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User Interfaces for the Semantic Web, Social Search Space and the Factual API

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session-level: beginner-intermediate

User Interfaces for the Semantic Web
Duane Degler

This is a tangible guided tour of interesting semantic web applications and user interfaces. What is being adopted from current Internet - and Rich Internet - apps and sites? What new design concepts might be possible now or in the future? What pitfalls are we discovering as linked data meets the interface? We'll discuss the opportunities, issues, and implications for people who will be users of the "linked web of data" - and we'll ask our favorite question: How can it be made easier and more useful?

This talk is relevant to designers, semantic web developers, usability professionals, and business people.

Duane Degler is a partner in Design for Context, a DC/Baltimore-based usable design consultancy. He has designed numerous web and semantics-based applications and sites, backed by 25 years consulting experience in knowledge management and business performance. He has led software projects for commercial and government clients in the US and Europe. Duane co-organizes the Semantic Web User Interaction workshop series, is a participant in the UPA Usability Body of Knowledge project, and an active member of the Washington DC Semantic Web Meetup community. He studied Communications with a focus on the human change impacts arising from new technology adoption. http://www.designforc... (

Evolution of the Social Search Space
Nitya Narasimhan

Nitya Narasimhan is a researcher at Motorola and has been working for the past few years on applications and platforms for the mobile and the home (set-top box) domains. In recent years, this has taken a turn towards developing and supporting social networking applications (and related social media interactions) on these devices. One current area of interest to Nitya is Social Search and she is interested in interacting with (and learning from) experts in the information retrieval and semantic web spaces to understand (a) how to instrument applications for better search utility and (b) how to leverage existing tools and instrumentation to support new experiences on devices.

The Factual API - Preview
Bill Michels & Bradley Geilfuss

Factual will briefly walk you through their set of APIs that enable developers to access data and incorporate it in various ways into innovative applications in this short presentation. Factual is a platform for anyone to share and mash open data on any subject. Factual was founded in 2007 by Gil Elbaz, the co-founder of Applied Semantics, which was acquired by Google in 2003. The team is comprised of folks from Google, Yahoo, Linkedin, and Idealab, and a recent round of angel funding was announced that included Andreessen/Horowitz, Founder Collective, Bill Gross, Danny Rimer, Marten Mickos, and Esther Dyson.

Bill Michels is the VP Developer Platform at Factual where he works on building a valuable set of developer products, as well as structuring partnerships to drive use of the Factual APIs. Before Factual Bill worked at Yahoo in various roles, most recently of which he was the GM of Yahoo! BOSS - an open search API initiative. Here he managed all product and business functions to build BOSS to over one billion queries per month. He also held postions in International Search and Monetization where he worked on business operations and and product roll-outs in Asia and Latin America. Prior to this Bill worked in technology and telecom Equity Research at UBS and held strategic planning and business development roles at Vcommerce and ThinkFire. Bill has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Colby College.

Bradley Geilfuss is the product manager at Factual. Most recently, Bradley has been overseeing the design and implementation of Factual's data visualization framework and data workbench. Prior to Factual, Bradley worked at Sierra Systems, contracting on projects related to justice and public safety data. In 1998, Bradley was the founder of Zelo Systems, a startup creating a distributed storage and rich media delivery system. Bradley has an MAS from MIT's Media Lab as well as an BS from MIT. (

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