Dynamic Data Federation: When and How it Really Works
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  Scott Henninger   Scott Henninger
Platform Product Manager
TopQuadrant, Inc.


Thursday, June 7, 2012
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Level:  Business/Strategic

Location:  Plaza A

RDF is the ultimate data mashup language--it's a straightforward task to convert data from all the most common enterprise formats (spreadsheets, XML, relational databases) into RDF. RDF provides a simple and standards-based way to merge this data into a single, queryable dataset. While this works well in principle, and even in practice at small scale, this well-known approach faces specific challenges when applied to large scale information sets. We'll look at a small-scale, dynamic approach that that lets users navigate over large amounts of federated data. The trick to the approach is to access large scale data while storing only a small, manageable amount of data at any one time. While this approach is not a data integration silver bullet, it does make it easier to dynamically explore large collections of heterogeneous data, letting you find new connections that may not have been apparent before.

• RDF and the promise of data mashups
• Defintion: Dynamic Data Federation
• Application areas: Pharmaceuticals, National Intelligence, Investment Banking, etc.
• Strenghts and Weaknesses of Dynamic Data Federation
• Comparison to other data federation approaches

Dr. Scott Henninger is the Platform Product Manager at TopQuadrant where he is responsible for product development and support for the TopBraid Suite. Leveraging his specialties in information retrieval and technology development and bringing over a decade of experience in technology education, Scott has contributed to the design and delivery of TopQuadrant’s highly successful training series for over two years. Before joining TopQuadrant, Scott was a professor of Computer Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he spent 15 years researching and teaching advanced Web-based technologies, software engineering and human-computer interaction. He holds a PhD in Computer Science specializing in Information Retrieval, Software Engineering and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder

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