The Semantic Web has reached a level of maturity that allows RDF and OWL to be adopted by large commercial software companies. Many of the products that are based on these standards promise the ability to provide more effective solutions to the increasing IT complexity that many industries are facing. This presentation will describe Oracle’s interest in being an early adopter of Semantic Web technologies, as well as providing a technical overview of the RDF Data Model in the latest release of the Oracle Database. Experiences gained from implementing Semantic Web technologies within large pharmaceutical companies will also be provided.
Dr Susie Stephens
Dr Susie Stephens joined Oracle in 2002 to lead the development of the database, middleware and collaboration tools, to further enhance their capabilities as a powerful infrastructure platform and analytical engine for drug discovery and development. As such, she was heavily involved in providing support for RDF within the Oracle Database. She now guides Oracle in its continued adoption of Semantic Web technologies, and represents Oracle in discussions with W3C regarding standards in this area. Dr. Stephens is chair of W3C’s Semantic Web Education and Outreach Interest Group, and coordinates the BioRDF task within the W3C Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group. She has presented at a number of Semantic Web conferences that include Semantic Technologies 2006, and World Wide Web Conference 2006; and has written articles on the Semantic Web that have been published in IEEE Intelligent Systems and the Journal of Web Semantics. Dr. Stephens worked at Sun Microsystems for many years prior to joining Oracle.