New Meetup: Semantic Search: research and applications - presented by Peter Mika from Yahoo

From: Barbara S.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:00 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Semantic Web - San Diego!

What: Semantic Search: research and applications - presented by Peter Mika from Yahoo

When: Saturday, June 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Tri City Wellness center
6250 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009
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On Saturday, June 19th Peter Mika, a researcher and data architect at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona & working on the applications of semantic technology to Web search (A more complete bio is below), will give a 4 hour presentation, on the following:

Abstract:

While current search techniques aim at ever more sophisticated methods for searching over hypertext, the Semantic Web promises to break boundaries in search by transforming the content itself into a form that is more easily processable by machines.

In this talk, we will discuss some of the possible technologies for annotating content for machine processing and showcase some of the ways that semantic annotations can improve the search experience for users. In the first part of the talk, we will describe existing and upcoming formats for embedding metadata inside web content, including microformats, RDFa, Facebook's Open Graph format and HTML5's microdata. We illustrate these formats with practical examples, show some of the tools that can help authoring and give guidance on best practices and point out some of the pitfalls, drawing on our experience from working with large publishers. In the second part of the talk, we will discuss research in semantic search and demonstrate its applications in Semantic Web search engines and web search engines with semantic extensions, including Yahoo's Search Monkey and Google's Rich Snippets.

Bio:

Peter Mika is a researcher and data architect at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona, working on the applications of semantic technology to Web search. He received his BS in computer science from Eotvos Lorand University and his MSc and PhD in computer science (cum laude) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His interdisciplinary work in social networks and the Semantic Web earned him a Best Paper Award at the 2005 International Semantic Web Conference and a First Prize at the 2004 Semantic Web Challenge. From 2006 to 2009, he has been a co-chair of the Semantic Web Challenge. Mika is the youngest member elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Web Semantics. He is the author of the book 'Social Networks and the Semantic Web' (Springer, 2007). In 2008 he has been selected as one of "AI's Ten to Watch" by the editorial board of the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. Peter is a regular speaker at conferences, and a participant of the Semantic Web Gang podcast series.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Semantic-Web-San-Diego/calendar/13608833/

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