Sindice Awarded by Saltlux and ESTC

DERI is happy to report that Sindice and the Sindice Team have been awarded recently in two separate occasions.
Sindice was awarded the 1st prize at the European Semantic Web Techology Conference, Business Idea Contest . Stefan Decker presented on behalf of the team and apparently the pitch was very well received in fact. He received the prize itself during the ESTC gala dinner.

In a somehow related news, a few weeks earlier, " A Document-oriented Lookup Index for Open Linked Data" by E. Oren, R. Delbru, M. Catasta, R. Cyganiak, H. Stenzhorn and G. Tummarello recevied the Saltlux prize for the best 2007 DERI paper.
As it should be clear by now, the Semantic Web is all but an easy thing to get started. The Sindice Team at DERI has taken its own route and decided to invest a lot of time in getting a quality infrastructure up for everybody’s use. In an academic setting, this is a somehow bold choice. As we know academia is mostly based on publications and therefore actual infrastructures (that cost a LOT of time, sweats and have much more uncertainty associated than, say, a conference submission) are generally speaking an investment that few do. It is therefore particularly nice, and useful in fact, to receive these recognitions. They do and will help the Sindice effort to continue its commitment toward a more and more useful Web of Data.