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Semantic Search Beyond RDF – SemTech 2009 Video

By   /  July 13, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

MODERATOR:
Wen Ruan, TextWise

PANELISTS:
Ronald M. Kaplan, Powerset division of bing
Christian F. Hempelmann, RiverGlass, Inc.
Riza Berkan, hakia

Semantic Search technology in the Semantic Web community is often understood as retrieval of knowledge from tagged data such as RDF sources, which require substantial formatting and markup to realize. Understanding unstructured query and document text and conducting searches according to their meaning is another approach, exemplified by linguistically rooted semantic matching, ontological knowledge-based semantic interpretation, and statistically based semantic similarity search.

This panel will look at different ways to tackle semantic search as a problem of text understanding. Powerset division of bing’s natural-language processing engine does deep syntactical analysis to determine the meaning of a query or a sentence. Hakia relies on a language-independent ontology model and an ontology-based English lexicon to translate text into a representation of its meaning. RiverGlass has developed an ontological semantic approach to search and text analytics, emphasizing the in-context, linguistic meaning of textual content in order to return truly relevant results in response to information requests. TextWise’s Semantic Signature matching looks for similarities between a query and text at the topic level.

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SPIN: An object-oriented framework for business rules using SPARQL – SemTech 2009 Video

By   /  July 10, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

PRESENTER:
Holger Knublauch
Vice President
TopQuadrant

The current generation of Semantic Web languages is well suited to link data and to define domain concepts and relationships. However, real-world applications that operate on those linked data models typically need higher expressivity than what is provided by OWL and RDF Schema alone. SPIN is an open-source framework that supports the use of SPARQL to define business rules and constraint checks on Semantic Web models with object-oriented modeling techniques. This simple yet powerful mechanism makes it possible to define self-describing domain models that can then be used by generic software components such as user interface renderers, schema mappers and workflow engines. Instead of hard-coding behavior in languages like Java, SPIN makes it possible to declaratively define complex business rules and processes. SPIN can also be used to define new higher-level modeling languages with built-in semantics.

This talk:

  • Sets the stage with a quick review of SPARQL (incl. CONSTRUCT keyword)
  • Introduces SPIN as a mechanism to attach SPARQL queries to class definitions
  • Shows how to define new SPARQL functions and reusable query templates with SPIN
  • Demonstrates the use of SPIN for tasks ranging from unit conversion to computer games
  • Shows how the ideas of SPIN give rise to a new software development paradigm around self-describing linked data models
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Panel: Venture Capital Outlook – SemTech 2009 Video

By   /  July 10, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

MODERATOR:
Steve Bastasini, Cerebra

PANELISTS:
Eghosa Omoigui, Intel Capital
Peter Rip, Crosslink Capital
Michael S. Dunn, Hearst Interactive Media
Shawn Carolan, Menlo Ventures

After a period of caution about the viability of semantic technologies, investors seem more willing to fund semantic start-ups right now. And even with the economy in distress, semantics is managing to create excitement amongst the VCs. Semantic search has been hot for a couple of years – the possibility of finding the next Google being just too enticing – but the focus seems now to be shifting to enterprise and consumer apps where as Jim Hendler famously said "a little semantics goes a long way." Money is going into enterprise software, such as business intelligence tools, and innovative consumer apps based around social networks, smarter information filtering and productivity enhancement.

So what do the VCs want to see in the business plans for semantic start-ups now? Are there still plenty of good opportunities out there for entrepreneurs or have the best ideas already claimed their share of available capital?

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Panel: Publishers – SemTech 2009 Video

By   /  July 10, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

MODERATOR:
Greg Stuart, gregstuart.com

PANELISTS:
Keith DeWeese, Tribune Company-Tribune Interactive
Evan Sandhaus, New York Times Company
Paul Berry, HuffingtonPost.com
Jim Stanley, CBS Interactive – Technology & News
Michael S. Dunn, Hearst Interactive Media

 

This discussion features representatives from major media companies who are seriously investigating or presently using semantic technologies in their sites. The conversation will focus on the business and operational benefits of using semantic technologies in publishing and media sites.

