Ben De Meester

SERIF

The Semantic ExeRcise Interchange Format

SERIF is a semantic interchange format for educational assessments, as used in the EduTab project. The content used in the EduTab project consists of educational material, such as multiple choice questions & open questions.

SERIF's specification is defined here, with published ontology published here.

SERIF's underlying data model is based on the IMS QTI model from the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

Current publications about SERIF:

eAuthor logo

The authoring environment for advanced e-books

eAuthor is a proof-of-concept digital publishing authoring environment. eAuthor follows a strict division between 'content', 'structure', and 'layout'. Its uses HTML5 as base content format.

eAuthor's back-end considers every element of a publication — whether it being a piece of text, an image, a video, or an interactive widget — as a generic 'content block'. This homogeneous handling of heterogeneous content makes eAuthor fit for future advanced e-books.

Furthermore, in its next version, eAuthor supported custom defined data models, which resulted in an extra 'vocabulary' view.

Current publications about eAuthor:

The Function Ontology

An Ontology to Semantically Declare and Describe Functions

More info is available at the specification, or the published ontology.

Current publications about the Function Ontology:

  • An Ontology to Semantically Declare and Describe Functions [paper, poster]
  • Discovering and Using Functions via Content Negotiation [paper, poster]

Publications

@InProceedings{arndt_owled_2015,
  author =    {Arndt, D\"orthe and De Meester, Ben and Bonte, Pieter and Schaballie, Jeroen and Bhatti, Jabran and Dereuddre, Wim and Verborgh, Ruben and Ongenae, Femke and De Turck, Filip and Van de Walle, Rik and Mannens, Erik},
  title =     {Improving {OWL RL} reasoning in {N3} by using specialized rules},
  booktitle = {Ontology Engineering: 12th International Experiences and Directions Workshop on OWL},
  year =      {2016},
  editor =    {Tamma, Valentina and Dragoni, Mauro and Gon\c{c}alves, Rafael and {\L}awrynowicz, Agnieszka},
  volume =    {9557},
  series =    {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  pages =     {93--104},
  month =     apr,
  publisher = {Springer},
  doi =       {10.1007/978-3-319-33245-1_10},
  isbn =      {978-3-319-33245-1},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2017.01.06},
  url =       {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33245-1_10}
}

@InProceedings{arndt_ruleml_industry_2015,
  author =    {Arndt, D\"orthe and De Meester, Ben and Bonte, Pieter and Schaballie, Jeroen and Bhatti, Jabran and Dereuddre, Wim and Verborgh, Ruben and Ongenae, Femke and De Turck, Filip and Van de Walle, Rik and Mannens, Erik},
  title =     {Ontology Reasoning using Rules in an {eHealth} Context},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 9th International Web Rule Symposium: Industry Track},
  year =      {2015},
  volume =    {9202},
  series =    {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  pages =     {465--472},
  month =     aug,
  publisher = {Springer},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2015.08.03},
  url =       {http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-21542-6_31}
}

@InProceedings{bonte_ore_2015,
  author =    {Bonte, Pieter and Ongenae, Femke and Schaballie, Jeroen and De Meester, Ben and Arndt, D\"orthe and Dereuddre, Wim and Bhatti, Jabran and Verstichel, Stijn and Verborgh, Ruben and Van de Walle, Rik and Mannens, Erik and De Turck, Filip},
  title =     {Evaluation and Optimized Usage of {OWL} 2 Reasoners in an Event-based {eHealth} Context},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 4th OWL Reasoner Evaluation (ORE) Workshop},
  year =      {2015},
  volume =    {1387},
  pages =     {1--7},
  address =   {Athens, Greece},
  month =     jun,
  publisher = {CEUR},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2015.06.06},
  url =       {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1387/paper_6.pdf}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{DeMeester2015e,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and Arndt, D\"{o}rthe and Bonte, Pieter and Bhatti,
	Jabran and Dereuddre, Wim and Verborgh, Ruben and Ongenae, Femke
	and De Turck, Filip and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {Event-Driven Rule-Based Reasoning using {EYE}},
  booktitle = {Joint Proceedings of SSN-TC and OrdRing 2015},
  year = {2015},
  editor = {Calbimonte, Jean-Paul and Celino, Irele and Della Valle, Emanuele
	and DellÁglio, daniele and Kr\"{o}tzsch, Markus and Schlobach, Stefan},
  pages = {75--86},
  month = oct,
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  review = {ISSN: 1613-0073},
  timestamp = {2015.10.10},
  url = {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1488/paper-08.pdf}
}

