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DATAVERSITY and Wilshire Conferences acquire SemanticWeb.com and Semantic Technology and Business Conference

Dataversity.net logo[LOS ANGELES, OCT. 24, 2013]  DATAVERSITY Education LLC, a subsidiary of Wilshire Conferences, Inc. today announced the acquisition of the publishing and conference assets of the Semantic Technology and Business (SemTechBiz) Conferences and the SemanticWeb.com web site, from Mediabistro, Inc.

“We are pleased to be engaging again with the community of semantic technology professionals through these two high quality media channels” said Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY. “Semantic technology is an ideal match with our DATAVERSITY subject matter portfolio which is focused primarily on the areas of enterprise data and big data.”

An agreement has been reached for Eric Franzon, the current Editor of SemanticWeb.com and Program Chair for the SemTechBiz Conference, to continue his role.

Further details regarding future business plans will be made available over the coming weeks. For questions, please contact Tony Shaw at tony@dataversity.net.

About DATAVERSITY

DATAVERSITY™ provides resources for information technology (IT) professionals, executives and business managers to learn about the uses and management of data.  Our worldwide community of practitioners, advisers and customers participates in, and benefits from, DATAVERSITY’s educational conferences, discussions, articles, blogs, webinars, certification, news feeds and more.  Members enjoy access to a deep knowledge base of presentations, research and training materials, plus discounts off many educational resources including webinars and conferences. For more information please visit: www.DATAVERSITY.net or email: events@dataversity.net.

 About SemanticWeb.com

SemanticWeb.com is the voice of Semantic Technology Business: Linked Data, Big Data, Smart Data. We cover news about how companies are making money, saving money, and solving Big Data challenges using Semantic Technologies. SemanticWeb.com is the leading source for news and information about Semantic Technologies and the people and companies working with them today. Industry news, case studies and practical applications, company and product announcements, job postings, opinion, webcasts, podcasts, and a community-run Q&A platform called “Answers” are all found at SemanticWeb.com.

W3C Announces Three New RDFa Recommendations

World Wide Web Consortium logoThe W3C announced today that three specifications have reached recommendation status:

HTML+RDFa 1.1:
http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/REC-html-rdfa-20130822/

RDFa 1.1 Core – Second Edition
http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/REC-rdfa-core-20130822/

XHTML+RDFa 1.1 – Second Edition
http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/REC-xhtml-rdfa-20130822/

As the W3C website explains, “The last couple of years have witnessed a fascinating evolution: while the Web was initially built predominantly for human consumption, web content is increasingly consumed by machines which expect some amount of structured data. Sites have started to identify a page’s title, content type, and preview image to provide appropriate information in a user’s newsfeed when she clicks the ‘Like’ button. Search engines have started to provide richer search results by extracting fine-grained structured details from the Web pages they crawl. In turn, web publishers are producing increasing amounts of structured data within their Web content to improve their standing with search engines.”

“A key enabling technology behind these developments is the ability to add structured data to HTML pages directly. RDFa (Resource Description Framework in Attributes) is a technique that allows just that: it provides a set of markup attributes to augment the visual information on the Web with machine-readable hints. ”

Manu Sporny, the editor of the HTML+RDFa 1.1 specification, told us that, “The release of RDFa 1.1 for HTML5 establishes it as the first HTML-based Linked Data technology to achieve recognition as an official Web standard by the World Wide Web Consortium.” Read more

BREAKING: Semantic Technology & Business Conference Europe Changes Dates

Semantic Technology & Business Conference - Europe - Date updated: February, 2014Almost as soon as we announced the dates for our New York and European Semantic Technology & Business Conferences, we began hearing from members of the community that they would prefer to have more space between the two events.

We heard you and we have taken action! We are moving the Semantic Technology & Business Conference – Europe, to February of 2014, and the event will still take place in Berlin. We are finalizing details with the conference venue and will have more specifics to announce soon.

Those who have already registered, submitted speaking proposals, or signed up for sponsorship of the European event will receive separate communications specific to those discussions next week, and we will look forward to seeing you in New York October 2-3, 2013 and Berlin early next year!

 

CFP EXTENDED for both European and NYC Semantic Technology & Business Conferences

Your Face Here?This fall, we will offer two events in the popular Semantic Technology & Business Conference series (#SemTechBiz).

Eric Franzon, Conference Chair, says, “We have received many excellent proposals for both the European  (Berlin, 18-19 September) and the New York (October 1-3) events. Perhaps due to Summer holidays, we have also received more requests than usual for deadline extensions. As a result, we are re-opening the CFP process and will now accept submissions for both events until end of day, Monday, July 22.”

Sponsorship opportunities and registration options are also available at this time. Details for each event are below.

LOGO: European Semantic Technology & Business Conference - September 18-19, 2013

Berlin

LOGO: New York Semantic Technology & Business Conference, October 1-3, 2013

NYC

We hope to see you at one or both events!

