DOMINO event at IFV

FE4-tfDAThe Dutch First Responder platform IFV organizes in a joint research and development event about crisis information management during incidents with cascading effects. The event  –  that is named ‘DOMINO’ – will take place May 20, 21st and 22nd   2015.

During this event Bart van Leeuwen will give a short presentation about the developments of the Firebrary.

Strata + Hadoop World

strata-hadoop-world-logo150De knapste koppen in de data wereld verzamelen zich in Barcelona van 19 tot 21 november voor Strata + Hadoop World om te leren, te verbinden en zich te buigen over complexe vraagstukken en spannende mogelijkheden in de business van big data, data science, en pervasive computing. Strata + Hadoop World is waar de meest invloedrijke zakelijke beslissers, strategen, architecten, ontwikkelaars en analisten op het gebied van Big Data zich verzamelen om de toekomst van hun bedrijven en technologieën vorm te geven.

Bart van Leeuwen zal namens Netage op deze prestigieuze conferentie de presentatie “Making the Work of Fire Fighters Safer with Information Awareness” geven.

Presentation and workshop at ISWC2014

ISWC2014From the 19th till the 23rd of October the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2014, took place in Riva del Garda, Italy. The first two days of the conference were filled with workshops. during the ‘Developers workshop’ Bart van Leeuwen presented his work. This presentation was based on the blog post “Using interface encapsulation to listen to linked data predicates”.

The remaining days of the conference papers on academic research were presented. The Wednesday contained a track which was more oriented on the business site. In this track Bart was given the challenge to give a Pecha Kucha style presentation ( 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide ) about the progress in the iNowIT project, the national innovation platform for ICT in safety regions. Netage plays a important role in this project developing the Firebrary and connecting it to nation wide GIS installation

IBM Business Partner Community Meeting

IBM is al sinds de oprichting IBM Business Partner. Dinsdag 26 november heeft Bart van Leeuwen een testimonial gehouden op de laatste IBM Business Partner Community Meeting van dit jaar. Bart hoe heeft hier verteld over hoe gebruik maakt van de IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store in combinatie met IBM WebSphere Application Server Community editions. En hoe dit inmiddels toegepast wordt bij diverse brandweer korpsen over de wereld. De focus lag met name op de Community Editions van de IBM producten die in staat stellen om snel een Proof of Concept traject af te leveren bij onze klanten.

De testimonial werd enthousiast ontvangen door de andere Business Partners en medewerkers van de Business Partner organisatie van IBM.

Bloomington Township Fire Department enthusiastic about RECS.Info

trident-tab.gifOn October 31st Bart van Leeuwen visited Indiana University (IU) to do a lecture at the Infoder class from David Wild. First they did a quick field trip to Bloomington township station 5. Bart had a tour and talked to the captain, chief and firefighters to discover they have the exact same issues as Bart had at the Fire Department of Amsterdam-Amstelland, not a real surprise!

btfdCrossStarThe run-sheets , a piece of paper with all the details of an incident on it, contain the same set of data as available in GMS. This data is also available in a web based application, where all the information according to an incident was nicely categorized. It clearly showed the access to structured data in their CAD system (Computer Aided Dispatch). Due to the modular approach of RESC.Info and the availability of the needed data in a structured form our current implementation to control the screens would work within a day! is running on mainstream software like the IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store it’s really easy to implement. The most important thing is to get the data in a structured form from the CAD. Once that is done, the rest is almost a formality.

Indiana University is always looking for ways to support the local community, in line with the classes being run there, getting an infrastructure up for the County Fire Department would make a excellent synergy. is looking forward to a nice collaboration with Indiana University and Bloomington Township Fire Department to make the life of fire fighters safer and provide an even better service to the local community.

Base registration employees Haaglanden en Gelderland-Zuid

logo-inowitAn innovation grant from iNowIT enables in cooperation with AG5 to support the safety regions Haaglanden and Gelderland-Zuid in The Netherlands with the processing of employee data, based on the principle ‘one-time registration, multiple use.’

Within a safety region employee data is stored in many different systems. For example there are personnel and salary systems and the central telephone index, but also systems supporting personnel, skills, various facility processes, automation and many others. Today, all these sub-departments keep the personnel data and mutations in their own systems. The chance of errors and divergence is considerable. It is desired to orchestrate data, systems and processes in such a way that only the authoritative source data will be changed, and (authorized) consumer applications can use it.

The solution will be based on Linked Data technologies, which is an area of expertise of In 2013, a proof of concept will be implemented to show benefits of implementing the core registration through Linked Data. The basis for this will be part of the foundation which is being developed by within the iNowIT project. deploys IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store at Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Department

IBM-IM_18pix After a test and acceptance period, is proud to announce the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store now plays a crucial role in its RESC.Info deployment at the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Department. 20 Firestations and 500+ Firefighters use the RESC.Info.Monitor product in their daily operations. The data used by the RESC.Info.Monitor product now comes directly from the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store.

Solid Foundation


Together with the IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2 now plays a central role in providing the best possible foundation for the ground breaking work done by The choice for IBM software is completely in line with the philosophy to use whats proven and innovate where necessary. The path to implementing of Semantic Web technology on top of these products has proven not to be an easy one. Great support from IBM representatives however helped a lot to make everything work.


Community Editions prepare for Future Growth


The choice for the Community editions is motivated by starting small but allowing the possibility to answer future scalability demands. The flexible support options allows to start with low cost proof of concepts while ensuring that future high level support demands can be provided at the same time.


Lessons Learned


During this years IBM Information on Demand in Las Vegas, USA, Bart van Leeuwen will talk about the lessons learned and will give an inside view of all the specifics of running IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store in a JEE environment.


Second MakoLab Semantic Day

logo makolabOp 3 Oktober 2013 zal Bart van Leeuwen spreken tijden de Second MakoLab Semantic Day in Parijs. De MakoLab Semantic Day is mede georganiseerd door MakoLab SA (Łódź, Polen), Mondeca (Parijs, Frankrijk), Department of Information Systems (Poznań University of Economics, Polen) en het Polish Academy of Sciences – Scientific Center in Parijs.

De rode draad van de Second MakoLab Semantic Day is de wisselwerking tussen ideeën en de theorie van het Semantic Web en haar praktische toepassingen. De twee fundamentele doelstellingen zijn: te blijven opleiden over deze nieuwe kijk op het web en deskundigen uit verschillende vakgebieden te verzamelen en hun zeer pragmatische toepassingen demonstreren. Ook Bart zal tijdens zijn presentatie deze dag iets vertellen over zijn praktische toepassingen van het Semantic Web bij de brandweer.

IBM Information On Demand 2013, Las Vegas

Information On Demand logoOn 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 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