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Notes from Tuesday afternoon Semantic Technology Conference

Posted by haroldcarr on June 16, 2009 at 7:55 PM PDT

Here are my notes from Tuesday afternoon at

Tuesday afternoon, 6/16/2009
Book signing

_Semantic Web Programming_
John Hebeler, Matthew Fisher, Ryan Blace, 
Andrew Perez-Lopez, Mike Dean
Gave lab at JavaOne two weeks ago


textwise - complement to Calais
collibra - model transforms; runtime transformer; plug into ESB
Zepheira/ - data mashups

Conference Sessions 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Active PURLs: Stored Procedures for the Semantic Web
Wood, David, Zepheira
Technology - Intermediate
Digital Integration and Mashups

- Identify resources by PERSISTENT URIs (PURLs)
- Use "See Also" (HTTP 303) PURLs to ensure cross-boundary data integrity
- Share or use a PURL service
- Coordinate info space level, not the coe or even API - Give metadata
- local control, global access
- Investigate Active PURL to identify, describe and access a web service

Conference Sessions 3:15PM - 4:15PM

gist: a minimalist upper ontology
McComb, Dave, Semantic Arts Inc.
Technology - Intermediate
Ontology Concepts

Main concepts
- time, place, people, location, stuff/substance (occupies space and has mass),
  doc, behavior, agreements, organization, 
- properties (hasA, governs, affects, p2p, geo, datatype)
- collections

- Organization
- Units of measure, including currency
- Ownership and rights
- Documents and content
- Recorded events, including transactions
- Agreements, contracts, obligations and offers

Units of Measure
- declare base unit and how to convert to base
  seconds (duration), kilograms (weight), meter (extent),
  kelvin (temperature), ampere (power), candela (light), mole (Avolgado's)
- each (count), USDollar (money), square meter (area), 
  cubic meter (volume), ratios (speed, acceleration), percent

Concepts of "now", "here", "me", "us"

Conference Sessions 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Faceted Browsing Tools
Technology - Introductory
Developing Semantic Applications

Albornoz Mulligan, Jordi, Cambridge Semantics Inc

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good to see