AM4: Integrating Data Using Semantic Technology
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  David Read   David S Read
  Scott Van Buren   Scott Van Buren
Senior Consulting Software Engineer
Blue Slate Solutions
  Matt Pontius   Matt Pontius
Lead Architect
Blue Slate Solutions


Tuesday, August 19, 2014
08:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

Semantic technology’s graph-based paradigm allows it to easily integrate disparate data. The semantic reasoner extends this capability, providing an agile tool for federating the data in the graph. These two capabilities may be leveraged to accelerate data-centric projects such as:
  • Analytics and Data Mining
  • Automated Workflow
  • Strategic Reporting
  • Data Quality Improvement

In this tutorial we use semantic technology to facilitate data integration and federation, providing a unified data set in an agile fashion.

We start with an enterprise data model consisting of several data sources representing a healthcare payer’s claim and payment systems. We will create a target ontology and use the graph and reasoner to federate the data into that ontology, creating a common model. Finally, we will use the R platform to explore the data relationships and build predictive models to identify opportunities for improving business metrics.

Specific experience attendees will gain during the workshop:

  • Utilize semantic technology to solve a real world business problem
  • Acquire hands-on experience with several semantic tools
  • Gain an understanding of data federation in the context of semantic technology
  • Leverage RDFS, OWL and SPARQL to create, unify and query a common data model
  • Build predictive models utilizing semantically linked data

Dave provides information technology services focused on data analytics, data security and BPM to a broad array of healthcare and insurance organizations. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he teaches courses including Java Web Development and Data Security, Database Technologies and Data Modeling. He has a proven track record of working with technology and business leaders to create powerful and effective solutions for companies large and small.

Scott Van Buren is a senior consulting software engineer for Blue Slate Solutions. Scott has spent the last 13 years working in information technology and business consulting. His expertise is centered in database design, data warehousing, data analytics, reporting, and semantic technology. He leads both the data management and semantic centers of excellence as well as leading the semantic technology aspect of Blue Slate’s innovation lab. Scott’s background includes expertise in the fields of accounting and technical architectural sales. Recently he has focused on designing ontologies and implementing data integration solutions for large healthcare payers.

Matt Pontius is a Lead Architect for Blue Slate Solutions. Matt leads the Business Process Management (BPM) Center of Excellence at Blue Slate, and, over the last 10 years, has utilized his diverse programming skillset to deliver business changing BPM and BRM solutions to Blue Slate clients. Matt sees the emerging world of Semantic Technology as supporting a new paradigm which companies can leverage as they continue to grow and evolve with the quickening speed of the modern business world. Not being a replacement for systems or traditional data storage techniques, Matt views semantics as an opportunity to derive value from the masses of data produced by the various systems and formats that a typical business is comprised of.

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