Data used to be an asset that only companies and organisations had to deal with. The recent development of the World Wide Web has created a situation in which everybody should be aware of data management, manipulation, access and visualisation. This is because data on the Web has become crucial to our daily life: open data is changing the way public institutions are working, access to Web APIs make application development by third parties much easier, social networks are inciting more and more people to put personal, private, sensitive data online, and linked data is transforming the Web into a huge data base. The Web of data is thus complementing the already existing Web of multimedia documents, the social Web and the Web of applications.
The Web Intelligence community in Rhône Alpes and Universität Bonn are bringing together experts on various aspects of the Web of data in order to inform, teach and train attendees in the technologies that will enable them to both contribute to and take advantage of the Web of data to its full potential.