemendra PaulKshemendra Paul - Information Sharing Environment, United States

President Obama appointed Kshemendra Paul as the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), and Mr. Paul assumed the position on July 6, 2010. The Program Manager has government-wide authority to plan, oversee the build-out, and manage use of the ISE. The Program Manager also co-chairs the White House’s Information Sharing and Access Inter-agency Policy Committee (ISA-IPC).
Mr. Paul is a recognized leader across the public sector championing best practices for information sharing and access. He brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing government- wide information technology systems, standards, and architectures, as well as working with State and local officials on information sharing standards and architecture.

Mr. Paul began his work in the Federal government at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2005 where he served as Chief Architect. While at DOJ, he led delivery and initial adoption of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) across the national public safety, law enforcement, and homeland security sectors - an effort that has been highlighted as a critical component of the ISE’s success. In this role he led efforts around data standards and inter-operability across Federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector stakeholders.


Conference Programme

8:30 -
Registration & Coffee
9:15 -
Opening- Greek Presidency
Paraskevi (Evy) Christofilopoulou, Deputy Minister- Hellenic Ministry of Administrative Reform and e- Governance
9:30 -
Welcome to SEMIC 2014
Gertrud Ingestad, Director- DG Informatics B-Information Systems and Interoperability Solutions
9:40 - 
ISA fostering semantic interoperability between public administrations in Europe
Vassilios Peristeras, Programme Manager- Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations - ISA Programme - European Commission
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9:50 -       
Keynote talk
Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager- Information Sharing Environment, United States
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10:35 -
Coffee break

Session I: Metadata Governance and Management

11:00 -
Metadata Management for Communicating Value of Public Services
Mihkel Tikk, Head of Department- Estonian Information System’s Authority
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11:20 -
Metadata Governance in the German public sector: the XÖV Framework
Lutz Rabe, Project Manager- IT-Standards Coordination Office (KoSIT)
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11:40 -
Management of Metadata and XML Schemas for e-Justice Interoperability
Pim Keizer, Data Analyst- Ministry of Justice the Netherlands
Pim van der Eijk,  Owner- Sonnenglanz Consulting
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12:00 - 
Survey on metadata management and governance in Europe
Makx Dekkers, SEMIC team- AMI Consult
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12:20 -
Networking Lunch

Session II: Semantic interoperability

13:50 -
The role of Publications Office in semantic web and standardisation activities
Willem Van Gemert, Information Systems Architect
Marc Wilhelm Kuster, Head of Section 
Publications Office of the European Union
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14:10 -
European Legislation Identifier “ELI” – towards a legal semantic interoperability
John Dann, Chair of the ELI Task Force -Luxembourg
[  download slides]
14:30 -
Linking Legal Data
John Sheridan,  Head of Legislation Services- UK National Archives
[  download slides]
14:50 - 
Boosting online job search with semantic interoperability throughout Europe
Martin Le Vrang, Team Leader-DG Employment,Social Affairs&Inclusion,ESCO
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15:10 -
Semantic building block convergence to support
e-Government in Europe
Muriel Foulonneau, Research Engineer- Henri Tudor Research Centere-SENS
[  download slides]
15:30 -
An industry perspective on deployed semantic interoperability solutions
Ralph Hodgson, CTO- TopQuadrant
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15:50 -
Coffee break
16:20 -
Panel: Semantic interoperability and access to base registers
Antonis Stasis, Head of Directorate- Hellenic Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance,STORK project
David Norheim, Head of Department- Computas
Katrien De Smet,Project Manager- CORVE
Nikolaj Skovmann Malkov,Enterprise Architect- KL
Moderator: Stijn Goedertier, Manager- PwC
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16:50 -
Making Open Data work for Europe
Daniele Rizzi, Policy Officer- DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Nikolaos Loutas, Manager- PwC
[  download slides]
17:10 -
Open vocabularies, a need for linked open data infrastructures
Johannes Keizer, Information Systems Officer- UN FAO
[ download slides]
17:30 -
Conference wrap-up   
Gertrud Ingestad, Director- DG Informatics B-Information Systems and Interoperability Solutions
17:45 -

Networking drink



What could you gain from SEMIC 2014?

  • Expand your knowledge. Learn from real-life experiences of applying semantic models and technologies in cross-border e-Government applications, especially in the fields of public data and service interoperability. Find out how the Commission is supporting such work through related initiatives, such as ADMS and the eGov Core Vocabularies.
  • Meet the experts. You will have a unique opportunity to meet some of the people that are driving the practice of semantic and linked data technologies in government settings in Europe and beyond. 
  • Become part of our community. Take part in interesting discussions, share your thoughts and voice your opinion. 
  • Enjoy and be inspired. Make the most of a pleasant day surrounded by interesting projects, ideas and people.

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Where to stay?

The website provides with an extended list of practical information regarding Athens, including amongst other Hotels, Restaurants, Events, various services, etc. 

Arriving earlier or staying on?

Would you like to stay on and enjoy Athens? Will you arrive earlier and have time for an evening in the city? Find out more about what Athens can offer to you on the breathtaking Athens website or download the Athens City Guide applications. To discover more about Greece and its wonderful heritage, visit the webpage. 





Greek National Centre for Public Administration 

The National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) is situated in Tavros area (177 78), on 211 Pireos Street.


To reach our premises you can take the following Means of Public Transport:

  • Metro: Line M3 and get off at Keramikos Station, walk up to Pireos Str. (18 minutes walking distance). Click this link for an itinery via Google maps.
  • Electrical Train: Get off at Tavros Station, then walk towards Pireos Str. (appr. 12 minutes walking distance)
  • Bus:   a) No 049: from Omonoia Square, get off at Tavros Station

b) No 914: from Omonoia Square, get off at Tavros Station

c) No 815: from Goudi, you pass from Vass. Sofia’s Ave, Panepistimiou Str., Omonoia Squ., get off at Tavros Station

Shuttle service

A shuttle service will be provided from and to the meeting center.

Registered participants will receive an email with detailed information regarding the organisation of this service. 

Expected participants

The SEMIC 2014 is open to everyone interested in topics such as:

  • Semantic interoperability
  • Semantic technologies
  • e-Government
  • Metadata management
  • Linked open data

The content of this conference will be most valuable to:

  • Public Servants and professionals involved in national interoperability efforts at policy creation or implementation level;
  • Representatives of large-scale pan-European projects;
  • Representatives of standardisation bodies;
  • Researchers;
  • System integrators, software vendors and consultants.


Geographic coverage
Organisation type
Start date
09 April 2014 - 9:00am (Europe/Luxembourg time)
End date
09 April 2014 - 5:30pm (Europe/Luxembourg time)
Athens, Greece
GMap location

ISA Programme of the European Commission

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