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Cambridge Semantic Web Monthly Meetup




Using Semantic Web for Low Order problems

Anthony Mallia, Edmond Scientific Company

The emphasis on Semantic Web has been towards the use of Reasoners to infer facts from a knowledge base. Results are largely composed of the inferences and the uses are defined as High Order problems.

The use of ontologies as collections of related facts (without inferences) in graphs, which can be traversed and represented, supports solutions to a large number of potential problems which are defined as Low Order problems.

The talk will focus on these Low Order problems including generation of structured documentation from a knowledge base and will include an example with tool demonstration.


Anthony Mallia is a consultant with Edmond Scientific Company with a long experience in the IT field covering many industries, including:

• Developed a web site in 1995 with 1m pages for content indexing

• Worked with Model Driven Architecture and UML for 15 years

• Semantic Web in Healthcare working with W3C HCLS group

• Specializes in Large Scale system development methods

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  • Josh L.

    There is W3C work on the process of sensing ( while Simon Cox has developed an OWL version of the Observations and Measurements standard (

    1 · September 10, 2014

    • Dave F.

      Thank you Josh, just what I was looking for! I will research and hope to have questions and thoughts on this topic for future meetups.

      September 10, 2014

  • Dave F.

    After the very well-done presentation, I overheard a comment that 'ontologies/modeling' for material sciences is a bit more forthright than 'squishier' subjects. I used to work for an IoT company (SmartThings) and I wondered at that time, and still do, if we could devise a standard public ontology for the reporting of sensor data, that doesn't care what tech is used to communicate (Z-Wave, Zigbee, wifi), but standardizes a schema for reporting of state, temp etc. etc to 'the cloud'. Or at least for starters a kind of 'dublincore-esque' header in the data that states sensor 'type/name', manufacturer and maybe a URI to a more detailed spec/ontology from the manufacturer?

    September 9, 2014

    • Anne T.

      Yes, there are folks in the geoscience community working on this

      1 · September 9, 2014

    • Dave F.

      Thank you Ed what a cool resource, I will investigate further! Like a cosmic nebulae the knowledge, resources and love emit and shine outta this group! :)

      September 10, 2014

  • Dave F.

    Thank you to Mr. Mallia for sharing your experience and the knowledge gained throughout the learning process of the example use case. Thanks to the audience as well for sharing questions and thoughts. The culture and mindset at this meetup is always invigorating - I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to participate and learn with y'all, thank you!

    September 9, 2014

  • Ellis W.

    Exploring innovations in the Semantic Web domain.

    August 16, 2014

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