SemTech 2008 Draws Record Attendance

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Adoption, Innovation, and Education Shine at the World's Premier Conference on Semantic Technologies

As THE industry event for both those implementing and shaping the future of semantic technologies, we're delighted with the results of this year's SemTech conference.

The fourth annual Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech) concluded at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel today, having drawn more than 1,000 attendees from 35 countries -- an increase of 30% from last year's attendance.

SemTech is the world's largest annual gathering of users, technologists, publishers, developers, specialists, innovators, and entrepreneurs targeting comprehensive, real-world business applications using semantic technologies.

From social networks and mashups to linked data and semantic wikis to Resource Oriented Architectures (ROA) and Web 3.0, more than four dozen sessions showcased the commercial capabilities of semantic technologies across enterprise, financial services, health care, publishing, government, and semantic SOA applications. The sharp rise in use of semantic technologies was evident in more than two dozen industry announcements and international product debuts launched at the event.

"This is an extremely exciting time, with major developments by leaders such as Yahoo!, Thomson Reuters, Oracle, and MySpace at the forefront of the industry," said Tony Shaw, Semantic Universe President and SemTech Co-Chair. "As THE industry event for both those implementing and shaping the future of semantic technologies, we're delighted with the results of this year's SemTech conference."

Session highlights include tutorials, case studies, keynotes, sidebars, and panels by globally-recognized speakers from Adaptive Blue; Adobe Systems; BBN Technologies; Blue Shield of California; Build Software; Cleveland Clinic; Cycorp; Digital Enterprise Research Institute; Digitas/Prodigious; DowJones Client Services; IBM; Garlik; GE Global Research; Guardian Life; Harland Financial Solutions; Intel; Kent State/Georgetown/World Bank; Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Mission Critical IT; NATO; Oracle; Powerset; Radar Networks; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Revelytix; Sabre Holdings; Sandpiper Software; Semantic Arts Inc.;; Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research; Sun Microsystems; Talis; TopQuadrant; VivoMind; the World Wide Web Consortium; and Zepheira.

SemTech attracted delegates from organizations as diverse as Accenture, the American Cancer Society, Apple, AT&T, Barclays Global Investors, BBN, Blue Shield of California, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Dow Jones, Eli Lilly, Elsevier, FedEx, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intuit, Kaiser Permanente, Lockheed Martin, Mayo Clinic, McDonald Bradley, Merck & Co., Microsoft, MIT, MITRE Corporation, NASA, Oracle, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Raytheon, RSA, SAP, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Stanford University, The Boeing Company, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomson Reuters, the United States Army, Unisys, Vulcan Capital, and Wyeth.

The show will return to San Jose 14-18 June, 2009.

About SemTech
SemTech is owned and operated by Semantic Universe, a joint venture between Wilshire Conferences and Semantic Arts. With corporate and conference leadership by some of the most recognized names in the semantic community, their portfolio of conferences and events includes the DAMA International Symposium and WILSHIRE Meta-Data Conference, Data Governance Conference, Designing and Building Business Ontologies, Enterprise Information Management Conference, and Information and Data Quality Conference, as well as the publications Data Strategy Best Practices Council, Data Strategy Journal, and Semantic Report. For more information, visit

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