Making true connections in a complex world: new technologies to link facts, concepts and data – Thursday 25 January 2018



NetIKX offers KM and IM professions a chance to increase our understanding of the new technology approaches that are changing and challenging our work.  Our next seminar will give you a chance to confidently discuss and assess the opportunities of new approaches to Linked Data and Graph Technology that can enhance your work and your organisational value.

In everyday language, a ‘graph’ is a visual representation of quantitative data. But in computing and information management, the word can also refer to a data structure in which entities are considered as nodes in a network diagram, with links (relationships) between some of them. Both the entities and the relationships can also be recorded as having ‘properties’ or ‘attributes’, quantitative and qualitative.

This basic idea of nodes, links and attributes in a network of relationships is increasingly being applied in various fields of information management. Linked Data is one such application; the Web Ontology Language (OWL) is another. To facilitate working with these graph structures, new information technologies are being developed, such as RDF triple stores, graph databases, and graph-oriented query languages.

Our two speakers at this seminar present complementary aspects of this approach to information management, retrieval and exploration.

Dion Lindsay – Introducing the New Graph Technology of Information

Graph technology is a rapidly growing method of making complex datasets visually engaging and explorable in new ways, revealing hidden patterns and creating actionable insights.

Graph technology is being applied to the vast and unruly sets of unstructured data, with which traditional relational database technology has not been able to come to terms, but which enterprises own and are anxious to exploit. Come and hear why as knowledge and information professionals we should be aware of it, and how to absorb the principles into the discussions we have both within the profession and in our workplaces. We will discuss:

  • • some of the principles and language behind the technology
  • • some of the graph database products being offered by such developers as Neo4j and Tableau
  • • how graph technology is starting to be used by enterprises to increase their competitive advantage
  • • how it is being applied to some of the problems faced by society, including fake news
  • • how our KM and IM professions can address the opportunities of this new approach
  • • what impact it has on the market place for data science skills
  • • how it is being applied to some of the problems faced by society, including fake news

David Clarke – Building Rich Search and Discovery User Experiences with Linked Open Data

This presentation will demonstrate how to leverage Linked Open Data for search and discovery applications. The Linked Open Data cloud is a rapidly growing collection of publicly accessible resources, which can be adopted and reused to enrich both internal enterprise projects and public-facing information systems.

Linked Open Data resources live in graph databases, formatted as RDF triple stores. Two use-cases will be explored.

Case 1: Using the DBpedia graph of named persons to enhance the ability to search for stories in the news.

Most information retrieval systems support searching, browsing and visualising the data stored within their content management systems. This use-case will illustrate how powerful new search and discovery experiences can be supported by cross-searching internal content systems along with external Linked Open Data knowledge resources.

Case 2: Using the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Linked Open Data graph to support deep image semantic indexing of art images

This use-case will  illustrate various end-user experiences that can be created with Linked Data technology: faceted search across data collections; pinch and zoom navigation inside images; the exploration of concepts and ideas associated with specific points of interest; the discovery of conceptually related images; and the creation of guided tours with embedded audio-visual commentary.



Dion Lindsay is well known at NetIKX. He provides consultancy and advanced training in knowledge management skills and strategies. He works in all sectors to show enterprises and KIM professionals how to exploit the value of K+IM, and his recent clients include regulatory bodies, research institutes and membership organisations. He is a committee member of CILIP's new Knowledge and Information Management Group and runs a blog on new knowledge management techniques at  . He can be contacted at

David Clarke is co-founder and CEO of the Synaptica® group of companies, providers of enterprise software solutions for knowledge organisation and discovery. He served on the authoring committee of the 2005 version of the US national standard for controlled vocabularies, ANSI/NISO Z39.19. He is involved in educational outreach programs including LD4PE, the Linked Data for Professional Education initiative of DCMI. Synaptica software has attracted numerous international awards including: KM World magazine’s 100 Companies that Matter in KM and Trend Setting Product of the Year (multiple awards between 2011 and 2017). In 2016 David was awarded the Knowledge Management Leadership Award by the Global Knowledge Management Congress.  David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London, and a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle. His blog site is at: and he can be followed on Twitter at

The Twitter hashtag for this event is #netikx89

A pdf giving details of the meeting is available here.

Provisional Timetable

14:00 - 14:30   Registration (and refreshments)

14:30 - 16.00   Presentations 

16.00 - 16:15   Tea and networking

16:15 - 16:45   Syndicate sessions to explore audience ideas and reactions

16:45 - 17:00   Plenary session and conclusions

17:00 - 18:00   Refreshments and a glass of wine

18:00               Close


The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (The nearest London Underground Station is Bond Street)

Seminar Costs

If you are a NetIKX Member or join NetIKX now, there is no charge

Non-members are welcome to attend. Please register below.

Athough the normal rate for non-members is £30, there will be discounts available for returning members and others. For further information, please send an email to web[at]

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Price: £30.00