Smarter, Better and Richer - What to Look for at SemTechBiz this Year
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  Tony Shaw   Tony Shaw
Program Co-Chair, SemTechBiz Conference
  Elisa Kendall   Elisa Kendall
Thematix Partners
  Eric Franzon   Eric A. Franzon
Vice President of Community
  Dave McComb   Dave McComb
Semantic Arts Inc.


Sunday, June 3, 2012
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Level:  Business/Strategic

Location:  Imperial A

The SemTech Conference is so diverse and layered that it's sometimes difficult to figure out which sessions are most relevant to your needs, and where you will get the most value. Surprisingly enough, these objectives are often out of sync - especially if you take the point of view that innovation occurs at the intersection of different disciplines.

Let's spend at least a few minutes before the chaos of the conference overtakes us, and consider about what we (ie. you) really want to achieve this week. Here you are - you've been granted a few days away from the office, with time to actually think about your job, your project, maybe even your place in the world - so what are you going to do with this gift? We don't have those answers to give you, but maybe we can help you figure some of them out for yourself, or give you some inspiration on where to look.

Tony is the president of Dataversity ( and it's former iteration of Wilshire Conferences ( He is also the co-founder and program chair for the Semantic Technology conference. He directs the overall subject matter of Dataversity's educational services, including conferences, publications and webcasts. Previously he started a dotcom in the identity management space (which went the way of most dotcoms), and was the president of Technology Transfer Institute (TTI). He still facilitates TTI's strategic technology forum for CTOs, called TTI/Vanguard (

Ms. Kendall has over 30 years professional experience in the design, development and deployment of enterprise-scale information management systems for communications, high technology, and aerospace applications. Her background includes many years in applied research in knowledge representation and ontology design, Ms. Kendall brings deep experience in large-scale, complex taxonomy, ontology and knowledge-based systems development, working for customers such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the DoD, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, SRI International. She represents ontology concerns on the Object Management Group (OMG)’s Architecture Board, and is co-editor of the Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM). She is also an active participant in the ISO JTC1 SC32 WG2 Metadata working group and was a member of the W3C OWL and Best Practices working groups. Recent projects include commercial ontology development for travel, agricultural, chemical engineering, financial services

Eric is VP of Community at Prior to that he was VP of Wilshire Conferences/Semantic Universe, where he led educational and community efforts for professionals working with enterprise data and Semantic Technologies. Since 2004, he has worked to raise awareness and explain the usage of semantic technologies in business and consumer settings. A lifelong learner and teacher, Eric is frequently called on as a consultant, coach, and trainer around complex technical topics. He is an advisory committee representative with the World Wide Web Consortium ( and has worked as an affiliate analyst with Chris Shipley's Guidewire Group.

Dave McComb is President of Semantic Arts, a consulting firm that specializes in helping large organizations incorporate semantic technologies into their Enterprise Architectures. He has built Enterprise Ontologies for Procter & Gamble, LexisNexis, SallieMae, Fiserv, Colorado Child Support Enforcement and Washington State Employment Security Division. He was the author of "Semantics in Business Systems", and co-founder of the Semantic Technology Conference. He teaches a four day course in Designing and Building Business Ontologies. He has over 30 years experience with enterprise systems, and has built some of the types of legacy systems he is now trying to replace.

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