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 Cloud: SOA, Semantics, & Data Science 


 The Changing Landscape of Federal Information Technology 

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 9/10/2013  to 9/11/2013 


 The Waterford, Springfield, VA 


 Tammy Kicker ([email protected]) 


The Changing Landscape of Federal Information Technology

Featuring 15th SOA for E-Gov Conference

41 Government Organizations Have Registered to Attend

Look who is attending from Government

NEW - GSA on how Federal identity management requirements influence cloud adoption!

Federal organizations are racing to capitalize on social, mobile and cloud computing trends to provide solutions for their agency mission needs.  At the same time there is great pressure to spend less while improving capability, service, cost and flexibility.

This event is an open knowledge exchange forum for communities of practice in Cloud, SOA, Semantics, and Data Science.  It brings together thought leaders and experts from the federal and business communities to continue the conversation around best practices in advancing SOA, semantic technology and data science within the Cloud construct.

The event builds on the successes of two previous events: the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) e-Government Conferences and the Department of Defense SOA and Semantic Technology Conferences.

This event is focused on SOA, Cloud Computing, Semantics Technology and Data Analytics.

SOA uses data as a service, which in turn requires dealing effectively with semantics.  Data science is used to process and analyze the data for those semantics to extract information.  Given the recent pronouncement by Dominic Sale, OMB (invited Keynote) that "all content is data", this conference is especially timely and focused.

Presenters and panelists will examine the benefits of governance frameworks and approaches Federal agencies are pursuing to increase the maturity and efficiency of their SOA, Cloud, Semantic Technology and Data Science.

Your participation and suggested contributions are welcomed to continue to build and sustain this unique community of communities of practice to improve the delivery of government services in support of the US Federal Digital Government Strategy and Open Government Data Initiatives.


September 10, 2013

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM


Welcome and Overview

Brand Niemann, Semantic Community, Director, and Co-Chair Emeritus of the Federal SOA Community of Practice

8:45 AM

Government Keynote Speaker

Federal Identity Management and Cloud Adoption

Deborah Gallagher, Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA

 9:30 AM

Industry Keynote Speaker

Cloud Computing – Key Models and Integration Perspectives

Steve Woodward, CEO, Cloud Perspectives
Steven shares updates from several of the international cloud standards related organizations. In Canada, he leads several of the cloud computing initiatives in both the private and public sectors, and will provide insights to where SOA approaches fit into the cloud eco-system.

10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM

Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise

David S. Linthicum, Cloud Computing Thought Leader, Executive, Consultant, Author, and Speaker

11:30 AM

Enabling SOA and Cloud through Consistent Semantics

A discourse on the state of play of SOA and Cloud, their relationships to one another and the key role that semantics will play in the successful realization of both the SOA and Cloud vision. Discussion as to the significance of the focus on semantics for future solutions and guidance that can be used now to position current efforts to take advantage of that future.

Denzil Wasson, Chief Technology Officer, Everware-CBDI


 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Industry Showcase & Luncheon

Industry Lightning Round presentations

  • Software AG Government Solutions
  • Layer 7 Technologies

 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion: NIEM, Open Data and SOA

Moderated by Michael Howell, ISE Deputy Program Manager
- David Webber, Oracle
- Donna Roy, Executive Director, Information Sharing Environment Office, DHS (invited)
 - Cory Casanave, President and CEO, Model Driven Solutions, Inc.
- Jim Logan, Everware-CBDI

 2:30 PM

Networking Break

 3:00 PM

Government Guest Speaker

NIST Clout Computing and Big Data Forum

Michaela Iorga, Ph.D., Senior Security Technical Lead for Cloud Computing
Chair, NIST Cloud Computing Security WG
Co-Chair, NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science WG

3:45 PM

Semantic Medline - A use case/pilot presentation

National Library of Medicine semantic application for discovery of disease cause and effect that our team of Data Scientists is working on for the White House OSTP’s NITRD Federal Big Data Senior Steering WG (FBDSSWG) running on a Cray Graph Computer
Tim White, YarcData

4:30 PM Adjourn/Closing Remarks


September 11, 2013

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Industry Opening Keynote Speaker

Moving Semantics Into the Mainstream

Dennis Wisnosky, Wizdom Systems, Former DoD Business Mission Area CTO, member of the Enterprise Data Management Council

9:15 AM

Harnessing the Forces of Disruptive Innovation
Cloud Computing, Enterprise Mobility, Big Data and Social Business are converging and acting as four disruptive forces across Government agencies.
Mr. Greer will describe how agency leaders can use SOA as a foundational element in harnessing these forces and using them to drive innovation.
Melvin Greer, Sr. Fellow and Chief Strategist, SOA / Cloud Computing, Lockheed Martin

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:30 PM


Semantics in the Mainstream – Real cases of semantic technology applied to mission/business transformation needs

Department of Veterans Affairs Process Modeling and Design Center (PMDC) – Semantically rich process models for SOA solution design.

