WEBCAST: SPARQL Queries, SPARQL Technology with Bob DuCharme

If you missed last week’s excellent introduction to SPARQL by Bob DuCharme of TopQuadrant and the recently released Learning SPARQL, the recorded webcast is now available.  In this presentation, Bob shows how to create and run SPARQL queries. He also talks about the role that the query language can play in application development. Lastly, he looks at the range of uses people are finding for SPARQL above and beyond querying of RDF data, such as querying relational data, defining rules to enhance data quality, and more…

SPARQL Queries, SPARQL Technologies with Bob DuCharme - Watch the Webcast

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There were some questions we did not get to during the hour, and Bob has been kind enough to answer these offline.

BONUS Q&A with Bob DuCharme:

Q: Can sparql engines integrate reasoners and reason over the data on the fly? Read more

WEBCAST: Why Semantics Matter: Demonstrating the Power of Semantic Technology in Financial Services

Bryan Bell, VP Enterprise Solutions, Expert System and Drew Warren, President and CEO, Recognos FinancialIf you missed the live webcast with Drew Warren of Recognos Financial and Bryan Bell of Expert System, the recording is now available and posted below. 


The software that runs computers is getting smarter every day. Semantic technology allows computers to understand the meaning of words —content and context— helping put users in touch with the right information at the right time.

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WEBCAST: AIDA – Semantic Real Time Intelligent Decision Automation

Craig D. Hanson, Amdocs and Jans Aasman, Franz, Inc.If you missed last week’s discussion with Craig D. Hanson of Amdocs and Jans Aasman of Franz, Inc., the recorded webcast is now available and posted below.


In today’s connected online world, to optimize a customer oriented business requires real time contextual customer knowledge across all business channels and relevant social and competitive forces. Read more

WEBCAST: Fighting Fire with Linked Data

If you missed last week’s excellent discussion with Bart van Leeuwen and Adrian Gschwend of netlabs.org, the recorded webcast is now available.  In this webcast, Adrian and Bart talk about the exciting work they are doing using Semantic Technology to help fire fighters get to incidents faster.

NOTE: This webcast is presented here in three parts.

The slides used in the presentation are available here: http://ktk.netlabs.org/misc/SemanticWeb-Webcast.pdf

Part 1:

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WEBCAST: Maximizing your Google SEO Effect with Semantic Web Technology

NOTE: This Webcast is in three parts.
Part I
Part II
Part III

DESCRIPTION: If own or manage a web site that contains information about products or services, you can add a relatively small amount of markup to existing HTML, and have semantic information that both Google and other semantic applications will be able to process. Many Web search engines, smart phone apps, and even cutting-edge applications like augmented reality search for and use this type of markup.

Adding semantic markup provides an improved display of the information in Google search results, providing an inherent SEO benefit. This is the same technology being successfully used by BestBuy, Overstock.com, and many others. Read more

Callimachus: Semantic Web Apps Made Easy

Date: September 15, 2010, 11:00AM (1 hour)
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Q&A: Q & A – Callimachus: Semantic Web Apps Made Easy


RDFa makes it easy for Web publishers to expose data on the Web, but RDFa can also make it easy to develop Web data applications. Watch how easy it is to replace complex data schemas and their SQL queries with simple RDFa attributes in your HTML markup!

In this webcast, James Leigh, a lead developer (with David Wood) on the Callimachus Project, will show us how a Web developer can create semantically-enabled Web applications with a minimal knowledge of the internals of the Semantic Web and SQL. For further details, see Callimachus Project at http://www.callimachusproject.org.


  1. This webcast walks you through some of the sample applications with Callimachus. To find out more about these sample applications and to download them, visit:
  2. Callimachus uses the Turtle syntax for its configuration files. The Turtle syntax is explained here:  http://www.w3.org/TeamSubmission/turtle/
  3. RDFa is used in the template language of Callimachus. An introduction to RDFa (the data format) can be found here:
  4. During this webcast some browser extensions are used, they can be downloaded here:



James Leigh
James Leigh
Independent Software Consultant
James Leigh is an independent Software Consultant based in Toronto. James is a co-creator of Callimachus and is involved in other public semantic Web projects, such as the PURL server and Sesame store. James has been building web applications for ten years with emphasis on performance and technology integration. His experience modelling business problems and concepts in software has enabled his clients to rapidly move from concepts to prototypes to production systems.

Marketing and the Semantic Web: Sneak Peeks and Big Ideas

Date: May 28, 2010, 11:00AM (1 hour)
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How will the semantic web change advertising and marketing? At this year's Semantic Technology Conference in San Francisco, we'll have 15 sessions that explore the state-of-the-art of semantic web and linked data technologies in the realm of digital marketing. In this advance webinar, we'll give you a sneak preview of the topics that will be covered at the conference, including semantic advertising networks, Google Rich Snippets, GoodRelations linked data in e-commerce at BestBuy, semantics in social media, marketing in semantic search, data as a new marketing channel, and more.


Scott Brinker
Scott Brinker
ion interactive
Scott is the co-founder and chief technology officer of ion interactive, a leading SaaS provider of post-click marketing services. ion’s customers including leading marketing organizations from American Greetings to Wyndham Worldwide. He has worked at the intersection of marketing and online technology for over 15 years.

He also writes a blog, Chief Marketing Technologist (http://www.chiefmartec.com), that discusses strategic issues in marketing technology and management. One of his key topics has been “data web marketing,” how linked data and semantic web technologies will impact digital marketing.

Scott frequently speaks at marketing conferences such as SMX and SES, has published articles in Advertising Age and Adweek, and is a regular columnist at the blog Search Engine Land.

