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DCA Forum 2022 “The Last Mile”

Join us in person only from June 6th – 8th in Fort Collins, Colorado

This is not a spectator event.  This is for people who want to co-invent the future. The Data-Centric systems that are being implemented today need more architectural support than currently exists.  Maybe you have part of the solution, maybe you need parts of the solution.  Either way, come to Fort Collins and contribute.

 This will be an intimate, interactive 2 ½ days.  We will have ten 90-minute sessions, each one focused on one of the twelve core problems to be solved.  Each 90-minute session will feature 2-3 practitioners (perhaps including you) describing how they have solved that problem, in a data-centric context, followed by Q&A.

 There will be no vendor booths or vendor hall. The vendors will be in the room with the other practitioners, making the sausage.  Come to find partners and form alliances.  Come to check out what is now possible.

 If you have something to contribute, consider participating.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a commercial system, open source, a case study or a proof of concept that you have implemented.  We prefer solutions that are based on graph databases, semantics, or model driven development, but it’s not limited to these technologies.  Many of the twelve  challenges have been solved with traditional technology and just need to be integrated into the whole.

JUNE 6th, 7th and 8th (2 1/2 days)

The Lincoln Center Fort Collins

Registration Cost: $495

Tuition includes two lunches, all the coffee you can drink and the first round at one of our superb Fort Collins brew pubs.

For more information on this event, contact an Event Organizer

Our theme for this event is “The Last Mile.” As attendees of the last three forums know, there are challenges in implementing a Data-Centric solution that sooner or later need to be addressed.

We’ve identified twelve challenges that historically have been solved with applications-specific code, and will be focusing on the top 10 of interest to those in attendance. The data-centric vision is to make applications thinner as more and more shared relationships and other common business logic ends up in the knowledge graph. The question is, how can we move more organizations up the maturity curve?

Many of these challenges have already been solved in graph environments. All could be improved and further integrated. The agenda is totally dedicated to upgrading our shared understanding of the state of the art on these ten challenges in the Data-Centric / Knowledge Graph environment. Focusing on 10 of the 12 challenges, which are:

  1. Authentication, Encryption and Personal Information (such as Solid)
  2. Authorization – how to implement fine grained access to different parts of the graph
  3. Entity Resolution – knowing whether two entities are the same and what to do about it
  4. URI Resolution – how to implement smart “follow your nose” that is authorization aware and not its own application
  5. Federation (especially to relational / big data) – consolidating polyglot data and integrating external data
  6. Constraint Management – validation, back end, front end and sensible defaults
  7. Model Driven UI – the data-centric no code / low code approach
  8. Approaches to Graphical Visualization – for modelers, explorers, and end users
  9. Integrating BI – getting analysts access to data in the graph, and approaches to aggregation and cubes
  10. SemOps –speeding the time from ontology change to impact analysis and change
  11. AI/ML and Data Science — How to make a Knowledge Graph that benefits Machine Learning and Data Science.
  12. Unstructured Data– Integrating NLP, NLU, NLG and topic extraction

“The Last Mile”

The format: Each challenge above will be given 90 minutes. The first 60 minutes will be shared equally between any implementers that have an experience to share. Each presenter will be vetted ahead of time. Each presentation will be focused on how the problem was solved, not theory on what the problem is.

Who should come: Anyone who wants to know how all this is going to work?

Who should present: Anyone with experience in implementing software in any of these challenge areas? You might be a software vendor, or an enterprise architect or a developer. As long as you have solved some aspect of at least one of these challenge areas, we invite you to come and present.

Vendor booths: We are not going to have vendor booths this year. We think the vendors will be so tied into the interactive presentations they won’t want to staff a booth.

Why should you come: This is more about forging partnerships and learning how this can work than it is about new sales leads? You may get some leads, but it’s not designed to maximize that. We’re looking to build the ecosystem that will carry this movement. No one has all the answers, we’re going to need to team up to tackle these challenges.

Check off the challenge areas you’ve worked on and are willing to discuss.

Inquire with Steve Case if interested in presenting or collaborating in an engaging, innovative exchange. As a group of like-minded innovators, together we’ll bring perspective and experience to raising the collective community of data-centric believers and those soon to be.