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Semantic Web Jobs: Semantic Research

semantic researchSemantic Research is looking for a Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA. According to the post, “Semantic Research Inc. is seeking a well-qualified candidate to join our Semantica engineering team in San Diego, CA. This role requires current and demonstrable Java/Web development experience. As a Principal Software Engineer, you will participate in, and provide guidance for, all facets of the software development life cycle with an emphasis on nurturing and maintaining quality-centric practices and processes. As part of close knit team, you will be a key contributor to the evolution of our product and must thrive in a fast paced and dynamic work environment. You will provide training and mentor other engineers when required.” Read more

Cognitive Computing and Humanity

watsonThe Wharton School of Business recently wrote, “Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Brad Becker, chief design officer for IBM Watson, about current and future applications of cognitive computing and how he hopes to make computers ‘more humane.’ An edited version of the conversation follows.” Asked how his background in user experience design affects his role in the Watson project, Becker commented, “[It’s based on] the idea that technology should work for people, not the other way around. For a long time, people have worked to better understand technology. Watson is technology that works to understand us. It’s more humane, it’s helpful to humans, it speaks our language, it can deal with ambiguity, it can create hypotheses, it can learn from us. And, of course, since it’s a computer, it can scale as much as needed and has recall far beyond what humans have.” Read more

How Job Sites Could Improve with Semantic Web Technologies

8214124711_a9f6738627_zKurt Cagle, a Principal Evangelist for Semantic Technologies at Avalon Consulting recently wrote, “I’m not a recruiter. I have from time to time submitted resumés for jobs to Monster or Linked-In to individual company sites as a developer or architect, but even there I’ve discovered what millions of job hunters already know: submitting online resumés is a pain. Consider the process. You create a profile, identifying yourself to job submission system X. This site may or may not have a way of uploading a text resumé, but one thing you find in the data management space is that structure matters, and the farther you deviate from the structure, the harder it is for some OCR Artificial Intelligence to actually make sense of what you’ve written.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Blue Cross Blue Shield

bcBlue 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

Semantic Search for the Rest of Us: Tips for Businesses

sej-1Ian 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

Automatically Exposing OpenLifeData via SADI semantic Web Services

14578025768_ba3297d452_zThe 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

Semantic Technology Jobs: Praescient Analytics

PraescientPraescient 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

How Health Startups are Using Big, Open Data

2837123918_f7308483d1_zJoel 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

How Chicago’s Former CDO Made the City Smarter

4064715098_40e1e10410Nicole 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

Semantic Web Jobs: Randstad Technologies

randstadRandstad 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

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