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Christine Connors
Information Strategist TriviumRLG @triviumrlg

Ms. Connors has extensive experience in taxonomy, ontology and metadata design and development. Prior to forming TriviumRLG Ms. Connors was the global director, semantic technology solutions for Dow Jones, responsible for partnering with business champions across Dow Jones to improve digital asset management and delivery. In that position, she managed a worldwide team responsible for the development of taxonomies, ontologies and metadata that are used to add value to Dow Jones news and financial information products. Ms. Connors also served as business champion for the Synaptica® software application, including managing a US-based team of software developers, and supported Dow Jones consulting practices worldwide, which deliver end-to-end information access solutions based on taxonomies, metadata and semantic technologies. Prior to joining Dow Jones Ms. Connors was a knowledge architect at Intuit, where she was responsible for introducing semantic technologies to online content management and search. And before that, she was a metadata architect at Raytheon Company and Cybrarian at CEOExpress Company. At Raytheon Company she oversaw knowledge representation and enterprise search, delivering large-scale taxonomies, metadata schema and rules-based classification to improve retrieval of internal information via a multi-vendor retrieval platform. Ms. Connors is a certified Six Sigma Specialist, and is a member of both the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and the Special Libraries Association. Christine is Organizer of the Philadelphia and Princeton Semantic Web Meetups, and Assistant Organizer of the New York Semantic Web Meetup. Ms. Connors holds a master of science degree in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College, Boston, and a bachelor of science degree in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca College, New York.

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Semantic Web changes the way people will consume information on the World Wide Web and will transform the Web from document servers to active hubs of communication and meaningful data providers.

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Leigh Dodds
Platform Programme Manager Talis @ldodds

Until recently Leigh Dodds was the CTO of Ingenta where he was responsible for the ongoing development of their publishing platform based on Semantic Web technologies. Leigh has recently joined Talis as Programme Manager for the Talis Platform. Leigh has been developing with Java, XML, and Semantic Web technologies for a number of years and has released several small open source applications and APIs. He has also contributed code and documentation to several open source projects. As a freelance author Leigh has written articles and tutorials to sites including xmlhack, IBM developerWorks and XML.com. Between February 2000 to June 2002 Leigh regularly reported on new developments in the XML community as the author of the XML Deviant column. Leigh has presented at several XML conferences, and acted as technical reviewer for a number of books covering core XML technologies. Leigh also contributed several "hacks" to the recently published O'Reilly book, XML Hacks. As well as writing and speaking on XML topics, Leigh also has experience in running technical training courses, having written and presented a training course on introductory Java programming. This course was delivered as part of Bath University's Lifelong Learning Programme during the Winter 2002 and Spring 2003 semesters.

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Kasabi is a new data platform that aims to support organisations in the publishing and monetization of data on the web. The benefits of ready access to high quality data sets to support the creation of innovative new web and mobile applications is well-documented, and there is growing demand from developers for new data sources.

Kasabi provides an environment that leverages semantic web technology to provide a unique marketplace that supports the publishing, licensing, and re-use of datasets. Kasabi will provide a rich set of options for organisations wishing to explore new business models around data, as well as empowering the community to remix and share data in many different ways.

This talk will review the features of the Kasabi application and the opportunities it presents for data publishers and consumers alike.

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Michael Dunn
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Hearst Interactive Media @glemak

Mike Dunn directs Hearst's initiatives to improve corporate operations through technology. He is also actively involved in Hearst’s strategic investment activity—identifying and conducting technical due diligence on new investment opportunities as well as providing technical support to the companies within the Hearst Interactive Media portfolio. Dunn joined Hearst Interactive Media in July 2003. He had been chief technology officer at Encoda Systems, a global supplier of sales, traffic, programming and financial systems for the broadcast industry. Before Encoda, Dunn spent much of the last decade in CTO-type roles at Time Warner, where he was also lead technologist for Time Warner Digital Media's Investment Fund, and Dell's online division. Earlier in his career, Dunn held technology-related posts at Americast, a joint venture of Walt Disney Co. and four telephone companies; True North Communications, a global ad agency; and Turner Broadcasting.

1:00pm - 1:45pm

The goal could be to create efficiencies during content creation, to better understand content already being produced, to insure that content is properly discoverable or to be positioned to take advantage of new opportunities. Whatever the motivation, media companies need to understand what the structured content approaches provided by the Semantic Web have to offer and how it could change media production, consumption and monetization.

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Eric Freese
Solutions Architect Aptara

Eric Freese is a veteran of publishing production optimization. From the early days of SGML, he has worked in roles as varied as consultant, software developer, content architect and semantic web technologist in industries including defense, technical publishing, commercial software and legal publishing. In his role as Director/Solutions Architect, Eric helps Aptara customers efficiently transition to cost-saving digital publishing models that simultaneously support eBook and other electronic delivery platforms, as well as traditional print production.

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Semantic Web changes the way people will consume information on the World Wide Web and will transform the Web from document servers to active hubs of communication and meaningful data providers.

