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  • We've been away for a while...but we are back with two great topics! So please join us as we tour semantic web technologies and geospatial analysis. Read below for a short description of the topics and our tour guides!
    Yashwanth Dannamaneni will give us an introduction into the what the semantic web is, how it can be used in the field of data science, show some examples of using SPARQL and finish up describing how data modeling can be done with ontologies. Yes, this will be a wild ride!
    Yashwanth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham, Bangalore and Masters in Computer Science
    from University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is currently a Data Scientist at Pinsight Media+ (powered by Sprint). He is interested in the Semantic Web, Data Modeling, Big Data and Analytics.
    Piero Ferrante will be presenting a real use case for interactively exploring millions of users’ geospatial data over time. He will be utilizing the GeoPandas data analysis library in the IPython interactive computing environment while making use of several open city datasets. GeoPandas extends the popular Pandas library to work with geographic objects. File I/O, geometric operations, map projection transformations, and plotting are provided in a high level interface that makes use of other libraries including Shapely and Fiona without a need for complicated desktop GIS applications or spatial databases. IPython includes an architecture for interactive widgets that tie together Python code running in the kernel and JavaScript/HTML/CSS running in the browser. These widgets enable users to explore their code and data in a more interactive manner.
    Piero is a practicing data scientist with an extensive background in data mining and applied machine learning. He holds a M.S. in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, a B.S. in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Delaware, and is an adjunct professor of Data Mining and Text Analytics at Rockhurst University. Piero is currently a Data Scientist at Pinsight Media+ where he has developed several predictive models, analysis techniques, and recommendation systems that have given way to significant competitive advantages.
    While we know DSKC members never leave thirsting for knowledge...sometimes they are thirsty for a drink! So please join us a little early for a beer and some good conversation. Presentations will begin around 6:30pm.
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