Christine Connors

Ms. Connors has extensive experience in taxonomy, ontology and metadata design and development. Prior to forming TriviumRLG Ms. Connors was the global director, semantic technology solutions for Dow Jones, responsible for partnering with business champions across Dow Jones to improve digital asset management and delivery. In that position, she managed a worldwide team responsible for the development of taxonomies, ontologies and metadata that are used to add value to Dow Jones news and financial information products. Ms. Connors also served as business champion for the Synaptica® software application, including managing a US-based team of software developers, and supported Dow Jones consulting practices worldwide, which deliver end-to-end information access solutions based on taxonomies, metadata and semantic technologies. Prior to joining Dow Jones Ms. Connors was a knowledge architect at Intuit, where she was responsible for introducing semantic technologies to online content management and search. And before that, she was a metadata architect at Raytheon Company and Cybrarian at CEOExpress Company. At Raytheon Company she oversaw knowledge representation and enterprise search, delivering large-scale taxonomies, metadata schema and rules-based classification to improve retrieval of internal information via a multi-vendor retrieval platform. Ms. Connors is a certified Six Sigma Specialist, and is a member of both the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and the Special Libraries Association. Christine is Organizer of the Philadelphia and Princeton Semantic Web Meetups, and Assistant Organizer of the New York Semantic Web Meetup. Ms. Connors holds a master of science degree in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College, Boston, and a bachelor of science degree in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca College, New York.

BioBlitz 2011: A Little Semantics Goes A Long Way

This post was co-authored with Kevin Lynch.

Portrait photos of Christine Connors and Kevin Lynch, TriviumRLGIn October, BioBlitz 2011 took place in Tucson’s Saguaro National Park East and West. Thousands of volunteers worked together to discover the biodiversity of this marvelous place I call home. This blog entry outlines the work we’ve done the last few months, the reasons why BioBlitz matters (they might surprise you), and makes a call to photographers to help us test our crowdsourced image classification process.

The Team – National Geographic, National Park Service, Encyclopedia of Life, National Park Foundation

People from around the country worked hard to make BioBlitz successful. There were – and still are – a lot of moving parts. The Park is over 100 square miles, 70% of which is officially “wilderness,” which means, among other things, no wheels allowed! Read more

Thoughts on Google Plus: The Magic Isn’t Social, It’s Semantic

Christine Connors, TriviumRLGIt’s been said that I’ve called Google Plus “one of the subtlest and most user-friendly ontology development systems we’ve ever seen.” I did, and you can listen for yourselves on the Semantic Link podcast.

Why did I do so? Well, G+ follows some of the basic principles of linked data: it uses persistent HTTP URIs for people, Sparks (concepts) and posts. It allows you to indicate a relationship between to entities and give that relationship a type. It collects, and types,  attributes about entities from the expected experts – the entities themselves. This is a “Field Trial,” so basic is just about all we should expect. Given the reported adoption rates, I think it’s made a pretty good start.

Let’s take those points one at a time, with pictures.

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A Single Cell

CellsLife begins as a single cell. It grows, dividing, procreating, networking itself until an amazing creature forms. We are surrounded by these vast networks. We ARE these vast networks.

Oh, the power! The amazing things these networks can do: feats of athletics, stunning computations, laughing, questioning. And – oh! – how much more amazing when these networks network! Applause, discovery, joy, answering. Read more

Wing Nuts

They say to write what you know. So let me share with you a story of some recent frustrations I’ve had researching a topic online, and how better management of semantics would relieve that frustration.

This is not a post for the advanced ontologists among you. It is the simplest of use cases, easily transformed into any of hundreds of frustrations experienced by knowledge workers today. I won’t take up your time with the back story, but for reasons perfectly logical I find myself researching the history of the wing nut.

Vleugelmoer Walderveense molen

A fancy kind of wingnut.

First I should make clear what I mean by ‘wing nut.’ I am researching the invention of the mechanical fastener, the locking mechanism that holds a bolt in place, maintaining the position or tension of joined pieces of wood, metal or plastic (for example.)

I am NOT attempting to research right wing nut jobs. News of their antics takes up more of my processing time than I care for as it is. The need to negate these entries from standard web searches has exceeded the allowable use of the “-” operator in my favorite search engines.

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