Posts Tagged ‘case studies’

Case Study Radio, Ep. 1: Business Value of Linked Data - Case Study Radio today is launching a new podcast series, “Case Study Radio,” that focuses on stories of applications of Semantic Technologies. Our first episode, sponsored by Zepheira, features a conversation with Dr. Eric Miller.

During our 14 minute discussion, we briefly talk about “What is Linked Data,” and then quickly move on to discuss the nature of Linked Data and the general business value to organizations that have taken Linked Data approaches. Dr. Miller mentions several high-profile, successful implementations, and in future episodes, we will take a deeper look at similar case studies.

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Real-Time Emergency Response at #SemTechBiz – Berlin

The Semantic Technology and Business Conference (#SemTechBiz) heads next to Berlin, Germany, just one month from now and kicks off with an Opening Keynote by Bart van Leeuwen about his work at the intersection of his two chosen occupations — Software Architect and Firefighter.

Featured Session

Realtime Emergency Response Using Semantic Web Technology with Bart van Leeuwen, Architect/Firefighter –

van Leeuwen will be presenting’s unique approach to fighting fires with linked data. As of this writing, fourteen fire stations in Amsterdam and Amstelland use’s real-time linked data solution on a daily basis in order to more efficiently and effectively respond to emergency situations. In this case study, van Leeuwen will explain the technology and infrastructure used in this semantic solution and the results of the project to date.

SemTechBiz Berlin will be held February 6-7, 2012 at the Seminaris Campus Hotel. Packed with case studies and real-world perspectives, SemTechBiz Berlin offers two comprehensive days of fresh insight and immersive learning from global experts in technology, financial services, insurance, healthcare, publishing, government, automotive and enterprise data.

The highly anticipated conference will feature an array of speakers at the forefront of semantic web technologies in business applications. These speakers will discuss how semantic technologies are being used in organizations today to make money, save money, leverage existing resources, and solve problems in innovative ways.

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Space is still available for SemTechBiz Berlin. Register here today to secure your spot. A variety of registration options are available to suit different budgets and discounts are available for groups of three or more as well as students/academics.

Who Should Attend?

SemTechBiz Berlin attendees will include forward-thinking technology and business leaders representing the entire marketplace. Individuals and groups who will benefit from attending include:

  • Developers
  • Researchers
  • Startups
  • Marketers
  • Government Agencies
  • Data Specialists
  • Information Architects
  • Venture Capitalists & Investors
  • IT/Software Managers
  • Computer Scientists
  • Taxonomists
  • Semantic Web Job Seekers
  • Publishers & Content Providers
  • Anyone Evaluating Semantic Technology Solutions

SemTechBiz Conference – Call for Presentations Open until January 16

SemTechBiz is returning to San Francisco on June 3-7, and once again we plan to make it the biggest and most comprehensive educational conference on the business of semantic technologies. And that’s exactly where we are asking you to contribute please – by sharing the practical experience you have gained in your own semantic projects.

We’re looking for case studies big and small – whether you’re building the semantic infrastructure of the future, like the DoD Enterprise Web, or you’ve done semantic annotation on a local business web site, like Plush Beauty Bar. They’re all relevant, because the curiosity of the audience is so rich and diverse.

The Call for Presentations ends on January 16, 2012, so get your abstract together ASAP. All the information you need, and the links to submit your presentation proposal, are HERE.

Conference registration is also open. Register by February 17 and save with substantial early bird discounts.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at


Tony Shaw

Highly Anticipated Case Studies at SemTech 2011

The upcoming Semantic Technology Conference this June in San Francisco will feature a number of case studies that highlight real-world semantic technology applications. Here are just a few (Click session titles to view details):

Dynamic Semantic Publishing at the BBC

Details on how the BBC sport site currently uses embedded Linked Data identifiers, ontologies and associated inference plus RDF semantics to improve navigation, content re-use, re-purposing, and search engine rankings.

Enabling Business Users to Define Rules and Configure the Semantic Enterprise at Amdocs

How a team of developers using semantic technology and an expressive business language made a significant breakthrough to help business users create, extend and alter high level business concepts and create natural language rules. We recently had a webcast with Craig Hanson from Amdocs, the speaker on this session. Read more

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

High Precision Entity Extraction: A U.S. State Department Case Study – SemTech 2009 Audio

Joseph C. Wicentowski, U.S. Department of State
Dan McCreary, Dan McCreary and Associates

The U.S. State Department’s Office of the Historian has embarked on an ambitious effort to migrate its diplomatic history document archive from paper to an enriched electronic media for online consumption. We have extremely high standards for semantic precision and accuracy, due to Congressional mandates, which makes this unique resource useful to a broad audience, which includes scholars, government officials, and the general public. Furthermore, the new format allows us to repurpose our content and integrate it with "mashup" applications such as timelines and geographical map views.

This case study reviews the U.S. State Department’s requirements and the decision process that led us to adopt high-precision semantic markup standards that are supported by our tools as well as by our vendors. We will review our requirements and decision-making, and will show concrete examples of how the precise identifiers for people, locations, and events allow us to enrich the display of our documents online.

We will also review the full document lifecycle and the need for automated but high quality entity extraction tools to minimize document conversion costs. This case study will discuss some of the tradeoffs others may face when advanced technology decisions have both risks and rewards for the digital historian.

In this presentation we will:

  • Review business requirements for a high precision entity extraction application
  • Describe our semantic approach
  • Demonstrate entity extraction
  • Demonstrate timeline and other mashups
  • Summarize project benefits

Attachment: High Precision Entity Extraction – A US State Department Case Study.mp3 (54.54 MB)


Joe Wicentowski
Joe Wicentowski

After completing a Fulbright grant in Asia for his doctoral research and receiving his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, Joseph C. Wicentowski joined the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian. He has taken a leadership role in digital history management as a digital historian, developing new digital formats for the Department’s archive of U.S. diplomatic and foreign affairs documents, which reach back to the founding of the historian’s office in 1861. He has led development of a new website for these documents, based on a native XML database, and is working to bring the benefits of data visualization, metadata management, and other digital history applications to the federal government and the public. He has particular interests in XML, XQuery, and U.S. and Chinese history.

Dan McCreary
Dan McCreary

Dan is an enterprise data architect/strategist living in Minneapolis. He has worked for organizations such as Bell Labs and Steve Job’s NeXT Computer as well as founding his own consulting firm of over 75 people. He has a background in object-oriented programming and declarative XML languages (XSLT, XML Schema design, XForms, XQuery, RDF, and OWL). He has published articles on various technology topics including the Semantic Web, metadata registries, enterprise integration strategies, XForms, and XQuery. He is author of the XForms Tutorial and Cookbook.

Mitigating the risk of using semantics in the Enterprise

I was talking to a project manager within a large and very sophisticated enterprise this week about why her organization chose to go with an ERP-based implementation as opposed to a semantics-based implementation on a new master data system.  She was pushing for the semantic solution, but they weighed the pros and cons to each approach and came down in favor of the ERP system. 

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