Jennifer Gantman

Deeper understanding with Metaweb – The Official Google Blog

Over time we’ve improved search by deepening our understanding of queries and web pages. The web isn’t merely words—it’s information about things in the real world, and understanding the relationships between real-world entities can help us deliver relevant information more quickly. Today, we’ve acquired Metaweb, a company that maintains an open database of things in the world. Working together we want to improve search and make the web richer and more meaningful for everyone.

Metaweb joins Google – The Freebase Blog

As of today, we’re very pleased to announce that Metaweb is now a part of Google…

How Twitter Annotations Could Bring the Real-Time and Semantic Web Together – ReadWriteWeb (blog)

Just because the new iPhone arrived in stores today doesn't mean the rest of the technology world shut down. In fact, today in San Francisco the 2010 Semantic Technology Conference continued its week-long series of talks and sessions about the semantic Web – the ability to understand and intelligently interpret content from the Web…

Thomson Reuters OpenCalais Sees Commercial Adoption For Media Monitoring, Search Engine Optimization, Reader Engagement, Corporate Governance and More

Pioneering Partners Include Moreover Technologies, Morris Communications, Magus Ltd. and Prefix Technologies

SemTech 2010 – San Francisco, Calif. – June 24, 2010 – Thomson Reuters today cited four innovative companies that are pioneering the large-scale and commercial use of its OpenCalais service to enrich and optimize digital content. They include Moreover Technologies, a world-leading media aggregation and monitoring provider; Morris Communications, a top-tier regional publisher; Magus Ltd., the British pioneer of enterprise website governance, and Prefix, South Africa’s leading Content Management System (CMS).

“Two and a half years in, we are extremely pleased to be part of leading publishing platforms and media monitoring solutions around the world,” said Tom Tague, OpenCalais Initiative lead, Thomson Reuters. “We’re processing five million documents per day and storing 90 billion triples, which may well be the world’s largest collection of structured facts and events. It reflects a growing percentage of the English language news articles, blog posts and social media status updates posted every day.”

Joining CBS Interactive / CNET, Huffington Post, The New Republic, The Nation and more than 50 other publishers, entrepreneurs and service providers using OpenCalais are:

Moreover Technologies. One of the original news aggregators on the Web, Moreover provides companies with “news and views” in a comprehensive solution for business intelligence, mainstream media and social media monitoring. It aggregates, refines and delivers millions of daily articles, blog posts and social media updates from more than a million editorially vetted sources spanning 800 searchable industries in 100-plus countries, and 50-plus languages.

Moreover Technologies uses OpenCalais to categorize and tag news and blog content as well as social media status updates to provide superior mainstream and social media monitoring services to clients of all kinds.

"Equally important to quantity of information is quality," said Paul Farrell, President of Moreover Technologies. “It’s imperative to be able to retrieve rapidly the most relevant and pinpointed results possible from vast repositories of business intelligence. Our partnership with OpenCalais substantially enhances our ability to make sure clients get the right results at the right time.”

Morris Communications. A leading southeastern media company, Morris Communications has newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising, radio, book publishing and online properties. Its digital arm, Morris DigitalWorks, turned to OpenCalais while digitizing the archives of its 13 daily newspapers, including the Augusta Chronicle; the Florida Times-Union; the Savannah Morning News; the noted local Journalism experiment Bluffton Today and more.

"We strive to be unrivaled in the delivery of local news and information to our readership in every possible medium. So it is essential to be able to repurpose our content for any number of uses – including digital distribution on the Web, mobile, etc.,” said Michael Romaner, President, Morris DigitalWorks. “OpenCalais has helped us achieve that mission in two ways. By improving the relevancy of our content for Web searches, we have increased both our overall page-views from search engines, and our retention of those readers once they arrive. We look forward to expanding on this successful alliance."

Magus Ltd.Magus Ltd.  Magus is the pioneering UK company behind ActiveStandards™: the market-leading SaaS platform for enterprise website governance used by Unilever, Shell, Philips, ING and more. ActiveStandards takes web content governance to a new level by enabling companies to coordinate the policies, processes and people that underpin their web presence within a single integrated framework, and monitor and manage compliance.

Magus uses OpenCalais to power ActiveStandards’ “Content Insight Reports” – a suite of powerful semantic reports which extend the reach of online governance by providing visibility and control over unstructured content.

“Semantic Web technologies are revolutionizing the way people find and use information online,” said Simon Lande, CEO, Magus Ltd. “Our alliance with OpenCalais enables us to leverage this technology to bring about a step-change in the way that companies monitor and manage their online content. We see it as a revolution in content governance.”

Prefix Technologies. Provider of South Africa’s most popular off- and online CMS, Prefix is a trusted Web-applications development company. Prefix solutions enable magazine, newspaper and online publishers to collect, store, share and monetize content in new ways that increase competitive advantage while improving efficiency and reducing costs.

