Events Hosted by Semantic Arts

Estes Park Group

First Thursday of each Month | Virtual

The Estes Park Group is a monthly online presentation and discussion forum on knowledge graph and data-centric architecture (DCA) trends. SA President Dave McComb first brought the Group together in person in 2017 for a weekend retreat in Estes Park, Colorado, thus the name. This is designed for open discussion among enthusiasts and practitioners, not a vendor sales pitch.


September Presenter: TBD

October Topic: Stratos Kontopoulos,

November Presenter: Blair Jenner & Kewal Dhariwal,

Have an idea for future presentations? Let us know at

Want to see older presentations? Visit the playlist here: Estes Park Group Recordings

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gist Forum

Every 2 Months, 1st Thursday of the Month | Virtual

We maintain an active gist community forum where practitioners and users of gist come together to discuss the gist model, implementation best practices, and evolution.

Meetings occur virtually on the first Thursday of every other month, starting in January.

Please fill out the form here if you would like to become involved.

To view older recordings, visit: gist Forum Recordings

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Events Semantic Arts is Attending

Pistoia Alliance Webinar Series

Starting September 16, 2023 | Virtual

As a proud member of the Pistoia Alliance, Semantic Arts is honored to contribute to a virtual ontology training starting in September. Featuring 5 sessions, the goal will be training with a business slant on the complexity of R&D data discovery for medication innovation.

Details are forthcoming, but contact us directly for more information!

Webinar: Data-Centric Strategies to Break the Cycle of Legacy Addiction

October 17th | Virtual

Mark your calendar for October 17th! We're just a few weeks away from an exclusive webinar opportunity with Dave McComb, President of Semantic Arts, Inc.

➡️ Dave will join Fluree CEO Brian Platz to discuss practical steps organizations can take to break the cycle of legacy addiction and move to a more data-centric architecture.

They'll describe the path to #datacentricity through a continuum: Legacy Amplification, Legacy Avoidance, Legacy Erosion, and Legacy Replacement.

This year's annual meeting of the "Committee on Data Management and Analytics" will be held in Denver from October 10-12.

Dave McComb will be on a panel on data governance.

Ontotext Knowledge Graph Forum

November 14-16, 2023 | Virtual

Semantic Arts is looking forward to another great conference this year!

Mark Wallace will be presenting "Jump Start your Knowledge Graph with gist!"

Knowledge Graphs (KG) are rapidly gaining ground as a representation of choice for modeling highly linked data!  If done well, using OWL to define the KG's metamodel allows for the meaning of the concepts to be sharable, unambiguous, deeply logical, consistent, and capable of inferring new knowledge via automated reasoners.  However, "doing an OWL model well" is often pretty difficult.  That's where gist can help.  gist is Semantic Arts’ minimalist upper ontology, designed to provide the maximum coverage of typical business concepts with the fewest number of primitives.  As such, it creates a great starting point for any new semantic KG project.

In this talk, we will:

- Introduce gist

- Give some small case studies of how it has jump-started many of our real-world KG projects

- Offer some Q&A time to ask questions about gist

- Explain how you can get involved in using and contributing to gist

Data Modeling Zone

February 27 - March 1, 2024 | Phoenix, AZ

Keynote from Dave McComb on "Zero Copy Integration"

Semantic Arts will also be hosting workshops on "Introduction to Ontology and Knowledge Graph Implementation" including...

  • What is an ontology and why should you care?
  • Data Centric modeling mindset shift to solve system silo and integration challenges
  • Introduction to Semantic principles - Data Reusability, Globally Unique Identifiers, Hidden Meaning, Rigidity vs. Flexibility
  • Growing pervasiveness of Knowledge Graphs: Trends, Triples, Ontology as Schema
  • Getting started on your Ontology model: Examples within Industries, Attributes, Generalization vs. Specialization, Relationships in data, Logic within the model, Metadata vs. Data
  • Introduction to OWL – formalize Vocabulary for Data
  • Ontology modeling as Metadata
  • Subject / Predicate / Object, Namespaces, Triples vs. Tables, Property Characteristics, Class Expressions, Annotations, Common Vocabulary, Sub Properties … and more

Use the link to the right for more information and to register today!

LinuxFest Northwest

Date TBD | Bellingham, WA

This event has been postponed until Spring 2024.

Shawn Goodwin (Semantic Developer) will be sharing about Graph Based Development. Specifically:

"Graph data structures are covered in computer science courses, but when it comes to applications of graphs in software development, the first impulse of many developers is to extract parts of the graph to put it in a key value store, or JSON object, or an Array. I will present a brief history of knowledge organizations, and show why many philosophers are leaning towards graphs as a way of thinking about knowledge. Show what that means for software development and talk about some of points to make working with graph data structures easier."


Previous Events

Enterprise Data World Fall 2023

September 18-21, 2023 | Anaheim, CA

Multiple members of the Semantic Arts team will be attending and presenting in-person this fall

Dan Carey (Semantic Arts Ontologist) will be sharing the success story and journey of a large financial services firm on the road to data-centric

Dave McComb, (Semantic Arts President and Co-Founder) will be sharing about zero-copy integration.

Stay tuned for further details and opportunities to register!

Borderless Cyber 2023

September 11-12, 2023 | University of London

Ryan Hohimer will be presenting on "Automated Classification of Threat Actors in Intelligence Analysis"

Stay tuned for further details, and use the button to register if interested in learning more!

Hosted by the IAOA and the GRIIS, this conference brings together international leaders in the field. Watch for our own Michael Uschold and say hello!

7th Biennial ISKO UK Conference

May 23 - 25, 2023

Glasgow | July 24 - 25, 2023

Peter Winstanley, Semantic Arts

More information coming soon, but Peter will be speaking on issues related to data quality and rust in the context of semantic technologies.


2023 Basic Formal Ontology Summit Meeting

May 23 - 25, 2023

Buffalo, New York

More information, and the level of Semantic Arts involvement, coming soon!


2023 Data Management Conference

June 1-3, 2023

2023 Data & Security Connect Conference


Dave McComb will be delivering a keynote address at this conference in June. Stay tuned for more information!


5th Annual Data-Centric Architecture Forum

Fort Collins, Colorado | June 5-7, 2023

Hosted by Semantic Arts, this year's conference will focus on overcoming the challenges of implementing a data-centric solution. Designed for practioners and those interested in co-inventing the future.

Join us June 5th, 6th and 7th in-person in beautiful Fort Collins, CO.

Early Bird Registration available until May 15th.

Learn more and register today!

Past Events