Randy Coleman, Wizdom Systems, Inc.
The VA PMDC Operational Framework results in a consistent look and understanding of process models and designs created in the PMDC. Consistency and common representation of business processes through the use of BPMN 2.0 promotes comparability of business processes and IT solution requirements and designs across VA OIT.  Process modeling creates most value when the models are tightly coupled with a clear community domain vocabulary (ontology).

Services Modeling Using BPMN 2.0 – It’s Not Just Boxes and Arrows Anymore!

Lloyd Dugan, BPMN4SCA
BPMN is now a visual programming language for designing component and composite services.  Leveraging this requires modeling conventions, primitives and patterns, and attribution schemes to populate and enrich the BPMN XML.  BPMN can thus be used to model enterprise services, and the BPMN XML provides the model data that can be consumed and transformed.

Semantic BPMN: BPMN-2.0 Ontology-Based Query Engine

Mohamed Keshk, Semantic BPMN
BPMN ontology-based query engine will enable business users to automate retrieving and searching information located in any BPMN-2.0 repository. The engine leverages the integration power of semantic technology to seamlessly link different BPMN repositories and find out patterns and anomalies via the inferring capability. In addition, the engine provides a mechanism – for the first time - to uniformly link business process models represented in BPMN-2.0 with their consumed data represented in UML, in an open standard way.  The engine is augmented by a BPMN-to-OWL generator to transform the instances of business process models from XML into RDF/OWL format. This will guarantee fully automated process to analyze information about process model instances, and make timely decisions.

Pulling together process models, data and standards ontologies into agile and lightweight Semantic Architecture Knowledge

Jim Kindrick, Jacobs Technology/ISG
A semantic approach to the creation of architecture knowledge that supports development of rapid and agile services for critical mission/business transformation needs.  Semantics support the creation of implementable, mainstream, business service solutions that are interoperable both in process orchestration and in the sharing and understanding of data.  This approach is compatible with any established architectural framework, without the weight of artifact creation, and is supportive of the federation and integration of architectures, real-time, within any enterprise.  The use of standards ontologies such as FIBO or any other community domain vocabulary, joined with the light weight architecture ontology, enables speed and understanding for decision support and solution development in any enterprise.

12:00 PM Closing Remarks


Agenda will be updated regularly.  AFEI reserves the right to change agenda without prior notice.  Check back with this page frequently to see updates.


Waterford® at Springfield
6715 Commerce Street
Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 719-5700
Fax: (703) 719-7797


Download/Print/View Google map.

Parking: Ample Free parking is available

Metro: The nearest metro stop is Franconia/Springfield Metro on the Blue Line.

From D.C.
Take I-395 South toward Richmond. Take the VA-644 W (exit1B) toward Springfield. Take Old Keene Mill Rd ramp, then bear right onto the Brandon Ave. ramp. Stay right on Brandon to traffic light at Brandon/Commerce. Turn right on Commerce and follow to the Waterford on the right.

From I-66
Take I-495 exit 64A toward Richmond. Follow signs for VA-644 (Springfield). Take the VA-644 W /Old Keene Mill Rd. exit toward Springfield. Bear right onto the Brandon Ave. Stay right on Brandon to traffic light at Brandon/Commerce. Turn right on Commerce and follow to the Waterford on the right.

From Maryland
Take I-495 S or I-95 S toward Alexandria/Richmond. Follow signs for VA-644 (Springfield). DO NOT exit left from the Beltway to I-95 S. Continue PAST this exit and take the VA-644 W /Old Keene Mill Rd. exit toward Springfield. Bear right onto the Brandon Ave. Ramp. Stay right on Brandon to traffic light at Brandon/Commerce. Turn right on Commerce and follow to the Waterford on the right.

From Richmond
Take I-95 N to exit 169 A towards Franconia. Turn left at Light turn left onto Loisdale Rd. Stay straight on Loisdale which turns into Commerce St. After you go under the Franconia Rd. overpass, Waterford will be on your left.

