Keynote at 2012 Semantic Technology and Business Conference
Scale, Structure, and Semantics
Daniel Tunkelang, LinkedIn
Science fiction has a mixed track record when it comes to anticipating technological innovations. While Jules Verne fared well with with his predictions of submarine and space technology, artificial intelligence hasn't produced anything like Arthur C. Clarke's HAL 9000.
Instead, we've managed to elicit intelligence from machines through unexpected means. Search engines have achieved remarkable success in organizing the world's information by crawling the web, indexing documents, and exploiting link structure to establish authoritativeness. At LinkedIn, we apply large-scale analytics to terabytes of semistructured data to deliver products and insights that serve our 150M+ members. Semantics emerge when we apply the right analytical techniques to a sufficient quality and quantity of data.
In this talk, I will describe how LinkedIn's huge and rich graph of relationship data that powers the products our users love. I believe that the lessons we have learned apply broadly to other semantic applications. While quantity and quality of data are the key challenges to delivering a semantically rich experience, the key is to create the right ecosystem that incents people to give you good data, which then forms the basis for great data products.