Events Hosted by Semantic Arts

2024 Enterprise Data Transformation Symposium: Realizing the Power of Semantic Knowledge Graphs

February 12-13, 2024 | Virtual

10 pragmatic data story tellers that have been leading the way will showcase lessons learned, core capability and architecture decisions, tactics for capturing and sustaining executive sponsorship, and offer strategic and prescriptive approaches for resolving the data dilemma. Prior story tellers include Morgan Stanley, UBS, Wolters Kluwer, Roche, AstraZeneca, Siemens, and IKEA. For this year, we’ve received early commits from Bosch and Amazon, with more to come.

Data transformation can feel uncertain, but it doesn’t need to be that way. The Enterprise Data Transformation Symposium will instill confidence to become more effective and efficient by example. You’ll see …

  • How industry leaders are achieving data-centricity for enriched contextual metadata consistency, enhanced data trust and improved quality across the enterprise.
  • Insights and make better decisions based on knowledge sharing across environments.
  • How to break and dissolve silos.
  • How to open the door to enterprise automation (AI / ML) opportunities for incorporating re-usable and interoperable capabilities.
  • Improved clarity in terms business users understand, so they can act on this information to enhance enterprise AI applications.

Registration: $159

All sessions will be recorded for future viewing by registered participants.

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.


February Presenter: Mark Wood,

March Presenter: Dave Raggett, W3C

April Presenter: Vishnu Vettrivel, Wisecube AI

May Presenter: Sebastian Mueller, yWorks


Have an idea for future presentations? Let us know at

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

Interested in Joining?


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

Interested in Attending?

Events Semantic Arts is Attending

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!

FRB Cyber Monitoring Community Webinar

April 5, 2024 | Virtual

Ryan Hohimer and Dalia Dahleh have been invited to present on "The gist of Semantic Risk Modeling"

Semantic Arts has created an internal Risk Modeling Group working to create a framework about shared risk concepts across various domains.  Our goal is a conceptual reference model to serve as a pivot point between communities, systems, schemas and data models.  Semantic Arts will present what we are doing to extend our core upper ontology (called GIST) for risk and how we are implementing the data-centric approach cyber security and operational risk at banking and other clients.

Previous Events

The Brookings Institute: The importance of financial data collection and standardization

December 14, 2023 | Virtual or In Person

Finance is a complicated and interconnected industry where assets and liabilities change quickly, particularly during periods of stress. Keeping track of billions of accounts and transactions across firms, counterparties, investors, clients, and regulators is a major undertaking. The great financial crisis of 2008 exposed just how great a challenge this is: At that time, it was difficult to gauge the magnitude of the crisis because this information either didn’t exist or, if it did, it wasn’t standardized across the sector. The uncertainty around who owed whom and how much they owed compounded the crisis and made it difficult to formulate a quick response.

Coming out of the financial crisis, a global commitment was made to improve financial data standardization, collection, and dissemination. Fifteen years, a pandemic, and a series of bank failures later, it is time to check our progress. Does the data exist and is it standardized, disseminated, and shared?

On December 14, the Center on Regulation and Markets at Brookings will gather current and former regulators, leading academics, and industry experts to answer this question. They will discuss what progress has been made, determine additional gaps to be filled, and re-energize efforts in the United States to ensure data collection practices are designed to help guard against future financial system collapses. This event is a part of the Center’s “Series on Financial Markets and Regulation.”

Michael Atkin has been invited to sit on a panel regarding "The benefits of getting data collection right and the costs of getting it wrong".

Data Foundation PitchFest 2023: Unlocking the Vision of the Financial Data Transparency Act

December 6, 2023 | Virtual

The Data Foundation are looking for creative ideas and proposals about how the implementation of the Financial Data Transparency Act of 2022 (FDTA) will bring about positive changes across sectors and agencies as financial regulatory data becomes standardized and machine-readable.

December 6, 2023 the Data Foundation will host a virtual PitchFest, “PitchFest 2023: Unlocking the Vision of the Financial Data Transparency Act.” For this event, selected speakers will have up to 10 minutes to pitch their best ideas on how to use the improved financial regulatory information and data.

Semantic Arts (Michael Atkin) has been approved as a speaker and is looking forward to making the semantic pitch for future implementation of the FDTA.

Search Solutions 2023 Conference

November 22, 2023 | London

Peter Winstanley will be presenting on "Ontologies in the age of AI-based discovery" at this annual event.

Focused on practitioner issues in the area of search and information retrieval, this conference is a unique opportunity to bring together academic research and practitioner experience.


Podcast: 15 Minutes for Accountants & Bookkeepers

November 22, 2023 | Virtual

Steve Case and Cheryl Dunn will be joining Ashley Leeds (The 15 Minute guy!) for an overview of a data-centric approach to accounting, overcoming the challenges of disconnected data and legacy systems.

Click the link to view live, or catch the recording after the fact.

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

Dataversity Demo Day 2023

November 15, 2023 | Remote

The Semantic Arts team, led by Michael Atkin, will be showcasing work underway for two clients as well as internally.

More information coming soon!

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!

Midwest Architecture Community Collaboration

November 9, 2023 | Minneapolis, MN

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

In the session we will talk about automating the analysis of complex intelligence data about threat actors by computationalizing the logic, knowledge, and experience of human analysts. This expedites the analysis process, improves consistency, and enhances confidence in the results to provide actionable intelligence. The complexity of the cyber threat ecosystem surpasses human comprehension. To address this, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR&R) methods that embed analysts’ knowledge into an ontology and knowledge graph enable computers to automate threat analysis tasks. This capability benefits both new analysts for training purposes and seasoned analysts as assistance in their analytical processes.

Register today to hear Ryan and many other great speakers!

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.

SEMIC 2023 Madrid

October 18th | Spain

Peter Winstanley (Ontologist, Semantic Arts) will be hosting a table providing more information and networking at this year's event. Come by and say hello!

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!

Formal Ontology in Information Systems Conference

July 17-20, 2023 | Quebec, Canada

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!

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