Meetup: User Interfaces for the Semantic Web, Social Search Space and the Factual API

User Interfaces for the Semantic Web, Social Search Space and the
Factual API - March 25, 2010 - New York City

User Interfaces for the Semantic Web
Duane Degler

This is a tangible guided tour of interesting semantic web
applications and user interfaces. What is being adopted from current
Internet - and Rich Internet - apps and sites? What new design
concepts might be possible now or in the future? What pitfalls are we
discovering as linked data meets the interface? We'll discuss the
opportunities, issues, and implications for people who will be users
of the "linked web of data" - and we'll ask our favorite question: How
can it be made easier and more useful? This talk is relevant to
designers, semantic web developers, usability professionals, and
business people.

Duane Degler is a partner in Design for Context, a DC/Baltimore-based
usable design consultancy. He has designed numerous web and
semantics-based applications and sites, backed by 25 years consulting
experience in knowledge management and business performance. He has
led software projects for commercial and government clients in the US
and Europe. Duane co-organizes the Semantic Web User Interaction
workshop series, is a participant in the UPA Usability Body of
Knowledge project, and an active member of the Washington DC Semantic
Web Meetup community. He studied Communications with a focus on the
human change impacts arising from new technology adoption.

Evolution of the Social Search Space
Nitya Narasimhan

Nitya Narasimhan is a researcher at Motorola and has been working for
the past few years on applications and platforms for the mobile and
the home (set-top box) domains. In recent years, this has taken a turn
towards developing and supporting social networking applications (and
related social media interactions) on these devices. One current area
of interest to Nitya is Social Search and she is interested in
interacting with (and learning from) experts in the information
retrieval and semantic web spaces to understand (a) how to instrument
applications for better search utility and (b) how to leverage
existing tools and instrumentation to support new experiences on

The Factual API - Preview
Bill Michels & Bradley Geilfuss

Factual will briefly walk you through their set of APIs that enable
developers to access data and incorporate it in various ways into
innovative applications in this short presentation. Factual is a
platform for anyone to share and mash open data on any subject.
Factual was founded in 2007 by Gil Elbaz, the co-founder of Applied
Semantics, which was acquired by Google in 2003. The team is comprised
of folks from Google, Yahoo, Linkedin, and Idealab, and a recent round
of angel funding was announced that included Andreessen/Horowitz,
Founder Collective, Bill Gross, Danny Rimer, Marten Mickos, and Esther

Bill Michels is the VP Developer Platform at Factual where he works on
building a valuable set of developer products, as well as structuring
partnerships to drive use of the Factual APIs. Before Factual Bill
worked at Yahoo in various roles, most recently of which he was the GM
of Yahoo! BOSS - an open search API initiative. Here he managed all
product and business functions to build BOSS to over one billion
queries per month. He also held postions in International Search and
Monetization where he worked on business operations and and product
roll-outs in Asia and Latin America. Prior to this Bill worked in
technology and telecom Equity Research at UBS and held strategic
planning and business development roles at Vcommerce and ThinkFire.
Bill has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Colby

Bradley Geilfuss is the product manager at Factual. Most recently,
Bradley has been overseeing the design and implementation of Factual's
data visualization framework and data workbench. Prior to Factual,
Bradley worked at Sierra Systems, contracting on projects related to
justice and public safety data. In 1998, Bradley was the founder of
Zelo Systems, a startup creating a distributed storage and rich media
delivery system. Bradley has an MAS from MIT's Media Lab as well as an
BS from MIT.

Meet us at the Semantic Technology Conference this year in San Francisco.

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