@ARTICLE{DeMeester2015,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and De Neve, Wesley and Van de Walle,
	Rik},
  title = {Interlinking Books with the World: Using the {S}emantic {W}eb to
	Create Books as Reliable, Machine-Understandable Information Service
	Providers},
  journal = {Journal of Electronic Publishing},
  year = {2015},
  volume = {18},
  pages = {1--6},
  number = {1},
  month = feb,
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2015.02.04},
  url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0018.114}
}

@InProceedings{DeMeester2015d,
  author =    {De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and De Vocht, Laurens and Verborgh, Ruben and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {Exposing Digital Content as Linked Data, and Linking them using {StoryBlink}},
  booktitle = {NLPDBpedia at ISWC2015},
  year =      {2015},
  editor =    {Paulheim, Heiko and van Erp, Marieke and Filipowska, Agata and Mendes, Pablo N. and B\"{u}mmer, Martin},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2015.10.10},
  url =       {https://nlpdbpedia2015.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/nlpdbpedia_2015_submission_1.pdf}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{DeMeester2015c,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and De Vocht, Laurens and Verborgh,
	Ruben and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {StoryBlink -- a Semantic Web Approach for Linking Stories},
  booktitle = {P\&D at ISWC2015},
  year = {2015},
  editor = {Villata, Serena and Pan, Jeff Z. and Dragoni, Mauro},
  volume = {1496},
  pages = {1--4},
  month = oct,
  publisher = {CEUR},
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  review = {ISSN 1613-0073},
  timestamp = {2015.10.10},
  url = {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1486/paper_48.pdf}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{demeester2014adigitalfirst,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and
	Vander Sande, Miel and Van Campen, Jelle and Van Impe, Bram and De
	Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {{{A Digital-First Authoring Environment for Enriched e-Books using
	EPUB 3}}},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 18th Int'l. Conference on Electronic Publishing
	(ELPUB)},
  year = {2014},
  pages = {68--77},
  address = {Thessaloniki, Greece},
  month = {June},
  doi = {10.3233/978-1-61499-409-1-68},
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  review = {ISBN: 978-1-61499-408-4 (print) | 978-1-61499-409-1 (online)},
  timestamp = {2014.06.01},
  url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-409-1-68}
}

@ARTICLE{demeester2014adigitalfirst-ISU,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and
	Vander Sande, Miel and Van Campen, Jelle and Van Impe, Bram and De
	Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {{{A Digital-First Authoring Environment for Enriched e-Books using
	EPUB 3}}},
  journal = {Information Services and Use},
  year = {2014},
  volume = {34},
  pages = {259--268},
  number = {3-4},
  month = {December},
  doi = {10.3233/ISU-140748},
  keywords = {Authoring environment, EPUB 3, Open Web standards},
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2014.10.01},
  url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/ISU-140748}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{DeMeester2015a,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and Verborgh, Ruben and Mannens,
	Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {Reconnecting Digital Publications to the Web using their Spatial
	Information},
  booktitle = {Compagion Proceedings of World Wide Web 2015 Conference (WWW)},
  year = {2015},
  pages = {749--754},
  address = {Firenze, Italy},
  month = may,
  publisher = {ACM},
  comment = {ISBN 978-1-4503-3473-0},
  doi = {10.1145/2740908.2741714},
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2015.05.26},
  url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2740908.2741714}
}

@InProceedings{DeMeester2016b,
  author =    {De Meester, Ben and Dimou, Anastasia and Verborgh, Ruben and Mannens, Erik},
  title =     {Discovering and Using Functions via Content Negotiation},
  booktitle = {ISWC 2016 Posters \& Demonstrations Track},
  year =      {2016},
  editor =    {Kawamura, Takahiro and Paulheim, Heiko},
  volume =    {1690},
  series =    {CEUR Workshop Proceedings},
  month =     oct,
  file =      {:http\://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1690/paper110.pdf:URL},
  keywords =  {Content Negotiation, Function, Linked Data},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  review =    {ISSN 16130073},
  timestamp = {2016.10.16},
  url =       {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1690/paper110.pdf}
}

