Past Meetup

Evolution of Semantic Technologies-The Value of Merging Smart Data With Big Data

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Xcelerate Solutions

8405 Greensboro Dr., Suite 930 · McLean 22102, VA

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Please use the Parking Level 2 (P2) Entrance to the 8405 Building to Avoid Delay for Entry-Doors Should be Unlocked Until 7 PM

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6:30 pm

Continue Data Science Tutorial: Practical Data Science for Data Scientists ( Asking and Answering Questions About Data (

7 pm

Welcoming Remarks by Dr. George Strawn, Director, NITRD/NCO ( and co-chair of the Federal Big Data Senior Steering Work Group ( Slides (

7:05 pm

Brief Introductions (10 Seconds - Name, Organization and Interests)

7:15 pm

Evolution of Semantic Technologies-The Value of Merging Smart Data With Big Data: Dr. Eric Little, Modus Operandi and Dr. Silva. See ​Modus Operandi Semantic Knowledge Base (

This talk will briefly highlight the history of semantic technologies (and ontology development) and will point out some of the successes and failures of the discipline over the past couple of decades. We will then discuss how semantics is becoming more relevant now that orthogonally related technologies and techniques in Big Data Science have matured – in that they are providing a computational frameworks that previously was lacking. The ability to scale data in cloud databases (e.g., NoSQL data stores) is providing incredible heuristics for managing and manipulating large amounts of data – however, the ability to provide advanced analytics within those systems is a growing challenge due to their lack of relational structure. Semantic technologies can provide the necessary organizational structure for advanced querying and reasoning of large graphs at levels of scale that can provide real business intelligence and advanced analytics.

A White Paper in progress on Making Big Data Small Using Semantics & Advanced Analytics for the NITRD will also be discussed.

Eric Little, PhD Vice President – Chief Scientist, Modus Operandi

Jeff Lessner, Vice President - Development, Modus Operandi

Dr. Silva

8:30 pm

Networking/Individual Demos (talk among yourselves and look at one another's work)

9:00 pm

Continue Your Conversations Elsewhere (We need to clear out of the space)