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Semantic Web in use

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.

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  • Mike B.

    Thanks to Adam, Laurent, Armin and David for this super opportunity to discuss semantic Web topics with this meetup. You all were most welcoming and the discussions were stimulating!

    I have posted my slides at and have summarized my talk in a blog post at I took forward to returning; my two weeks in AU were magical. Thanks!

    May 1, 2012

  • Cath

    Thanks, Mike and the organisers of this presentation. I found it very clear and interesting. In fact, it triggered a speculative provocation: Please share your response :)

    April 26, 2012

  • David R.

    Thanks again to everyone for attending, and for the positive feedback, much appreciated. The slides for the introductory talk are uploaded to SlideShare at:

    Content from these slides were presented in a much longer tutorial that I gave at the The Seventh Australasian
    Ontology Workshop (AOW 2011) in Perth last year:

    April 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a fantastic afternoon with the presentations providing extensive, well informed information and perspectives. Brilliant the way two views were presented. I learned alot. Well done to all the presenters.

    April 24, 2012

  • George B.

    Thanks for a great meetup! It was great to see how all the acronyms fit together, and Mike's real-world experience and advice was interesting. Hyperland is available here: I think DA tipped his hat to Apple's Knowledge Navigator video some years before.

    April 24, 2012

  • Kingsley B.

    David gave a very good concise introduction to the terminology and the component technologies that comprise "The Semantic Web". He defined Triple Stores, Uniform Resource Indicators (URIs) and how knowledge may be captured using the concept of 2 entities or "things" and defining a relationship between them. His diagrams were good too - I think these were done by Armin.

    Michael Bergman (Structured Dynamics) reinforced this by saying that all knowledge can be captured in this way and stored according to the Resource Description Framework (RDF) in Triple Stores as well as being serialised into XML. Michael also spoke about the dynamic translation of data held in relational databases into web pages - presumably XHTML with a reference to a CSS to reflect the organisation's web site style.

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    April 24, 2012

  • Jill Buckley S.

    Very useful having the introductory talk followed by Mike's practical discussion.

    April 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    interesting, especially about the coercion of tacitly structured data and the cost of formally structuring data

    April 24, 2012

  • Laurent L.

    We had a very good turnout so I personally want to thank IMM (@the_metalounge), Ingrid (@1n9r1d), Ruth (@wsgcanberra), David (@davidseth) for all the publicity!

    Thanks again to Mike, to Adam and Armin for running the event and also to David for the warm up session. Quick reminder to everyone: please give us feedback, share your ideas/wishes for future events and update your profiles, especially if you are using or intend to use SW in your projects.

    April 23, 2012

  • Julian S.

    The session was filmed and will be posted online next week. Thanks to Adam and the hosts for arranging this.

    April 23, 2012

  • Julian S.

    The presentations were excellent. Thank you.

    April 23, 2012

  • David P.

    Sounds like a great program. Will anyone be videoing the sessions on youtube or putting slides online? Thanks!

    April 23, 2012

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