Past Meetup

Introduction to Semantic Technologies by Eric Franzon & Brian Sletten

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Eric Franzon ( is an executive with experience in highly technical subject areas, business analysis, marketing, communications, and operations.

Eric helped build the Semantic Technology ("SemTech") Conference, is VP Community at (, and is an Affiliate Analyst with Chris Shipley's Guidewire Group (

Brian Sletten ( is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on using and evangelizing forward-leaning technologies. He has a background as a system architect, a developer, a security consultant, a mentor, a team lead, an author and a trainer and operates in all of those roles as needed. His experience has spanned the online game, defense, finance, academic, hospitality, retail and commercial domains. He has worked with a wide variety of technologies such as network matrix switch controls, 3D simulation/visualization, Grid Computing, P2P and Semantic Web-based systems. He is President of Bosatsu Consulting (, Inc. and lives in Los Angeles, CA.


This is a joint meetup with LAPHP (, LAMySQL ( and LAWebSpeed (


Introduction to Semantic Technologies - Your On-Ramp to the Web of Data

So, you're interested enough in Web 3.0/Semantic Web to come to a Meetup. You know that people are talking about it, but you aren't exactly sure why. What is it really? And what is it not? What's the value? What are all these acronyms people keep talking about: RDF, OWL, SPARQL? What's a "triple" and why should you care? Does this have anything to do with "linked data"?

Maybe you already know the answers to these questions, but when you talk about SemWeb to friends and colleagues, they back slowly away... At this Meetup, we'll address some of these core questions in an easy-to-understand way – even if you have never seen a line of computer code.

Come join reknowned presenter Brian Sletten (Bosatsu Consulting) and Eric Axel Franzon ( ( for this friendly and fun introduction!

Attendees will learn:
- The basics of core Semantic Technologies
- How the technologies are being used today
- More technical folks will also learn some helpful ways to simply and clearly explain SemTech to their favorite business user, web developer, potential investor, or barrista!


Location: Fox Digital Media

10201 West Pico Blvd, Building 103,

Room 1150 A (Learning Center)

Los Angeles, CA 90064

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Raffle: Apress (


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FOX Studios

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Building 103,

Ground Floor,

Learning Center (Room 1150A)

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Park in the 103 Building Lot off of Pico. Go through the main entrance and turn right. You’ll drive about 300 feet and there will be a small guard booth. Tell them you’re on the list for the 7 PM event in the Learning Center.

Once parked in the garage, you’ll need to take the elevator up to the ground floor. Step out of the elevator and turn right – the Learning Center is right next door to the elevators.

If you'd like to carpool, please post your location in the carpool thread (
It's always a shame when we hear that someone wanted to attend but couldn't because of the distance.


We will need people to RSVP with their full name in order to arrange badges and parking. RSVP's will be closed April 24th in order to provide lead time for this purpose.


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