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

  • Mar 25, 2010 · 6:45 PM
  • New York's Hotel Pennsylvania

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.

http://www.factual.co...

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  • Willie D.

    One of the best Meetup presentations I have ever attended!

    March 28, 2010

  • Nitya N.

    Thanks so much for the interest and feedback. It was great to talk about a research area that I have personally found fascinating, and I really appreciated the interaction and response. I'd love to follow folks from this forum on Twitter, so if you are on there please do @nitya reply there so I can add you to my list. I posted my slides to SlideShare and Daniel has embedded them on his blog as well (see below) -- if you have questions or comments, I'd love to hear them and follow-up.

    March 27, 2010

  • Richard L.

    Quality of presentations was fantastic - quality of meeting organization not so good. Meeting started late and then we wasted 15 minutes having people doing introductions which no one could hear. So it was well over a half hour before the presentations started and all the presenters were rushed.

    March 27, 2010

  • Adam

    Solid subject matter, but I think the last speaker spent far too much time telling rather than showing -- especially considering this talk was supposed to cover user interfaces. Please give us fewer quotes and more real-world examples next time. Thanks!

    March 26, 2010

  • Chick F.

    Thanks Daniel! It was a great meeting and that was a terrific presentation. Thanks @nitya.

    March 26, 2010

  • Ralph W.

    Excellent session. Good to see so much interest being generated and new members turning out for a session that should relate to diverse interests. The main presentation did a quick useful wak through of many types of sites and design issues. While not all of the sites were formally using the semantic web, it was quite useful to compare and contrast ways of implementing faceted search.

    March 26, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nitya will post her presentation on SlideShare. I'll embed it on my blog (http://thenoisychannel.com/) as soon as she does, along with commentary.

    March 26, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Impressive line-up: great content and delivery. Only regret is that the presentations were squashed (especially Nitya's) to fit time constraints--I feel like each of these could have been a full session.

    March 26, 2010

  • Bernie K.

    Excellent speakers, very knowledgeable, but too much info for one evening. Two topics would have sufficed. The presentation on User Interfaces was thought provoking, with many points for follow up and investigation for me. Audience was notably diverse and extremely intelligent, with incisive questions. I'm looking forward to the next meeting.

    March 26, 2010

  • Michel B.

    Duane Degler gave one of the best presentations I have seen so far. It was informative, comprehensive, well done.

    March 26, 2010

  • Yana K.

    All three talks were substantive, clear and useful. This meetup packed enough material for three full sessions. I would love to have the speaker from Motorola give a more detailed account of the TV research project and for the group to discuss her query about using the semantic approach in her system.

    March 26, 2010

  • Eric H.

    This was one of the best sessions in terms of range and accessibility, and being tangible. More like this will bring people from beyond pure IT, who can help to urge visionary implementation within their organizations.

    March 26, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentations. A $50 lapel microphone will greatly improve the audio and help the speakers deliver the talks.

    March 26, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we get the presentation of the first woman who spoke about the Social Web?

    March 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love liked the order of the presentations to be Social Search, User Interfaces and then Factual. There was a LOT of information packed into this session-- perhaps a bit too much. But it was all great. Would love to have access to all the presentations.

    March 25, 2010

  • Marco N.

    I have enjoyed the session a lot. The first two speakers had very attractive "short" presentations but were a little over time, the entire session was 1 hour 48 minutes long. I hope Nitya will join us again for the June 3rd session to give a full presentation. With more than a 120 people in the room we need more volunteers to help with the community events. Only a few helped this time... In the future this will have to change or we will have to turn this meetup into a commercial event were we pay professionals to setup the venue and share the expenses across the participants.

    March 25, 2010

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