Pitney Bowes Chooses Neo4j to Power Its Spectrum MDM Product Line

neoSAN MATEO, CA, Dec 16, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Neo Technology, creators of Neo4j, the world’s leading graph database, today announced that Pitney Bowes Inc. a provider of technology solutions for small, mid-size and large firms that help them connect with customers to build loyalty and grow revenue, is successfully using Neo4j to build and maintain a comprehensive knowledge graph of critical information across data and application silos as part of its Spectrum Master Data Management (MDM) offering. Read more

WEBINAR: Yosemite Project – Part 5 (VIDEO)

WEBINAR: The Yosemite Project PART 5 --  Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data“Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data”

 

In case you missed last Friday’s webinar, Yosemite Project Part 5 “Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data” delivered by Josh Mandel, the recording and slides are now available (and posted below). The webinar was co-produced by SemanticWeb.com and DATAVERSITY.net and runs for one hour, including a Q&A session with the audience that attended the live broadcast.

If you watch this webinar, please use the comments section below to share your questions, comments, and ideas for webinars you would like to see in the future.

About the Webinar

In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this presentation, we hear from Joshua Mandel, a physician and software engineer affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Josh will provide a lightning tour of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), an emerging clinical data standard, with a focus on its resource-oriented approach, and a discussion of how FHIR intersects with the Semantic Web. We’ll look at how FHIR represents links between entities; how FHIR represents concepts from standards-based vocabularies; and how a set of FHIR instance data can be represented in RDF.

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Semantic Web Veteran, Richard Cyganiak, Joins TopQuadrant

TopQuadrantRALEIGH, NC – December 16, 2014 – TopQuadrant™, a leading enterprise metadata and semantic data integration company, today announced that Richard Cyganiak has joined the technology team to further the company’s commitment to helping organizations realize the business value of Semantic Web technology and linked data.

“I have spent most of my career on the research side and have always been fascinated by the Semantic Web’s well thought-out, beautiful collection of technologies,” said Cyganiak. “As one of the more mature companies in this space, TopQuadrant has been committed to practical application of these technologies to solve business problems for quite some time. Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: GlaxoSmithKline

gskGlaxoSmithKline is looking for a Laboratory Automation Software Engineer in Collegeville, PA. According to the post, “Science is the bedrock of our success and our scientists are among the world leaders in their fields. If you join the GSK R&D Product Development Future Leaders Program in the US, you’ll be part of a network that enables us to register and launch three to five new medicines each year. Participants in the Product Development Future Leaders Program will be full-time, permanent employees at GSK and will enjoy the same competitive package of salary and benefits as other new starters.  In addition, participants will undertake three rotations over three years at the start of their career.  These rotations will give participants technical capability across three separate areas of Product Development and allied disciplines.” Read more

Freebase Shutting Down in 2015, Transferring All Data to Wikidata

freebaseA new release out of Freebase reports, “When we publicly launched Freebase back in 2007, we thought of it as a ‘Wikipedia for structured data.’ So it shouldn’t be surprising that we’ve been closely watching the Wikimedia Foundation‘s project Wikidata since it launched about two years ago. We believe strongly in a robust community-driven effort to collect and curate structured knowledge about the world, but we now think we can serve that goal best by supporting Wikidata — they’re growing fast, have an active community, and are better-suited to lead an open collaborative knowledge base. So we’ve decided to help transfer the data in Freebase to Wikidata, and in mid-2015 we’ll wind down the Freebase service as a standalone project. Freebase has also supported developer access to the data, so before we retire it, we’ll launch a new API for entity search powered by Google’s Knowledge Graph.” Read more

Google Adds a Dose of Machine Learning, NLP to Hangouts

Google LogoStephen Shankland of CNet recently reported, “Google updated its Hangouts app on Wednesday so the multipurpose communication tool can detect when people are trying to find each other and make it easier to connect. The updated app, available for Google’s Android mobile operating system first but submitted to Apple for approval on iOS, also lets people express themselves with stickers and video filter effects, Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product at Google, said at the LeWeb conference here.”

Shankland continues, “The new app works by using natural-language processing to discover when one person has asked — in a variety of ways — where the other person is. Read more

4 Open Source Machine Learning Projects

deepdiveSerdar Yegulalp of InfoWorld recently wrote, “Over the last year, as part of the new enterprise services that IBM has been pushing on its reinvention, Watson has become less of a “Jeopardy”-winning gimmick and more of a tool. It also remains IBM’s proprietary creation. What are the chances, then, of creating a natural-language machine learning system on the order of Watson, albeit with open source components? To some degree, this has already happened — in part because Watson itself was built in top of existing open source work, and others have been developing similar systems in parallel to Watson. Here’s a look at four such projects.” Read more

Semantic Services May Benefit From Apigee Finetuning Its Edge API Platform

apigeeApigee is adding new capabilities to its Edge API digital business platform, including features that could be of use to applications that consume semantic services related to search or entity identification, for example.

Apigee Edge is designed to let companies and developers securely manage their APIs and to measure key metrics from API usage and traffic. Analytics always has been a core part of the platform, especially as it relates to providing real-time data to developers about how their APIs are being used, says Ed Anuff, VP products strategy at Apigee. With the introduction of API Traffic Analytics to the platform, it’s possible to measure metrics such as latency that can affect overall user experiences. “A lot of our customers asked for a better way to visualize that, to measure and view and set alerts to take steps to solve issues when latency is increasing.” says Anuff.

The challenge for developers working with semantic web technologies and processing services, he says, often comes down to making sure that you can deliver responsive results for the applications leveraging them.

“Oftentimes people find that the tradeoff of waiting a longer period of time for best results can be a challenge,” he says. “So the main thing that holds back the introduction of semantic enrichment to queries is making sure you deliver experiences where there is not variable latency.”

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Semantic Technology Jobs: IBM

watsonIBM is searching for a Watson Research Software Engineer in Yorktown Heights, NY. According to the post, “IBM is seeking a Software Engineer at its Watson Research Lab in Yorktown Heights, NY. This candidate will work on IBM’s cognitive computing effort and help shape the face of the next generation of computing machines. Ideal candidate will have proven analytical abilities and demonstrated programming skills (C++, Java). Background in machine learning, mathematics, machine translation, or natural language processing is preferred. Experience with web technologies, cloud computing, and service oriented architectures a plus.” Read more

How AppZen Uses Natural Language Process to Automate Expense Reports

appzenConner Forrest of Tech Republic reports, “AppZen, a Sunnyvale, California-based startup, is leveraging natural language processing and machine learning to automate the expense report process. The company bills itself as an ambient expense manager, and it works in the background by tracking your expenses as they happen and creates a report for you. The process begins with the mobile app that runs on Android or iOS, which is able to track an employee’s calendars, itineraries, and credit card charges to build out an expense report as it happens.” Read more

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