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29 January 2019

The Future of Graph Query Languages, Introduction to SKOS & graph Investigations

First meetup of 2019. We hosted 3 speakers with a range of topics from introductory to technical.




#SPEAKER 1# Gavin Mendel-Gleason, CTO DataChemist



Title: The Victors will be Declarative - Exploring the Graph Query Language of the Future



Talk Summary / Learning outcomes:


• Quick overview of query language and how we got here

• Highlighting some of the issues with current approaches to nosql query

• Why a simple, but flexible data model with mathematical precision and a query language to match is crucial to future success

• Benefits of this approach

• Introduction to DataChemist’s query language WOQL


About the Speaker: Gavin Mendel-Gleason is a doctor of computer science, specialising in type theory and formal methods. He has worked in industry in big-data modelling, search and query optimisation and in both supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques. His passion is creating a synthesis of logical techniques for knowledge representation and reasoning with modern machine learning techniques to create the database of the future. Gavin is currently the Chief Technology Officer at DataChemist.


‘DataChemist has a simple goal: to make data meaningful. DataChemist transforms the messy, inconsistent data sets of the real world into clean, structured and integrated data. Our customers improve decision-making and reduce costs as a result. DataChemist spun out of Trinity College Dublin in 2018 to bring a new way of thinking about data to the market, and help leading organisations find the relationships and insights in their existing data that have until now remained hidden. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, DataChemist builds Enterprise Knowledge Graphs for some of Europe’s largest financial and commercial intelligence organisations.




You can watch the video recording of the talk here




#SPEAKER 2# Phil Stacey, Barratt Homes



Title: Introduction to simple knowledge organization system (SKOS)


Talk Summary / Learning outcomes:


• structured data how can it be used in the building industry

• controlled vocabulary benefits

• standard naming convention (SMP)

• linked data vocabulary with document repository

• live demonstration of linked data knowledge library


About the Speaker: Phil Stacey works for Barratt homes implementing document management in southern counties division. With over 25 years in the construction industry working in design and information management he is passionate in realising the business benefit structured data and BIM can deliver through its implementation at scale, across the housing sector.




You can watch the video recording of the talk here





#SPEAKER 3# Wais Bashir, Open Source Trainer and Editor



Title: Introduction to Graph Data and Open Source Investigations and Verification


Talk Summary / Learning Outcomes:


• Introduction to data-driven investigative journalism and graph intelligence

• Open source due diligence

• How to verify date and time from media

• How to verify location from media

• Introduction to open source asset tracing.


About the Speaker: Wais Bashir plans and holds seminars and workshops on open source due diligence and asset tracing to private companies and organisations. With over ten years experience in the news industry, he also delivers seminars to award-winning students and young media professionals from across Europe in locations around Europe, in open source news verification and investigation methodologies. He has a passion for data-journalism and all things tech.




You can watch the video recording of the talk here

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