What we're about

We have frequent results-focused meetups (https://www.meetup.com/Federal-Big-Data-Working-Group/) that provide opportunities for a broad community of participants to focus on big data products for the Federal Big Data Initiative:

• Federal: Supports the Federal Big Data Initiative (http://semanticommunity.info/A_NITRD_Dashboard/Making_the_Most_of_Big_Data), but not endorsed by the Federal Government or its Agencies;

• Big Data: Supports the Federal Digital Government Strategy (http://semanticommunity.info/AOL_Government/Building_a_Digital_Government) which is "treating all content as data", so big data = all your content;

• Working Group: Data Science Teams composed of Federal Government and Non-Federal Government experts producing big data products; and

• Meetup: The world's largest network of local groups (https://www.meetup.com/about/) to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize like MOOCs (Massive Open On-line Classes) being considered by the White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/18/pcast-considers-massive-open-online-courses-moocs-and-related-technologies-higher-ed).

The Federal Big Data Working Group Meetup (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Federal_Big_Data_Working_Group_Meetup) is also about helping government agencies develop:

• People – Data Scientists/Chief Data Officers

• Process – Data Infrastructure

• Products – Data Publications

Some examples:

• EPA (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_EPA_EnviroAtlas)

• FDA (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_OpenFDA)

• NOAA (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_the_NOAA_Chief_Data_Officer)

• HHS (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_the_HHS_IDEA_LAB)

• USDA (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/USDA_Data_Science_MOOC)

• Eastern Foundry (http://www.eastern-foundry.com/)

And provide MOOCs/Meetups for training and networking.

Five MOOCs for Big Data Applications and Analytics:

• Practical Data Science for Data (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Practical_Data_Science_for_Data_Scientists)Scientists (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Practical_Data_Science_for_Data_Scientists) by Niemann Based on Schutt and O’Neil Book

• Data Science for Data (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_Data_Mining)Mining (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_Data_Mining) by Niemann Based on North Book and Borne Class

• Federal Big Data Working Group Meetups (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Federal_Big_Data_Working_Group_Meetup) by Niemann and Goodier

• Data Science for Tackling (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_Tackling_the_Challenges_of_Big_Data)the Challenges of Big Data (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_Tackling_the_Challenges_of_Big_Data), MIT ProfessionalX Online Course by Niemann Based on Rus and Madden MOOC

• Data Science for Big Data Application and Analytics (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_Big_Data_Application_and_Analytics_MOOC)MOOC (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_Big_Data_Application_and_Analytics_MOOC) by Niemann Based on Geoffrey Fox MOOC

• Data Science for ​Mining of Massive Datasets (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Data_Science_for_Mining_of_Massive_Datasets) by Niemann Based on Stanford MOOC (IN PROCESS)

• USDA Data Science MOOC (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/USDA_Data_Science_MOOC) by Niemann based on USDA CIO and ACDO on Open Data Plan and Roundtable Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Federal-Big-Data-Working-Group/events/220121871/)

See: Semantic Community (http://semanticommunity.info/) and Federal Big Data Working Group Meetup (http://semanticommunity.info/Data_Science/Federal_Big_Data_Working_Group_Meetup)

Upcoming events (4)

Edge Analytics - Identify Anomalies in Real Time

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Edge analytics continues to gain traction for addressing a wide range of use cases. Among the most common are fast anomaly detection and error classification enabling immediate action on a particular problem.
Join us for this session on how to maximize the value of real-time edge analytics using technologies such as sound wave recognition, data streaming, machine learning, and AI. We will show how to train and execute an AI model that mimics an expert human in identifying device issues by listening to machine sounds. We will cover, in detail, how TIBCO technology, with the power of open source developments, can deliver end-to-end edge analytics solutions.
You will learn:

  • How to use Project AIR from TIBCO LABS as an edge analytics platform
  • How to incorporate sound wave analysis for real-time anomaly detection
  • How to use Project AIR to deploy and manage machine learning models for real-time analytics

Sign up today! We hope to see you soon.


  • Ahmad Fattahi, Director of Data Science, OOCAO
    TIBCO Software Inc.
  • Marcelo Gallardo, Senior Solutions Architect, OOCTO
    TIBCO Software Inc.
  • Atheer Alattar, Lead Data Scientist, OOCAO
    TIBCO Software Inc.

TIBCO Analytics Meetup: Natural Language Processing

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  • TIBCO Data Science update by Michael O’Connell, Chief Analytics Officer
  • Live demo of the NLP Toolkit for TIBCO Spotfire by Sweta Kotha, Senior Data Scientist
  • TIBCO Community update by Heleen Snelting, Director Data Science
  • Discussion and Q&A

You’ll learn about:

  • Using a combination of exploratory NLP methods and algorithms and the latest TIBCO Spotfire Mods to analyze any textual data.
  • Preprocessing steps such as removing stop words, removing special characters, and performing text normalization like stemming or lemmatization.
  • Text vectorization methods including frequency and N-grams to retrieve top phrases and keywords.
  • Popular functions for tasks including named-entity recognition, part-of-speech tagging, and sentiment analysis.
  • TIBCO Community resources including the NLP Toolkit for Spotfire (Python data functions)


  • Michael O'Connell, Chief Analytics Officer
    TIBCO Software Inc.
  • Heleen Snelting, Director Data Science
    TIBCO Software Inc.
  • Sweta Kotha, Senior Data Scientist
    TIBCO Software Inc.

Powering ESG with IoT

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Environment, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is driving both consumer and enterprise behavior. Business leaders are including these factors in their daily decision-making processes and technology selections, and consumers are evaluating companies based on published sustainability commitments, ethical operations, and social practices.

To strengthen ESG capabilities, many organizations are turning to IoT because of its ability to enable new measurement points, improve monitoring, and reduce decision latency. When augmented with advanced analytics, IoT can provide the digital intelligence layer needed for successful ESG programs.

Join this session to hear how IoT is enriching enterprise ESG capabilities and performance. IoT and sustainability are natural partners, with huge potential for the future.


  • Nelson Petracek, Global Chief Technology Officer
    TIBCO Software Inc.

Open Source Community Day #OSSDay - In Person Austin TopGolf

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Open Source Community Day #OSSDay (Hybrid Event)
Registration Required - https://tibco.swoogo.com/ossdayaustin22

Join us at the upcoming #OSSDay, and learn more about various open source projects, connect with fellow developers, and find your next project or opportunity!

Date: Nov 15, 2022
Time: 10 AM CT to 9 PM CT
Hybrid Event (both in-person and virtual)
Location: TopGolf Austin
Cost to Attend: FREE


  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - TBD
  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - AWS: Trusted AI
  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - AOT Technologies
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - TIBCO: Keynote with TIBCO CTO
  • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - TBD
  • 12:30 PM - 1:00PM - Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - TIBCO: Explore Text with Natural Language Processing in TIBCO Spotfire
  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Microsoft: Build Serverless Containerized Apps with OSS on Azure
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - TBD
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Google
  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - TIBCO: Web3, NFTs, and More for the Enterprise
  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Intel: Enabling Computer Vision at the Edge with Open Source
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Project Air (IoT) Challenge - must bring a laptop to participate (participation is for In-person attendees only, no virtual option)
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Activities: Happy Hour, Dinner, and Golf
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Awards

Past events (76)

Blockchain – Alive and Well!

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