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Events Hosted by Semantic Arts

4th Annual Data-Centric Architecture Forum

2022 Dates TBA

The Data-Centric Architecture Forum is an annual conference hosted by Semantic Arts. The forum has created a data-centric community that consists of a collaborative space for practitioners who are interested in helping shape the nascent Data-centric Revolution. This revolution recognizes that the predominant approach to implementing enterprise applications (the “application-centric” approach) is badly broken.

We use this platform to explore what works and what doesn't and we invite vendors that have key parts of the puzzle. The format of the conference is highly interactive; riveting discussions with much input from the audience and short vendor demos.

Events Semantic Arts is Attending

Enterprise Intelligence for Innovators: Dave McComb Interview

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Enterprise Intelligence for Innovators is hosted by Shinydocs Founder and CEO Jason Cassidy. It's an ongoing video series that talks to industry experts, global thought leaders, seasoned consultants and everyday experts about how they're tackling their information challenges and embracing digital transformation.

Data Modeling Zone: Europe 2021

18-19 November 2021 | 9h00-17h30 CET

The Key to Data-Centricity: Aligning Ontologies, Taxonomies, and Schema

Speaker: Dave McComb

In this talk we’ll explain how the single, simple, extensible and federate-able ontology becomes the key to unifying the vast complexity of the typical enterprise data-scape.

Speaker: Dave McComb | Topic: TBD

Join us for a full day of cutting-edge conversations, presentations and panels with technical experts and creative problem solvers who are harnessing the momentum of digital transformation to move communities forward using tech and beyond!


Past Events

June 23rd & June 24th | 9 am - 12 pm EST

Join our data-centric community! This interactive training webinar is a starting point to future proof information management for the enterprise. The training gives a concentrated exposure into Semantic capabilities, practical learnings of Knowledge Graph application, “hands on” exercises in Protégé, and a view into ontology “best practices”. Click here to learn more.

May 3-6, 2021

The Knowledge Graph Conference bridges the gap between industry, which is increasingly recognizing the necessity of integrated data, and academia, where semantic technologies have been developing for over twenty years. Our events, education, content, and community efforts facilitate meaningful exchange between diverse groups, and increase awareness, development and adoption of this powerful technology.

Speaking from Semantic Arts: Peter Winstanley. Click here for more information.

Watch the Recording here!


April 21, 2021, 12:30 pm - 1:40 pm

Dave Mccomb, author of "Software Wasteland," joins Brian Platz, co-founder of Fluree, to introduce the concept of data-centricity.

Data-centricity is a mindset as much as it is a technical architecture. At its core, data-centricity acknowledges data’s valuable and versatile role in the larger enterprise and industry ecosystem, and treats information as the core asset to enterprise architectures. Opposite of the "application-centric" stack, a data-centric architecture is one where data exists independently of a singular application and can empower a broad range of information stakeholders.

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Wednesday, April 7, 4:00 pm CT

Companies spend an obscene amount of money every year on data and analytics initiatives. And almost all of that spend goes toward applications that employ vastly different data models. Normalizing data structures is a painstaking process that most IT teams are used to by now. But should we normalize normalization?

In this episode, Juan, Tim, and Dave McComb, President of Semantic Arts and author of Software Wasteland and The Data-Centric Revolution, discuss what it takes to shift from an application-centric to a data-centric mindset.

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March 22-26, 2021

Data-Centric — The Revolution will not be Televised: Dave McComb

As Gil Scott-Heron put it in his classic song of the same title: “The revolution will not televised… The revolution will be live.” Data-Centric is ushering in a revolution. It requires that we change the way we think. And it requires we act on the new way we think. The Data-Centric revolution will not be televised. It will not be hyped (hopefully). It will occur quietly in the minds, priorities and practices that firms undertake. In this session we will outline what the Data-Centric Revolution is.

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March 18, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Breaking down the confusion of the data world and where to start to maximize data value and enterprise intelligence.

