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Semantic Technologies in Financial Services

Welcome / Intro - Marco Neumann, KONA

QuickTip - Expert Advice

"What does a "good" vs. a "bad" Job Title look like and why does it matter for Information Retrieval, Matching and classification?" - Leslie Barrett,


short presentation 10 min

What would you do with free pictures of everything on Earth? has gathered nearly a million images of 500,000 precise topics from Dbpedia and Freebase with a highly accurate automated process.  The Ookaboo API makes it easy,  given a linked data term,  to find relevant images.  I'll talk about how I built Ookaboo and my plans to further enrich it with linked data.

After getting a PhD in theoretical physics,  Paul Houle spent ten years developing e-publishing, e-commerce and community applications with a variety of tools.  He was turned on to DBpedia in 2008 and has been getting increasingly involved with the semantic web and linked data.   He's recently worked on text analysis,  large-scale analysis of linked data,  and the ingestion of linked data into social-semantic systems.

 short presentation 10 min

TipTop in the Finance World with Abhijit Sahay

Social media & search are two of the most exciting areas of innovation these days and with TipTop’s semantic technology users get the best of both worlds. The semantic platform now powers a real-time social search product and was launched in Fall of 2010 at The core semantic engine enables quick development of applications and plugins to extend TipTop's across services and devices. TipTop also focuses on building lead generation commercial products and data-agnostic search-and-discovery solutions for various enterprise applications.

Abhijit is VP, Strategy at TipTop. He was Director at Deutsche Bank from[masked], where he served as Head of Technology and Research for Equities Arbitrage. In addition to his passion for algorithms that mine market data and news for trading signals, Abhijit has a broad knowledge of applied computing technologies, analytic, financial and quantitative systems, as well as fundamental computer science. Before his tenure at Deutsche Bank, he served as Co-head of Technology in the Bond Index group at Salomon Brothers. Abhijit holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT, Kanpur.

main presentation

Enterprise-Scale Power & Effectiveness for the financial industry with OWLIM - Ontotext

with Barry Norton

Dr. Barry Norton, of Ontotext, will present OWLIM 4.3,  one of the industry's leading RDF databases.  The latest release includes full support for SPARQL 1.1 federated queries, adding more power for enterprise-scale implementations. Barry will also preview the upcoming release, scheduled for January 2012.  This next release will include enhancements to make number range queries more efficient, extending OWLIM's effectiveness for the financial industry.  Dr. Norton has been actively involved with semantic technology training for 10 years, including work on organizing committees of training events for the SSSW, IEEE SSSC, ESWC, and Karlsruhe Summer School on Service Research. Barry Norton is based in London.



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  • pierluigi m.

    Really good stuff across the board - very informative

    December 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very good event -- well-presented talks, great organization by Maro, good pizza! Thanks for letting me give a demo of our site (

    December 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    great set of speakers on job title parsing, semantic web in finance and how BBC News uses semantic web tools in online content publishing

    December 9, 2011

  • John del C.

    It is amazing that we can meet the authors of the semantic software that we use. Truly a remarkable opportunity!

    December 9, 2011

  • Yuhei N.

    great event !

    December 9, 2011

  • Matthew W.

    I kept realizing I was sitting at the edge of my seat during the whole meetup. I'll be looking forward to the next one.

    December 9, 2011

  • Scott

    Great event.

    December 9, 2011

  • Sami B.

    Dr. Barry Norton talked about the amazing work Ontotext have done have done with creating RDF driven news for The BBC. I felt that the Semantic Web has come of age.

    December 9, 2011

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