Angela Guess

Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Research Libraries

5810163712_ac8a7f249e_zResearch Information recently wrote, “There are several potential benefits to libraries of using cloud-based resources and services. These include increased efficiencies, opportunities for collaboration, decreased need for in-house technical expertise, cost savings, and more timely access to the latest IT functionality. The cloud also promises improved workflow, automated software updates, redundancy, and back-ups. ‘Libraries have a real need for efficiency in processing operations, notably combining maintenance of print and electronic content in a single set of workflows,’ said [Jane] Burke [VP of Market Development at ProQuest]. ‘The new model systems offer unified workflows for all types of content within a single solution.  They also offer the platform to provide qualitative benefits, such as a centralised knowledgebase.  A robust knowledgebase is critical to delivering unified collection management.’” Read more

It’s Time for Developers to Take Linked Data Seriously

9965173654_7bf862d89d_nCandice McMillan of Programmable Web reports, “If you aren’t familiar with linked data or the Semantic Web, it’s probably a good time to get better acquainted with the concepts, as it seems to be a popular theme that is rippling through the Web development world, with promises of exciting possibilities. At this year’s APIcon in London, Markus Lanthaler, inventor of Hydra and one of the core designers of JSON-LD, talked about the importance of optimizing data architecture for an integrated future, focusing on linked data as a promising solution.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: BBC

bbcThe BBC is looking for Software Engineers at every level in Salford, UK. According to the post, “Platform API is BBC Future Media’s new Salford based API team, with the mission to make life easier for application and website developers who work with the BBC’s content, and to accelerate innovation in our online products. Our APIs power all the BBCs product areas – iPlayer, News, Sport, Weather, Children’s, Knowledge & Learning – as well as many external & partner products such as www.thespace.org and Youview. If this sounds like an exciting challenge for you, we look forward to speaking to you!” Read more

Could “Amelia” Start Filling Low-Level Jobs?

Amelia_3053068bSophie Curtis of The Telegraph reports, “Today a new artificial intelligence computing system has been unveiled, which promises to transform the global workforce. Named ‘Amelia’ after American aviator and pioneer Amelia Earhart, the system is able to shoulder the burden of often tedious and laborious tasks, allowing human co-workers to take on more creative roles. ‘Watson is perhaps the best data analytics engine that exists on the planet; it is the best search engine that exists on the planet; but IBM did not set out to create a cognitive agent. Read more

What You Can Expect From Windows 9

cortana304x200Dave Altavilla of Forbes reports, “Microsoft has a big opportunity tomorrow when they unveil the next version of Windows known by the code name ‘Threshold’ and what could ultimately be dubbed Windows 9. Though its official name has yet to be confirmed, Microsoft is holding an event tomorrow in San Francisco and the unveil invitations sent out hint at ‘what’s next for Windows.’ Lately there have been a flurry of reports and leaks of what is widely known as Windows 9, though there is still some buzz that Microsoft may brand the OS by a different name upon launch. Regardless, here are a few key highlights on what I think we’ll see the Redmond team unveil with this new OS, which is expected to cure the many ills users have been complaining of with Windows 8.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Adecco

AdeccoAdecco is looking for a Software Engineer for a contractual position in San Jose, CA. According to the post, “A Software Engineer job in San Jose,CA is available courtesy of Adecco Engineering and Technology. In order to qualify for this position you must have a degree in software engineering design and development.” This position “Designs, develops, tests, and evaluates software and systems that enable computers to perform their applications, applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis. Analyzes software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints. Consults with hardware engineers and other engineering staff to evaluate interface between hardware and software and operational and performance requirements of overall system.” Read more

Harnessing the Power of Deep Learning

5621803163_5772be9d8cCade Metz of Wired reports, “When Google used 16,000 machines to build a simulated brain that could correctly identify cats in YouTube videos, it signaled a turning point in the art of artificial intelligence. Applying its massive cluster of computers to an emerging breed of AI algorithm known as ‘deep learning,’ the so-called Google brain was twice as accurate as any previous system in recognizing objects pictured in digital images, and it was hailed as another triumph for the mega data centers erected by the kings of the web.” Read more

Jeff Hawkins on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

3214197147_a36c631f71Derrick Harris of GigaOM recently wrote, “Jeff Hawkins is best known for bringing us the Palm Pilot, but he’s working on something that could be much, much bigger. For the past several years, Hawkins has been studying how the human brain functions with the hope of replicating it in software. In 2004, he published a book about his findings. In 2012, Numenta, the company he founded to commercialize his work, finally showed itself to the world after roughly seven years operating in stealth mode. I recently spoke with Hawkins to get his take on why his approach to artificial intelligence will ultimately overtake other approaches, including the white-hot field of deep learning. We also discussed how Numenta has survived some early business hiccups and how he plans to keep the lights on and the money flowing in.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Socrata

socrataSocrata is looking for a Data Analyst intern in Seattle, WA. According to the post, “Socrata Data Analysts help customers solve data-related problems, including transforming data from a business-process-optimized storage format to a consumption-optimized format. This is an ideal position for a business-oriented analyst who enjoys diving into the heart of data and discovering the depths of what it holds. You will work with influential customers like the World Bank, Data.gov, New York City, Baltimore, Maryland, New York State, USAID, Health and Human Services, the United Nations, and numerous other public sector organizations, working with an amazing group of talented people in a fast-paced technology startup environment.” Read more

Cambridge Semantics Identified in Gartner’s ‘Hype Cycle for Life Sciences 2014’ Report

Cambridge SemanticsBOSTON, Mass. (PRWEB) September 23, 2014 — Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of Smart Data solutions driven by Semantic Web technology, was named in the recent ‘Hype Cycle for Life Sciences 2014 ’ report by Gartner, Inc. The report details key insights pertaining to the benefits in the knowledge graphing category.

According to Gartner analysts Michael Shanler and Stephen Davies, “The use of these systems can help accelerate innovation activities, expose complex relationships with scientific stakeholders, and support collaboration and innovation strategies as they relate to drug discovery, translational medicine, competitive intelligence, and clinical research.” Read more

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