European Semantic Technology Conference 2009 (ESTC2009) - Meet Innovative Start-ups and Listen to Leading Semantic Technology Experts

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This year’s ESTC conference program offers you a wide spectrum of possibilities to not only attend but also actively participate in the sessions and contribute to the output of Europe’s major conference on Semantic Technologies. For the third time in a row the European Semantic Technology Conference is organised in Vienna, Austria

This year’s ESTC conference program offers you a wide spectrum of possibilities to not only attend but also actively participate in the sessions and contribute to the output of Europe’s major conference on Semantic Technologies.

For the third time in a row the European Semantic Technology Conference is organised in Vienna, Austria

CONFERENCE DETAILS
3rd European Semantic Technology Conference 2009
When: December 2-3, 2009
Where: Hotel Le Meridien | Vienna, Austria
http://www.estc2009.com

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
In its own saying the European Semantic Technology Conference brings together the smartest minds in Semantic Technologies. This year the 3rd European Semantic Technology Conference has a full program of presentations, workshops, panels and keynotes by Susie Stephens from Johnson&Johnson and Michael Brodie from Verizon. On top of this, the first day will see the first ever ESTC Innovation Seed Camp, where entrepreneurs and young start ups are invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of venture capitalists and there will be cash prizes! Besides the main program, an open demo space will continually offer new showcases of semantic technologies and products, while a networking zone gives attendees a relaxed space to make business away from the conference hectic. We will also be holding matchmaking sessions, where attendees can schedule one-to-one meetings with other attendees organized by a handy online tool. Finally, in line with ESTC's focus on semantics and innovation - during the two days we will give participants the chance to check out two innovative conference tools: an electronic vCard exchange and the "Web Comparator".

ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY 
In Europe, we are experiencing a very exciting period in the enterprise uptake of semantic technologies, which can be seen in the growth in attendance at events such as ESTC. Semantic technologies are finally maturing and can be used away from toy examples in real, critical business processes. Technologies are being standardized and tools aligned to those standards, while progress is being made in supporting the sorts of extensions that businesses need (see OWL 2, or SPARQL 1.1). This year, the case studies and the business applications that will be presented are going to reflect that. We are still inside the early adopter phase in semantic uptake, with the critical mass of companies still checking out semantics at a research and prototyping level. However, the balance is shifting and enabling the technology transfer to real business projects is key; ESTC's focus on direct contact between the technology vendors and the business clients - the networking zone, the open demo space, or the matchmaking sessions - is a reflection of the importance of an event such as ESTC to bring these two groups together. 

Additionally, Linked Open Data is an interesting development, making a significant amount of semantic data about a broad subject range available to everyone. It has real value in the research community where large data sources have been needed. For industry, its value is less straight-forward: the data is not always so clean and care needs to be taken before building business applications on top of it. Clear guidelines on how to best make use of Linked Open Data by enterprises is needed. ESTC2009 picks up on this in its program this year: there will be an expert panel precisely on this subject! Of course, leveraging the Linked Data Cloud in the enterprise is already a topic for many organisations - one of the paper sessions is on Linked Data and therefore this topic certainly will be of importance during the conference!
Another major topic during the ESTC2009 is concerned with semantic technological implementation in Health Care and Life Science sector. In her keynote, Susie Stephens from Johnson&Johnson will give a deeper insight to semantic technologies in this market. Moreover, in a special panel next steps will be discussed in the pharmaceutical and eHealth domains with respect to intelligent information management.

Summing up, ESTC 2009 will be *the* meeting place in Europe this year for semantic technology vendors and users.

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