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Semantic Search:

Magnet for the Needle in a Search Haystack

A Joint NKOS/CENDI Workshop


U.S. Department of Transportation   *  DOT Media Center,

Oklahoma City Room  *  Washington DC


December 6, 2012 8:30 am-4:30 pm


What is Semantic Search? What user requirements does it seek to address? How is Semantic Search being implemented? How can Semantic Search technologies be evaluated? What results have we seen thus far, and what are the areas of research that may bring future improvements? These questions and related topics will be addressed by experts in semantic search and related technologies, users, implementers and academic researchers. Dean Allemang, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Scientist at Open Data Registry (previously of TopQuadrant) will place semantic search in the semantic web landscape. Dr. Denise Bedford, Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University, will discuss the various views of semantic search. Other speakers will address linked data applications in libraries, museums and archives; the impact of semantic search on visualization tools; and the development of tools to support semantic search in particular communities. Information managers and technologists from various user communities will discuss the needs of their end users that they are seeking to address with semantic search. Students working in this area will provide a look at the future through a series of lightning talks.

This workshop will be of interest to information managers, technologists, content providers, enterprise architects and researchers across sectors. 


 8:30                 Registration and Networking





9:00 am

 Welcome from NKOS, Gail Hodge, Information International Associates (ppt)

Welcome from NTL and CENDI

Amanda Wilson, Director, National Transportation Library, U.S. Department of Transportation




Moderator:     Michael Pendleton, US Environmental Protection Agency


9:15 am          Keynote: The Semantic Web Landscape, Dean Allemang, CEO and Principal Consultant, Working Ontologist LLC (ppt)


10 :00              The 11 Views of Semantic Search, Denise Bedford, Kent State University (ppt)


 10:30 am         Break [Conference Center Snack Area]




Moderator: Gail Rayburn, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Link to the recorded session: (48 mins.) https://kentedu.webex.com/kentedu/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=31276952&rKey=b40a0a158d5f7228  

10:45 am   The Value Proposition for Semantic Search: A User Panel (ppt)


The Library Community: Diane Hillmann, Metadata Management Associates

The Data Community: George Thomas, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

                        The Health Informatics Community: Helga Rippen, Westat

                        The Intelligence Community: Leslie Mitchell, Information International Associates

                        The Publishing Community: Joe Hilger, Avalon Consulting

                        For an Enterprise: Farah Gheriss, International Monetary Fund


11:30 am         Lunch [On Your Own, DOT Cafeteria]

  Moderator:     Marcia Lei Zeng, SLIS, Kent State University

Link to recorded session (1 hour 27 mins.) https://kentedu.webex.com/kentedu/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=31284767&rKey=41860184f1d2d442
(Note the beginning two minutes visual was incorrect.)  

 12:45 pm        Knowledge Organization and Semantic Search, Tom Baker, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (ppt)



1:15 pm          Visualization and Semantic Search, Xia Lin, Drexel University (ppt)



1:45 pm          Semantic Search: Discovering Relevant Information in a Digital Golden Age, Bernadette Hyland, 3 Round Stones, Inc. (ppt)


 2:15 pm           Break [DOT Cafeteria Snack Area]

  Moderator:     Shewan Workneh, International Monetary Fund

Link to recorded session (1 hour 3 mins.) https://kentedu.webex.com/kentedu/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=31288632&rKey=d953fb40266f3383


2:45 pm          Using Linked Data in the Biodiversity and Systematic Taxonomy Communities, Joel Richard, Smithsonian Institution Libraries (ppt)


  3:00 pm          Future Research [Student lightning talks]

Moderator:     Denise Bedford, Kent State University


Through the Eye of the Needle: Making Sense of Humanities Scholarship with Linked Open Data  Amalia Levi, College of information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

When is Semantic Search Really Semantic Search? Jake Spiegler and Thomas Burdick, Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, Kent State University  (ppt)

Knowledge Architecture to Support Search Visualization, Bryan Schneider, Enterprise Information Architecture, International Monetary Fund

3:30 pm          Where We Are and Where We are Going – The Future of Semantic Search, Tamas Doszkocs, Weblib LLC (ppt)

Link to the recorded session (37 mins) https://kentedu.webex.com/kentedu/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=31291082&rKey=a38d4c8747326fab


Moderator:  Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies LLC


 4:00 pm      Q&A and Wrap Up


4:30 pm          Adjourn


The Program Committee:

Gail Hodge (CENDI/IIa), Chair
Denise Bedford (Kent State Univ.)
Joseph Busch (Taxonomy Strategies)
Michael Crandall (Univ. of Washington)
Jane Greenberg (Univ. of North Carolina)
Marjorie Hlava (Access Innovations)
Michael Pendleton (US EPA)
Amanda Wilson (National Transportation Library)
Shewan Workneh (International Monetary Fund)
Marcia Lei Zeng (Kent State Univ.)

NKOS (Networked Knowledge Organization Systems) is an ad hoc work group of more than 100 international experts and implementers of knowledge organization systems. NKOS is devoted to enabling knowledge organization systems/services (KOS), such as classification systems, thesauri, gazetteers, and ontologies, as networked, interactive information services to support the description and retrieval of diverse information resources through the Internet.

CENDI is an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers from 13 U.S. federal agencies. CENDI’s mission is to improve the productivity of federal science, technology and related programs through effective information support systems.

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