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Joyce Ward: An Interview on Semantic Content Enrichment at LexisNexis, etc.

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Microsoft, 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451. Directions.

SPEAKER: Joyce Ward, Manager of Taxonomies and Semantic Enrichment, LexisNexis

TOPIC: We will talk with Joyce about the evolution of her professional career from Digital to subsequent leadership positions at Northern Light and LexisNexis. We will explore the importance of controlled vocabulary (AKA taxonomy) and its relationship to search excellence, and ask why commercial operations with high value content, such as LexisNexis, invest intelligent human resources to deliver intelligent search outcomes. Joyce will also share thoughts on how the commercial content search experience can be replicated in the enterprise and comment on where organizations need to place their resources to achieve high quality search.

BIOGRAPHY: Joyce Ward is Manager of Taxonomies and Semantic Enrichment at LexisNexis where she leads an international team of vocabulary, classification, categorization and search experts. Previously at LexisNexis she was an Executive Custom Solutions Manager for over eight years. Earlier Joyce was a member of the founding team, Chief taxonomist and VP of Editorial Products for Northern Light (web search engine) involved in pioneering work on topical clustering of Web search results. She was also a Senior Manager for applications development of search and library systems and  Corporate Librarian at Digital Equipment Corporation.  Joyce received a BA from Bowdoin College and MLS from Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Applying Semantic Technology to Knowledge Assets

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Microsoft, 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451. Directions.

SPEAKER: Lynda Moulton, Analyst and Consultant, LWM Technology Services

TOPIC: Knowledge assets in enterprises can be categorized in three major groups:

  • people
  • explicit content
  • infrastructure

The latter includes organizational sociology or culture, technology architecture and individual technology tools (software) and how they are integrated to work for the enterprise.

Hundreds of software technology applications contribute to the integration of people and the products of their work as documented in a variety of forms and formats. A subset of these software applications are built with algorithms that employ computational linguistic and rule-based data stores for making sense of human language. From highly structured content like databases and spreadsheets, to semi-structured forms and emails, to unstructured documents with no metadata, different applications are being employed to “interpret” content, index it in new ways and improve accuracy and comprehensiveness of retrieval.

Lynda Moulton will lay out the basics of semantic natural language processing to clarify the application of ontologies and rule-based applications in select applications. She will then describe three locally developed software products and how they are being leveraged to solve specialized search challenges. The best solutions bring explicit content into precise focus, leading to the implicit identification of the human assets behind them. Content with accurate answers to research and business inquiries reveals the expertise of authors, thus exposing the human-content connection for further interaction in the workplace.


This just came in from Matthew Moore and Patrick Lambe. It provides a reality check for how to make content richer for any search. Taxonomy Fairy Tales: “I had the pleasure of discussing some “taxonomy fairy tales” with Patrick Lambe recently. An 11 minute video of covering search engines, auto-categorization, governance and experts is now available.”

BIOGRAPHY: Lynda Moulton consults at LWM Technology Services on knowledge management strategies with a focus on metadata management and taxonomies for content behind the firewall.  She is also a Senior Analyst and Consultant in enterprise search for Outsell’s Gilbane Group. Lynda has over 30 years of experience as a professional searcher, and search and content system technology architect. Her principal focus is studying search technologies for the purpose of advising enterprises on their search options and implementation strategies. Her early career was as an information specialist at Union Carbide and Arthur D. Little. In 1980 she founded Comstow Information Services, which developed the BiblioTech® software for total enterprise content management. She is active as a leader in the Boston Knowledge Management Forum, which holds semi-monthly meetings. Case work and writings can be found at http://www.lwmtechnology.com

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Research Survey: Semantic Technology Use

If you have been involved in any enterprise activity that makes use of semantic technologies to improve content retrieval, analytics, or business process improvement, you are invited to take this quick survey.

The research and data collection is being done by Lynda Moulton for a research study at the Gilbane Group. All respondents who share contact information will be sent download access to the full report due within two months.


CSHALS will take place February 24-26, 2010 in Cambridge/Boston, MA

The Conference on Semantics in Healthcare and Life Sciences (CSHALS) the official conference of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) returns for its third year as the premier annual event focused on the use of semantic technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, including hospitals/healthcare institutions and academic research labs.

CSHALS is a conference focused on specific applications of semantic technologies, including Semantic Web, to show where advances have been made, determine what the current needs are, and anticipate where the field is headed in order to prepare and advance with the field. The conference is organized along specific topics and moderated to stimulate interactive discussions around sets of key questions determined in advance with input from registered attendees.

