The Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Francisco (#SemTechBiz) has lined up a number of highly-anticipated keynotes to perfectly bookend the conference experience. This year’s conference will take place June 3-7, 2012, at the Hilton San Francisco in Union Square. Experts from top semantic technology companies will be in attendance at this prime opportunity to learn, network, and explore.

Keynote Speakers from LinkedIn, Experian, BestBuy, and the Amsterdam Fire Department will share insights about how semantic technology is being used within these organizations to make money, save money and solve real-world business problems in innovative ways.

Tuesday Keynotes – Semantics and Linked Data in Production

Photo of Steve HarrisSemantics at Experian with Steve Harris, CTO – Garlik

This talk will cover Experian’s use of Semantic data, giving our experiences of using semantic data in production systems. It will also illustrate the pros and cons of semantic representation against other data models, what criteria we use for choosing a particular representation model, and cover some lessons learned during our use of these technologies.

Photo of Bart van LeeuwenReal-time Emergency Response Using Semantic Web Technology with Bart van Leeuwen, Architect/Firefighter – netage.nl

Netage.nl started developing and deploying small scale Semantic Technology-based solutions at Fire Department Amsterdam-Amstelland. The agile nature of the Semantic Web allowed to the department create simple solutions to answer the questions asked by the operational personnel. Today more than 15 Fire Stations in the greater Amsterdam area use real time Linked Open Data to supply their Fire Fighters with information.

Photo of Jay MyersBetter Retailing Through Linked Data with Jay Myers, Web Architect – Best Buy

This presentation intends to uncover opportunities fueled by Linked Data that can be potential game changers to traditional commerce, with emphasis on: (1) The Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom Hierarchy and how it can be used to sell the vision of Linked Data in commerce. (2) Connecting products by modeling with popular vocabularies like GoodRelations. (3) Sharing the knowledge extracted from Linked Data. (4) Working toward achieving wisdom through Linked Data to better navigate the future.

Thursday Keynote – Big Data and Semantics

Photo of Daniel TunkelangScale, Structure, and Semantics with Daniel Tunkelang, Principal Data Scientist – LinkedIn

This talk will describe how LinkedIn’s huge and rich graph of relationship data powers the products our users love. The lessons LinkedIn has learned apply broadly to other semantic applications. While quantity and quality of data are the key challenges to delivering a semantically rich experience, the key is to create the right ecosystem that incents people to give you good data, which then forms the basis for great data products.

Register Today!

Sign up for SemTechBiz San Francisco by March 29 to receive an early registration discount.  Discounts are also available for groups and for students/academics. Visit our registration page to learn more.

About SemTechBiz SF

Whether your most pressing issues are strategic, tactical, or, more likely, a complex combination of both, you’ll benefit from this unique opportunity to explore how semantic solutions and linked data are being embraced throughout companies across a diverse range of disciplines and business categories. The San Francisco Semantic Tech & Business Conference (SemTechBiz) brings together today’s industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities jointly impacting both corporate business leaders and technologists. Packed with case studies and real-world perspectives, SemTechBiz offers five comprehensive days of fresh insight and immersive learning from global experts in technology, financial services, insurance, healthcare, publishing, government, automotive and enterprise data.

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