Creating interoperable semantic assets from fragmented applications and data
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  Irene Polikoff   Irene Polikoff
  Bob DuCharme   Bob DuCharme
Solutions Architect
Top Quadrant


Tuesday, June 5, 2012
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM

Location:  Imperial A

Today, meaningful interactions between people, applications and data are essential to every business transaction. Yet, even in smaller organizations, the landscape of data and correlated business applications or systems is increasingly fragmented. In this presentation, we describe simple and practical steps to progressively turning your systems and data into interoperable semantic assets. As a result, internal and external data flow together as needed and are delivered as services to users, applications and systems at the right time and in the right context.

Key capabilities to delivering semantic assets are:

• removing ambiguity from vocabularies and data
• aggregating, correlating and transforming information
• harmonizing exchanges between different systems

Depending on your critical business goals and starting place, we will outline alternative roadmaps for fulfilling these capabilities and transitioning fragmented information landscapes into a semantic ecosystem. We will demonstrate simple implementations of these capabilities and illustrate their use through case studies and examples from the Life Sciences, Oil&Gas and Media&Publishing industries.

Irene Polikoff has more than two decades of experience in software development, management, consulting and strategic planning. Since co-founding TopQuadrant in 2001 Irene has been involved in more than a dozen projects in government and commercial sectors. She has written strategy papers, trained customers on the use of the Semantic Web standards, developed ontology models, designed solution architectures and defined deployment processes and guidance. With the introduction of TopQuadrant's Semantic Solution Platform, TopBraid Suite, Irene has been leading the evolution of the company from a consulting firm to a software vendor. As an executive leader of TopQuadrant Irene is responsible for daily operations and long term strategy of the company. Before starting TopQuadrant Irene was a Principal in the national Knowledge, Content Management and Portals Practice in IBM Global Services. Prior to that she was a Senior Development Manager and a Project Executive for IBM worldwide consultant'

Bob Ducharme is Solutions Architect at TopQuadrant, a leading software company in the Semantic Web world. He has been involved in semantic web work since 2002. He came there from Innodata Isogen, where he did system and architecture analysis and design for a wide range of global publishing clients as well as co-chairing the 2008 Linked Data Planet conference in New York City. Bob is the author of Learning SPARQL from O'Reilly Media, XSLT Quickly from Manning Publications, XML: The Annotated Specification and SGML CD from Prentice Hall, and Operating Systems Handbook from McGraw Hill. Bob has written for Nodalities Magazine, O'Reilly Network's, Dr. Dobb's Journal, and IBM developerWorks. He received his BA in Religion from Columbia University and his Masters in Computer Science from New York University. In the newsletter, editor Kendall Clark once wrote "Does anyone write tech prose as clear as Bob?"

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