The Semantic Web is nearing the point of widespread practical adoption:
• The core specifications have stabilized
• Tools and frameworks implementing key features have been through several development cycles
• An increasing number of major software companies have developed semantically enabled products or are actively researching the space
As companies start to translate theory into real applications, they are confronted with a host of practical software engineering issues:
• What is the standard or recommended functional architecture of a semantic application?
• How does that architecture relate to the Semantic Web standards?
• Which of those standards are stable and which can be expected to evolve in ways that would significantly impact prior applications?
• What types of tools/frameworks exist that can be leveraged to help implement semantic applications?
• How mature are the various categories of Semantic Web tools/frameworks?
• Can API standardization be expected for certain tool/framework categories?
• What best practices exist for the design, implementation and deployment of semantic applications?
• What future trends in support for semantic application development can be expected?
This panel session gathers together semantics experts from the software industry to address these and other practical issues relating to the development of semantic applications.
Attachment: Panel – Developing Semantic Web Applications (24.68 MB)
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Dr. Allemang specializes in innovative applications of knowledge technology and brings to TopQuadrant over 15 years of experience in research, deployment, and development of knowledge-based systems. He developed the curriculum for Top Quadrant’s successful training series for Semantic Web technologies, which he has been presenting to customers world-wide for four years. Dean has completed a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge as a Marshall scholar, a PhD at the Ohio State University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Scholar, and is a two-time winner of the Swiss Prize for Innovation in Technology. Prior to joining TopQuadrant, Dr. Allemang was the Vice-President of Customer Applications at Synquiry Technologies, were he filed two patents on the application of graph matching algorithms to the problems of semantic information interchange.
Dr. Jans Aasman
President & CEO, Franz Inc.
Dr. Jans Aasman, Franz’s President and CEO, was a longtime customer and joined Franz from TNO Telecom based in The Netherlands. Prior to Franz, he worked at KPN Research, the research lab of a major Dutch telecommunication company. Dr. Aasman was a tenured professor in Industrial Design at the Technical University of Delft, where he held the chair title Informational Ergonomics of Telematics and Intelligent Products. He also was a visiting scientist at the Computer Science Department of Prof. Dr. Alan Newell at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Aasman holds a degree in experimental and cognitive psychology from the University of Groningen, with specialization in Psychophysiology and Cognitive Psychology.
Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira. Prior to founding Zepheira, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT where he led the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Eric is a frequent and sought after international speaker in the areas of International Web standards, knowledge management, collaboration, development, and deployment.