SSoLDAC - 3rd Summer School of Linked Data in Architecture and Construction

Matera, Italy, 12-14 June 2023


This year, the third LDAC Summer School dedicated to the application of semantic web, linked data and web of data technologies in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) is hosted in Matera, Italy. Considering the growing interest in these technologies from the AEC industry, this Summer School will provide a starting point for participants that are new to the topic entirely and the opportunity to enhance the understanding and overview of implementations and approaches in the built environment for participants that wish to deepen their knowledge in this field.

The Summer School brings together experts and researchers on this topic and welcomes a broad domain of participants from diverse backgrounds such as computer science, architecture, and engineering. With a mixture of lectures, personal interactions with experts in the field, hands-on exercises and coding challenges, it gives participants the opportunity to explore the possibilities of the semantic web, linked data and web of data technologies for their own research and practice needs in their individual pace and depth.

SSoLDAC 2022 Group Picture


The aim of the LDAC Summer School is to introduce participants to the principles of the Semantic Web and potential as well as implemented applications of it in the architecture, engineering and construction domain. It provides an overview of the technology behind it and current trends in ongoing research in this area, focusing on:

  • Learning about the technology, its benefits over other web technologies, and its development workflows in high quality lectures from experts in the field;
  • Gaining experience in designing and querying ontologies and applying them in a practical context in the Summer School’s hands-on coding challenge;
  • Exploring the already existing approaches to describe Linked Building Data and come up with new ideas on how LBD can support your use cases, and innovative solutions to deal with the complexity of the built environment.


You should attend this Summer School, if you are interested in:

  • New approaches to link building data of different stakeholders and domains via Semantic Web technologies;
  • Generating new information from building, product or infrastructure data;
  • Designing domain-specific ontologies;
  • Aligning domain-specific and generic ontologies;
  • Describing building, product or infrastructure data on the Web;
  • Converting building, product or infrastructure information to linked data;
  • Handling Linked Building Data.

The LDAC Summer School is tailored for:

  • Participants that want to deepen their knowledge about the Semantic Web and its applications in the architecture, engineering and construction domain;
  • Researchers or entrepreneurs that are new to the field (M.Sc. students, PhD students, post-Docs) from various domains, namely:
    • Computer Science
    • Architecture
    • Engineering
    • Infrastructures
  • Industry professionals from the AEC industry looking for innovative solutions to deal with the complexity of the built environment.
LDAC Summer School 2022 Teaching
Although there are no strict requirements for attendance, it is good to know that we expect the following from participants.
  • Since the Summer School will include a hands-on coding challenge, coding experience is highly recommended;
  • Participants should bring their own laptops with the required software already installed, as communicated after registration;
  • It is recommended to have language skills in English, as the Summer School will be held in it;
  • Plenty of motivation and spirit of innovation!


The LDAC Summer School will take place at the Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti in Matera, Italy, from June 12 to 14, 2023. These three days will be filled with lectures, hands-on tutorial sessions and guided hackathon sessions where you'll work on coding challenges together with other participants! All days will involve lectures and guided hands-on sessions from 9:00 to 19:00 CEST, followed by the possibility to work on the coding challenge in late-evenings and night hackathons at the same venue with lecturers and tutors available for help.

The LDAC Summer School program follows the below schedule:

Monday 12 June

  • 08:30 - 09:00: Registration at the Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti in Matera
  • 09:00 - 09:30: Opening session
  • 09:30 - 11:00: Lecture session: Basics of Linked Data
  • 11:00 - 11:30: Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Lecture session: Ontologies
  • 12:30 - 13:00: Hackathon Introducing the challenges
  • 13:00 - 14:30: Lunch break and hackathon group formation
  • 14:30 - 15:30: Lecture session: Interaction and querying
  • 15:30 - 16:30: Lecture session: Hands-on interaction and querying
  • 16:30 - 17:00: Coffee break
  • 17:00 - 19:00: Ready to rumble: the hackathon starts!

