Monday, August 17, 2009

Semantic Web Panels at SXSW 2010

This past SXSW, I was amazed about the lack of panels on Semantic Web. So this year I thought, why not make sure that a lot of high quality panels on the Semantic Web are proposed. A month ago, I sent out emails to key people in the Semantic Web community in order to help submit panel proposals for SXSW. And it was a success because we were able to submit 12 panels (and we organized this in less than 48 hours!). I also realized that there are 7 panels on Semantic Web.

Hopefully the community will realize that it is important to start learning more about Semantic Web technologies and we get a lot of votes on these panels. Remember that 30% of the final decision are based on the votes! If we get a lot of votes, maybe we could lobby for a Semantic Web track at SXSW! Why not?

I want to personally thank Ian Davis, Andraz Tori, John De Oliveira, Tom Heath, Leigh Dodds, Peter Mika and Nik Daftary for helping me organize the submission of all these panels.

So now we ask for your help! Please go and vote for these panels!!!!!!!!!!!

Set your data free
Ian Davis, CTO - Talis
Data isn't like content: it's infinitely remixable, machines churn through it by the bucketload and it isn't covered by copyright. But there are other rights that get in the way of reuse. This panel will tackle how we can free our data more effectively.

Semantic Tagging and Blogging
Andraz Tori, CTO - Zemanta
How can bloggers and social media websites take benefit of the rise of the Semantic Web? Efforts such as CommonTag and Rich Snippets are offering bloggers new options to add semantics to their blogs. This panel will discuss how bloggers and social media sites can leverage semantic tagging for their benefit.

What the hell is the Semantic Web?
Juan Sequeda, Co-Founder - Semantic Web Austin
In the past year, the Semantic Web has gained a lot of publicity. However, many may still not understand what the Semantic Web is. This panel of experts will address the myths, realities and all the open issues that the public may have about the Semantic Web

The Semantic City
John De Oliveira, Co-Founder - Semantic Web Austin
Imagine a metropolitan area with highly coordinated residents, where rich online and real world experiences amplified each other. Economic and social improvement would dramatically outpace other cities. This is the vision of Semantic Web Austin, the most active and well-funded Semantic Web organization in the United States.

Bin the Browser? Interacting with Linked Data
Tom Heath, Researcher – Talis
In among the Web of documents we've built a Web of Linked Data. It's huge, it's heterogeneous and it's here. So what are we going to do with it? Is the search/browse paradigm the right basis for Linked Data applications, or are we selling ourselves short?

Big Data, Big Dream
Juan Sequeda, PhD Student - University of Texas at Austin
How can we have applications that can scale with large amounts of data? Are relational databases sufficient? What other technologies are out there that can scale? This panel will talk about existing technologies that manage large amounts of data.

I Have Never Believed in the Semantic Web
Leigh Dodds, Program Manager – Talis
It turns out a six-year old can understand the basic idea of the Semantic Web. So why do so many developers think it's so complicated? If you're a skeptic then come and have your assumptions challenged. Find out how the web of data is being built today.

Metadata Wars: Untangling Microformats, RDFa and Microdata
John de Oliveira, Co-Founder - Semantic Web Austin
Microformats, RDFa and microdata are largely incompatible ways of annotating HTML documents with metadata. What is the difference and why do we need them all? Organizations such as Google, The Associated Press and Yahoo all have their opinions about metadata. Where is this all going?

Semantic Search: Life Beyond Ten Blue Links
Peter Mika, Yahoo!
Ten blue links with a title and an abstract have dominated the lives of search users for over a decade now. Semantic technologies have the potential to change the face of search through a deeper understanding of the needs of users and the content on the Web. Will it be a revolution in search?

Semantic Search: Off to a Good Start
Peter Mika, Yahoo!
Pursued by a number of search companies both large and small, semantic search turned into one of the hottest trends in search innovation. What's the benefit for publishers, end-users and developers? This presentation examines the case for semantic search.

Semantic Music
Yves Raimond, BBC
By publishing music information on the web as Linked Data, artists ensure that their material can be reused and discovered in new ways. Sites such as BBC Music and Myspace have been publishing structured web data enabling a wide range of innovative third party applications and mashups.

Making Dollars And Sense Out Of The Semantic Web
Nik Daftary, CEO – Turn2Live
With the advent of the semantic web, powerful new ways to consume and disseminate information will emerge. Information that once proved difficult to contextualize will now become commonly easy. So, what does that mean for consumers? In this panel discussion, we will cover what the Semantic web means to you as well as how it will change online advertising as we know it today.

Other Semantic Web related panels:

HTML5: Tales from the Development Trenches

Semantic Web From FAIL To Flourish In 2 Short Years

Beyond Algorithms: Search and the Semantic Web

Scaling the Semantic Web

Content & Semantics: The Wild, Wild Web of Data

Go Big or Go Home: Scaling Semantic Apps

Discovery Identity: API’s of the Semantic Web

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