Posts Tagged ‘Semantic Technology and Business Conference’

Get The Scoop On The Critical ABCs of RDF

semtechbiz-10th-125sqThere’s a chance to learn everything you should know about RDF to get the most value from the W3C standard model for data interchange at the 10th annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose next month. David Booth, senior software architect at Hawaii Resource Group, will be hosting a session explaining how the standard’s unique capabilities can have a profound effect on projects that seek to connect data coming in from multiple sources.

“One of the assumptions that people make looking at RDF is that it is  analogous to any other data format, like JSON or XML,” says Booth, who is working at the Hawaii Research Group’s on a contract the firm has with the U.S. Department of Defense to use semantic web technologies to achieve healthcare data interoperability. “It isn’t.” RDF, he explains, isn’t just another data format – rather, it’s about the information content that is encoded in the format.

“The focus is different. It is on the meaning of data vs. the details of syntax,” he says.

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Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces Agenda and Opens Registration

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We’re pleased to report that “DATAVERSITY™ Education, LLC, and SemanticWeb.com announced the agenda and opening of registration for the tenth annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). To view the three-day agenda or learn more about the conference speakers and registration options visitwww.SemTechBiz.com.  SemTechBiz will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center. The conference will be co-located with the NoSQL Now! Conference for the first time in conference history. Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY says, ‘Binging together these two vibrant professional communities was top priority for this year’s conference success.’ Additionally, DATAVERSITY will partner with SemanticWeb.com to launch a new event, the Cognitive Computing Forum, which will also be co-located in San Jose that week.” Read more

Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces the Launch of the Agenda and Opens Registration Today

site-header-10th-blog-304x200The Semantic Technology and Business Conference has announced its agenda for the tenth annual conference taking place August 19-21 in San Jose, CA. According to a new release out of the conference, “Today DATAVERSITY™ Education, LLC, and SemanticWeb.com announced the agenda and opening of registration for the tenth annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). To view the three-day agenda or learn more about the conference speakers and registration options visit www.SemTechBiz.com. SemTechBiz will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center.” Read more

Call For Presentations Now Open for 10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference

Logo: 10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference. August 19-21, 2014. San Jose, CaliforniaDATAVERSITY Education, LLC and SemanticWeb.com are pleased to announce that the Call For Presentations (CFP) is now open for the 2014 Semantic Technology & Business Conference (#SemTechBiz). The conference will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center. To submit a speaking proposal, visit the Call For Presentations. We are looking for conference sessions, tutorials, lightning talks, and panels. There are opportunities for case studies, research reports, practical experience, product sessions, and more.

We are actively seeking people to share their experiences and solutions in the area of Semantic Technologies. The topics we are looking to cover include:

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The New World of Books: E-Reading Gets Robust

Cast your vote yet for The Booksmash Challenge? If not, you’ve got a chance to pull the lever for semantic technology for the contest, which is sponsored by HarperCollins and asks developers to create proof-of-concept apps using its OpenBook API that includes full access to select authors’ work.

Entered in the challenge is the KEeReader, a browser-based e-reading platform that brings the ability to identify concepts, entities and relationships within content and allow users to interact with it. Its chief architect is Eric Freese, who gave audiences at this past spring’s SemTech conference in San Francisco a first look at the platform, and who will be providing attendees at the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC the latest insights on its place in the evolving world of knowledge enhanced e-reading. KEeReader adds a semantic angle to its book discovery one, opening the door to a vastly richer experience, says Freese.

“The two main goals of this are first to bring e-books into being first- class citizens on the web,” he says, benefitting from search engine optimization techniques for discovery, subscription to open Web standards to leverage the world of web resources like Wiktionary, and even analytics about book use for publishers to use in their business strategies. “The second goal is to unlock knowledge contained within the book.”

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It’s Time To Take On Temporal Data Management For Semantic Data

Mankind has been trying to understand the nature of time since, well, since forever. How time works is a big question, with many different facets being explored by scientists, philosophers, even social-psychologists. Semantic technologists, however, are focusing a little more strategically, considering temporal data management for semantic data.

At the Semantic Technology and Business Conference in NYC, coming up in early October, Dean Allemang, principal consultant at Working Ontologist LLC will be hosting a panel on the topic of managing time in Linked Data. Relational database systems long have been tuned into dealing with bi-temporal data, which changes over two dimensions of time independently – that is, valid (real world) and transactional (database) time. Not so with RDF databases. But many institutions, in fields ranging from finance to health care, have no desire to go back.

“They’ll lose all the RDF powers they’re familiar with, all the semantic linkages,” says Allemang. “And if you want that kind of distributed data understood in your enterprise, a relational solution isn’t going to help.”

