Semantic Web in use

Hosted by Canberra Semantic Web Meetup Group

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After a long break finally another Semantic Web meetup! We are honored to have Mike Bergman, CEO of Structured Dynamics LLC, an active blogger ( ) and a veteran Semantic Web advocate over from the US. He is also the founder of Zitgist LLC, a company that maintains, for example, the Ping the Semantic Web service. The agenda of Mike's talk will be posted asap. We will also honor requests from earlier meetups for a Semantic Web/Linked Data 101 tutorial which will run before Mike's talk for Semantic Web meetup attendees who need some intro to the technologies first. We also want to hear from you! If you have any semantic Web related projects that you are running at the moment we would be delighted to hear from you!


2:30pm -3:30pm

Semantic Web 101 - David Ratcliffe (CSIRO), Armin Haller (CSIRO)

David and Armin will bring the audience up to speed with the semantic Web, introducing technologies and concepts like RDF, triples, ontologies, RDFa, and reasoning. The talk is meant to lay a foundation for Mike to talk more about the usability of these technologies in real life. Everybody familiar with the terms can safely skip this tutorial and join us for Mike's talk only.

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Coffee break sponsored by the Australian War Memorial.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Pragmatic Approaches to the Semantic Web - or, Why Aren't We Yet in Hyperland? - Mike Bergman (Structured Dynamics LLC)

More than 20 years ago, Douglas Adams, of Doctor Who and A
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame, produced a fascinating TV program presaging the semantic Web called Hyperland. In many ways this vision has not come to fruition, while in subtle ways unseen parts have.

Mike will offer his take on what approaches to the semantic Web are working, what are not, and what all of this might say about the semantic Web moving forward. Informed by his company's open source frameworks and client experiences, Mike's main thesis is that the pragmatic contribution of semantic technologies resides more in mindsets, information models and architectures than in 'linked data' as currently practiced.