@InProceedings{DeMeester2016,
  author =    {De Meester, Ben and Dimou, Anastasia and Verborgh, Ruben and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {An Ontology to Semantically Declare and Describe Functions},
  booktitle = {The Semantic Web; ESWC 2016 Satellite Events},
  year =      {2016},
  editor =    {Sack, Harald and Rizzo, Giuseppe and Steinmetx, Nadine and Mladeni\'{c}, Dunja and Auer, S\"{o}ren and Lange, Christoph},
  volume =    {9989},
  series =    {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  pages =     {46--49},
  month =     oct,
  publisher = {Springer International Publishing},
  doi =       {10.1007/978-3-319-47602-5_10},
  file =      {:http\://2016.eswc-conferences.org/sites/default/files/papers/Accepted%20Posters%20and%20Demos/ESWC2016_POSTER_An_Ontology_to_Semantically_Declare_Describe_Functions.pdf:URL},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  review =    {ISBN: 978-3-319-47601-8},
  timestamp = {2016.06.02},
  url =       {http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-47602-5_10}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{demeester2014creatingdiscoverable,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and De Nies, Tom and
	Dimou, Anastasia and De Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de
	Walle, Rik},
  title = {Creating Discoverable Learning Content Using a User-Friendly Authoring
	Environment},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Linked Learning meets LinkedUp Workshop: Learning
	and Education with the Web of Data (LILE)},
  year = {2014},
  editor = {Dietze, Stefan and d'Aquin, Mathieu and Herder, Eelco and Gesevic,
	Dragan},
  pages = {1--6},
  address = {Riva del Garda, Italy},
  month = {October},
  keywords = {Authoring Environment, EPUB 3, Linked Learning},
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  review = {ISSN (ceur): 1613-0073},
  timestamp = {2014.10.30},
  url = {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1254/2_meester.pdf}
}

@InProceedings{DeMeester2015b,
  author =    {De Meester, Ben and Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and De Nies, Tom and Verborgh, Ruben and Salliau, Frank and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {{SERIF: A Semantic ExeRcise Interchange Format}},
  booktitle = {LINKED2015 at ISWC2015},
  year =      {2015},
  editor =    {Dietze, Stefan and Sack, Harald and Simperl, Elena and Vidal, Maria-Esther and Peroni, Silvio},
  month =     oct,
  abstract =  {More and more users obtain new knowledge using e-learning systems,
	and often assess their understanding of this new knowledge using
	corresponding assessment items. However, the distribution of content
	items and assessment items in a learning object is tightly bound.
	To publish assessment items, independently of the corresponding content
	items, it is required to wrap these assessment items into separate
	learning objects, which introduces a large overhead. Moreover, current
	learning objects are closely coupled with their execution environment.
	A stand-alone and lightweight format to describe assessment items
	is needed. This way their publication is facilitated and their discoverability
	can be increased. This paper proposes some important features for
	such a format and introduces SERIF: a Semantic ExeRcise Interchange
	Format, whose underlying data model is based on the QTI data model,
	and that can be distributed into different RDF serializations. SERIF
	was applied successfully in three proof-of-concept applications,
	where we assessed how SERIF is decoupled from the execution environment
	and extendable to other content and interaction types. In future
	work, we will exploit its defined semantics for automatic discovery
	and combination of assessment items.},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2015.10.10},
  url =       {https://linked2015.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/linked_2015_paper_2.pdf}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{4378019,
  author = {De Meester, Ben and Verborgh, Ruben and Pauwels, Pieter and De Neve,
	Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {Improving Multimedia Analysis through Semantic Integration of Services},
  booktitle = {4th FTRA International Conference on Advanced IT, engineering and
	Management, Abstracts},
  year = {2014},
  pages = {2},
  month = {February},
  publisher = {Future Technology Research Association (FTRA)},
  keyword = {multimedia analysis,web services,semantic reasoning},
  language = {eng},
  location = {Jeju, South Korea},
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2014.02.01}
}

@Article{demeester2015towardsrobust,
  author =    {De Meester, Ben and Verborgh, Ruben and Pauwels, Pieter and De Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {Towards Robust and Reliable Multimedia Analysis through Semantic Integration of Services},
  journal =   {Multimedia Tools and Applications},
  year =      {2015},
  volume =    {75},
  number =    {22},
  pages =     {14019--14038},
  month =     jan,
  doi =       {10.1007/s11042-014-2445-9},
  file =      {:http\://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11042-014-2445-9:URL},
  issn =      {1573-7721},
  keywords =  {multimedia analysis, reasoning cycle, semantic reasoning, Web services},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  review =    {Print ISSN 1380-7501  Online ISSN 1573-7721},
  timestamp = {2015.01.14},
  url =       {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11042-014-2445-9}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{4378014,
  author = {De Nies, Tom and Verborgh, Ruben and Vander Sande, Miel and De Meester,
	Ben and Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and Dimou, Anastasia and De Neve,
	Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title = {Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the {W}eb},
  booktitle = {W3C Workshop on Annotations, Abstracts},
  year = {2014},
  pages = {2},
  month = {April},
  keyword = {Annotations,digital books},
  language = {eng},
  location = {San Francisco, CA, USA},
  owner = {tdnies},
  timestamp = {2014.04.01},
  url = {http://www.w3.org/2014/04/annotation/submissions/2014.04-W3CAnnotations-Towards\_Decentralized\_Annotations\_in\_Digital\_Books\_and\_on\_the\_Web.pdf}
}

