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The Graph in Your Data - A Neo4j Intro & An Intro to GoldenOrb

  • Sep 21, 2011 · 6:00 PM
  • SpringSource @ EMC

This month's meetup is being held in conjunction with the New York Graph Meetup and will feature two great presentations on graph databases. First up will be a introduction of GoldenOrb by project founder Zach Richardson. After that there will be full presentation of Neo4j by Andreas Kollegger.

 Please note the earlier start time in order to accomodate both speakers.  RSVP with full name is required by building security.  You will not be admitted without an RSVP.

6:00pm: networking

6:30pm: GoldenOrb + Zach Richardson

7:00pm: Neo4j + Andreas Kollegger



GoldenOrb is a large-scale graph processing system.  Modeled after Google's Pregel, GoldenOrb allows you to before large batch computations on graphical data.  In this talk you will be provided with an overview of the GoldenOrb computational model, and the types of problems it can be applied to.



The Graph in Your Data - A Neo4j Intro

The Social Graph, sure. At work, that mixes with the organization graph, where related departments work together on your product graph. Which appeals to different customers in different ways, because they're in both a social and location graph. Recognizing the many intersecting interests is good, but putting all that data and those relationships into a database is even better. 

We'll introduce the essential concepts of a graph database by taking a tour of real world uses of Neo4j, where you'll probably recognize snapshots of your own application, exposing the graph in your data. Mix in some code and some diagrams, and you'll leave dreaming up new ideas for your application.



About the speakers

Zach Richardson President and Co-Founder of Ravel

Zach Richardson spent the last 5 years in the United States Navy as a Gunner’s Mate First Class, after completing his BA in Mathematics from Thomas Edison State College. Between 2003 and 2007 he managed 3 work centers with over 22 personnel on the USS Winston S. Churchill, and was responsible for maintaining and operating the Vertical Launching System, 5-inch Gun, and for Force Protection, executing three successful missile intercepts and a successful pre-deployment test launch of the Tomahawk Block E cruise missile.

Between 2007 and 2009, Zach was the Range Operations Manager for Guantanamo Bay, where he was responsible for all operations on 5 shooting ranges, and the small arms qualifications of 100,000+ soldiers, airmen, marines, and sailors. Zach continues to serve in the US Army National Guard.
Zach has programming and management experience in several domains of software development, most recently with many Hadoop subprojects and the Semantic Web. In January 2010 Zach inspired and led a team that won the MIT Linked Data product development competition. Zach is an active member of the Austin Big Data User Group and Semantic Web Austin.

In addition to Zach's role at Ravel, he is the lead developer and architect for the GoldenOrb project.

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Andreas Kollegger - Neo4j Creative Engineer

With a career graph traversing from embedded systems engineering at NASA, to compiler design at Xilinx, to medical informatics in Zambia, Andreas appreciates the emergent beauty of systems built from simple ideas. And so now graphs, the simplest possible idea for structuring data without missing the nuance of the real world. As an engineer with the Neo4j open source graph database, Andreas contributes code and creative content. 

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  • Alex P.

    Very Good

    September 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good presentation.

    September 22, 2011

  • Bill B.

    Very good introduction into Graph Databases.

    September 22, 2011

  • Ken G.

    Will this be recorded? I had to cancel my RSVP, the node.js meetup conflicts.

    September 21, 2011

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