CFPs Open for European and New York Semantic Technology & Business Conferences

Your Face Here?The Call For Presentations process has begun for two events in the Semantic Technology & Business Conference series.

The European event will take place in Berlin, September 18-19, 2013, and will include two days of breakout sessions, keynotes, panels, lightning talks, and networking opportunities.

In New York, October 1-3, 2013, the conference includes all of the above and also offers half-day, in-depth tutorials as an opportunity for in-depth learning.

Both events will have sponsored sessions and an exhibit floor where attendees can catch up on the latest Semantic Technology tools and services.

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SemanticHack Kicks off Week of Semantic Technology Learning & Collaboration

Semantic Hackers gathered around tables at Citizen SpaceThe inaugural Semantic Hack event was held yesterday at San Francisco’s Citizen Space co-work facility in conjunction with the 2013 Semantic Technology & Business Conference.

Over fifty people came together for a day of coding, learning, and camaraderie under the Citizen Space signature chandelier. Ideas were fostered, projects were created, and prizes awarded during the day-long event.

Through generous API sponsorship, coding teams were able to compete for cash and prizes. Prize recipients included:

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Semantic Hack – Hackathon Update

Semantic Hack logoSemantic Hack is three days away. We’re looking forward to seeing what emerges from creative minds unearthing the hidden data of the web.

If you’re interested and have not yet registered for this free-to-attend new event, there are a few spots left, but they are going fast! Sign up today here!

Semantic Hack is attracting a great list of people interested in creating some cool hacks with Semantic Technology, and although there are some veteran thought leaders signed up, this is also an opportunity for developers and designers who have little or no experience working with Semantic Technologies to explore and learn something new. You can see who has already signed up at the Semantic Hack site.

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Late-Breaking Program Additions for Semantic Technology & Business Conference

The Semantic Technology & Business Conference begins in a few short days. If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late, and if you haven’t looked at the program recently, be sure to check out some of these exciting late-breaking additions…

Photo of Jason DouglasKEYNOTE:
What Google is Doing with Structured Data
Jason Douglas, Group Product Manager, Knowledge Graph, Google

Photos of Dan Brickley, R.V. Guha, Sandro HawkeHOT TOPIC PANEL:
WebSchemas: Schema.org and Vocabulary Collaboration

Dan Brickley, Developer Advocate, Google
R.V. Guha, Google Fellow, Google
Sandro Hawke, W3C Technical Staff, W3C/MIT

(More panelists TBA)


BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

Building Your SmartData Accelerator
Robert Kruse, Managing Partner, SmartDataAccelerator
Gene Mishchenko, Lead Information Architect, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

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Announcing the Winner of the Semantic Web.Com “Spotlight On Library Innovation”

One sector that has been very active in the adoption of Linked Data is that of libraries. In an effort to highlight this activity, SemanticWeb.com, supported by OCLC and LITA, put out a call last month for work that promoted or demonstrated the benefits of linked data for libraries.

Photo of Kevin FordAfter receiving a number of excellent nominations, we are pleased to announce that Kevin Ford, from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress, was selected to showcase his work with the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) and his continuing work on the Library of Congress’s Linked Data Service (loc.id). In addition to being an active contributor, Kevin is responsible for the BIBFRAME website; has devised tools to view MARC records and the resulting BIBFRAME resources side-by-side; authored the first transformation code for MARC data to BIBFRAME resources; and is project manager for The Library of Congress’ Linked Data Service. Kevin also writes and presents frequently to promote BIBFRAME, ID.LOC.GOV, and educate fellow librarians on the possibilities of linked data.

Congratulations to Kevin!

If you want to learn more about BIBFRAME and the role Linked Data is playing in the world of libraries, join us at Semantic Technology & Business Conference, June 2-5 where Kevin’s colleague from the Library of Congress, Nate Trail, will deliver a lightning talk on BIBFRAME, and Richard Wallis of the OCLC will present From Record to Graph – Exposing a Legacy.

Semantic Hack Has a New Home – Citizen Space!

The inaugural hackathon at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference, Semantic Hack, will now be held at Citizen Space, a membership-based, coworking space located in San Francisco, very near the conference hotel.

With plenty of flexible space, a relaxed environment, lots of experience hosting hackathons, and an impressive list of other amenities, Citizen Space promises to be a perfect location for developers and designers to gather for a fun day of coding!

Semantic Hack is a day-long coding event that asks “What could you build if the entire web was your database?” — and then challenges participants to do it!

Semantic Hack brings together developers and designers to work with advanced web-page extraction technologies, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, linked data, sentiment analysis, newly available datasets, and other semantic technologies that help make the web more readable, accessible and dynamic for humans and more interpretable by machines. PLUS, you don’t have to know anything about semantics to attend. If you do, great!  But if not, this will be a great way to get started exploring.

Teams will compete to create the most intriguing and innovative apps atop these technologies, driving to win prizes and — who knows? — even help to usher in the next phase of the web.

There is no cost to sign up, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more details, visit the Semantic Hack site.

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