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Boston KM Forum Members: Book on Ontologies

We are pleased to post this publication notice:

Finding the Concept, Not Just the Word: A librarian’s guide to ontologies and semantics, by Brandy King and Kathy Reinold. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, 09/2008, 202p. 1843343193

“Aimed at students and professionals within Library and Information Services (LIS), this book is about the power and potential of ontologies to enhance the electronic search process. The book will compare search strategies and results in the current search environment and demonstrate how these could be transformed using ontologies and concept searching. Simple descriptions, visual representations, and examples of ontologies will bring a full understanding of how these concept maps are constructed to enhance retrieval through natural language queries. Readers will gain a sense of how ontologies are currently being used and how they could be applied in the future, encouraging them to think about how their own work and their users’ search experiences could be enhanced by the creation of a customized ontology.”

Both Brandy and Kathy have been speakers at Boston KM Forum events and we congratulate them on the book publication.

Is There an Emerging Semantic Architecture? And Why Does it Matter?

Thursday, December 18, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m, Microsoft, 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451 , Waltham. Directions. [NOTE: New Location!]

SPEAKER: Tom Bigda-Peyton, President, Center for Semantic Excellence

TOPIC: The recent Boston KM Forum Symposium at Bentley College on semantics featured several ideas on semantic architectures and applications.  In this session, Tom Bigda-Peyton will pick up on the threads of this discussion and lead us in examining where “semantics” is going, from the perspectives of technology, methodology, architecture, and applications.

BIOGRAPHY: Tom Bigda-Peyton is an organizational consultant, researcher, and educator who has spent more than twenty years working with managers, teams, and organizations. Tom is the founder of Action Learning Systems, a research and consulting practice started in 1992 to help teams and organizations improve the quality and pace of on-the-job learning, recognize and manage transitions together, and create environments of shared leadership and accountability. He is also President of the Center for Semantic Excellence, a multi-disciplinary research organization that addresses problems such as healthcare system redesign, regional economic development, and social problem-solving (also known as “wicked” problems).

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Semantics – the Next Frontier for Leveraging Knowledge

Boston Knowledge Management Forum at Bentley College
A Symposium on Leveraging Knowledge

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, Bentley College, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM,

The Danielson Room in LaCava Campus Center, Waltham, MA (Bldg. B52/B53 on Map) Directions

$50 Pre-Registration Deadline Oct. 1 [click here to register and pay online OR bring cash/check; $60 for walk-ins with no pre-registration] The fee, includes a light breakfast and full lunch.

Following on the heels of our recent Symposium on Leveraging Knowledge, our October, 2008 event is focused on “Semantics – the Next Frontier in Leveraging Knowledge.”

We hear more and more about semantic technologies and the “semantic Web” – in numerous and diverse contexts.  However, from a very practical and applied perspective, it is often hard to understand how, concretely, embedded semantic technologies relate to solving everyday knowledge problems.

Most of us don’t really need to know the “nuts and bolts” of what goes on “under the hood” of tools with semantic components.  So in October’s Symposium, we will downplay the deep theoretical underpinnings of “semantics” in favor of grounding each of us – whether we are a librarian, business manager, knowledge worker – in some basic concepts. We will be focusing on :

  • What a semantic or meaning engine can do to better help you find all or some of your knowledge assets (people or objects)
  • What it will take to procure and implement a semantically enabled tool
  • How much effort and expertise you must expend to get benefit and value

We have lined up a great slate of speakers to provide this focus:

  • Colin  Britton, technologist with specialization in enterprise information integration, semantic web technology, and digital asset management
  • Win Carus, Founder and President of Information Extraction Systems, Inc.
  • Sean Martin, Founder, President, and CTO, Cambridge Semantics Inc.
  • Curt Monash, leading analyst of and strategic advisor to the software industry
  • Lynda Moulton, Lead Analyst for Enterprise Search with the Gilbane Group, and Principal of LWM Technology Services, a knowledge management consulting practice
  • And a panel of vendors with products and services in the semantics domain

Our speakers, moderators, and panelists will each have very practical information and examples to share.  Note that based on feedback from prior symposia, we are allowing plenty of time in our sessions for Q&A. Come and join us on October 7th!

Link to: Readings> Vendor List> Glossary

Planned Schedule:

8:15    8:40    Registration and continental breakfast
8:40    9:00    Opening and introductions
9:00  12:30    Speakers
12:30    1:15  Lunch, exhibits
1:15   4:00     Speakers and Wrap-up
4:00    4:30   Networking, exhibits    —


The Meaning of Semantics Depends on Who you Ask and Why you are Asking - Lynda Moulton, Principal LWM Technology Services and Lead Analysts, Enterprise Search, Gilbane Group [PRESENTATION]

Interviewing clients in any business usually involves asking questions using a Who, What, Where, When, Why and How format. Since the phrase “semantic Web” was popularized, scores of technologies use the term “semantic” to enhance the descriptions of applications being offered  to help us find out what there is to know in a given domain. This talk will focus on clarifying what you need to know about what is relevant, useful and appropriate in any discussion where a semantic technology is being proposed to help you leverage your knowledge.