About: With increased accessibility to data and an increasing need to make data informed decisions, the world of data has erupted with many solutions, promises, and frankly, jargon.

Join Dan DeMers, CEO and Co-Founder of Cinchy, and Dave McComb, President of Semantic Arts and Best-Selling Author to break down the ambiguity of six data systems and products you’ve likely heard, but probably don’t really understand the difference’re not the only one!

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March 16-19, 2021

Introduction to the W3C Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT): Peter Winstanley

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March 16-18, 2021

At this year's conference, we will discuss all the valuable COVID-19 related Lessons Learned information acquired over the past year and how NATO deals with global crises in the planned panel discussions and from our guest speakers from across the Alliance and Lessons Learned Community.

Speaking from Semantic Arts: Peter Winstanley

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January 27, 2021 - March 18, 2021 | 11:00 EST

If you’re interested in building OWL ontologies, join us for KGC’s upcoming Book Club with Michael Uschold, author of “Demystifying OWL for the Enterprise.” Whether you want to build them for practical use, in enterprise or government settings, or a technical manager or student curious to learn how to model with OWL this group is for you! Focusing on the 30% of OWL that gets used 90% of the time, Uschold makes learning OWL easy by speeding up the process and enabling you to master the language. Running from January 27 to March 17, we’ll cover one chapter per week, holding a video call each Wednesday, at 11 am EST, for live discussion and Q&A with Michael. The price of a ticket is $80 ($10 per session).

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February 18, 2021 | 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM MST

What works and what simply doesn't while planning for data-centricity? To find out, join Cinchy CEO, Dan DeMers, and our special guest, Semantic Arts President, Dave McComb, for stories from the field and lessons learned from Dave as he has transitioned to data-centricity.

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February 1-3, 2021


The Data-Centric Architecture Forum is an annual conference hosted by Semantic Arts. The forum has created a data-centric community that consists of a collaborative space for practitioners who are interested in helping shape the nascent Data-centric Revolution. This revolution recognizes that the predominant approach to implementing enterprise applications (the “application-centric” approach) is badly broken.

We use this platform to explore what works and what doesn't and we invite vendors that have key parts of the puzzle. The format of the conference is highly interactive; riveting discussions with much input from the audience and short vendor demos. Join our data-centric community! Learn More About the DCA Forum

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January 31, 2021 | 9:00 am MT

Join our data-centric community! A virtual one day interactive webinar on Knowledge Graphs, Semantic Technology and Model Driven Everything

Facilitated by Co-Founder of Semantic Arts, Dave McComb & Phil Blackwood. This is a very interactive training webinar on how and why you should be beginning your journey to becoming Data-Centric.

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January 27, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MST

Enterprises are looking to achieve pervasive automation. This includes not only commodity tasks but also complex knowledge based tasks. Yet they are stuck in an IT quagmire leading to complexity, siloed data and hidden semantics. Ultimately this effectively prevents what is commonly called digital transformation. Only a few large enterprises like Google, Amazon, and Uber have made the mindset and capability transition to turn data and knowledge into a strategic advantage. Their roadmap is build on data-centric principles. What does your roadmap look like?

After their first exploration of why we got into this quagmire in the first place, Chris Brockmann and Dave McComb return for a second session to bridge the gap between problem and solution.

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December 9th, 2020 | 11:30 AM MT

Most organizations today strive to be data driven…but what does it mean to be Data Centric?  Data Centric Architecture does not equate to Data Driven.  Our Panel members will discuss global business’s long marriage to multiple vendors’ applications with proprietary metadata structures,  the data silos this has created, and the challenges and opportunities this has presented, before looking forward into the emerging Data Centric Architecture. Decisional Architecture will be a theme through this discussion from the Traditional Top-down/Bottom-up architectures in use today to the implications on how Analytics might be done in a Data Centric organization. featuring  leading data luminaries – David McComb (Denver, Co),  John O’Gorman (Calgary)

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December 2nd, 2020 | 5 PM CET

Catch Dave McComb, author of the groundbreaking book "Software Wasteland", and Chris Brockmann, data-centricity evangelist and eccenca GmbH CEO, getting down to the root of the trouble at our new Escape From Data Darkness webcast series.

