Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is looking for a Lead Information Architect in Durham. Responsibilities of the position include: “Work independently and in collaboration with other Information Architects, Principal Information Architects, Lead Information architects; or as a consultant to Information Stewards, project teams, contracted architects, and architects from across BCBSNC to ensure appropriate standards and methodologies are being used to address data at rest (i.e., in databases, files), in motion (i.e., in messages) and at delivery points (i.e., interfaces). Recommend enhancements to artifacts in the Information Architecture Facet of the EA Continuum (principles, strategies, architecture patterns, solution patterns, and standards) as a means to continuously improve BCBSNC’s information related principles, strategies and other artifacts.” Read more
Ian Harris of Search Engine Journal recently wrote, “Semantic search gives the industry a chance to go back to basics and provide information rather than force it. Let’s take a look at how to embrace semantics.” First off, Harris suggests thinking like a user: “Simply put, if you’re going to optimize for the user, you need to think like the user. In the world of semantics, keywords just don’t cut it… Take the above example. You can see that semantics for a generic term already highlights a wealth of information that a search engine has matched to the keyword. Imagine you are building up your semantic relevance for your delivery service. Optimization on your website should be geared towards information surrounding that service, not only to gain a ranking within relevant SERPs, but to provide answers relevant to your expertise. This could mean you’re providing information about your delivery service, the logistics of your business, and what’s happening in the industry. If the site only focuses on keywords, opportunities will be missed.” Read more
The Journal of Medical Semantics has published an article by Alejandro Rodriguez Gonzalez, Alison Callahan, Jose Cruz-Toledo, et al, entitled “Automatically exposing OpenLifeData via SADI semantic Web Services.” The abstract begins, “Two distinct trends are emerging with respect to how data is shared, collected, and analyzed within the bioinformatics community. First, Linked Data, exposed as SPARQL endpoints, promises to make data easier to collect and integrate by moving towards the harmonization of data syntax, descriptive vocabularies, and identifiers, as well as providing a standardized mechanism for data access. Second, Web Services, often linked together into workflows, normalize data access and create transparent, reproducible scientific methodologies that can, in principle, be re-used and customized to suit new scientific questions.” Read more
Praescient Analytics is looking for a Programmer in Alexandria, VA. According to the post, “The goal is to research and simulate social bot behavior, signature detection methods and fraud countermeasures. The project begins with understanding how social bots generate text commercially, and how natural language processing (NLP) could enhance current practices. Developers will simulate automated text generation that incorporates advances in NLP technologies. The project then moves into understanding how social bots interact temporally and how these mechanisms are detected by companies fraud detection. Developers will simulate bot interaction as well as network clustering and growth as a result of this behavior.” Read more
Joel Gurin of Information Week recently wrote, “Watson‘s venture into healthcare is part of a new movement to data-driven medicine. The federal government has recently released large amounts of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies. At the same time, several other trends — the use of electronic medical records, an explosion of data about the human genome, and advances in data analysis — have given us the potential for a revolution in healthcare. We can look forward to more data-driven diagnostics, treatment plans, and predictive analytics to determine the best treatments more scientifically.” Read more
Nicole Laskowski of SearchCIO recently wrote, “When Brett Goldstein was appointed as Chicago’s first chief data officer (CDO) in May 2011, he found himself in the middle of a classic IT struggle. The city’s data was spread across the municipality and mired in silos, making it difficult to get a holistic view… That needed to change — in a hurry. The city was set to host the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit in May 2012. The event would bring in heads of state — and throngs of protesters — to Chicago. Goldstein wanted to provide public safety officials with better ‘situational awareness,’ or the ability to understand what was happening in any given place at any given time. To do so, Goldstein, who became Chicago’s CDO/CIO in 2012, needed to break data out of silos in a cost-effective manner that didn’t require overhauling the city’s infrastructure.” Read more
The end of the month should see the release of an update to Cognitum’s Fluent Editor 2014 ontology editor, which will bring with it new capabilities to further drive its usage not only in academia but also in industrial segments such as energy, pharmaceuticals and more.
The company is including among its additions the ability to run analytical computations over ontologies with the open source language R and its Controlled Natural Language. What has been lacking when it comes to performing computations over Big Data sets, says CEO Paweł Zarzycki, is some shortcut to easily combine the semantic and numerical worlds. R is great for doing statistical analysis over huge sets of numerical data, he says, but more knowledge opens up when Cognitum’s language is leveraged for analysis in a qualitative way.
Randstad is looking for a Systems Integration Senior Adviser in Minneapolis, MN. According to the post, “Leads simple to medium complexity engagements as the lead consultant. Develops measurement criteria to evaluate programs and projects and develops or reviews estimate on technical aspects of projects. Designs quality control and test procedures to ensure the deliverables meet established design and performance goals. Identifies, analyzes, and evaluates alternative technology design solutions. Keeps up to date with current and future technology and technology/business process trends. Mentors less experienced systems integrators.” Read more
Sage Lazzaro of Beta Beat reports, “Popular medical app HealthTap just launched a new product called ‘Top Doctor Insights.’ Using artificial intelligence, the new service provides users with completely personalized health information. HealthTap is a resource for accessing free medical information provided by more than 64,000 doctors. Until now, it wasn’t much more than a database. But with ‘Top Doctor Insights,’ two people searching the same topic now receive completely different results. After a user types in a question, the service goes beyond searching for keywords and actually analyzes the content and semantic meaning of the inquiry.” Read more
“Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web Technologies”
SemanticWeb.com recently launched a series of webinars on the topic of “RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language.”
Part 1 of that series, “The Yosemite Project: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.
Part 2, “The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.
Part 3, “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.
About Part 6:
TITLE: Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web Technologies
DATE: Friday, December 19, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
DESCRIPTION: In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this presentation, our speaker, Dr. Michel Dumontier, will explore the use of Semantic Web technologies to reduce the overwhelming burden of integrating clinical data with public biomedical data, and enabling a new generation of translational research and their clinical application.
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