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October 6, 2008

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Tulsa TechFest is this week, Thursday and Friday October 9th and 10th.

Two cans of food or two dollars gets you in each day (donated to charities in either case). There are a ton of interesting speakers and topics planned (click here to access the complete agenda).

I’m speaking on the Synthesys Platform and especially its Java API in a talk entitled “Hacking the Meaning in Human Communication” on Thursday afternoon at 2:30PM in the Java track.

The abstract for my talk is below.

Most text is not structured to help you find critical concepts and connections. Important knowledge is often buried deep in the text in mounds of irrelevant data. And unfortunately, keyword search, topical filtering, and tagging technologies don’t solve this problem because they require you to know what you’re searching for in advance.

The Synthesys Platform, however, helps you find unexpected, critical knowledge hidden in your data. Synthesys takes unstructured text as input, uses entity extraction with strong semantic relationship analysis to operate on the input, and then outputs abstracted knowledge objects. You can then use these objects (people, places, connections, etc.) to understand and analyze what’s important.

The Synthesys Platform is available both as a hosted service exposed via REST and a downloadable engine with SDK and Java API. This session introduces the Synthesys Platform including its core engine and SDK, then dives into using the APIs to build synthetic applications.

Watch my blog and Twitter stream (search for ‘tulsatechfest’) for live updates from the conference. Hope to see you there!

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