K1: Creating, Deploying, and Exploiting Linked Data

Enterprise agility is ultimately measured by the ability of an enterprise to discover new markets, attain market leadership, and sustain attained leadership. The process is perpetual in nature and inextricably linked to an enterprise’s ability to effectively identify, locate, and disseminate relevant data across its constituent domains. The Word Wide Web of (X)HTML Documents & Web Services (Web 1.0 and 2.0 respectively) have recently emerged as valuable tools for aiding MLD. Unfortunately, neither web interaction dimension has addressed the critical challenge of integrating heterogeneous data sources. It is this shortcoming that is addressed by the burgeoning Semantic Data Web via its ability to provide a conceptual view of heterogeneous data sources (databases, web services, documents etc.), the dexterous data model called RDF, and the new W3C Query Language called SPARQL. This session will cover issues, technologies, and approaches to platform-independent and standards-based conceptual views of heterogeneous logical data sources across the enterprise. In a nutshell, it will cover all issues relating to production and exploitation of enterprise linked data in front of or behind the corporate firewall. Attendees experienced with databases or XML will find that this session provides an introduction to newer technology that’s a foundation for applying semantics for enterprise and web applications. Persons not grounded in semantics and Linked Data technologies will find this session is a valuable prerequisite for the sessions that follow.
Kingsley Idehen , President and CEO, OpenLink Software Inc.
Kingsley Idehen is the founder and CEO of OpenLink Software Inc. He is an industry-acclaimed technology innovator and entrepreneur, and one of the very few individuals who have actively participated in standards compliant technology innovation across several eras ranging from early Data Access Middleware and Database Virtualization, to XML-based Web Services and Web 2.0, and now to the Semantic Web. He is also one of the handful of founding CEOs from the early ’90s who remain at the helm of the companies they founded.
K2: Sponsor Keynote: The Semantic Web as a Blue Ocean Opportunity
The Semantic Web is ideally placed as a technology enabler in the coming connectivity disruption. This wave of disruption is being driven by powerful changes in networked social behaviour, the technology of Internet-scale applications and the economics of the ecosystems around them. The current teenage generation is growing up with the ubiquitous, always on, socially networked Web. As this generation enters higher education and the workplace, they take with them a radically different world view to the previous generation. They understand that we achieve more through sharing and collaboration than from being closed and isolated. At the same time, the World Wide Web is enabling a radical transformation from islands of content and data to densely interconnected information and data spaces, bringing huge value to those organisations with the scale and algorithms to exploit the value in the connections. Open source and the ubiquity of Internet connectivity are changing the economics of doing business enabling new collaborative models between organisations and individuals. Innovation networks and open business models are becoming a reality, requiring exchange and integration of unprecedented amounts of data, a key strength of Semantic Web technologies. This presentation will examine these trends and analyse the global commercial opportunity that the Semantic Web presents in the context of the evolution of the World Wide Web and Semantic Technology.
Ian Davis, Chief Technology Officer and Director, Talis Group
Ian joined Talis in June 2005 having worked as an independent technology consultant since 1995. During that time as well as consulting for multi-national corporations including Sony and Worldcom he founded three technology start-ups in the areas of large scale search, syndication and semantic web architectures. Ian is responsible for Talis’ Platform division, engagement with the developer community and coordinates involvement with standards bodies. Ian holds a BSc in Theoretical Physics, from the University of London.