Tuesday 13 June

  • 09:00 - 09:30: Opening session
  • 09:30 - 10:30: Keynote session
  • 10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00 - 12:00:
  • Room 1: Lecture session: Advanced ontologies and reasoning
  • Room 2: Lecture session: Validation using SHACL
  • 12:00 - 13:00:
  • Room 1: Lecture session: Heterogeneous knowledge graphs
  • Room 2: Lecture session: Construction products and properties
  • 13:00 - 14:30: Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:30: Hackathon
  • 16:30 - 17:00: Coffee Break
  • 17:00 - 19:00: Hackathon

Wednesday 14 June

  • 09:00 - 09:30: Opening session
  • 09:30 - 10:30: Keynote session
  • 10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00 - 12:00:
  • Room 1: Lecture session: Geospatial data
  • Room 2: Lecture session: Frontend development using linked data
  • 12:00 - 13:00:
  • Room 1: Lecture session: Federated knowledge graphs
  • Room 2: Lecture session: Sensors and linked building data
  • 13:00 - 14:30: Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30: Hackathon
  • 15:30 - 16:30: Presentations
  • 16:30 - 17:00: Coffee Break
  • 17:00 - 18:30: Presentations
  • 18:30 - 19:00: Closing of the summer school

Thursday 14 June & Friday 15 June

  • 11th Linked Data in Architecture and Construction Workshop 2023
  • After three exciting days of Summer School, Matera will be hosting the 11th LDAC workshop. Researchers from all over the world will join us in the Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti to present their latest insights in semantic web, linked data and web of data technologies for architecture and construction! You are very welcome to join the LDAC workshop and become part of this international group of researchers.


An integral part of the summer school is the application and strengthening of newly learned knowledge from lectures in practical research work: The Hackathon.

LDAC Summer School 2022

The goal of the hackathon is for participants, grouped in interdisciplinary teams, to address and define real world problems. The teams build lightweight applications enabling enrichment, querying and browsing of Linked Building Data sets, cross-domain data exploration and reasoning, generate own small test data sets and formalize existing data sets using adapters.

As a field of study, open data sets are provided as a playground for participants and can be augmented by own data sets. A suite of open-source tools are introduced to perform related tasks and form in combination with the support of the tutors the initial spark create something new.

Challenge owners and mentors will be present to help the teams with practical knowledge and hands-on challenges.

Hackathon challenges

The challenges will be updated soon!


To enable the Summer School to meet the participants’ individual expectations and ensure a satisfactory staff-student ratio, the Summer School will open for a limited audience of 40 participants (first come, first serve)..

Registration to summer school and workshop opens on 23th January 2023. You can register for workshop only, summer school only, or the full package. Early bird registration ends on 31st March, and regular registration starts on 1st April. The following registration options will be provided:

  • Early bird Summer School: € 500.00
  • Early bird Workshop: € 250.00
  • Early bird Summer School + Workshop: € 650.00

  • Regular Summer School: € 600.00
  • Regular Workshop: € 300.00
  • Regular Summer School + Workshop: € 750.00



LDAC2023 is looking for supporters and sponsors. If you are interested, then please have a look into our sponsor package with available options, and get in touch via ldac2023[AT]

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The Third Summer School of Linked Data in Architecture and Construction will be held at Matera in the Basilicata region in Southern Italy. The city lies within two canyons and is renowned for the Sassi, a complex of prehistorical cave dwellings which is named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The event will take place at the Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti, which is located in the center of Matera, near the Piazza San Giovanni. Matera is located at a 65km drive from Bari.

The LDAC Summer School and Workshop will take place in Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti (CTE) in Matera, Italy. CTE Matera is a local center of technological innovation and emerging technologies, such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT). The CTE Matera is set up and supported by Università della Basilicata, Politecnico di Bari and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR).

Residencia Lucas Olazábal

How to get there


There are multiple airports from which you can reach Matera. The nearest airport is the Karol Wojtyla airport (BRI) in Bari. There are multiple options to reach Matera from Bari. First, you can take the Pugliairbus, which departs from Bari airport multiple times a day. The estimated time of the trip is 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can also take a 20-minute train ride to Bari Centrale and take the MarinoBus to Matera, which is a 1 hour and 20 minute ride.
A second option is the Salento Airport (BDS) in Brindisi. The trip from Brindisi to Matera is a little more challenging. The easiest option is to travel to the airport of Bari first using Pugliairbus, which departs from Brindisi Airport and brings you to Bari airport in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Once arrived in Bari, you can take a second Pugliairbus to Matera, which is a 1 hour and 15 minute trip. Next to reaching Bari by bus, one can also go there by train (RV 4404 to Bari Centrale), after which you can either take the MarinoBus to Matera or travel further to Bari airport by train (FR2 Corato) and take the Pugliairbus.
A third option is Naples Capodichino International Airport (NAP). There is no direct connection from Naples to Matera. You can either first travel to Bari by train and take one of the options mentioned above, travel with MarinoBus (via Bari) or travel to Foggia using FlixBus and continue to Matera using MarinoBus.