Semantic Sensor Networks: The W3C SSN-XG Ontology and How to Semantically Enable Real Time Sensor Feeds
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  Kerry Taylor   Kerry Lea Taylor
Research Scientist


Wednesday, June 8, 2011
04:30 PM - 05:20 PM
Level:  Technical - Intermediate

Location:  Franciscan B

The environmental and agricultural sciences, industrial processes and consumer gadgetry are increasingly relying on live data streams generated by large numbers of sensors to deliver knowledge and services. All the traditional problems of data management and data integration arise with real time data problems, plus some. Semantic technologies can help. The W3C has been developing an OWL ontology to describe sensors and sensor networks through its Incubator Group SSN-XG.

I will introduce the SSN ontology, its intended purpose, and its links to other standards and technologies especially those arising from the Open Geospatial Consortium.

I will also talk about some of the ways this ontology is already being used in research projects --- from improving weather prediction, to animating knives, to feeding the world.

Kerry has been a computer scientist at CSIRO, Australia's national research agenc,y for 15 years. Recently she has been working on improving sensor network technologies for large scale environmental sensing in natural resource management and agriculture. She has co- chaired the series of ISWC workshops on Semantic Sensor Networks and also co-chaired the W3C Incubator activity on Semantic Sensor Networks. Kerry received her PhDin computer science and information technology from the Australian National University.

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