The recent wave of interest in semantic technology has led to the growing popularity of Semantic Meetups in US and around the world. The purpose of local Meetup is to provide a forum for newcomers to learn about the foundational technologies of the Semantic Web  and for the well versed to keep up on industry trends and share their experiences. Discuss topics will cover a broad range of subject matter that includes OWL, RDF, SPARQL, RIF, Open Linked data, semantics in the enterprise, rules, inferencing, as well as updates from the standards bodies and open source community.http://www.w3c.org
We are pleased to announce the formation of the Central Maryland Semantic Meetup. This is free social network and meeting community open to industry, government and acedemia. The goal of the organizers is to create a vendor neutral environment for open discussion and provide the membership with a valuable resource of information on industry trends and ongoing research. We will work on behalf of the membership to coordinate regular meetings with respected speakers from industry, government and acedemia. Commercial software companies will also be invited to keep members up to date on available tools and the adoption trends they are seeing in the broader markets.
Please be advised that all public data of this meetup will be published as linked data on the world wide web. By acknowledging this welcome message you agree to this practice. If you have any questions about this practice please don't hesitate to ask the organizer of the group.
I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.
— Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers