The Software & Information Industry Association this year debuted a category for Best Semantic Technology Solution in its 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards. Two products were finalists in the category (see our story here), and yesterday the winner was announced. It was the Luxid Content Enrichment Platform from TEMIS Inc, which is used by publishers to automate the extraction of entities, relationships, concepts and topics from their digital assets, and augment content enrichment and linking.
It won out over finalist Elsevier with its ClinicalKey solution for helping doctors and clinicians search Elsevier’s medical and surgical content smarter and faster. ClinicalKey maps content to Elsevier’s proprietary medical taxonomy, and builds relationships using a semantic framework to faster and more clinically relevant answers. Elsevier, by the way, just ended the voting for its own ClinicalKey Key Innovator Awards, with the prize being a $10,000 grant to a U.S.-based hospital, medical school or institution that has demonstrated the most innovative use of information and technology to save lives and improve patient care.
While Luxid took the win in the CODiE awards, in the recent Hurwitz & Associates analysis of the text analytics market, TEMIS’ technology didn’t earn a Victory Index nod. It was, however, recognized for its “interesting vision around linkage networks” as well as “high scores for its ontology and taxonomy support.” (See our story on that report here.)
Luxid wasn’t the only product with semantic genes represented among the winners. For instance, though not specifically called out for its semantic heritage, you’ll also find Lexis Advance from LexisNexis Group taking home the prize for Best Legal Information Solution. In the features-set for that solution is NetOwl’s entity and relationship extraction capabilities, to improve semantic search in combination with LexisNexis’ identity resolution technology.
There also were some other search-oriented winners that, while not necessarily all-out semantic, could get the attention of the semantic crowd. Transparensee Systems, for instance, took the Best Search Technology prize with its Discovery Search Engine. It provides fuzzy matching over multiple metadata points to calculate how similar records are to one another; once customers’ tags are categorized for a particular dimension or category, it builds a structure so that its system has an understanding of similarities, closeness or relevance across each category.
Adobe Framemaker 11, which has been cited by one reviewer as offering “just enough semantic markup for many organizations” also took the win as the Best Solution for Integrating Content into Workflow. The Best Video Platform for Media and Publishers was NewsLook, which purports to use a proprietary process to extract and weigh video metadata in order to pull out the most important keywords and classify them as specific entities, helping videos be more searchable to search engines and speeding identification of related video content.
The full list of winners is here.