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Andreas Gebhard
Managing Editor Getty Images @agebhard

Andreas Gebhard is a Managing Editor at Getty Images, based in New York City. He's responsible for the Global Picture Desk in New York and works across the business on editorial workflows, image metadata and semantic technologies. He is Getty Images' delegate to and member of the Board of Directors of the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC). Prior to joining Getty Images he worked as photographer, photo editor and picture desk manager for the German news agencies dpa and ddp. Gebhard is one of the co-authors of IPTC rNews, the new standard for embedding publishing metadata into HTML documents.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) is developing rNews - a new standard for embedding publishing metadata into online documents using RDFa or HTML5 Microdata. At this event, members of the IPTC will provide a look back at how rNews came into existence and advanced to what it is today, argue the business case for semantic markup and introduce us to rNews in its current state.

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Rachel Lovinger
Associate Experience Director Razorfish @rlovinger

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Semantic Web changes the way people will consume information on the World Wide Web and will transform the Web from document servers to active hubs of communication and meaningful data providers.

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Alan Meckler
CEO WebMediaBrands @alanmeckler

Alan M. Meckler has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of WebMediaBrands since its inception. Previously, Mr. Meckler had been Chairman of the Board of Mecklermedia Corporation from 1973 and was its Chief Executive Officer from December 1993 until it was acquired by Penton Media in November 1998. He also served as President of Mecklermedia from 1971 through November 1997. Mr. Meckler was the only person to have held the offices of Chairman of the Board or Chief Executive Officer since Mecklermedia's founding.

4:45pm - 5:00pm

In this intimate fireside chat, Marco Neumann interviews media industry innovator and Internet publishing pioneer, Alan Meckler. Join us for a candid discussion on how a major media company (WebMediaBrands) has chosen to invest heavily in creating content for the Semantic Web space. Also discussed is the future of the Semantic Web for media and news organizations. Other topics include the impact on search and media companies from the recent schema.org guidelines for incorporating Semantic Web code into search applications (a decision endorsed by Google, Bing and Yahoo!). This enlightening discussion is a must-attend for publishers, brand builders, analysts, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

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Deputy Director of Schema Standards Associated Press @smyles

3:00pm - 3:30pm

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) is developing rNews - a new standard for embedding publishing metadata into online documents using RDFa or HTML5 Microdata. At this event, members of the IPTC will provide a look back at how rNews came into existence and advanced to what it is today, argue the business case for semantic markup and introduce us to rNews in its current state.

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Marco Neumann
Information Scientist, CEO, & Founder KONA @neumarcx

Marco Neumann is an Information Scientist and CEO & Founder of KONA, an Information Consulting and Semantic Technology company based in New York City. KONA provides knowledge organization and network analysis services and technologies to the emerging Semantic Web market. Marco works with Semantic Web technologies for web-based data management in collaboration with media, technology and research organizations since 2000. Marco advocates ontology based data management to enable transparent and efficient information transfer on the web. Marco currently acts as Director of Lotico.com, a Semantic Social Network that represents a community of interest composed of professionals, like-minded researchers and entrepreneurs around the world. He leads the local Lotico efforts in New York City and San Francisco.

4:45pm - 5:00pm

In this intimate fireside chat, Marco Neumann interviews media industry innovator and Internet publishing pioneer, Alan Meckler. Join us for a candid discussion on how a major media company (WebMediaBrands) has chosen to invest heavily in creating content for the Semantic Web space. Also discussed is the future of the Semantic Web for media and news organizations. Other topics include the impact on search and media companies from the recent schema.org guidelines for incorporating Semantic Web code into search applications (a decision endorsed by Google, Bing and Yahoo!). This enlightening discussion is a must-attend for publishers, brand builders, analysts, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

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Michael Dunn
Co-founder and CIO OpenAmplify @petitune

Mike has over thirty years of professional experience integrating the technology and marketing disciplines, at companies including Ogilvy Advertising and Scudder. A co-founder, Mike has served as CIO since the company started up. He is the inventor of the OpenAmplify service and has responsibility for all technology operations of the company. Mike is a graduate of Vassar College and resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

1:45pm - 2:30pm
3:30pm - 4:15pm

Semantic Web changes the way people will consume information on the World Wide Web and will transform the Web from document servers to active hubs of communication and meaningful data providers.

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Evan Sandhaus
Lead Architect, Semantic Platforms The New York Times Company @kansandhaus

Evan Sandhaus works as the Semantic Technologist in The New York Times Research and Development Labs. In this role, Evan is spearheading The New York Times Linked Open Data Strategy and overseeing the release 1.8 million documents to the computer science research community. Previously, Evan helped to put The New York Times on Google Earth, collaborated with New York University to explore new directions in News Search, and worked to bring The New York Times to Facebook. In addition to his work at The Times, Evan is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at NYU. Evan holds degrees in Computer Science from both Williams College (B.A.) and Villanova University (M.S.) and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) is developing rNews - a new standard for embedding publishing metadata into online documents using RDFa or HTML5 Microdata. At this event, members of the IPTC will provide a look back at how rNews came into existence and advanced to what it is today, argue the business case for semantic markup and introduce us to rNews in its current state.

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