On October 31st Bart van Leeuwen will give a guest lecture about firefighting with the Semantic Web at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. Bart is invited by David Wild who will run a new elective course this autumn entitled ‘Informatics in Disasters and Emergency Response.’
On November 6th 2013 Bart van Leeuwen will present at IBM Information On Demand 2013, IBM’s largest EXPO to experience products, services and solutions in action.
The IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store development team requested if we could tell something about our use case for the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store. The session will be about the why and how netage.nl is building a platform with several fire departments to collect and classify information for firefighters. The platform combines enterprise robustness with cutting-edge technology to help firefighters stay information aware.
The Session will be about:
- Why Fire Fighters need to be information aware
- The choice for linked data technology
- Where the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store fits in
- Some general considerations for using the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store
More information about the session can be found here
Recently, we discovered a bug in Geronimo application server, which is also visible in all dependent products such as IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. Our work is documented in GERONIMO-6138. IBM announced an updated release of their application server for the end of June 2013.
We discovered the problem while migrating our triple store from Jena TDB to IBM DB2. The IBM DB2 triple store is fully compatible with the Jena API and uses ordinary database connections to talk to DB2. However, it requires support of JDBC 4.
The initial release of Geronimo 3 stated full Java EE 6 support, which includes support of JDBC 4. The JDBC support is provided by the third party library tranql. However, the included version was only compatible with JDBC 3. Our fix updated the dependency on tranql to the right version and adapted Geronimo to API changes in the new tranql version.
Contributing this fix reflects our dedication to contribute to community projects
Ze zullen hier een presentatie geven over hun gebruik van semantische technologieën bij de brandweer. netage.nl heeft hiermee de afgelopen 2,5 jaar veel aandacht gekregen in zowel de semantische als de brandweer wereld. Zij vertellen in de presentatie hun verhaal, van het prille begin tot het huidige gebruik en de ideeën voor de toekomst.
On February 8th 2013 we deployed the first RESC.Info monitor installation in Switzerland. The Murten fire department in the Canton of Fribourg will be using our system within the BREF MissionFusion project for the coming 3 years to gain experience with our new approach of information management for emergency responders. The Murten fire department is really enthusiastic since they are a regional support point they have to go to incidents up 35km away. Local knowledge is practically non existing at those locations so the RESC.Info monitor gives them a good first hint on where to go.
This installation was made possible through the support of the BREF MissionFusion project. Together with the Bern University of Applied Sciences and netlabs.org. netage.nl acts as the specialists in the emergency response field where our practical experience has shown its great value. The BFH will provide the infrastructure and contacts to the various government agencies. netlabs.org will provide the various government agencies with tools to generate and publish linked open data.
While installing the first screens at the Murten fire station it was great to see the various fire fighter coming in and being enthusiastic at the first glimpse of the screen. Together with Adrian Gschwend of netlabs.org we had lively discussion about where we could get more data for the system.
We were able to guide the discussions based on our long running practical experience with both emergency response and information management.
The conclusion for all parties was clear, this is going to be a interesting and long running partnership to make the work of fire fighters in Murten safer.
Today the first phase of the RESC.Info proof of concept at Safety Region Twente was evaluated. Since September 1st 2012 Safety Region Twente and netage.nl conducted a test to investigate the usability of the system in Twente
The intention of the proof of concept was to get answers to the following questions:
- Will the connection to the GMS dispatch system work as expected
- Does the system provide the same added value in Enschede as it does at the stations of Amsterdam
- How does the system fit in the existing infrastructure of Twente
- Can the alternate dispatch method of Twente be implemented in the system.
The evaluation did not just include the operation of the current implementation, but also included an outlook at the next steps.
The following points were evaluated:
- The connection to GMS works fine. The chosen method generates the correct data to feed the RESC.Info system
- The team at station Enschede is enthusiastic about the added value the monitor brings.
- The deployment methods used in Twente can be integrated in the system
- The IBM WebSphere and DB2 environments were easy to deploy in the existing IT infrastructure