SemTech 2009 Showcases Keynotes, Panels, Tutorials, and Presentations on Semantic Search, Data Discovery, and Linked Data

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Accenture, Adobe Systems,, BBN Technologies, bing (Microsoft), The Boeing Company, Dow Jones, FAO/United Nations, Google, IBM Rational, Intuit, Los Alamos National Labs, Merck and Co., Oracle, Procter & Gamble, Radar Networks, Sabre, SAP, Siri, TextWise, Travelocity, US Department of State, Wolfram Alpha, XBRL International, Yahoo!, and More to Present at Fifth Annual Conference on Semantic Technologies

SemTech 2009, the world's leading conference on semantic technologies, today announced its sessions on Semantic Search, Data Discovery, and Linked Data, comprising nearly 45% of its more than 220 hours of business and technically-oriented presentations. The fifth annual conference will take place June 14-18 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

Over the past five years, SemTech has established itself as the must-attend forum to address real-world issues faced by the industry today, attracting hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, technologists, and academics from around the world. The conference program has grown to become the most comprehensive offering on semantic technologies, with more than 220 hours of presentations at levels, from introductory-level tutorials to expert sessions aimed at the power user. Semantic search, data discovery, and linked data presentations span diverse topics such as enterprise information management, digital asset mashups, social networking, metadata standards, digital libraries, collaborative tagging, multimedia and rich content sharing, knowledge mapping, search engine optimization, data portability, and mobile applications. Sessions include:

  •     Keynote Address: The Game Changer - The Siri Virtual Assistant: Bringing Intelligence to the Interface

Presenter: Tom Gruber, Siri

  •     Executive Round Table: Semantic Search

Presenters: Carla Thompson, Guidewire Group; Tomasz Imielinski,; Riza Berkan, hakia; Andrew Tomkins, Yahoo! Search; Peter Norvig, Google; Scott Prevost, bing (Microsoft); and William Tunstall-Pedoe, True Knowledge

  •     Panel: A Shift in SEO Strategy

Presenters: Jason Kreidman,; Mark Birbeck, Backplane Ltd.; and Tim Musgrove, TextDigger

  •     Year of the Monkey: Lessons from the first year of SearchMonkey; and SearchMonkey and the Semantic Web

Speakers: Kevin Haas, Yahoo! Search, and Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research

  •     Semantics at Google

Speakers: Othar Hansson and Kavi Goel, Google

  •     Semantic Enterprise 2.0 - Enabling Semantic Web technologies in Enterprise 2.0 environment

Speakers: Alexandre Passant, Uldis Bojars, John Breslin, and Stefan Decker, Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of Ireland, Galway

  •     Applying Semantic Technologies to Asset and Configuration Management in the Enterprise

Speakers: Taylor Cowan, Sabre Holdings, and Brian Boyd, Travelocity

  •     Wolfram|Alpha - An Interview

Speakers: Russell Foltz-Smith, Wolfram|Alpha, and Nova Spivack, Radar Networks

  •     Ontology 101: An Introduction to Knowledge Representation, the Web Ontology Language, and Ontology Development

Speakers: Elisa Kendall, Sandpiper Software, and Deborah McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  •     Semantifying Social Networks

Speakers: Paul Miller, The Cloud of Data; Nova Spivack, Radar Networks (; Stephen A. Leicht, Collexis Holdings Inc.; Amit Sheth, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University; and Daniela Barbosa, DataPortability Project/Dow Jones

  •     An Ontology-Driven System for the Semantic Analysis of Multimedia Content

Speaker: Walter Chang, Adobe Systems

  •     Bridging Semantics: An Application of Ontology in Corporate Knowledge Management

Speaker: Yu Su, Intuit

  •     Not Just Your Daddy's Search or Browsing: Enabling users to interact with rich information spaces

Speakers: Robert F. Coyne, TopQuadrant, and Tim S. Smith, Procter & Gamble

  •     How is the Semantic Web Being Used? An Analysis of the Billion Triples Challenge Corpus; and Semantic Web @ BBN: Application to the Digital Whitewater Challenge

Speakers: Mike Dean, and John Hebeler, BBN Technologies

  •     High Precision Entity Extraction: A U.S. State Department Case Study

Speakers: Joseph Wicentowski, U.S. Department of State, and Dan McCreary, Dan McCreary and Associates

In addition to the above presentations, SemTech 2009's instructors and speakers on semantic search, data discovery, and linked data include renowned experts from: Accenture Technology Labs; AdaptiveBlue; The Analysis Group; Asemantics; Babel-Ease Ltd.;; The Boeing Company; Cambridge Semantics; CIC-IPN; Clark & Parsia; Cleveland Clinic; Cognition Technologies; Custom Technology Ltd.; Cycorp; Dan McCreary & Associates; Emergent Intelligence Technology, Inc.; Earley & Associates; Expert System; Fedora Commons; Florida IHMC; Franz; Getty Research Institute; hakia, Healthline Networks; IBM Rational; iQser AG; iQuest Analytics; Jazz Foundation; James Leigh Services Inc.; JS-Kit; Kapow Technologies; KnowledgeHives; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Matrixware Information Services; Merck and Co.; Metatomix; Metaweb Technologies; MuseGlobal, Inc.; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI); Ontos AG; Ontotext AD; Open Link Software; Oracle; Orbis Technologies; Oregon Health & Science University; Overtone; Oxford University; Palomar Ventures; Primal Fusion; Progeny Systems; Project10x; Revelytix; Riot Games; RiverGlass; Sandia National Laboratories; Saltlux; SAP Labs; Sciova; Semantic Arts;; Semantic Discovery System; SemanticV; Smartlogic; Stanford University; Syntactica; TextDigger; TextWise; The Cloud of Data; TriviumRLG; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; University of California, San Diego; University of Cambridge; University of Texas, Houston; VIStology; Widality; the World Wide Web Consortium; XBRL International; XSB, Inc.; Zemanta; and Zepheira.

The full program is available at the website.

SemTech sponsors and exhibitors include: Platinum--Metatomix, Oracle, and STI International; Gold-- Calais/Thomson Reuters, Collibra, Franz, Ontotext, TopQuadrant, and Zepheira; Silver--AdaptiveBlue, BBN Technologies, bing (Microsoft), Cambridge Semantics, Ontos, Saltlux, SemanticV, TextWise, and Yahoo!Search; Exhibiting Sponsors--Cycorp, Expert System, iQuest Analytics, KBSI, Syntactica, TextDigger; and Supporting Sponsors--Guidewire Group, Peer39, Project10X, and W3C.

Select sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available; please contact Steve Bastasini on +1 415 740 5528 or steve(at) for more information.

Media Partners include KMWorld, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, and Registration for SemTech is free of charge to credentialed members of the press and analyst community; for more information, or to become a Media Partner, contact Sally Khudairi on +1 617 921 8656 or sk(at)

For the full conference program and to register, please visit

Now in its fifth year, SemTech is the world's largest conference on semantic technologies. SemTech is the only event focused on the commercialization of semantic technologies, bringing the most recognized names, knowledge, leadership, and innovation in the semantic community together at one location. SemTech is owned and operated by Semantic Universe--the semantic industry's trusted information resource. Semantic Universe is a joint venture between Wilshire Conferences and Semantic Arts, whose portfolio of services and events are the industry standard for education and professional development. They include Enterprise Data World; the international Data Governance series; Designing and Building Business Ontologies; Enterprise Information Management Conference; and Information and Data Quality Conference; as well as the Data Strategy Best Practices Council and Data Strategy Journal. For more information, visit

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