Why do semantic standards matter to me? - Sean Martin, Founder, President and CTO, Cambridge Semantics

To understand some of the commercial options currently in use with underlying semantic technology, it is important to know some concepts covered by semantic standards and what they actually enable. In this presentation a number of the existing standards that apply to semantics will be explained along with what features of these semantics standards are important to solve problems. Finally, Sean will share practical examples of how semantics can apply in everyday applications. [PRESENTATION] W3C-Use Cases

Are There Viable Semantic Applications Now? Vendor Panel - Introductions, Q & A -Brooke Aker (CEO) Expert System USA; Michael Belanger (President) Jarg Corporation; William Wechtenhiser (VP Engineering) Zoom Information

Our three panelists will be asked to share their perspective on how semantic technology provides value for helping enterprises understand their knowledge assets. They will then be open to questions by the moderator, other speakers and the audience.

Making Sense of Business Documents: using InfoExtract Sense Finder(tm) tools at the HBS Baker Library - Win Carus, Founder and President, Information Extraction Systems

Harvard’s Baker Library has a charter to support ontology and sense-finding tasks. This presentation will give an overview of a recent project supporting this charter. It will make a comparison of ad-hoc and semantically complex HBS tasks to traditional information extraction tasks (such as categorization, named entity extraction, and sentiment analysis), then explain the objective of sense-finding tools to support knowledge workers. Included in the discussion will be a terse description of InfoExtract and its Sense Finder tools, and comparison of time, effort, complexity, and quality in performing tasks without and with sense-finding tools. The net result of the project has been an understanding of how appropriate tools make sense-finding feasible and cost-effective

Competitive landscape for text analytics - Curt Monash, President, Monash Research and editor of Text Technologies

Curt will explain the relationship of text analytics and semantic technologies. He will also offer commentary on the topic of the “semantic web” with his view of the current state of this much-hyped vision. [Blog with links to PRESENTATION]

After you open the box… -  Colin Britton, CTO-at-large, Co-Founder and former CTO of Metatomix

Colin will share practical guidance on the application of semantic technologies along with providing meaning for different categories of semantic systems and what it takes to implement and leverage them. At the heart of application value is the thought behind the infrastructure of content being targeted and the use of context in semi-structured data. We have asked him to help us understand what it takes to bring semantics to a business problem for meaningful and beneficial outcomes. [Presentation]

Wrap-up:  What have we learned? - Larry Chait, Managing Partner of Chait and Associates, Inc. and President of the Boston KM Forum

4:00    4:30   Networking, exhibits    —

After meeting posts

Room is available for audience to network until 4:30 pm


Speaker Biographies

J. Brooke Aker is CEO of Expert System USA, a leading semantic technology firm, and is a long standing speaker and writer in the areas of Competitive Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Predictive Analytics.  Mr. Aker is a serial entrepreneur having formed both Acuity Software and Cipher Systems. He was a member of the Intelligence practice at The Futures Group/Deloitte Consulting where he worked with over 130 of the Global 2000 in the formation and operation of successful intelligence, KM or analytics units at such companies as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Petrobras.  He has conducted numerous workshops and given speeches at SCIP, Knowledge Management and Strategy conferences.  From 2000 through 2002 Mr. Aker wrote the Competitive Intelligence Magazine column entitled 100 Ways to Beat Your Competition.  His technology development of intelligence / analytics systems have been recognized by and won awards from IBM, Strategy Magazine, and Fuld & Co. Mr. Aker earned a MA in Economics from Boston University and a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont.

Michael Belanger is the President and Co-Founder of Jarg Corporation. Mr. Belanger is well known for his contributions to entrepreneurship and innovation. He was director of sales and marketing on the founding team of COLORGEN which invented the compact PC-based paint-chip color matching appliance that changed the global economics of paint retailing to be customer-defined color driven. The company had a successful IPO and subsequently achieved over 80% of world market share.

Colin Britton was a Co-Founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Metatomix. His pioneering work at Metatomix has resulted in the Company being awarded four patents on its technology, with four additional patent applications pending. Prior to founding Metatomix, he was the Vice President of Advanced Technology for MediaBridge Technologies, Inc., a turnaround software company that was subsequently sold to Engage, where he spent more than eight years working with clients such as Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal), the Boston Globe, Sears and Circuit City. Earlier, Colin held sales and technology positions with a number of leading technology companies. He has extensive experience in enterprise class solutions on a global scale in the fields of content management, CRM, workflow and knowledge management. Colin studied Music Recording Technology at the University of Salford (formed by merger of University of Salford and University College, Salford).

