Emerging Tech SIG: The Tortoise vs the Hare - Ontology vs Folksonomy



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Emerging Technology SIG


    Presentation Overview

    The Tortoise vs the Hare - Ontology vs Folksonomy

    The highly impatient web 2.0 community has embraced tagging and folksonomy as the best way to organize web content. However, there are over 60,000 registered users of Protege, the leading open-source ontology editor and knowledge-based framework. What exactly are these users building, and why?

    Join us to hear Timothy Redmond of Stanford explain how and why Protege is so successful, and to hear Jeff Pollock of Oracle explain the business motivations for investing in ontologies, and why the market for ontology-based products is so much larger than the market for folksonomy-based products.


    Presenter Bios

    Dr. Timothy Redmond

    Dr. Timothy Redmond received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1980) and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University (1984). Since that time, Dr. Redmond has worked in the area of formal methods and their application to verifying the correctness and security of computer systems. He has extensive experience with formal methods including experience using systems such as HOL, InaJo and SDVS. He is currently working at Stanford on the Protege Project.


    Jeff Pollock

    Jeff Pollock is a technology leader and author of the enterprise software book "Adaptive Information" (John Wiley & Sons 2004). Currently a Senior Director with Oracle’s Fusion Middleware group, Mr. Pollock was formerly an independent consultant for the Defense Department, Vice President of Technology at Cerebra and Chief Technology Officer of Modulant, developing semantic middleware platforms and inferencedriven SOA platforms from 2001 to 2006. Throughout his career, he has architected, designed, and built application server/middleware solutions for Fortune 500 and US Government clients. Prior to Modulant, Mr. Pollock was a Principal Engineer with Modem Media and Senior Architect with Ernst & Young’s Center for Technology Enablement. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences, author for industry journals, active member of W3C and OASIS, and formerly an engineering instructor with University of California at Berkeley’s Extension on the subjects of object-oriented systems, software development process and enterprise systems architecture.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


    7:00 - 7:20 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

    No registration required

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