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   MINDLab Semantic Technologies Tutorials Announcement - Nov 3-6, 2003

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  • Subject: MINDLab Semantic Technologies Tutorials Announcement - Nov 3-6, 2003
  • From: "Irene Polikoff" <Irene@topquadrant.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 23:04:21 -0400
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Tutorials at MINDLab, College Park, MD, November 3-6, 2003

Following the White House Conference Center September 8th conference on
Semantic Technologies, TopQuadrant with Jim Hendler would like to bring to
your attention a new Semantic Technology Tutorial Series. The program launch
will take place in the Washington, DC, area at Jim Hendler's MINDLab
facility, at the University of MD, College Park, MD in early November.

These in-depth one and two day tutorials cover topical semantic and
knowledge technology areas.  Each is jointly designed and delivered with Jim
Hendler to feature the latest content, developments, standards and
state-of-the-art knowledge and experience in this important, emerging field.
The tutorials have been created based on the requests that we have received
for a pragmatic program for education and exploration of the emerging
semantic technologies. Three tutorials are offered:

An Introduction to Semantic Technologies    --  Nov. 3, 2003

A one day overview of the concepts behind Semantic Technologies  - this
course is non-technical in content and suitable for business and technical
managers,  as well as solution architects and information architects.  It
focuses on the application of the elements of semantic technology that are
"ready for use", exploring  how these technologies are being applied today
to solve problems faced by many enterprises. 
Adopting Taxonomy and Ontology Solutions    --  Nov. 4, 2003

This one day course provides an overview of the use of taxonomies for
business applications including the state of the art and best practices of
taxonomy deployment today, case studies and a survey of the capabilities
provided by taxonomy software products. It also explores the role of
taxonomies as a foundation for more powerful semantic solutions and offers a
roadmap for migrating taxonomy solutions to ontology-based semantic
solutions. The course has been designed for information modelers,
taxonomists, content managers and anyone who is involved in the organization
of enterprise information. 

Beyond XML: A tutorial and comparative review of RDF/S, Topic Maps, and
OWL    --  Nov. 5-6, 2003
A two day, hands on, technical introduction to the technologies underlying
the semantic web -  this course has been designed for technical managers,
architects and developers seeking an understanding of the standards and
tools to support semantic integration, information mark-up for semantic
portals, and the Semantic WEB. Familiarity with XML is required. The course
will cover the different strengths and goals of the three leading standards,
their compatibility with other standards and the implications of their
syntax and semantics. Hands-on exercises using semantic modeling tools are

For  a detailed description of each tutorial and the overall series, and to
register to attend, please www.topquadrant.com/seminars/tq_tutorials.htm.
The curriculum emphasizes the practical use of semantic technology for
enabling the next generation of enterprise solutions for business and
government. Each class includes interactive participation, exploration and
evaluation.  Additional classes are planned for the series. Any offering can
be tailored to the specific needs of groups or organizations on request.
Contact us at 724-846-9300 or tutorials@topquadrant.com for questions or


Jim Hendler is Professor at the University of Maryland and Director of
Semantic Web and Agent Technology at the Maryland Information and Network
Dynamics Laboratory.  As Chief Scientist and Program Manager at DARPA for
the DAML program, he has been one of the major drivers in the creation of
the Semantic Web, and continues to be a prominent player in the W3C's
Semantic Web Activity.

TopQuadrant maintains a constant watch on semantic technology products,
vendors and standards in order to act as a trusted intermediary for
customers who want to deploy successful solutions and gain an early
advantage from these emerging technologies.  Recently, TopQuadrant
co-organized the landmark event "Semantic Technologies for e-Government" at
the White House Conference Center, on September 8th 2003, and was awarded
Special Recognition by the Federal CIO Council's XML Web Services Working
Group for exceptional performance on the "Semantic Technologies for eGov"
Pilot Project.  



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