Kathleen Hickey of GCN.com reports, “NASA’s OpenNEX is one of the latest federal research projects moving to the cloud to improve collaboration with the academic, public and private sectors. In doing so, the space agency is using Amazon Web Services to make terabytes worth of climate and Earth science data available to researchers, app developers, academia and the public. The first data sets became available in March and include temperature, precipitation and climate change projections, as well as data processing tools fromNASA’s Earth Exchange (NEX), a research and collaboration platform from NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center in California.” Read more
Earlier this year, leading academics from well-known research centers in Ireland – the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Clarity, Clique, 4C and TRIL – came together as part of the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, with £42 million in government funding and £30 million in industry funding. With researchers based in a number of Ireland’s universities, including University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, NUIMaynooth, Dublin City University, and University College Cork, INSIGHT “is Ireland’s answer to the data analytics opportunity that exists now,” says funding director, Insight Galway, and DERI Director Stefan Decker.
Combining the different centers under one common brand is a way to build critical mass in the areas of Big Data and analytics, spanning categories including recommender systems, media and decision analytics, reasoning, personal sensing, connected health and discovery apps, and, of course, the semantic web and Linked Data, where DERI’s expertise lies, Decker notes. Industry partners are also a large part of the Centre, and will be able to avail themselves of the research expertise transitioning from the various research centers to INSIGHT. For example, the work DERI has been doing on W3C standards will continue under INSIGHT’s purview rather than DERI’s, Decker explains.
Luca Scagliarini of Expert System recently wrote, “Semantic technology is able to understand a text in a way that emulates human comprehension of information… More importantly, it also comprehends conversational language and all its ambiguities (slang, abbreviations, multi-language text) to arrive at an understanding of not just words, but the user’s intention. A good example of this at work can be seen in the recent analysis that the social research firm Sociometra conducted using over 30,000 comments made on social media of tourist destinations (museums, monuments, etc.) and general comments about the city of Rome, Italy. The analysis showcases the technology’s power for analyzing unstructured text and its strength in establishing connections between not just words, but more importantly, concepts.” Read more
Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOM reports, “Here’s the basic idea behind startup Stem: install batteries at a building and use software to convert the building over to battery power (instead of using power from the grid) when energy from the power grid is expensive (like a hot Summer day). Large power companies seem to think it’s a good idea, and on Monday Stem announced that it’s raised $15 million from new investors including GE and Spanish power giant Iberdrola. Stem was founded back in 2009 as Powergetics and it rebranded as Stem last year. The company launched its first battery and analytics system with a hotel in San Francisco a year ago, and now they’re working on installing about a megawatt of systems across Hawaii.” Read more
OpenText Details Enterprise Information Management Project For Getting More Value From Enterprise Information
OpenText, the enterprise information management (EIM) vendor that acquired Nstein’s text mining and analytics technology a few years back and ranked strong in go-to-market strength in a January report from Hurwitz & Associates, today is revealing details about its new Project Red Oxygen at its annual customer conference. Now, its core content management and analytics technology will have a featured role in the Discovery Suite component of the project, which the vendor bills as the first-ever harmonized release of new EIM software advancements for extracting value from information and accelerating time to competitive advantage.
“We see that information management is becoming extremely strategic,” says Lubor Ptacek, VP of Strategic Marketing. There’s no competitive differentiation to be gained in the mundane any longer – in retail banking, for example, everybody offers savings, checking with zero cost, and so on, he notes, so “How do you compete? You do it by how well you apply information to recruiting more customers and turning money over faster. Efficiency and customer experience matter but many companies still manage their businesses in a very silo’d way.” But it’s only when there’s the ability to combine information from among all these disparate apps “that we can start helping our organizations to drive innovation and growth,” Ptacek says.
Samuel Greengard of Baseline Magazine reports, “Few fields benefit more from advanced analytics than health care. Somewhere between the doctor’s office and the somewhat abstract world of epidemiological data is the real world of patients and outcomes. ‘Today, in the outpatient setting, 25 percent of adverse affects are caused by poor or inadequate follow up of abnormal test results,’ says Carlton Moore, associate professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. In the past, ‘There had been no simple way to manage the process and improve outcomes’.” Read more
With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, that’s pretty much the situation many enterprises find themselves in. And it gets harder as more and more documents are stored with and as hard-to-index and hard-to-reuse images. How to address the problem? Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) is trying to make the job easier with its recent introduction of its Automated Conversion System, which takes documents composed of varying visual quality and imagery and converts them into structured data.
Its technology transforms these documents into searchable XML, with extracted metadata, for storing in and access by content-management and other end-user systems.
Medallia Expands Offering for Business-to-Business Companies With 360-Degree Account Management Reporting
PALO ALTO, California, November 12, 2013 — Medallia® the global leader in SaaS Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, today announced a new release of its Business-to-Business (B2B) offering. The release is designed to increase key stakeholders’ visibility into account feedback across B2B organizations so they can improve the customer experience.
Elaine Hsieh of Green Biz reports, “When most people think of office buildings, comfort doesn’t normally come to mind. Commercial buildings that have building management systems are generally focused on mechanical and energy optimization. Systems have predetermined schedules and temperature settings independent of the behaviors and preferences of those who occupy each space. Even the most efficient commercial office buildings are typically energy data-centric because that is how their systems are designed. Building Robotics CEO Andrew Krioukov thinks that’s the wrong strategy… Read more
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