He has a BS in Computer Science from Columbia and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Revisiting SPARQL by Example: SPARQL 1.1

Date: May 26, 2010, 11:00AM (1 hour)
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In 2008-2009, Lee Feigenbaum gave a series of presentations (PART I; PART II) for Semantic Universe on SPARQL, the query language of the Semantic Web. This year, SPARQL is going through some major updates with the release of SPARQL 1.1, and in this webcast, Lee has agreed to revisit the topic to discuss specifically some of what has changed. Lee will use real queries that can be run against real data on the Web to demonstrate the structure and features of SPARQL. SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS: "What's coming in SPARQL 1.1?" http://www.slideshare.net/LeeFeigenbaum/sparql2-status "SPARQL By Example" http://www.cambridgesemantics.com/2008/09/sparql-by-example "SPARQL Cheat Sheet" http://www.slideshare.net/LeeFeigenbaum/sparql-cheat-sheet * At SemTech 2010, June 21-25, Lee and his colleague Eric Prud'hommeaux, will give a full half-day, hands-on tutorial on SPARQL 1.1.


Lee Feigenbaum
Lee Feigenbaum
Cambridge Semantics

Lee Feigenbaum has been using Semantic Web technologies to architect and develop enterprise middleware and applications since 2003. He brings this expertise to his role as Cambridge Semantics’s VP of Technology and Standards, where he is responsible for the design and development of the Anzo family of semantic applications and middleware. Lee is the author of Glitter, a pluggable SPARQL engine designed to query multiple data sources. Lee served as Chair of the W3C RDF Data Access Working Group, publishing the SPARQL query language and protocol specifications. Lee co-authored "The Semantic Web in Action," a December 2007 article in Scientific American. Before joining Cambridge Semantics, Lee spent five years as an engineer with IBM’s Advanced Internet Technology Group. There, his experiences spanned knowledge management and annotation systems, instant-messaging software, and Web-based client application runtimes. Lee writes about Semantic Web technologies at his blog, TechnicaLee Speaking.

Strengthening the Four Pillars of the Advanced Enterprise through Semantics; Data, Processes, Resources, and Access

Date: May 13, 2010, 11:00AM (1 hour)
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Attachment: fourpillars.pdf (13.59 MB)

Data management, process management, access management, and resource management form the four pillars of the advanced computing enterprise. This includes critical technologies such as databases, web services & service oriented architectures (SOA), mobile devices, and cloud computing. Semantics helps adapt and unify them to your current enterprise to allow rapid adoption and effective use.

We outline and demonstrate the potential contributions of Semantics to each of the four pillars. The contributions exist along two dimensions; making each pillar operate more effectively and making semantics work more effectively through effective implementation of the pillar. This provides you with choices as to how focus your needs with potential semantic contributions.

We end by establishing an incremental, iterative plan outlining risks and benefits to allow you to gracefully incorporate Semantics into these critical enterprise areas.

  • Host semantic solutions in advanced enterprise technologies
  • Enrich key enterprise technologies with semantic extensions and enhancements to improve efficiency, effectiveness, functionality, and quality.
  • Identify semantic opportunities in the enterprise.
  • Outline a pragmatic plan for semantic enrichment


Matt Fisher
Matt Fisher
Progeny Systems

Matt Fisher is a Principal Systems Engineer at Progeny Systems who enjoys discussing the Semantic Web to the point that his wife hopes he gets a new hobby. 

John Hebeler
John Hebeler

The RDFa initiative in Drupal 7, and how it will impact the Semantic Web

Date: April 30, 2010, 11:00AM (1 hour)
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Q&A: Q&A Session for “The RDFa initiative in Drupal 7, and how it will impact the Semantic Web”
Attachment: RDFa-in-Drupal-7-Slides.pdf (2.15 MB)

Drupal 7 (alpha), the latest major release of the popular open source CMS, includes a lot of features for web publishers interested in implementing Semantic Web Technologies.

In May of 2009, Google announced the support for RDFa as part of its Rich Snippet program. At the time, the work for integrating Semantic Web technologies into the next release of Drupal’s core had already started. In May, 2010 at DrupalCon San Francisco, Dries Buytaert – creator and project lead of Drupal – reaffirmed the community’s strong support for RDF in Drupal 7 by showing what sort of applications this will enable. A few days later, Facebook announced the Open Graph protocol, a new protocol based on RDFa which allows for turning any webpage into a rich object in a social graph. Clearly, the future is in the Semantic Web. This webinar presents some brief history about semantics in Drupal and the various facets of RDF and RDFa which are available today as part of Drupal 7 alpha.

At the SemTech 2010 Conference in June, Stéphane Corlosquet, Lin Clark, Alex Passant and Axel Polleres will present a hands-on Tutorial on "How to build Linked Data sites with Drupal 7 and RDFa."

Relevant links mentioned during the webinar:


Stephane Corlosquet
Stephane Corlosquet
MGH / Partners

Stéphane Corlosquet has been the main driving force in incorporating Semantic Web capabilities into the Drupal CMS. His ‘RDF CCK’ and ‘evoc’ contributed modules to Drupal 6 have naturally evolved to be accepted as standard within the core of the upcoming Drupal 7. He co-authored the ISWC 2009 Best Semantic Web In Use Paper titled "Produce and Consume Linked Data with Drupal!". Stéphane recently finished an M.Sc. in Semantic Web at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Ireland and joined MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), MGH as a Software Engineer to work on the Science Collaboration Framework, a Drupal-based distribution to build online communities of researchers in biomedicine. For more information, see http://openspring.net/