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Seth Grimes, January 2010, photo by Julie Wyatt Seth Grimes is the leading industry analyst covering text analytics, sentiment analysis, and analysis on the confluence of structured and unstructured data sources. He founded Washington DC based Alta Plana Corporation, an information technology strategy consultancy, in 1997 and is longtime TechWeb contributor (InformationWeek, AllAnalytics, Internet Evolution, and before them, Intelligent Enterprise). He created and organizes the twice-yearly Sentiment Analysis Symposium and was founding chair of the Text Analytics Summit (2005-13). Seth consults, writes, and speaks on business intelligence, data management and analysis systems, text mining, visualization, and related topics.

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Via Alta Plana, Seth has consulted for many private-sector and governmental organizations, has written a couple of dozen white papers and research reports and hundreds of articles and InformationWeek and other blog posts, and has presented workshops and has spoken at many conferences in addition to the ones he has organized or chaired.

Prior to founding Alta Plana Corporation, Seth Grimes was Director of Server Technologies at Magnet Interactive Communications (1996-7), a now-defunct new media and Internet-services company in Washington DC, with hands-on responsibility for database design and administration across the company's projects. He served Technical Director on a number of projects -- Radisson Hotels' first online reservation system, a business-to-business extranet for FedEx, the first Mercedes-Benz (NA) Web site -- and helped build sites for Nissan, Kellogg's, and National Geographic.

Seth's prior position, from 1995 to 1996, was as a consultant at the International Monetary Fund, where he managed the selection of new desktop economic time-series management software and developed a Web system for the publication of international economic information called the Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board. Before joining the Fund, Seth worked from 1992 to 1995 for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. In addition to working on OECD statistical databases, he was the official Internet evangelist and did initial services planning. As at the IMF, Seth's primary OECD task was with economic data systems -- architecture development, software evaluation, and proof-of-concept testing -- including hands-on coding. Prior to his OECD stint, Seth worked as a contractor at US government agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Naval Surface Weapons Center.

Seth earned a master's in mathematics at the Univ. of Washington in Seattle and a bachelor's in mathematics and philosophy at Wesleyan Univ. in Middletown, Connecticut. He and family reside in Takoma Park, Maryland near Washington D.C., where he is active in local politics and community affairs.

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