How to Enhance Your Data with Open Data
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  Dean Allemang   Dean Allemang
Founder and Principal Consultant
Working Ontologist LLC
  Bryon Jacob   Bryon Jacob
Chief Technology Officer and Founder


Monday, January 30, 2017
02:45 PM - 04:15 PM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

18M open datasets exist today, and growth is accelerating. But these data sets live in disparate data portals without common taxonomies or architectures, creating a barrier for data users. What if data platforms enabled data publishers to easily present structured data as linked data, while helping practitioners capture and share the preparation they do as Semantic Web schemas and ontologies? Meet the killer combo: social features and Linked Data. Add these potent technologies to your data, and watch as community, context, and provenance combine to make it simultaneously conversational and interoperable. In this tutorial, the presenters will walk through an example of how to use the platform to unlock the potential of U.S. Census data and other highly-connective open datasets to compound open data’s network effect. Join this session to discover how you can better access and use open data to maximize your own data exploration and insights. This session will answer the following questions (and more):
  • How do social features unlock the power of linked data and data collaboration?
  • How are leading open data publishers combining the power of linked data and open data?
  • How can linked data help you easily combine private and open data for fun and profit?
  • How can we enhance open data that has already been published?

Dean Allemang specializes in innovative applications of knowledge technology and is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Working Ontologist LLC., a consultancy specializing in semantic web applications. Formerly Chief Scientist at TopQuadrant, Inc., he has over 15 years of experience in research, deployment and development of Semantic Technology systems. As an internationally recognized expert in the Semantic web, he participated in the review board for the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, the world's largest Semantic Web research institute. He led TopQuadrant's successful TopMIND training series, from which he drew much of the inspiration for his bestselling book (co-authored with Prof. Jim Hendler), "Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist." Dr. Allemang combines a strong formal background (an MSc in Mathematics from University of Cambridge and PhD in Computer Science from Ohio State University) with years of experience applying knowledge-based technologies to real business problems.

Bryon Jacob is the CTO and co-founder of, where he is on a mission to build the world's most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource. Bryon is a recognized leader in building large-scale consumer internet systems and an expert in data integration solutions. Bryon's 20 years of academic and professional experience spans AI research at Case Western Reserve University, enterprise software at Trilogy, consumer web experience at Amazon, and most recently 10 years building At HomeAway, Bryon oversaw platform development and the integration of 30 acquisitions while building the world's largest online marketplace for vacation rentals.

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