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Putting the I in IT: Ontologies 4 Data Integration & User Interface development

Organizations spend a lot of time and money building IT environments that meet their business needs. While these environments are usually both performant and reliable at recording and storing business facts – experiment results, sales records, inventory changes, etc – they are usually also poor at allowing clients to explore and query the data contained within them to generate valuable information on which business decisions can be made. OrangeDog is a semantic applications and consulting startup specializing in the use of semantic technologies, notably OWL and RDF, to perform data integration and to create user-centric graphical interfaces. OrangeDog's software allows users to work in an environment where their data is integrated, fully contextualized at all times, expressed in end user terminology, and deeply explorable without the need to program and without the need to ask IT for help OrangeDog's software can be seamlessly deployed alongside traditional IT infrastructure such as databases, web services, etc – no systems need to be rebuilt or replaced to use OrangeDog's tool suite.
About the Speaker Graham Matthews is the CEO of OrangeDog. He received a M.S. degree in Computer Science from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia. He has been active in the area of software development for over 25 years, working at Amgen to develop mathematical models and simulators to help biologists understand their experimental data, contributing to the development of the Magma computer algebra system at the University of Sydney, and writing a real-time wave-tide monitoring system for WaveRider Buoys.

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  • Barbara S.

    Although the venue was certainly noisy, and not optimal, the speaker gave a talk and demonstration of a product leveraging semantic web technology to address the issue of querying and integrating multiple heterogeneous datasources in a relatively seamless manner, creating a disruptive but non threatening approach to data integration and interoperability that relies on significant creative thought in the underlying architecture, but is relatively simple in its construction. Kudos to the creator, speaker and innovator! In addition, the group was sufficiently knowledgeable and involved that the meetup closed the place down (Panera closes at 9:00 p.m - many members stayed until after 9:30). I believe there was sufficient exchange of information and contact information to facilitate the success of a potential disruptive semantic web product. In my eyes that translates to success!

    May 28, 2010

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