Knowledge Graphs for Social Good

Report of the 2021 Workshop

On 3 May 2021 we organized the second Workshop on Knowledge Graphs for Social Good.

Attended by 70+ participants, the workshop showed an amazing variety of applications of knowledge graphs as well as lively discussion by our speakers and panel of experts. Participants learned how graphs were helpful in Papua New Guinea to determine optimal strategy to be used in time in case of a disaster, how graphs can help preserve cultural knowledge (i.e. stories about food) and how to make KGs accessible to people with low resources, various levels of literacy, using SMS text messages and Raspberry Pi’s. In addition, a panel of experts discussed the use of graphs in humanitarian operations. Below is the program of the works. For a limited time, you can find the recording here.


  • Welcome from the Organizers (Lambert Hogenhout, Vivek Khetan, Neda Abolhassani and Bogdan Sacaleanu)

  • Keynote by Tina Comes, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology and Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: “Data for Good – A Resilience Perspective”

  • Fireside Chat – Tina Comes and Vivek Khetan

  • Presentation - Victor de Boer,  assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and senior research fellow at Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision: “Bringing Knowledge Graphs to the Rural Poor”
  • Presentation – Davar Ardalan, Executive Producer of Audio at National Geographic: “The Indigenous Knowledge Graph (IKG)”
  • Presentation - Timea Turdean, Co-Founder, Austria: “BELONGing Knowledge Graph”
  • Presentation - Tek Raj Chhetri, Researcher at Universität Innsbruck, Austria : “Automated decision system in sociotechnical settings”

  • Panel on the use of Knowledge Graphs in Humanitarian Aid Operations
    Moderator: Patrick Gordon, Head, Information & Communications Technology at UN
    • Andrej Verity, Information Management Officer at United Nations
    • Tara Rafaat, Semantic/Metadata architect - CTO Office, Bloomberg
    • Alison Goodrum, Director of Customer Success, StarDog
    • Vivek Khetan, R&D Research Associate, Accenture Labs
    • Tina Comes, Associate Professor TU Delft

Thanks to everyone who contributed and participated!