Prefix uses OpenCalais as a processing layer for Preditor’s Semantic Tagging Engine. With a powerful tagging rules toolkit on a per-magazine basis, Preditor customers with multiple magazines on Preditor are able to draw content out of their archives and build smart links across a the network for their readers. In one case study, they’ve scanned through and linked over 10 years of archives.

“We’ve seen significant increases in archive monetization for our customers with our OpenCalais implementation. Equally, it’s been incredible to explore new ideas in both the print and digital worlds to create content packages through semantic discovery,” said Josh Adler, CEO, Prefix. “We feel we’ve interpreted the semantic opportunity in a unique way for traditional media and OpenCalais opened that door for us."

About the OpenCalais Initiative
The OpenCalais initiative supports the interoperability of content and advances Thomson Reuters mission to deliver intelligent information by connecting all the world’s business-relevant content. It offers free metadata generation services, developer tools and an automatic connection to the Linked Data cloud.  Found at OpenCalais.com (http://www.OpenCalais.com), OpenCalais is the fastest, easiest and most accurate way to tag the people, places, companies, facts and events in content to increase its value, accessibility and interoperability on the Web.  For a quick and easy demo of how OpenCalais can add intelligence to your content, visit http://viewer.opencalsis.com, paste in a news story and hit submit."

About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. For more information, go to thomsonreuters.com.

SemTech 2010 Hosts Web Day 3.0 at the Annual Semantic Technology Conference, Thursday, June 24th – Limited Seating Still Available

David Recordon, Senior Open Programs Manager of Facebook and best-selling Author, David Siegel will keynote the conference.

San Francisco, CA (June 24, 2010) — SemTech 2010 is currently taking place at the San Francisco Hilton in Union Square. Web Day 3.0 will be held Thursday, June 24, and will include a number of informative presentations by industry experts. Attendees can expect to see demos of leading semantic search engines and products, hear experts discuss the technology and its impact in the industry, meet the world’s leading developers of Web 3.0, and understand how Web 3.0 technologies are changing web development.

Presented by co-chairs Tony Shaw and Dave McComb, this year’s program is the most extensive to date. Over 1,200 attendees are expected, including industry experts, researchers, analysts, content providers, developers, and technology enthusiasts.

"Interest in semantic technology is on the rise," Shaw said. "Early numbers indicate a 30% increase in conference attendance. The world wants to understand where the Web is going and semantics play an imperative role in that."

Highlights of Web Day 3.0 will include:

• Keynote by David Siegel, author of Power of Pull, Pull: The Business Shift Behind the Web
• Keynote by David Recordon of Facebook on their new Open Graph protocol
• Real-Time SemanticWeb with Twitter Annotations, Joshua Shinaview of RPI – Tetherless World Constellation and Jans Aasman of Franz
• Building Web 3.0 Web Sites, Mark Windholtz of AgileDNA, John Walker of Semantic Clarity, and Mark Birbeck of Backplane, Ltd.
• Applying Semantic Extensions and New Service to Drupal, Daniel Hladky of Ontos AG
• Comprehensive Validation: Pragmatically Joing the “Web of Data”, the Easy Supported Way, Giovanni Tummarello of Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI)
• Drupal and the Semantic Web: from RDF to Whitehouse.gov, Jeff Walpole of Phase2 Technology
• Semantic Web Tools for Video and Social Change, Hannah Eaves of ViewChange.org
• Google Rich Snippets, Kavi Goel and Pravir Gupta of Google
• The Personal Data Locker, David Boardman of Atigeo, David Siegel author of The Power of Pull, Von Wright of AT&T, Drummond Reed of International Card Foundation & Open Identity Exchange, Chris Messina of Google, and Kaliya Hamlin of Identity Commons
• Search Day – featuring a dozen search sessions
• PitchSlam – Startups pitch their ideas to VCs and analysts
• Mergers and Acquisitions panel with VCs, acquirers, and acquired companies
• Exhibits open all day

SemTech represents a full spectrum of business, government, and consumer activity taking place within the field of semantic technology and brings together the most practical and advanced solutions in the industry.

To register for the conference and to see a full schedule, visit http://semtech2010.semanticuniverse.com To register for press credentials, visit http://semtech2010.semanticuniverse.com/press.htm

About SemTech
SemTech is the world's largest conference on semantic technologies. It is the only event focused on the commercialization of semantic technologies, bringing the most recognized names, knowledge, leadership, and innovation in the semantic community together at one location. SemTech is owned and operated by Semantic Universe–the semantic community’s trusted information resource. For more information please visit SemanticUniverse.com, email info@semanticuniverse.com, or call (310) 337-2616.

Gold Medal Line-up at The 2010 NBJ Summit

Boulder, Colorado, June 23, 2010 –The NBJ Summit (www.nbjsummit.com) announced it will play host to eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno at the 2010 NBJ Summit. The American short track speed skating competitor will give the closing keynote speech at the 2010 event on July 23rd. Apolo is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time and one of only four Americans who have won three medals in a single Winter Olympic games. In addition, Ohno is a principal with 8 Zone, a dietary supplement company.