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What Every Semantic Startup Should Know

Earlier this week The Semantic Web Blog gave you an in-depth look at the winner of the Semantic Web Startup Competition at the recent Semantic Technology and Business conference (see story here). Perhaps at next year’s SemTechBiz event, you’d like to be one of the startups in contention for the win – and some money might help you get there.

If so, then it might be helpful to troll through some of the advice that was offered in another session at the conference, which was attended by an audience who self-reported that they either were part of startups and potentially looking for funding, as well as others hoping to start their own venture in a year or so.

Here are some snippets to reflect on:

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FIBO Technology Summit At SemTechBiz: Financial Industry And Sem Tech Leaders Discuss Ontology Evaluation Tools, FLORA-2′s Potential, And More

Last week’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference played host to the FIBO (Financial Business Industry Ontology) Technology Summit. The event, which saw some 60 conference participants from the semantic web, financial industry and other sectors, as well as academia, was led by David S. Newman, SVP & Strategic Planning Manager Enterprise Architecture, at Wells Fargo and Chair of the Enterprise Data Management Council’s Semantics Program, and Dennis E. Wisnosky, founder of Wizdom Systems who is providing technical strategy and operational guidance to the Council for finalizing and implementing FIBO standards.

“This was a tremendous milestone for FIBO and FIBO’s full evolution,” Newman told The Semantic Web Blog following the event. It brought “together a lot of smart people working with semantic technology for a number of years to get their insights into how to further mature FIBO, as well as how to mature the technology, so that FIBO can really resonate with the regulatory community and the financial industry, so that it will have some real solid traction, be able to truly scale to the needs of the constituencies” – that is, not only financial institutions but the entire financial system. Says Newman, “That’s a big, tall order.”

The idea behind FIBO is to standardize the language used to precisely define the terms, conditions, and characteristics of financial instruments; the legal and relationship structure of business entities; the content and time dimensions of market data; and the legal obligations and process aspects of corporate actions. As an open-source, global financial initiative, it is planned to bring health to the financial system, through defining a vast amount of information semantically and providing a better capability for the industry and its regulators to look at more complex patterns and relationships of information in friendlier ways than conventional technology can offer.

At a session following the FIBO Technology Summit at last week’s conference, Wisnosky, also formerly the chief architect and CTO of the Department of Defense, explained one way the financial industry should view FIBO. Today, he said, financial institutions “spend hundreds of millions of dollars gathering data for regulators, with no advantage internally. The carrot [of FIBO] is to reduce those costs.” Ignore the carrot and wait for regulators to ask for more data, and watch costs go up. Added Newman, “if information is highly trustworthy, then the perception of risk regulators have of the financial industry might be lessened, if they can govern and certify an institution aligns with a common data standard, which is FIBO in our proposal.”

During that session, Newman also brought up some of the outcomes of the FIBO Technology Summit, such as discussions that were held about challenges to defining regulatory rules that are more complex and beyond the means of OWL 2 DL and SWRL. In his conversation with The Semantic Web Blog following the conference, he provided more details.

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Working On Taking “RDF as the Universal Healthcare Exchange Language” from Proposal to Policy at SemTechBiz

The final session I attended at this week’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference in San Francisco was on a topic with perhaps the biggest potential impact of any topic covered this week. The panel was called RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language, and it offered the attendees of SemTechBiz a glimpse into what occurred at an invitation-only workshop earlier in the week on the same topic.

The impressive group of panelists consisted of David Booth, Senior Software Architect of KnowMED (the company that won the Start-Up Competition earlier this week); Stanley Huff, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Intermountain Healthcare; Emory Fry, Founder of Cognitive Medical Systems; Conor Dowling, CTO of Caregraf; and Josh Mandel, Research Faculty for the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Harvard-MIT. The panelists prefaced their discussion quite elegantly in their description of the session:

“Healthcare information resides and continues to rapidly grow in a bewildering variety of vocabularies, formats and systems in thousands of organizations. This makes the exchange and integration of healthcare information exceedingly difficult. It inhibits access to complete and accurate patient data, undermines the key advantage of having patient data in electronic form, and drives up the already high cost of healthcare. Read more

Video: KnowMED Wins the Semantic Start-Up Competition at SemTech

One of the many highlights from yesterday at the Semantic Technology and Business Conference in San Francisco was the exciting conclusion of the Semantic Start-Up Competition. After each of the ten finalist companies presented their pitches to the judges, the expert panel deliberated and ultimately selected KnowMED as the big winner.

The KnowMED website states, “In healthcare, critical decisions are made every day that affect individual patient care, population health, and national health policy.  Read more

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