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Webinar | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 9:00 AM

Data-Centric Architecture – Can We Get the Toothpaste Back in the tube?

This presentation described what happensed when a Data Centric philosophy was adopted in one business division, and then the experience in leading a transformation by taking that data-centric practice and its patterns from one division and adopting them across an enterprise.

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Webinar | Wednesday, August 26th 2020 | 1:00 pm ET

Join us for this webinar hosted by Fluree!

Dave McComb will cover the critical waste of data integration and the complexity of localized application centric world most deal with today and what's the future look like. Join us and our data-centric community!

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LIVE Webinar | Tuesday, June 30th 2020 | 11:00 am ET

Not all knowledge graphs are created equal. Join Mark Wallace of Semantic Arts and Cambridge Semantics for this live webinar on Semantic Web Ontology & a Knowledge Graph.

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Webinar | May 4th 2020 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT | May 6th 2020 7:00 -8:00 PM EDT

Our Speakers:

Dave McComb: "After Relational"

Description: Relational Databases have so dominated the enterprise application space for the last 30 years that it is hard to imagine life without them. But at the dawn of the relational era, it was hard to imagine they would win and be so dominant. This presentation reviews what it was about relational that led to its rise, why the many heirs to the throne have not replaced it, and what will.

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Stanford University Online Course | April 28th, 2020 | 4:30 -6:30 PM PDT

Our Speakers:

Michael Uschold: "How to Evolve a Knowledge Graph?"

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Raleigh, NC | March 9-11, 2020

Peter Winstanley & David Booth: "Next Steps Toward Easier RDF"

This was an interactive session to discuss possible steps toward lowering the adoption barrier for RDF.  In order to enable average developers (middle 33% of ability) to develop successful RDF applications.

Michael Uschold: Enterprise Semantic Data "The Siren Song of Semantic Silos"

Following the spirit of US2TS to create community between industry, academia and government, in this session, the presenters shared their experiences of deploying semantic technology in the real world and lessons learned tailored to academia and government.

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Our data-centric communityFort Collins, CO | February 3-5, 2020

February 2019 we hosted the inaugural Data-Centric Architecture Forum where we started a data-centric community filled with profound conversation about the exploding costs of enterprise systems, discussed strategies to reverse the application-centric mindset, and committed to move the needle in the right direction forging data-centric projects going forward. We are very pleased to announce we'll do this again February 2021. Click below to join our data-centric community!

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Austin, TX | January 24-25, 2020

Our Speakers:

Michael Uschold: "Ontology for Data Scientists"

We started with an interactive discussion to identify the main things that data scientists do and why and what some key challenges are. We gave a brief overview of ontology and semantic technology with the goal of identifying how and where it may be useful for data scientists.

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Minneapolis, MN | November 6-7, 2019

Our Speakers:

Mark Ouska: "What is Semantic Technology and Why it Owns the Future"

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Chicago, IL | October 14-17, 2019

Our Speakers:

Mark Wallace: "Convergence of Property Graphs and RDF"
Mark Wallace: "Super-Easy RDF and Knowledge Graphs"
Ralph A Brainard: "Breakthrough Business Performance Through the Next Generation of Data Governance"
Dave McComb: "Data-Centric: Models and Architectures"
Mark Ouska: "Simple Knowledge Graphs: It's Not So Hard After All"

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Houston,TX | October 9-10, 2019

A Who's-Who of Global Innovators and Thought Leaders in AI, AR, Data Science and Automation. An Insightful conversation based on the coming tsunami of change in data collection and utilization in the Oil and Gas and Petrochemical Processing Industries.

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