Posts Tagged ‘semantic technology’

Boosting Open Innovation with Semantic Technology: the Flanders Research Information Space

August 9, 2011

The full article is now published in the professional monthly magazine Informatie. See my earlier blog post for a translation of the summary in English. The work is not done though: we are further crowd sourcing the information space using Linked Data approaches based on semantic standards managed in Collibra’s Business Semantics Glossary. Hence, to be continued, again :-)


Collibra wins Datanews award for start-up of the year

June 1, 2010

Some months after winning the award for best start-up at the European Semantic Technology Conference 2009, we have acquired the prestigious Belgian Datanews award as well.

Business Semantics Management identified as key solution in PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Technology Forecast

June 22, 2009

In a ground-breaking Technology Forecast Report, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has identified semantic technology as a solution for bridging information gaps, facilitating interoperability and unlocking hidden data in the enterprise.

The report describes how the technology can lower costs by reusing data and decreasing the number of custom connections between databases. Via my WordPress blog, the PWC analysts learned about the scientific boilerplate of Business Semantics Management, and decided to list Collibra as a key technology provider in the final version of the report, which is great news and a real recognition of our efforts. ReadWriteWeb has also covered the report in the meantime and we are featured in that article, too.

We’re very excited about being listed in the report, and invite all companies interested in our solutions to get in touch with us.

Note: My previous HTML-based website counted around 8,000 visitors over a period of 6 years (2002-2008). Since I converted it into a WordPress blog in January 2009, the visitor count ticks +2,000 eyes today. That is more than I used to have in one year using plain HTML+CSS. Bravo to WordPress, who contributed to the fact that our hard work finally hits the “eye of the beholder”, and gets promoted by well-known trend spotters like PWC. !  Below you can see the statistics of the visits to this blog, which clearly peeked during the SemTech conference 14-18 June.Picture 1

Business Semantics Management at ESTC 2008

September 30, 2008

estc2008_logo1I attended the second edition of the European Semantic Technology Conference, the European equivalent of the Semantic Technology Conference. The conference was held at the magnificent Palais Niederösterriech, in Vienna, Austria. Organized by STI International, the goal of the conference is to bring semantic technology to the spotlight, and show its value in applying it to todays information problems. The conference clearly showed the increased interest in semantic technology, combining tutorials, workshops with case studies and keynotes.

Some highlights:

  • A broad overview on the field of semantic technology by Mills Davis from Project10X. He presented two years of Project10X analysis in the field, which is extensively described in their 700+ page research report. He demonstrated very clearly that there is a lot of opportunity in semantic technology, and that we are close to reaching mainstream adoption.
  • I gave an invited talk on a case study we performed during Collibra’s incubation period at STARLab. He demonstrated how we applied our approach to business semantics management in the field of human resource management. We received positive feedback, in particular on the business-friendly aspects in our approach. In Collibra, we strongly believe that the semantic alignment between stakeholders with different backgrounds is essential in the adoption and application of semantic technology. [slides?]
  • The conference closed with a panel discussion (outline at ZDNet), with an impressive round-up. The discussion was moderated by Paul Miller (Talis), and held by Michael Brodie (Chief Scientist at Verizon), Richard Benjamins (Director of Technological Strategy at Telefónica), Peter F. Brown (Pensive), John Davies (Director of the Next Generation Web group at British Telecom and chairman of the conference), Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Unit DG INFSO/G/5 at the European Commission), and Mark Greaves (Director of Knowledge Systems at Vulcan Capital). A general advice arising from the discussion was the need to convince customers with clear solutions to difficult problems (which is what we as Collibra provide). They also agreed on the opportunities in the field, and the growing adoption in industry.

De Leenheer, P. (2008) Meaningful Competency-centric Human Resource Management: a Case Study for Dogma Mess. In Proc. of European Semantic Technology Conference 2008 (Vienna, Austria)

Ontology Management for the Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services, and Business Applications (Springer)

January 15, 2008

bookcoverManaging ontologies and annotated data throughout their life-cycles is at the core of semantic systems of all kinds. Ontology Management, an edited volume by senior researchers in the field, provides an up-to-date, concise and easy-to-read reference on this topic.

This book volume describes relevant tasks, practical and theoretical challenges, limitations and methodologies, plus available software tools. The editors discuss integrating the conceptual and technical dimensions with a business view on using ontologies, by stressing the cost dimension of ontology engineering and by providing guidance on how up-to-date tooling helps to build, maintain, and use ontologies. Also included is a one-stop reference on all aspects of managing ontological data and best practices on ontology management for a number of application domains.

Ontology Management is designed as a reference or secondary text for researchers and advanced-level students studying semantic systems, Semantic Web Services (SWS) and Web Services, information systems, data and knowledge engineering, and the Semantic Web in general. Practitioners in industry will find this work invaluable as well.

Hepp, M., De Leenheer, P., de Moor, A., and Sure, Y. (eds.) Ontology Management for the Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services, and Business Applications. Springer Series “Semantic Web and Beyond: Computing for Human Experience” . ISBN: 978-0-387-69899-1, November 2007.