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Software SIG; Leveraging Semantic Web Technologies for Improved Decision Making  

Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Aug 23, 2011    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Leveraging Semantic Web

Technologies for Improved

Decision Making

by: Samuel Chance

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


As the proliferation of sensors and bandwidth increases, the quantity of available data increases; and imposes additional time and manpower overhead to interpret the data for decision-makers. Increasingly, aspects of decision-making are leaving the realm of human senses, and crossing outside the limits of human reaction times.  Eventually it may become impossible for humans to absorb and discern knowledge value from the mounting data glut. The result: decisions based on incomplete information (i.e. conjecture). The technologies and methodologies of the Semantic Web allow machines to assist humans in interpreting the data glut, and incorporating more data into the construction of domain knowledge. Because organizations and individuals desire the highest possible degree of certainty from which to make decisions, they pursue knowledge wherever it is perceived to exist. While this pursuit of knowledge is justified theoretically, it is extremely difficult, time consuming and complex to realize with current WWW technologies. The Semantic Web will abstract more of the complexities, and will mitigate difficulties associated with data aggregation and knowledge representation, all of which is employed in the construction and interpretation of knowledge to support decision making. This presentation briefly describes the Semantic Web construct, its overall function in the progression of the Internet, and how it enables the next major iteration of the Internet. This presentation will also discuss how semantic data integration liberates data from application-specific silos to create context which improves our ability to �know what we know."

Samuel Chance retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 and has since served as an Information Technology Architect. Mr. Chance completed his Master�s thesis in Semantic Web Technologies. He possesses over 28 years experience in electronics, communications, and distributed systems design, development, deployment and lifecycle support. Mr. Chance has broad technical expertise in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Semantics-Based Computing, Intelligent Agent and Knowledge Management Systems. He keynoted or presented in myriad public U.S. and international engagements such as the Semantic Technologies Conference, International Standards Organization Open Forums, Object Management Group, and DODIIS Worldwide Conference. Mr. Chance continues to design and develop capabilities using semantic technologies. He currently serves as the Principal Technology Consultant at Inovex Information Systems, a leading provider of information technology solutions and services to the U.S. Government and private industry.

6:30 PM � Networking and Pizza(*)

7:00 - 8:00 PM � Program

(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.


Mr. Chance will be presenting from McLean, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

MITRE, room 2N109

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 301-996-4976



MITRE, room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Richard Eng

cell: 703-201-9112

MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704

For details and driving directions, see the

August 2011 Software SIG Announcement.

If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)

TO ATTEND THE MeetingPlace Collaboration CONFERENCE:

1. Go to: http://audioconference.mitre.org/  2. Click on Attend Meeting. If MeetingPlace Collaboration Window does not automatically open, press connect.  3. Dial your telephone to connect to the audio of the meeting.

        Dial 703-983-6338 (x36338) from the Washington DC region.

        Dial 781-271-6338 (x16338) from the Bedford, MA region.

Meeting ID: 509509, when prompted.   Meeting Password: 05090509, when prompted.

Visit http://audioconference.mitre.org to test your web browser for compatibility with the web conference. Follow this link to the browser test link on the page.


Registration Website: https://asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

You must register by noon on Monday, August 22. If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dialin when you register. To RSVP for FDA (Silver Spring), please indicate citizenship. If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address. Allow two business days for registration before the meeting.