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16 July 2019

Graphs for recommendation engines & taxonomies in the semantic landscape

We have 2 great speakers for our July meetup - Joe Depeau of Neo4j & Helen Lippell - Independent Taxonomy Consultant & Chair of Taxonomy Bootcamp.



Presenter: Joe Depeau, Senior Presales Consultant @ Neo4j



Title: Graphs for recommendation engines: Looking beyond social, retail, and media


Description: We’re all familiar with recommendations in a number of different areas of our lives. Recommendations for social media connections, e-commerce products, or streaming media content are ubiquitous. Perhaps less well known are applications for recommendations in different contexts - like education, HR, fraud detection, business process management, or offender rehabilitation. In this talk we will discuss some of these recommendations use cases in more detail, and look at how graph data can be used to model each domain and power a recommendations engine. We’ll also see an example use case demonstrated using Neo4j.


About the presenter: Originally from the USA but now living in the UK, Joe Depeau has over 20 years of varied experience in the IT industry across a number of domains and specialties. Most recently, Joe has focused on technical pre-sales and solution architecture in the data and analytics space. When not geeking out over data and technology he enjoys camping, hiking with his dog, tending to his garden, reading, and playing boardgames and RPGs. He also bakes a mean cheesecake.




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Presenter: Helen Lippell, Programme Chair @ Taxonomy Bootcamp



Title: The role of taxonomies in the semantic landscape


Description: There is rightfully a lot of buzz in the tech world about knowledge graphs and what they offer to organisations with huge volumes of data. Does this mean that taxonomies are now obsolete? Not at all! Helen gives a brief introduction to taxonomies and goes on to show how they are integral to successful knowledge modelling projects. She will draw on examples from her own experience, and will show how choosing the right tool for each job is a core skill for technology professionals.


Bio: Helen has been an independent information professional for over a decade. In a nutshell, she helps organisations sort out their messy content and data. She designs and implements taxonomies, ontologies and semantic models, to help companies fully exploit the value of their stuff. She has worked for clients including the BBC, Metropolitan Police and Pearson. She is also the chair of Europe's largest dedicated taxonomy conference, Taxonomy Boot Camp London, which takes place in October every year. When she's not doing all that she's a keen quizzer who's appeared on shows including Only Connect and Mastermind.




--- You can watch the recording of the talk here ---

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