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PoolParty Summit 2021: 10 Memorable Quotes About the Semantic Web

November 16, 2021
Semantics Amsterdam 2021

The PoolParty Summit 2021 was a virtual semantics conference designed to encourage participants and speakers interested in the semantic web to talk more deeply about their experiences with each other and the PoolParty team. A first for the Semantic Web Company in terms of hosting and showcasing a totally online conference like this one, the PoolParty Summit 2021 is a milestone in the company’s history.

Angela DaSilva

Angela DaSilva

Content Writer

Earlier in the week, we published a blog titled “Enterprise 360 at the PoolParty Summit 2021: Semantic Web Conference Highlights Importance of Holistic Views.” This blog provided an in-depth look at the Summit main presentations and the PoolParty Semantic Suite’s roadmap and outlook.

To vary the content a bit, we have compiled a list of our favorite quotes from all our Summit speakers at our virtual semantics conference. Scroll to be inspired by quotes about holistic data, PoolParty, and the semantic web!

Andreas Blumauer

Andreas Blumauer

CEO, Semantic Web Company

In his opening talk of the virtual semantics conference that concerned Enterprise 360 and the importance of generating holistic views, SWC CEO Andreas Blumauer said,

“Most people say ‘we have already enough metadata so why do we need something else?’ But the problem is it cannot be linked so it’s always siloed up and people reside within their silos. If you start using graph technologies, not just the data will come together but also people from different departments.”

About recognizing the importance of user intent in searches for content, Joe Pairman, Senior Product Manager at RWS,  said that semantic-based smart tagging could do the job:

How do i suggest something that seems appropriate to you as the user? Semantics is a wonderful way…it’s this critical piece of infrastructure to just build up gradually with a low risk start and enable all sorts of experience.”

Joe Pairman

Joe Pairman

Senior Product Manager, RWS

Dana Bublitz

Dana Bublitz

Senior Information Architect, Microsoft

About managing Microsoft Doc taxonomies in PoolParty Semantic Suite, Senior Information Architect at Microsoft Dana Bublitz said,

With PoolParty, basic taxonomy maintenance can be done in a matter of hours rather than weeks.”

When asked about the benefits of knowledge graphs in the first roundtable discussion of the virtual semantics conference, Simon Rogers, Digital Transformation Consulant at Yokogawa Korea, said, 

“There’s a lot of knowledge which is either in people’s heads or documents that is not easily accessible so i see a great potential to use knowledge graphs to organize that knowledge. We have a lot of people retiring from the [industrial automation and engineering] industry…and that knowledge leaves with them and it’s important to capture that before they leave.”

Simon Rogers

Simon Rogers

Digital Transformation Consultant, Yokogawa

Zach Wahl

Zach Wahl

CEO, Enterprise Knowledge

While explaining how data objects are brought together in a 360-degree knowledge graph, Enterprise Knowledge CEO Zach Wahl said,

It’s not just about bringing together a bunch of ‘stuff,’ its about connecting it in context and making it clean and actionable.”

In regards to knowledge graphs, their benefits, and how they work in the background of a search engine, Pantopix Managing Director Karsten Schrempp said, 

“The benefit is that they can bring things together which were not together before, sometimes its astonishing to see that [A] is connected to [B], nobody expects that. You couldn’t explain to management what is exactly behind this, but [once] they start to understand that the relation could not be generated by an engine…and what the benefit is,they help you to model the world.”

Karsten Schrempp

Karsten Schrempp

Managing Director, Pantopix

Alex Ragland

Alex Ragland

Director of Digital Transformation & Customer Experience, RGP

When referring to RGP‘s path to digital transformation, Alex Ragland, Director of Digital Transformation & Customer Experience, explained that before the team did anything, they had to build a foundational taxonomy:

A lot of companies want to start right out the gate with big fancy projects. But if you don’t have taxonomies to link all these together, you don’t get integration and you don’t get communication between systems and people that you need.”

PoolParty and RDFox’s graph-based and semantic reasoning strenths have been combined to create powerful recommender systems. When comparing how this approach differs from machine learning recommenders from the user interaction side, CEO and Co-Founder of Oxford Semantic Technologies Peter Crocker explained, 

Machine learning type recommendation systems have been trained to give you more of the same…[In our systems] you have these initial questions as a starting point, [but] that’s a place from which they’re refining their questions…they’re exploring what we sometimes describe as the facets of the question in greater detail and interacting with the system…We provide that basis of going from the initial question and getting to the right answer by helping them get there through [graph-based] recommendations.”

Peter Crocker

Peter Crocker

CEO, Oxford Semantic Technologies

Ioanna Lytra

Ioanna Lytra

Data & Knowledge Engineer, SWC

When reflecting on the partnership between PoolParty and QAnswer, our very own Data & Knowledge Engineer Ioanna Lytra said,

We are driven by the idea of explainable AI, where knowledge graphs sit at the heart of it…our knowledge-based approach combines machine learning and human knowledge in order to provide answers to users that can be explained and trusted for decision making.”

In regards to JobTeaser’s suite of career developement tools that are linked together by PoolParty taxonomies, François Violette, Senior Information Architect at JobTeaser, said, 

PoolParty is the orchestrator and the source of truth.”

François Violette

François Violette

Senior Information Architect, JobTeaser

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