For those of you who might be interested in social business or social analytics and are attending the Semantic Tech & Biz Conference, San Francisco, June 3-7, below is my second installment of “sessions you might be interested in attending”. There is a lot going on at SemtechBiz so this post is more of a sampling than a comprehensive list. Also, I have to confess that I ran out of steam half way through, as they say “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” :-)
Tuesday June 4th… is a bit of a “Smörgåsbord”
On Tuesday there’s a wide variety of topics covered across different themes and this is reflected in my shortlist which is a bit of a mix. But as they say “variety is the spice of life” :-)
- Adventures in Visualization: Socializing Enterprise Ontologies, Semantic Arts @ 08:00 – 08:30, Franciscan A
The success of any semantic project lives and dies on the semantic model, and in the case of social solutions these models need to be collaborative in nature. This session explores ways that you can make it easier to map the complexities of ontologies to business models that the organization can understand and easily contribute to. No-one in their right mind ever wants to have to work directly with ontologies, especially business users, so this simplification is absolutely critical to adoption. Keen to see Semantic Arts work here.
- Real Semantic Technology For The Average Consumer: Personalizing the Web With Semantics, Gravity @ 11:30 – 12:15, Yosemite A
I don’t think I need to explain why this session is interesting for social business folks. Making social analytics work is all about understanding the “person” so that you can deliver personalized recommendation services tailored to individual and business needs. Will be curious to see what Gravity have to say about their personalization approaches.
- Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: The Wikidata Project, Vulcan & Wikimedia @ 12:30 – 13:00, Imperial A
While Wikipedia has been a phenomenal success and clearly transformed how people get access to encyclopedia-style information, its not the easiest information source for a computer program to ingest. A project like Wikidata has the potential to completely change this situation, and open up the huge value of Wikipedia to analytics engines. A very exciting prospect :-)
- Semantic Wiki Approach to Metadata Management For The Financial Industry, Ontoprise @ 13:45 – 14:30, Franciscan B
What has attracted me to this session is the focus on “harnessing the collective knowledge of an organization through collaborative contributions to the domain model”. Folksonomies on steroids? :-) Anyway, in my personal experience, semantic interoperability is the single greatest killer of an enterprise-wide analytics solution. I opened a “defect” and you fixed a “bug”, I’m a developer but you are a programmer, and don’t get me started with architects :-) Therefore anything that can help address this challenge, without over-burdening the enterprise with complex modelling or meta-data management processses, would be a god-send.
- Towards Patient Controlled Privacy, DERI @ 15:45 – 16:15, Imperial B
Privacy is one of my hot buttons at the moment, where I feel its that “elephant in the room” that no-one wants to talk about. For anyone in the social space its particularly critical since we are working with people-centric information all day, some highly confidential and some not. I recently blogged on this topic, “Is PRIVACY the Software Industry’s SOPA?“. OK, maybe it was a bit of a rant.
- The Post Search Era: Discovering Meaning by Connecting Social Objects, PureDiscovery @ 16:30 – 17:00, Franciscan A
This session is part of the Social Networks track, one of just two presentations (mine being the other one), and examines how an understanding of Social Objects and their role in social systems will introduce a new generation of discovery.