MakoLab / Mondeca Semantic Day
The leitmotif of the Second MakoLab Semantic Day scheduled for October 3rd, 2013 is the interplay between ideas and theory of the Semantic Web and its practical applications.
As it was the case with the Web itself, established as an academic project in the scientific aura of CERN, quickly evolving into the most important medium of the modern world, the Semantic Web is now moving from the realm of research to a vast territory of purely practical applications. Since being heralded in Scientific American by Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila, it developed as an almost scientific discipline, existing on the boundary between Artificial Intelligence, Logic and Knowledge Representation. Meanwhile, great progress has been made in finding practical applications for Semantic Web technologies. It is now used by professionals in automotive industries, banking, governments, general e-commerce, and in major search engines and social platforms. Devoting the Second MakoLab Semantic Day to both theory and practice, our two fundamental goals are: to continue educating about this new face of the Web, and to gather experts from different fields in order to demonstrate its highly pragmatic applications.
The morning session has been envisaged as a general introduction to the main aspects of the Semantic Web for those who are still new to this fascinating new domain of online activity.
The afternoon session is dedicated to purely pragmatic matters, and will revolve around two important industrial applications: banking and automotive applications. The keynote will be presented by Dennis Wisnosky (who holds the position of, among others, Senior advisor and expert consultant to the Enterprise Data Management Council), who will speak about the Financial Industry Business Ontology – which constitutes the most important step towards applying the Semantic Web in banking industries. The progress in automotive industries is presented in an innovative form of panel/lecture sessions, where specialists in the field share their practical experiences with the audience.
See the agenda for more details.
The MakoLab Semantic Day is organized jointly by MakoLab SA (Łódź, Poland), Mondeca (Paris, France) and Department of Information Systems (Poznań University of Economics, Poland) and Polish Academy of Sciences - Scientific Center in Paris.
Poznan University of Economics
Established in 1926, Poznan University of Economics (PUE) is one of the oldest and most prestigious business universities in Poland. The university’s main strengths are its educational experience, international relations, well-developed research base and its co-operation with business and industry. PUE has participated in a number of EU funded programmes, including 5th, 6th and 7th FP projects, SOCRATES/Erasmus, PHARE ACE, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Department of Information Systems belongs to the Faculty of Informatics and Electronic Economy, which is acknowledged as outstanding by the Accreditation Committee by Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Department’s research focuses on widely understood business information and knowledge representation, processing and management. The specific areas cover: data and information management, information retrieval and filtering, extraction and integration of data and information, applications of web and semantic technologies. The Department contributes to practice by providing the expertise from such areas as identity management, user and application needs specification and profiling, system modelling, and ontological representation. It has been involved in a number of national and international projects applying semantics for information systems leading to a successful track record of designing and developing decision support systems. The Department has also a long experience in organising dissemination events with its flagship International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS) that has already taken place 16 times.
Polish Academy of Sciences - Scientific Center in Paris
The Scientific Center in Paris has more than 110-year history and its activity has been closely related to history of Poland. The inauguration of the Scientific Center as a part of the Polish Library in Paris has taken place on May 3, 1893.
For a long time the Scientific Center in Paris has become only one independent Polish cultural and scientific institution abroad after the loss of independence in 1795. After 1951 had become the part of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Since its foundation, the Scientific Center in Paris has been actively involved in cooperation with French institutions and activities on the international forum. Each year more than 1600 scientists, researchers, students, passionate persons and friends of Polish Academy of Sciences participated in the scientific and cultural events organized by Scientific Center as well as used the library’s resources.
Within the framework of its publishing activity the Scientific Center in Paris published issues of "Roczniki Stacji PAN" since 2005 in French as "Annales" (volume 1 to 15) plus proceedings of the conferences as special issues of “Annales” (volumes 1 to 7). The Scientific Center in Paris is the largest scientific institution of the Polish Academy of Sciences abroad.
Mondeca’s Smart Content Factory (SCF) leverages the power of semantic technologies to boost the productivity of content management and delivery processes and bring about new smarter ways to interact with content. SCF helps clients to aggregate relevant domain data models and vocabularies and then infuse them into generic systems such as search and recommendation engines, Business Intelligence, or Content Management Systems. As a result, these software systems “learn” the language of their users and can dramatically boost their performance and ROI.
Mondeca has been selected by Gartner as a top vendor in the Semantic Web as well as Taxonomy and Ontology Management categories.
MakoLab is one of the leading and innovative software company created in Poland more than 20 years ago. It is listed on the NewConnect market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It delivers comprehensive IT solutions adhering to the principle: "any time, any place, any platform". For this purpose, it utilizes the latest Internet, web-based and mobile technologies. During last 3 years it positioned itself high on the list of pragmatically oriented companies working in the field of Semantic Web. Its GoodRelations based extensions run in more than 5000 stores. Its automotive industry applications, including UCO (Used Cars Ontology) and participation in creation of GAO (Generic Automotive Ontology) position it as a leader of Semantic technologies in Automotive Industries. MakoLab is also involved in creation of Semantic CMS system.