VU researchers part of the User Experience (UX) Challenge 2016 winning team

The team consisted of a mix of researchers (VU, TU Twente), GIS specialists (Kadaster) and data journalists from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism ( Their common goal was to use Linked Data technologies to analyze the drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen.

12/06/2016 | 3:24 PM

On November 2nd, VU researchers participated in the team that won the
User Experience (UX) Challenge 2016, organized by the Pilod platform

The group presented two results: by using Linked Data technologies the
drone data can be queried from within a journalistic article that is
published on a web page.  Numerical data that is mentioned in the
article, e.g., the percentage of civilian casualties, is directly
related to a query over the underlying data.  Using an expert view,
the query can even be edited by the reader and rerun.  This adds an
extra layer of journalistic validation and reuse.

The second result was the space/time cube from TU Twente which was
applied to semi-automatically find outliers in the data.  This allows
extraordinary drone strikes to be easily detected in space and time.
Extraordinary events are interesting for a data journalist, since they
may be the topic of a newsworthy story or even a scoop.

The team was headed by VU researcher Wouter Beek of the
Knowledge Representation & Reasoning (KR&R) group (
The team is now looking for funding opportunities to continue
their work.  Please contact if you are interested.