Fairfax County Pkwy - Franconia/Springfield Pkwy
Go East and take the Backlick Rd. ramp. Turn left onto Backlick Rd. from ramp. Follow Backlick Rd. to Commerce St. and make a right. Follow Commerce St. to Waterford on right.

From Franconia/Springfield Pkwy
Take Manchester Blvd./Franconia Springfield Pkwy. Take Frontier Dr. ramp and turn right. Follow to Franconia Rd. and turn left. Follow to Commerce St. and turn right to Waterford on left.


Nearby Hotels include:

Courtyard Marriott
6710 Commerce Street
Springfield, Virginia 22150 USA
(703) 924-7200

Hilton Springfield
6550 Loisdale Road
Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 971-8900

Residence Inn by Marriott
6412 Backlick Road
Springfield, Virginia 22150 USA 
(703) 644-0020


Registration has now closed.  On-site registration may be done on the day of the event.  Onsite Registration Form may be downloaded and filled out for onsite processing.

Please note that all attendees will be asked for valid form of identification as noted below for each registration type.

Free registration is only available for U.S. active duty military, U.S. civilian Government employee or a full-time employee of an academic institution.


Government/Academia Online Registration 
This registration is for U.S. active duty military, or civilian government or a full-time employee of an academic organization. Military/Government Employee or Academic Institution ID badge must be shown at time of registration check-in.  This offer does not apply to on-site contractors or part-time/adjunct academic instructors who are bona-fide employees of business organizations.

Industry Registration

This registration is for industry attendees. A government issued ID (driver's license) will be requested at time of registration check-in.

Registration forms will be available so you may still register onsite at the applicable Onsite fee.  

Symposium Registration Fee

August 12th

August 13th -September 5th

September 5th
3G03 - Government*/ Academia

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

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3A03 - Industry




*Only available for active-duty military and civilian employees with valid Government ID.  (A Refreshment Contribution will be accepted from those Government employees who must cover the cost of refreshments to attend.)

Important Registration Dates

  • On-line registration closes COB Tuesday, September 3, 2013
  • Fax Registration closes COB Monday, August 26, 2013
  • Do not mail Registration Forms after Monday, August 26, 2013

Registration Policy
Attendees will be asked for valid form of identification to confirm their registration type. The free registration is only available for U.S. active duty military, U.S. civilian Government employee or a full-time employee of an academic institution.

Please do not mail any registration forms after Monday, August 26th. Registrations will not be taken over the phone; payment must be made at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests received on/before Monday, August 26, 2013
will receive a full refund, less $75 cancellation fee. 

Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations.

All substitutions and/or cancellations must be made in writing to:
Tammy Kicker (
[email protected])

No refunds will be given for cancellations after August 26th
Refund cutoff dates are required to enable us to make necessary binding financial commitments in advance of the event based on the number of registered attendees. Consistent with internal financial controls and our stated refund policy, we are unable to refund registration fees after this date.


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Cloud, SOA, Semantics and Data Science (CSDS) are changing the face of digital Government by enabling new technical strategies and opportunities to serve citizens. 

CSDS is a vendor neutral and community-supported event that enables practitioners to:

  • Connect with new audiences to understand how these are impacting the Federal space
  • Enable leading companies and agencies to exchange best practice and lessons learned
  • Understand how technology providers build traction for their solutions
  • Explore innovative agency approaches to the new technologies

Who Will Attend?

  • Leading agency executives, strategists and technology users
  • Experienced vendors sharing valuable hands on knowledge from the trenches
  • Agency managers looking to learn about integrating new technologies with legacy systems and processes
  • People looking for a one stop shop to soak up new ideas on strategy and technology

Why Attend?

  • Find out how Cloud, SOA, Semantics and Data Science are changing the face of digital Government
  • Interact with many of today`s leading technology and business experts
  • Learn tips on how to execute an effective technology strategy
  • Absorb best practice information from many leading tech providers
  • Discover what it takes to build a successful implementation
  • Connect with clients and partners
  • Understand what leading vendors can do for you

Vendor Displays

Vendors are invited to display their products and services at the CSDS event.  Table-top displays and back drops are welcome.

As with past SOA for E-Gov events vendors will have the ability to demonstrate how they are advancing the state-of-the-art in Federal information environments.

Contact Tammy Kicker [email protected] for more information on how your company can have a display at CSDS.


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