Monday, February 18, 2013

Octo Semantic Web Hackathon in partnership with the W3C Life Sciences

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Octo is thrilled to announce a Semantic Web three day “hackathon”,  (February 19th - 22nd),  featuring guest Eric Prud’hommeaux from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) . Eric’s role in the Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLS IG) is why we called upon him. While Semantic Web is a non-domain specific technology, we are deeply interested in how Semantic Web technologies can assist in the areas of healthcare and health research. We are striving to accomplish a number of objectives this week, some of which include:

  • Familiarize our consultants and technical staff on our use case - Developing an “End to End” solution for health information trails (See Dr. Mead’s upcoming blog post on “Defining the Problem”)
  • Develop a robust talent in Semantic Web for Octo’s brightest solutions team of Architects, Developers, and Management Consultants
  • Familiarize Octo with many of the open source tools in the market and build our own environment for Semantic Web tools Research & Development in our “Octo Labs” cloud environment
  • Develop additional materials for technical training sessions on Semantic Web technologies

Look for blog posts this week from our Octo team on the ground, featuring our perspective on interesting topics such as, how Semantic Web and Legacy IT are integrated,an update of the current progress of healthcare interoperability standards in  Semantic Web, a recap on our daily progress at the “hackathon’, business intelligence and visualization, and much more. To get in touch, tweet us at @mlamoure or @octoconsulting with questions, comments, and thoughts. Wish us luck!