Friday’s line-up will also include a morning keynote address by Kevin Harrington, a pioneer in the direct response television industry and a panel discussion with experts from leading non-retail channels which account for over $22 billion of nutrition industry sales. The executive retreat occurs July 20-23 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

"I am especially proud of this year’s line-up of speakers and panelists" said Patrick Rea, Co-Chair of The NBJ Summit and Publisher of Nutrition Business Journal. "This year’s NBJ Summit will deliver on our theme – Investing Today to Ensure our Tomorrow – and offer our executive attendees an unparalled opportunity to network with industry leaders one-on-one."

To register, CEOs and leading executives are encouraged to go to www.nbjsummit.com/register immediately.  Less than 20 seats remain for attendees at The NBJ Summit.

Friday’s agenda will include the following sessions:

Opening Keynote: Kevin Harrington, CEO, TVGoods.com

Thriving Beyond the Shelf: Non-Retail Channel Strategies – Risks & Rewards
Speakers:

Joe Chang, President, Pharmanex
Kevin Harrington, CEO, TVGoods.com
Edward Hauck, President, Healthy Directions
Elizabeth Francis, CMO, Intelligent Beauty
Patrick Rea, Publisher and Editorial Director – Nutrition Business Journal
Closing Keynote: Apolo Ohno, American Winter Olympic Athlete & Eight-time Olympic Medalist

The full agenda, speaker list and speaker bios can be viewed at www.nbjsummit.com/agenda.

The NBJ Summit is produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, and Nutrition Business Journal. New Hope Natural Media (www.newhope.com), a division of the Penton Media, Inc., is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services. Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than six million business professionals every month. The company's market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.

Nutrition Business Journal (www.nutritionbusinessjournal.com) is an executive newsletter for decision-makers in the natural, nutrition and complementary & alternative health industries.  The singular focus of NBJ's research and editorial team to the strategic issues of the nutrition industry has made NBJ the leading business intelligence resource for subscribers since 1996.

Expert System Introduces Semantic Valley Consortium

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – June 23, 2010) –  Expert System, leading provider of semantic software that searches, discovers, classifies and interprets text information, today announces the official debut of the Semantic Valley Consortium…

Expert System’s COGITO® Monitor Available as Semantic Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – June 23, 2010) -Expert System announced its COGITO Monitor product is available as a platform. CRIBIS, a CRIF financial company in Europe, is partnering with Expert System to offer COGITO Monitor platform to businesses looking to flag and identify consumer sentiment during economically tumultuous times…

Collibra and SoftLake Solutions partner to bring award-winning data governance solutions to North America

Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 21, 2010 – US-based SoftLake Solutions and Belgium-based Collibra have partnered together to bring Collibra’s data governance product suite to North America. The relationship allows SoftLake Solutions to offer Collibra’s products and solutions to customers in the United States and Canada. SoftLake Solutions will leverage its domestic technical expertise to implement Collibra’s software solutions. Steven Pesklo, president of SoftLake Solutions, says “we’re excited to be partnering with Collibra for their data governance solutions. Businesses need to manage their business vocabularies and SoftLake Solutions will be using Collibra’s software in order to help companies put their businesses into context."

Collibra’s approach to governance uses their award-winning Business Semantics suite to better define definitions of business vocabularies and rules while allowing for improved data integration.

Minneapolis-based SoftLake Solutions is a natural partner for Collibra with its national footprint and decades of experience in bringing advanced data solutions. Indeed, the partnership will use SoftLake’s sales support organization as well as expert consulting and technical support to allow for maximum benefits from the Collibra solution.

SoftLake Solutions is a Minneapolis, MN based provider of business intelligence and data governance software and solutions. The company is a North American distributor for Collibra and InfoZoom, a powerful visual data intelligence product. For more information on SoftLake Solutions, visit www.softlakesolutions.com.

Collibra is a leading Data Governance software vendor for Master Data Management, Service Oriented Architecture and Business Intelligence. The Collibra solutions enable organizations to manage their business context and brings business and technical stakeholders together to govern business critical information. Collibra transforms data into trustworthy, useable and valuable information for both people and systems. The Data Governance solution reduces integration complexity,miscommunication overhead, and misinterpretation risks. For more information about Collibra, visit www.collibra.com.

Dr. Babak Nemati to Lead Development of Life Science Applications with ai-oneâ„¢ Technology

La Jolla CA | Zurich Switzerland June 17 2010 – ai-one inc., a provider of software development technology (SDK) for semantic associative search and semiotic analysis, signed Dr. Nemati and his firm Strategic Intelligence as subject matter experts for life science applications. Dr. Nemati’s firm will provide scientific and industry domain expertise for the development of applications in medical imaging, drug discovery research tools and genomic sequencing…

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