Win Carus is the Founder and President of Information Extraction Systems, Inc. He has more than twenty years of experience in the research, design, and development of multilingual text and speech natural language technologies for OEM and application markets: spelling correction, hyphenation, proofreading and grammar correction; language recognition; electronic dictionary and reference works; information retrieval; machine translation; speech recognition; and information extraction. He is an inventor on more than seventeen patents in the field of natural language processing. In recent years his research and development efforts have focused on the use of statistical, machine-learning, and corpus-based techniques and user feedback in speech and text processing applications. He was formerly Vice President, Research, of Dictaphone’s Applied Language Technologies Group; Distinguished Scientist at Lernout & Hauspie, and Director of Research for Inso Corporation and the Software Division of Houghton Mifflin Company.

Prior to launching Chait & Associates, Larry Chait was a Corporate Vice President of Arthur D. Little, Inc. He built ADL’s internal, global Knowledge Management function and served as the firm’s first Chief Knowledge Officer. In that role, he oversaw the design, development, and implementation of the firm’s multi-million-dollar KM initiative. In his earlier consulting role at ADL, Larry led major engagements in change management, process improvement, and strategic IT planning for domestic and international clients ranging from start-ups to the Global 100. Larry has also authored 20 articles published in the US and abroad, lectured in MBA and post-graduate programs in five universities, and spoken at over 40 conferences on topics including knowledge management, process improvement, and the management of change. He is currently President of The Boston KM Forum, a community of practitioners that offers over 25 KM-knowledge-sharing events each year.

Sean Martin is Founder, President and CTO of Cambridge Semantics. Prior to founding Cambridge Semantics, Sean was the Team Lead & Technical Visionary for IBM’s Advanced Internet Technology Group. During his tenure at IBM, Sean was responsible for IBM’s Open source Semantic Middleware Platform, co-instigator & mentor of the IBM Extreme Blue program, and inventor & project lead for IBM’s Sash technologies. Sean holds a number of IBM patents. His work at IBM includes: the Virtual File System technologies, shipped as Lotus Domino Network File Store (DNFS) & an NT file access system for OS/390 (VA Cobol), the Network Dispatcher product, IBM’s WOM (Web Object Manager) technologies, the first Java application & CMS server, and IBM’s Womplex Internet services & web hosting technologies. He was also responsible for the design & implementation of the Atlanta Olympics Internet web site, the emergency scaling up of www.deepblue.ibm.com vs. G. Kasparov chess match site, the first ever real-time Internet sports web sites at www.wimbledon.org, www.usopen.org, www.pga.org, www.frenchopen.org, www.rydercup.org etc. 1995-1996, and  the www.europe.ibm.com and IBM Europe’s Education WWW enrollment system.

For a quarter-century, Curt Monash has been a leading analyst of and strategic advisor to the software industry. Praised by Lawrence J. Ellison for his “unmatched insight into technology and marketplace trends,” Curt was the software/services industry’s #1 ranked stock analyst while at PaineWebber, Inc., where he served as a First Vice President until 1987. He subsequently co-founded Evernet, Inc., a $40 million networking systems integrator. Since 1990 he has owned and operated Monash Research (formerly called Monash Information Services), an analysis and advisory firm covering software-intensive sectors of the technology industry. In that period he also has been co-founder, president, or chairman of several other technology startups. Curt writes and/or edits most Monash Research publications, including white papers, the Monash Letters (part of the Monash Advantage program) and the blogs DBMS2, Text Technologies, and Strategic Messaging. Curt has written for numerous publications and is currently writing for A World of Bytes for Network World. Curt also has appeared on NBC, CNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio.

Lynda Moulton is principal of LWM Technology Services, a knowledge management consulting practice. She advises enterprises on strategies to facilitate knowledge sharing, focusing on technology implementations for content resources. She is also Lead Analyst for Enterprise Search with the Gilbane Group where she blogs and reports on the search market and search systems. She has been active in the Boston KM Forum since 2003. Previously, she founded and owned Comstow Information Services, Inc. where she was the chief architect of the BiblioTech software application, a forerunner of current enterprise content management, search and taxonomy systems. In 1993 she authored the book Data Bases for Special Libraries: A Strategic Guide to Information Management on database application development for corporate records, information resource management, indexing and search using DBMS and 4GL technologies. Lynda has taught graduate courses and written numerous articles on professional competencies, content management, taxonomy development, database design and other KM topics. Her career began as a technical librarian and information specialist at Union Carbide, and Arthur D. Little before founding Comstow in 1980.

William Wechtenhiser is VP-Engineering at Zoom Information. Before joining the company earlier this year, he directed the Flex Enterprise team at Adobe and was director of product development for service applications at ATG. For the past ten years William has focused on cutting-edge software development targeting diverse areas including Knowledge Management, Computer Security, Financial Data Modeling, Service Applications and most recently Flex Data Services.


Expert System

Jarg Corporation

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