Semantics in Social Networks 

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It’s not just about Facebook and LinkedIn, but a multitude of information-sharing networks

Semantic technologies offer a unique set of opportunities to social networks.  And the notion of "network" analysis increasingly goes beyond the obvious consumer-level services like Facebook, to incorporate a variety of explicit and implicit relationships.

Sessions at the SemTech Conference will discuss how these networks are being measured and analyzed with semantics. What are the new, socially-specific ontologies and vocabularies are under development to better connect and understand social networks?What are the new tools and services that leverage social network analysis to enable innovative new products.



Social networking topics include:

  • Semantics tools for Twitter and Facebook
  • Search in social nets
  • Social ontologies
  • Collaboration models 
  • Professional communities
  • Relationship finders
  • Visualization and graphical tools
  • Linked data in social nets
  • Information exchanges 
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Social Mobile apps

Featured Session:
The Social Fabric of Semantics

Jamie Taylor, Minister of Information
Metaweb Technologies, Inc.

Semantics develop when a community uses a common vocabulary to describe the things that matter to them.  This talk examines how semantic vocabularies develop, how they are used, how they evolve and what makes a semantic community sustainable.

The talk will dissect both formal and informal communities; from the emergent semantics of Twitter and the powerful, lightweight semantics of Wikipedia to the more formal semantics of Freebase schema. These communities represent a diversity of members, continuous evolution and a wide spectrum of use. This talk will discuss how these factors contribute to the sustainability of the community and the longevity of their semantic practice. The implications for the growth of other semantic communities and the larger Semantic Web will be discussed.




05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Supporting Networking at Conferences with Social Semantics and Sensors Harith Alani, KMi
  Social Semantic Web for Problem Solving Anthony DeFilippo, Hypios Inc.
  Socially Powered eLearning Bill McDaniel, DERI
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Consumer-Led and Social Approaches to Semantic Representation and Deployment Peter Sweeney, Primal
Anne Hunt, Primal
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM
The Clean Energy Commons: Using Semantic Technologies to Share the World’s Energy Information Jamey Wood, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Stuart Macmillan, Consulting Professor Stanford University
09:15 AM – 09:45 AM
Facebook’s Open Graph David Recordon, Facebook
09:45 AM – 03:30 PM
OASIS Integrated Collaboration Object Model (ICOM) Deirdre Lee, DERI Galway
Eric Chan, Oracle Corporation
Laura Dragan, DERI, NUI Galway
  Social Space: A Novel Approach to Analyzing Social Networks by Bringing Data and Graphs Together Charalampos Chelmis, Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California
Karthik Gomadam, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
How Semantic Technology Enhances the Productivity of Scientific Researchers Darrell W. Gunter, Collexis Holdings, Inc.
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Semantic Social Networks – Ontology Marco Neumann, KONA
Breck Baldwin, Alias-i, Inc.
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
Capturing Tweet Semantics to Foster Responsive and Transparent Governance Abir Qasem, Bridgeawater College
  The Social Fabric of Semantics Jamie Taylor, Metaweb Technologies, Inc.
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
OASIS Integrated Collaboration Object Model (ICOM) Deirdre Lee, DERI Galway
Eric Chan, Oracle Corporation
Laura Dragan, DERI, NUI Galway
04:45 PM – 05:45 PM
Semantic Social Networking Panel Jamie Taylor, Metaweb Technologies, Inc.
Wen Ruan, TextWise
Amit P. Sheth, Kno.e.sis, Wright State University
Kimberly Chulis, Game Loyalty