DHUG 2015 Presentation: Make Your Thesaurus Smart!

Presented by Bob Kasenchak and Dan Vasicek of Access Innovations, Inc.

Why is everyone talking about Linked Data? What is it — and what does it have to do with my taxonomy? Dan Vasicek and Bob Kasenchak will discuss how Linked Open Data concepts can be used in conjunction with your thesaurus to create dynamic web pages, offer relevant content from other sources, add value to research portals, and transform the Internet into a giant database for satisfying queries. This talk offers a short introduction to the concepts in play (and the conundrums they introduce), continues with a brief technical explanation of the processes involved, and concludes with examples of the cool stuff made possible by this technology.

Bob Kasenchak is the Director of Product Development. He started at Access Innovations in 2011 and succeeded so thoroughly in shepherding projects from initial lead to completion, as well as building a presence in the marketplace, that the company decided to leverage his talents to help develop new product offerings (such as the forthcoming Ontology Master). He will also be helping deliver exciting new projects to the company. Bob has led taxonomy development and other projects for JSTOR, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, the American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE), Engineering Research Education (ERE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Thesaurus (MSHT). Bob attended St. John’s College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, completing his master’s in theoretical studies and doctoral work in music theory. He lists his interests as tea, music, pipes, design, philosophy, and literature. He is married with one cat.

Daniel Vasicek joins the Access Innovations team as a programmer after spending more than 25 years as a geophysicist for British Petroleum. Daniel received his bachelor’s and master’s in engineering from Purdue University, before earning his doctorate in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado. His professional affiliations include the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Professional Engineers of Colorado, and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers. In his free time, Daniel enjoys hiking, gardening, beekeeping, astronomy, photography, baking, metallurgy, and woodworking.

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