Central Iowa Software Symposium

August 2 - 4, 2013

Data-Bearing Document Resources: RDFa

Sunday - Aug 4 11:00 AM - Shelby

Brian Sletten

Brian Sletten

Forward Leaning Software Engineer

This is the third in a new series on resource-oriented systems. The goal of the series is to provide practical guidance on the design and implementation of next generation systems that are flexible, extensible, high-performance and future-friendly. The talks are designed to work as arc, building upon each other, but they should also stand alone. This third talk will introduce you to RDFa, one of the most exciting technologies estimated to be used on at least 25% of the indexed Web.

We understand that documents contain information, but it is usually only accessible to humans if they know where and how to find them. What if we could automatically extract arbitrary information about arbitrary domains and connect it to information held elsewhere? What if we could use the information in a document to help us organize our content better? What if this embedded information could help external search engines index the public Web better and improve your rankings?

This talk will show you how to weave and extract information in HTML, XHTML and arbitrary XML using standard tools such as RDFa. In the process, you will learn how to free the information so that it may be reused in powerful and unanticipated ways.

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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.