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Cambridge Semantic Web Monthly Meetup -- Chris Baker




Self-service Semantic Data Federation

Chris Baker, Professor at University of New Brunswick, and CEO, IPSNP
    Computing Inc., Canada


    ❖ State-of-the-art approaches to data integration; data
    warehousing and workflow scripting are limited in scope,
    brittle and poorly reusable, and depend on highly trained
    technical staff for their efficient use. Data federation based
    on SADI semantic web services is a significant and cost
    effective alternative technology offering interoperable
    access to life science data.

    ❖ IPSNP’s HYDRA is a SPARQL engine for querying SADI
    Web Services. HYDRA enables non-technical users to run
    multiple “self-service” and “ad hoc” queries over networks of
    web services. Combined with graphical query composition
    end users can now formulate queries in the terminology of
    their application domain, without knowing how the underlying
    data is structured or specific mechanisms of access to the
    data and thereby perform complex knowledge discovery tasks.

    ❖ This talk will illustrate a range of complex queries made possible
    with SADI and HYDRA for online or enterprise scale data
    integration with examples from the domains of Clinical
    Intelligence and Bioinformatics.


Chris Baker is co-founder and CEO of IPSNP Computing Inc.  established in 2011 to commercialize a unique query engine which provides fully integrated access to analytical software and online databases for the bio-pharmaceutical sector. Chris is also full professor and research chair at the University of New Brunswick focused on knowledge management, data and service integration, semantic technologies, text mining, and web services. In addition to an academic career Chris held numerous positions in industry and government research labs. Up until 2008 he was the head of the Semantic Technology Group at the Data Mining Department, I2R, (A-STAR) Singapore and served as Chief Scientific Officer for Knorex Pte Ltd (Singapore). Prior to this he was a group leader of In-Silico Discovery at Ecopia BioSciences (now BELLUS Health) and Bioinformatics Manager at Concordia University in Montreal. He received postdoctoral training in micro and molecular biology at the University of Toronto and at Iogen Corporation in Ottawa. Chris has served as invited expert at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for three years.

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