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Semantically Webbed First Year Anniversary Presentation - Michael Uschold!

Michael Uschold Presents: Introduction to Ontologies and Semantic Technology

Michael sends these two notes:

FIRST: request for volunteer videographer to 'tape' tonite's talk?

SECOND: reminding of tonight's talk and announce that there will be a special aniversary gift for everyone who shows up. This is a gentle introduction intended for absolute beginners who may first think of cancer when they hear the term 'ontology' or who may think of reproduction when people speak of 'AI'. It is based on a tutorial given at the Semantic Technology Conference in 2007 in San Jose.

We will first describe some common challenges and pain points in today's IT world. This motivates the need for ontologies and semantic technology. But what exactly IS an ontology and how is it used? What's is the difference between an ontology and a vocabulary? a taxonomy? a thesaurus? an XML schema? a data base schema? a UML class diagram. What is the difference between *an* ontology and the branch of philosophy with the same name?

We also consider the question of "semantics". When people say "Semantic X" what do they really mean?

This is intended to be highly informal, if I only get 1/3 the way through because of lively discussion, all is goodness. I will be happy to do followup sessions.

Some Links:

AI Center colloquium presentation

Venue and eats sponsored by our Microsoft members (Bernie Johnson was kind enough to coordinate for us - Thank you Bernie!)

Networking 6:00 PM ...
Eats: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Talk at 7:00 PM

I am in town on Monday and will attend this event in person. Hope to meet all of our new folks (and a lot of our established members) - Jillian

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  • Stephen D.

    A very interesting and informative talk.

    April 29, 2010

  • Jill M.

    of course, I am biased - but thought the venue, presentation, and the turnout to be GREAT! Was very pleased with the questions and answers that followed the presentation as well. Thank you everyone for attending - and also, for your participation in our Meetup. Especially want to thank Michael for "stepping up" to present (great one at that), and look forward to a number of presentations to follow.

    Thank you also to everyone who stayed and helped us "tidy" up. Have taken some of the venue recommendations under tow for the next time we are able to use the facility.

    Looking to put together a Protoge workshop in the near future - still nagging Jamie Tayler on a Freebase one as well.


    April 28, 2010

  • Nipun J.

    Timothy, I don't think we were able to record this talk!

    April 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is video available for this talk?

    April 27, 2010

  • Tim F.

    A well presented survey of semantic web concepts from the ontology side of the stack. A nice compare-and-contrast with "competing" technologies such as XML schema, UML, database schemas. Nice explanation of the key points of ontologies, such as usually having a core of "is a" relations, having rich types of relations and the design goals of encoding shared meaning.

    April 27, 2010

  • Nipun J.

    It's easy to get lost on web 2.0 while trying to learn about web 3.0. Having a direction is important and that is the least one could get from this group. Good mix of friendly approachable bunch of attendees. Thanks Michael for an engaging talk and thanks Jill and all the co-organizers for all your efforts.

    April 27, 2010

  • Jon C.

    Great venue and food, and Michael's introductory overview provided a framework for several more detailed discussions in the future. The networking opportunities were excellent.

    April 27, 2010

  • Jill M.

    I will be picking up two anniversary cakes by about 5 PM (one Chocolate, one Vanilla).

    April 26, 2010

  • Jill M.

    Does anyone know a sponsor for a large delicious cake for our anniversary celebration? (just one candel please ;)

    April 20, 2010

  • Jill M.

    Thank you for joining our group, Bernie (Microsoft Research - Semantic Web), and thank you for coordinating the Venue and Eats ;(~.^); ~Jillian

    April 16, 2010

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