Events We're Hosting

Data-centric Architecture Forum

February 1-3, 2021


The Data-Centric Architecture Forum is an annual conference hosted by Semantic Arts. DCAF provides an intimate 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.

If you'd like to be considered for presenting, take a look at the topics we plan to feature, and submit a proposal via our Contact page.

Becoming Data-Centric Training

January 31, 2021 | 9:00 am MT

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.

Presentations We're Giving / Events We're Attending

2019 MIT Chief Data Officer & Information Quality Symposium

Cambridge, MA | July 31 - August 2, 2019

Ralph Brainard will be attending. This event focuses on evolving data intelligence for organizational performance.

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Tang Building (E51), MIT East Campus, 2 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA, USA 02142

DataCon 2019

Houston, TX | October 9-10, 2019


GUEST PRESENTER: Semantic Arts | Dave McComb, President

Enterprise Information Understanding

How To Lay The Foundation For Digital Transformation (by becoming data-centric)

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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ENDORSE: The European Data Conference on Reference Data and Semantics

March 16-19, 2021

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

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Author Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Week

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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New Date to be Announced Soon

Dave McComb: "The Data-Centric Revolution"

Past Events

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.

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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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Fort Collins, CO | February 3-5, 2020

February 2019 we hosted the inaugural Data-Centric Architecture Forum where we started a 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.

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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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