The Simple Event Model

  • Willem Robert van HageEmail author
  • Davide Ceolin


This chapter introduces the Simple Event Model and shows how it can be used for modeling events and their related concepts like actors, places, times, and their types. The event modeling discussed in this chapter is motivated from the need to abstract over historical situations to analyze what happened in the past. We show how the Simple Event Model can be used to model events by means of two example cases from different domains related to maritime situation awareness, one having to do with AIS ship observations in a harbor area and one having to do with maritime piracy reports. To show how the Simple Event Model can be used in practice for adaptive information access we demonstrate how an analysis of an open data set from the Semantic Web can be done using the Simple Event Model and the SPARQL query language.


Resource Description Framework Event Description Type Hierarchy Resource Description Framework Data Triple Store 
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This research has been carried out as a part of the Poseidon project at Thales under the responsibilities of the Embedded Systems Institute (ESI). This project is partially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs under the BSIK program.

We would like to thank Véronique Malaisé, Laura Hollink and Roxane Segers for their work on the design of SEM and Marieke van Erp for her work on the representation of the Piracy event data set from which one of the examples was taken. Thanks also go to Guus Schreiber for steering all of the work touched upon in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Web & Media GroupVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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