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What is a Semantic Media wiki - why should you want to know or care?

  • Apr 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • Tri City Wellness center

Many of you may know what SMW is.  For those of you who do not, I am sure you have at least used wikpedia, so you know what a wiki is.  If you are interested, you are welcome to come out and find out more about Semantic Wiki's.

Two speakers from Vulcan, Inc, Jesse Wang and William Smith will be flying in to San Diego, to speak about SMW (or Semantic Media Wiki)

A brief talk covering the basics will be given, followed by several interesting demonstrations/applictions that use SMW.

The intent of the meetup is also to serve as a prelude to SMWCon 2012 which is to be held in San Diego this year on April 25-27. More details on the conference can be found at:

and it is sponsored this year by our local La Jolla based AI-one 


About the speakers:

Jesse Wang:

Jesse Wang is a senior software architect at Vulcan Inc., which managesall aspects of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's assets and personalendeavors, including a long range strong A.I. initiative to build anautomatic question answering system. Jesse leads, designs and helpsoversee the execution of some parts of the program, especially in nextgeneration semantic and intelligent systems and technologies forknowledge acquisition and retrieval. His R&D interests include socialsemantic web, information retrieval/filtering, machine learning,artificial intelligence and productivity tools in general, and he hasmore than 15 years of experiences in these areas. Formerly, he worked atMicrosoft and led feature development in Microsoft Office.  He received his two Master of Science degrees in Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence in Tsinghua University and Computer Science from WestVirginia University. Jesse proudly serves as the general chair of comingInternational Semantic MediaWiki Conference (SMWCon Spring 2012).

William Smith
William Smith works for Vulcan Inc. in research and development creating applications utilizing emerging Semantic Web technologies.  Current work includes Semantic MediaWiki Plus, semantic application framework development, and integration of neurobiology data sets.  William joined Vulcan in 2010 working on Semantic Web applications, and has spent over 10 years developing web frameworks across many different industries.

William has been active in developing web frameworks including early versions of MVC php platforms, Rails core components and extensions, JavaScript design patterns, and integrating these technologies into emerging fields. William has designed early MMS media delivery systems for 3G services, royalty payment tracking systems for record labels, and content ingestion systems for Getty Images and Flickr.

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  • Tom K.

    Very interesting and informative presentations by both Jesse and Will. Great introduction to the convention in 2 weeks.

    April 12, 2012

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