Atlantic Northeast Software Symposium
August 10 - 12, 2007 - Princeton, NJ
Data Integration : Beyond Cutesy Mashups
Ever since we started doing relational joins, we've looked for ways to tie data together. The web has given us no end of new data sources to integrate but it seems like the best we can come up with is locating Starbucks on Google Maps. The problem with browser-based mashups is that they don't survive the session, we have no way of referring to the results in future queries and ultimately we don't maintain ownership or control of the process.
We want control of our data and our mashup results. We want ever more ways to view, explore and requery them in multi-faceted ways. Do you know what your data integration strategy is for the next few years? Are you sure? You owe it to yourself to come find out.
The good news is that a slew of emerging technologies are starting to make this happen. Come explore integration strategies that allow real mashups to function on both the web and the Enterprise. We can use a variety of languages and tools to link legacy data and modern content sources. We will explore resource-oriented computing as a new way of building systems that manage information spaces, not code.
We will discuss the benefits and deficiencies of XML in this space as well as look at things like JSON, RSS and RDF. We will look at research projects like Simile from MIT, metadata storage systems like Mulgara and scalable orchestration environments like NetKernel. What happens when you mix the concepts of REST with Unix Pipes and Service-oriented architectures? What happens when you leverage the power of the web as a global data source in the context of your own day-to-day activities?
Come listen to a discussion about these next generation technologies that are available now. This is probably most accessible to upper intermediate attendees with broad backgrounds, but will have some fun demos and will paint a picture of what is on the verge of being available to just about anyone who consumes and produces data.
About Brian Sletten
Brian Sletten is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career.More About Brian »