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Panel: Semantic Advertising Roundtable – SemTech 2009 Video

By   /  July 9, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

MODERATOR:
Scott Brinker, ion interactive, inc.

PANELISTS:
Brooke Aker, Expert System USA
Amiad Solomon, Peer39
Amit Kumar, Dapper
Greg Stuart, gregstuart.com

This moderated panel discusses "semantic advertising" in the market today, with representatives from:

* An ad network using semantic technology (Peer39)
* a company using semantic technology to dynamically generate advertising content (Dapper)
* A company using semantic technology to dynamically feed ad content on a mobile platform (Expert System)
* an expert in advertising and former CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (Greg Stuart)

The focus of this session is to give business people and technologists an understanding of how semantic technology is being used in online advertising today. This is a broad survey of the different ideas labeled as "semantic advertising" — presented by the people leading those initiatives — both to see what they have in common and how they’re different.

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The Semantic Web Gang looks back at SemTech 2009 – SemTech 2009 Video

By   /  July 7, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

MODERATOR:
Paul Miller, The Cloud of Data

PANELISTS:
Greg Boutin, GrowthRoute Ventures
Leigh Dodds, Talis
Alex Iskold, AdaptiveBlue
Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research
Mills Davis, Project10x

Every month, the Semantic Web Gang podcast brings together a team of researchers, practitioners and managers to share their views on topical developments in the semantic technology space. In a departure from the regular telephone conversation, June’s Gang finds host Paul Miller together on stage with Gang regulars Greg Boutin, Mills Davis, Leigh Dodds, Alex Iskold and Peter Mika and special guest Tony Shaw (Semantic Universe). We take a typical Gang look back over the Semantic Technology Conference, discussing our impressions and listening to those of our audience. Watch this video to see the Gang in action, to hear their opinions, and comment below to contribute your own views.

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Panel: Linked Open Data – SemTech 2009 Video

By   /  July 7, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

MODERATOR: Paul Miller, The Cloud of Data

PANELISTS:
Jamie Taylor, Metaweb Technologies, Inc.
Leigh Dodds, Talis
James Leigh, James Leigh Services, Inc.
Kingsley Idehen, OpenLink Software, Inc.

The "data commons" is a cornerstone of the semantic web vision. The Linked and Open Data movements are progressing beyond the early adopter phase and preparing to cross the chasm. Enough experience now exists to reflect on how this data set is being used, how useful it is, and where we can take it from here. Beyond the basics, the panel will discuss issues such as quality of service, stability, and longevity. They’ll also explore the evolution of the semantic web with a particular emphasis on modes of data use, reuse and aggregation.

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Active PURLs: Stored Procedures for the Semantic Web – SemTech 2009 Audio

By   /  July 6, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

David Wood, Zepheira

Persistent URLs (PURLs) have operated on the Internet since 1995, and were re-architected and described at SemTech in 2008. Part of the re-architecture was to add semantic capabilities to PURLs so that metadata descriptions of a resource may be computationally separated from resources themselves. The Open Source community at http://purlz.org maintains and extends the PURL code base.

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Semantics at Google: RDFa, Microformats, and More – SemTech 2009 Audio

By   /  July 6, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

Othar Hansson, Google, Inc.
Kavi Goel, Google, Inc.

In this "Late-Breaking News" session, representatives from Google, Inc. discuss the company’s recent announcements about semantic web technologies and ongoing initiatives.

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Making Sense of Information with Semantic Technologies – SemTech 2009 Audio

By   /  July 6, 2009  /  Data Education, Smart Data News, Articles, & Education  /  No Comments

Cirrus Shakeri, SAP Labs

In this talk we will report on using semantic technologies in implementing tools for enterprise information management and decision support systems. We have built proof-of-concept software tools that assist knowledge workers in making sense of information within the context of some business processes.

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