@Patent{patent_15202196-0-1955,
  number =    {15202196.0-1955},
  year =      {2016},
  author =    {Dereuddre, Wim and Bhatti, Jabran and Crombez, Pieter and Verborgh, Ruben and Arndt, D\"orthe and De Meester, Ben},
  title =     {Task management system and method for assigning tasks in a task management system},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  status =    {patent pending},
  timestamp = {2017.01.06}
}

@INPROCEEDINGS{ghaem_sigarchian_lisc_2014,
  author = {Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and
	Verborgh, Ruben and De Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de
	Walle, Rik},
  title = {EPUB3 for Integrated and Customizable Representation of a Scientific
	Publication and its Associated Resources},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Linked Science},
  year = {2014},
  pages = {1--11},
  address = {Riva del Garda, Italy},
  month = {October},
  owner = {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2014.10.30},
  url = {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1282/lisc2014_submission_3.pdf}
}

@InProceedings{ghaem_sigarchian_icel_2015,
  author =    {Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and Verborgh, Ruben and Salliau, Frank and De Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {Towards Making {EPUB} 3-Based e-TextBooks a First-Class Mobile Learning Environment},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning},
  year =      {2015},
  month =     jun,
  publisher = {ACPIL},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  review =    {ISBN: 1910810258 9781910810255},
  timestamp = {2015.06.25},
  url =       {https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280881124_Towards_Making_EPUB_3-based_e-TextBooks_a_First-Class_Mobile_Learning_Environment}
}

@InProceedings{GhaemSigarchian2015,
  author =    {Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and De Meester, Ben and De Nies, Tom and Verborgh, Ruben and Salliau, Frank and De Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {Hybrid Books for Interactive Digital Storytelling: Connecting Story Entities and Emotions to Smart Environments},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling},
  year =      {2015},
  volume =    {9445},
  series =    {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  pages =     {105--116},
  month =     nov,
  publisher = {Springer},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2015.11.30},
  url =       {http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-27036-4_10}
}

@InProceedings{verborgh2014querying,
  author =    {Verborgh, Ruben and Hartig, Olaf and De Meester, Ben and Haesendonck, Gerald and De Vocht, Laurens and Vander Sande, Miel and Cyganiak, Richard and Colpaert, Pieter and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {Querying datasets on the {W}eb with high availability},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 13th International Semantic Web Conference},
  year =      {2014},
  editor =    {Mika, Peter and Tudorache, Tania and Bernstein, Abraham and Welty, Chris and Knoblock, Craig and Vrandečić, Denny and Groth, Paul and Noy, Natasha and Janowicz, Krzysztof and Goble, Carole},
  volume =    {8796},
  series =    {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  pages =     {180--196},
  month =     oct,
  publisher = {Springer},
  doi =       {10.1007/978-3-319-11964-9_12},
  owner =     {rverborgh},
  review =    {ISBN: 978-3-319-11963-2},
  timestamp = {2014.10.30},
  url =       {http://linkeddatafragments.org/publications/iswc2014.pdf}
}

@InProceedings{Verborgh2014,
  author =    {Verborgh, Ruben and Hartig, Olaf and De Meester, Ben and Haesendonck, Gerald and De Vocht, Laurens and Vander Sande, Miel and Cyganiak, Richard and Colpaert, Pieter and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  title =     {Low-Cost Queryable Linked Data through Triple Pattern Fragments},
  booktitle = {International Semantic Web Conference 2014},
  year =      {2014},
  volume =    {1272},
  pages =     {13--16},
  address =   {Riva Del Garda, Italy},
  month =     oct,
  publisher = {CEUR},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2014.10.30},
  url =       {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1272/paper_10.pdf}
}

@Article{verborgh_jws_2016,
  author =    {Verborgh, Ruben and Vander Sande, Miel and Hartig, Olaf and Van Herwegen, Joachim and De Vocht, Laurens and De Meester, Ben and Haesendonck, Gerald and Colpaert, Pieter},
  title =     {{Triple Pattern Fragments:} a Low-cost Knowledge Graph Interface for the {Web}},
  journal =   {Journal of Web Semantics},
  year =      {2016},
  volume =    {37--38},
  pages =     {184--206},
  month =     mar,
  doi =       {doi:10.1016/j.websem.2016.03.003},
  issn =      {1570-8268},
  owner =     {bjdmeest},
  timestamp = {2017.01.06},
  url =       {http://linkeddatafragments.org/publications/jws2016.pdf}
}