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David Read

Welcome to my web site. My name is David Read. I am a son, husband, father, teacher, musician and computer software architect. I enjoy each of my roles as they give me opportunities to express different aspects of myself.

Contained in this site is a variety of information related to my background and current life. I hope there is something here that catches your interest in some way. Some of the more general information includes a few of my favorite recipes as well as some old material created when I was a student in college.

If you would like to contact me, please use the feedback form located on the Contact page. Thank you for taking the time to visit.

Enterprise Use of Semantic Technology - A Presentation for SemTech and on YouTube

Speaking at the Semantic Technology and Business Conference 2013 in New York City

Mike Delaney and I have produced a set of videos focused on When to Consider Semantic Technology for Your Enterprise. A brief blog post describes the videos. You can view the series playlist or view the individual videos linked below.

The videos are based on presentations that Mike and I delivered at the New York City and San Francisco SemTechBiz conferences in 2013.

This talk is for people who want to understand Semantic Technology in the context of enterprise architectures and application development. We compare the strengths (and weaknesses) of RDBMS, NoSQL, and Graphs (Triple-Stores) and look at the types of problems which truly benefit from the use of this new technology.

We also discuss some of the challenges, victories, and lessons learned from a real-world project where we used semantic technology to assist a MAC (Medicare Administrative Contractor) with their Medical Review process. How was Semantics integrated into a traditional infrastructure? What gains have been realized and how have Semantics impacted their day-to-day business? How are they using analytics to deal with a real-world Big Data problem? How is it being used to aid the skilled medical reviewers - and how is that information being fed back to providers to improve the claims submitted?

Key topics we address include:

  • What are the strengths of Semantic Technologies?
  • How does the use of semantic technology compare to (more) traditional paradigms?
  • What are some success stories from real implementations?
  • Describe first-hand use of semantic technology to help with medical claim review

Semantic Database Technology - December 2012

Semantic Database Technology Report Cover

I just completed a report for InformationWeek entitled, Semantic Database Technology. The report's goal is to introduce technology professionals to semantic technology. The major topics within the report look at:

  • Introducing semantic technology standards and terminology
  • Comparing semantic and relational database technologies
  • Identifying opportunities which would benefit from using semantic technology
  • Reporting insights from users of semantic technology
  • Sharing an overview of vendors and products in the semantic technology space

If you are curious about semantic technology I hope that this report will provide a useful starting point for you. If you are looking for additional information please check out the other links on my semantic web pages or feel free to contact me and I will try and direct you to relevant resources.

I am also interested in feedback regarding the report's content as well as suggestions for additional topic areas which you would like to see covered in similar reports.

State of Database Technology - 2012

State of Database Technology Report Cover

Joe Raiti, CIO of Blue Slate Solutions and I co-authored a report for InformationWeek entitled, State of Database Technology. The report took survey data from over 700 IT professionals with database responsibilities and assessed the current strategies and challenges associated with database products. We also explored near-term and longer-term trends that IT leaders should be considering as they plan the future of their enterprise data management infrastructures.

A subset of the report was used as the basis for the cover article of the January 16, 2012 issue of InformationWeek.

Thoughts That Resonate with Me

All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

... well over half of the time you spend working on a project (on the order of 70 percent) is spent thinking, and no tool, no matter how advanced, can think for you. Consequently, even if a tool did everything except the thinking for you - if it wrote 100 percent of the code, wrote 100 percent of the documentation, did 100 percent of the testing, burned the CD-ROMs, put them in boxes, and mailed them to your customers - the best you could hope for would be a 30 percent improvement in productivity. In order to do better than that, you have to change the way you think.
-Fred Brooks (from No Silver Bullet found in The Mythical Man Month)

Computers are nitpicky, precise, literal, unimaginative and disinterested in your project's success!
-David Read


I enjoy cooking. These days I don't have the opportunity to cook very much and I miss it. Here are a few recipes that I have inherited from prior generations. I hope you have a chance to enjoy one or more of them.

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