Big Data

Cambridge Semantics and SPARQL City Forge Partnership to Offer Interactive Big Data Search

Cambridge SemanticsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (PRWEB) December 10, 2014 — Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of smart data solutions driven by Semantic Web technology, and SPARQL City, providers of a high performance scalable Hadoop-based graph database infrastructure, today announced a collaboration to jointly offer an integrated graph analytics solutions with semantic understanding to help enterprises get better understanding and value from big data.

Cambridge Semantics offers the award-winning Anzo Smart Data Platform (Anzo SDP), leveraged by customers and partners for building interactive Smart Data solutions that help enterprises rapidly discover, understand, combine, analyze, link and manage data from diverse sources, both from within and across organizational boundaries. SPARQL City’s Hadoop-based graph analytics engine provides a simple and powerful way for people to query semi-structured and structured data and find more nuanced relationships within and across these datasets in easy-to-grasp graphical representations. Read more

Big Data, the Semantic Web, and Enterprise Content Management

ecmAnand Srinivasan of Smart Data Collective recently wrote, “There has been talk about the arrival of Web 3.0 –the semantic web – for quite some time now. There is already a lot of progress here with the implementation of things like the RDF schema and the semantic web stacks. The approach so far has been top-down with standardization tools introduced and webmasters being asked to implement them on their websites. However, a truly semantic web may not be possible unless there is a desperate need for businesses to implement them on their websites. And that, in my opinion, is going to come from the evolution of the enterprise content management (ECM) industry. ECM, for the uninitiated, comprises of the technologies, methods and tools that are used by businesses to organize and store their organization’s documents.” 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

Better Cloud Storage is About Search, Not Big Data

MarkLogicMark Albertson of The Gospel Herald recently wrote, “Much of the conversation surrounding the cloud storage industry today is centered on managing the demands of big data. Yet the real story may well be how cloud technology vendors are moving to better search and organize the vast amount of data collected by Fortune 500 companies on a daily basis, and the potential problems this trend may cause for cloud storage firms such as Box or Dropbox. One of the companies at the front line of ‘smarter data’ as opposed to just ‘big data’ is MarkLogic, a database company based in San Carlos, California, who has been working with major global firms since 2001 to improve search and draw valuable meaning from the data being collected, a process often referred to as working within the semantic Web.” Read more

Winners of the 2014 Semantic Web Challenge Announced at the International Semantic Web Conference Held in Italy

swcAMSTERDAM, October 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). Selected by a jury of leading experts in the computer science discipline from both academia and industry, winners were announced at the International Semantic Web Conference held in Riva del Garda, Italy, this month. Both the challenge and awards were sponsored by Elsevier. Read more

Twitter Lets Researchers Mine Through Its Data

TwitterIANS Live recently wrote, “[Twitter] has finally given access to its vast database to a selected pool of researchers to study tweets and find answers to a variety of issues. As part of its ambitious data grant programme, Twitter is allowing academic researchers across various fields to ‘go back and study things’ over, with almost a decade of historical data, Washington Post reported. While Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital are looking at tweets about food-poisoning cases to find answers to the spread of food-borne illnesses, researchers from the University of California at San Diego are studying whether happy people are likely to post happy images on Twitter.” Read more

Oxdata’s CEO on the Intersection of Big Data and Machine Learning

oxdataJosiah Motley recently wrote, “Big data is big money, and a relative new-comer to the game is trying to make a big impact. 0xdata (pronounced hexadata), started by SriSatish Ambati, is that new-comer. Their current flagship product, simply titled H20, is an open source platform used to crunch huge amounts of data to more accurately display analytic results. It is able to compute these large data sets by combining machine learning with advanced mathematical algorithms. H20 allows for customers to their entire data sets, instead of sample sets which are traditionally used for such processes. We recently had a chance to talk with SriSatish Ammbati, CEO and co-founder of 0xdata to help shed more light on their product.” Read more

Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning Hopes to Give Watson a Run for Its Money

azure-machine-learningJeffrey Schwartz of Redmond Magazine recently wrote, “Nearly a year after launching its Hadoop-based Azure HDInsight cloud analytics service, Microsoft believes it’s a better and broader solution for real-time analytics and predictive analysis than IBM’s widely touted Watson. Big Blue this year has begun commercializing its Watson technology, made famous in 2011 when it came out of the research labs to appear and win on the television game show Jeopardy. Both companies had a large presence at this year’s Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York, attended by 5,000 Big Data geeks. At the Microsoft booth, Eron Kelly, general manager for SQL Server product marketing, highlighted some key improvements to Microsoft’s overall Big Data portfolio since last year’s release of Azure HDInsight including SQL Server 2014 with support for in-memory processing, PowerBI and the launch in June of Azure Machine Learning.” Read more

Data Innovation, Driven By Semantic Models, Machine Learning And More

VRThe Ventana Research summit took place this week, and semantic and related technologies had a place at the table.

Among the keynoters discussing the topic of Inspiring Business Technology Innovation to Change Business and IT Forever, for example, was Nedshad Bardoliwalla, co-founder and vp of products at data prep vendor Paxata. He discussed the need to rethink how to innovate with data, as that will “drive the biggest increases in value for your organization for the foreseeable future.”

As part of that, he explained that in a world where everything physical on the planet will have a digital representation, businesses should pay attention to factors including the “massive and interesting algorithms around recognition systems, around deep learning, around semantic models that let us understand images and text in ways we never could….Take advantage of those if you are to innovate and bring capabilities to market that change way people think of data.”

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Berners-Lee Shares Voices His Opinions on Data Ownership

timbernersleeAlex Hern of The Guardian reports, “The data we create about ourselves should be owned by each of us, not by the large companies that harvest it, the Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, said today. Berners-Lee told the IPExpo Europe in London’s Excel Centre that the potential of big data will be wasted as its current owners use it to serve ever more ‘queasy’ targeted advertising. By gaining access to their own data, people could use it with information about themselves from other sources in order to create ‘rich data’ – a far more valuable commodity than mere ‘big data’, he said.”

Hern continues, “Berners-Lee said that ‘people only look at one angle’ of big data. ‘When you read big data pieces in a magazine, it’s about how big companies are spying on you. A lot of the marvel of big data is a threat to me. Read more

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