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With so much said and written about ontologies, metadata and the Semantic Web, what do they really mean to the modern oil company?  How can you start down the path, or build on ongoing efforts within your company to leverage the full value of these approaches to improve information management, retrieval and interoperability?

With increased focus on handling the ever increasing volumes of information and data, is there really a unified way to help simplify the problem, even to solve it… 


How do we manage information effectively?

How can we integrate knowledge, information and data seamlessly, so that users can obtain the whole story – whether they are experts or general users?

What is the relationship between knowledge management initiatives and ontologies.

What is the connection between standards, ontologies and the semantic web?

Why do folder structures fail?

How can we ensure users adhere to standards, and what lessons have been learned?

How can you embed company specific values within an industry standard ontology, and how does this connect to ‘folksonomies’?

How can web services be used to automate the integration of content?

What are the emerging technologies that your company should be aware of, and how do they help?

How will ontologies and the semantic web change the way we do business?

This workshop will discuss business requirements and different approaches deployed to benefit from existing ontologies, how to create your own, and how to build on existing initiatives within your company.

Who should attend
Information management professionals (data management, document management, geomatics/GIS, knowledge management, process management), Information Systems/Technology professionals.

About your workshop leader:

Glenn Mansfield, Information Management Consultant, Flare Solutions Limited
Glenn has a Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.  Glenn has worked in petroleum and production engineering, data management, and as a consultant and project manager for service and multi-national oil companies for the past 20 years.  He brings a pragmatic approach to information management, coupled with Flare’s holistic theories, integrating data, documents and knowledge, combining new ways of working with the practical realities of having to deliver improvements into technical teams. Glenn has spent the past few years working on projects delivering step changes in information management for an international client-base: assisting clients to improve publishing and searching capabilities, and delivering information management frameworks through the deployment of procedures and standards.  Glenn is the product manager for Flare’s ontology and reference data toolkits.

About the company:

Flare Solutions delivers information management (IM) consulting, services and solutions to E&P companies that want to increase operational efficiency and reduce business risk by making more effective use of their information assets. We work with our clients' Executive Leadership, IM groups, E&P teams and IT departments to establish business requirements, build consensus on how to improve, and deliver the components needed to produce sustainable, measurable results:

  • Faster, more effective access to information and corporate memory
  • Reduced confusion due to information overload
  • Greater confidence in business decisions
  • An auditable and transparent information environment

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Background and terminology: standards, ontologies and the semantic web

9:20 What are we trying to achieve?

9:40 Why use metadata?

10:00 How to engineer an ontology

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Case studies, practical examples and lessons learned

11:30 What does the future hold?

12:15 Discussion & Questions

12:30 Close of Executive Briefing


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