As knowledge graphs bubble up into popular and business consciousness (lots of chatter on social media, recent articles in Forbes and the WSJ) it seems fitting to ask how this technology is relevant to the IA community (it is!) and provide an introduction to graph-curious IAs.
This half-day workshop will cover:
1) An introduction and definitions: what is a knowledge graph? Is it an ontology? Is it a graph database? What’s the difference?
2) Introduction to and overview of relevant technologies (graph databases and other interfaces)
3) How this technology is relevant to the practice of IA
4) A short hands-on activity to reinforce concepts and get attendees thinking in graphs
This workshop at is aimed at IAs who are interested in this topic but perhaps don’t know how to get started.
About the speakers
Ahren E. Lehnert is an information and knowledge management professional with twenty years’ experience in taxonomy, text analytics, search, and content and records management. Ahren has developed enterprise taxonomies and knowledge development and retrieval strategies as a consultant and full-time employee in a broad range of industries. He writes about and is a frequent speaker on industry topics in company-sponsored webinars, large conferences like KMWorld, and a host of other venues. Ahren is Senior Manager, Graph Solutions at Synaptica, LLC, a provider of taxonomy, ontology, and text analytics products and services. He lives and works in Oakland, California. If you don’t find him swimming in information, you will find him swimming laps.
Bob Kasenchak is a taxonomist and ontologist at Factor. For over 10 years, he has designed and implemented vocabulary projects for clients in the publishing, e-commerce, technology, and other sectors in the semantic software space. Bob earned a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, an MM in Theoretical Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and put in 5 years towards a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Texas before abandoning academia for the information industry. His current research interests include ontologies, knowledge graphs, and text classification. Still active teaching and playing music, Bob has been a member of the local ensemble Gamelan Encantada for the past several years. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife and elderly cat.