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SPARQL And NoSQL: A Match On Many Levels

site-header-10th-blog-304x200Is SPARQL the SQL for NoSQL? The question will be discussed at this month’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose by Arthur Keen, vp of solution architecture of startup SPARQL City.

It’s not the first time that the industry has considered common database query languages for NoSQL (see this story at our sister site Dataversity.net for some perspective on that). But as Keen sees it, SPARQL has the legs for the job. “What I know about SPARQL is that for every database [SQL and NoSQL alike] out there, someone has tried to put SPARQL on it,” he says, whereas other common query language efforts may be limited in database support. A factor in SPARQL’s favor is query portability across NoSQL systems. Additionally, “you can achieve much higher performance using declarative query languages like SPARQL because they specify the ‘What’ and not the ‘How’ of the query, allowing optimizers to choose the best way to implement the query,” he explains.

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Cognitive Computing And Semantic Technology: When Worlds Connect

ccimageIn mid-July Dataversity.net, the sister site of The Semantic Web Blog, hosted a webinar on Understanding The World of Cognitive Computing. Semantic technology naturally came up during the session, which was moderated by Steve Ardire, an advisor to cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning startups. You can find a recording of the event here.

Here, you can find a more detailed discussion of the session at large, but below are some excerpts related to how the worlds of cognitive computing and semantic technology interact.

One of the panelists, IBM Big Data Evangelist James Kobielus, discussed his thinking around what’s missing from general discussions of cognitive computing to make it a reality. “How do we normally perceive branches of AI, and clearly the semantic web and semantic analysis related to natural language processing and so much more has been part of the discussion for a long time,” he said. When it comes to finding the sense in multi-structured – including unstructured – content that might be text, audio, images or video, “what’s absolutely essential is that as you extract the patterns you are able to tag the patterns, the data, the streams, really deepen the metadata that gets associated with that content and share that metadata downstream to all consuming applications so that they can fully interpret all that content, those objects…[in] whatever the relevant context is.”

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A Semantic Data Ecosystem in the Oil and Gas Sector in Norway

image of Norwegian oil rig in fog.Like the oil and gas itself, data from oil and gas operations associated with the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) is also flowing. Through a number of semantically enabled hubs, it is getting integrated, refined, and distributed to different parties. EPIM, the Exploration & Production Information Management Association, is implementing its vision of a shared suite of knowledge based-applications for the Norwegian Oil & Gas industry built using semantic web standards and the domain concepts from ISO 15926 [Wikipedia].

In this brief article, we give an overview of the three applications EPIM currently in deployment (shown in the graphic below).

ISO 15926

In building and deploying these applications, some key features and insights applicable to other applications that involve data integration across diverse systems emerge:

  • A semantic ecosystem needs to accommodate flexible co-existence with other technologies, notably XML and JSON. All applications in EPIM’s vision of integration involve interoperability with these and other technologies;
  • ISO 15926 has been effective for supporting EPIM’s reporting needs, but can present a challenge, in terms of its complexity, for efficiently harnessing it within evolvable, model-driven solutions. The successful work with these models demonstrates that semantic web standards are sufficiently mature, rich and powerful to handle very complex models;
  • Model-driven approaches using semantic technologies, especially SPARQL and technologies that build on it, are highly effective for extensible applications. Development and deployment responsiveness to changing requirements proved to be very rapid.

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fluidOps Presents Information Workbench at SemTechBiz 2014

FluidOpsWalldorf, Germany – fluid Operations® AG (fluidOps) will present its leading semantic integration platform at this year’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz) from 19 – 21 August 2014 in San Jose, California. At booth 407, fluidOps experts will demonstrate best-practice applications including:

  • Workflow and process orchestration in data centers
  • Scalable, end-user access to big data

For the tenth time, visionaries and practitioners will meet up at SemTechBiz to discuss how companies can use semantic technologies to generate revenues, save costs, and solve real problems in the era of big data. Read more

LODLAM Training Day at Semantic Technology & Business Conference

LODLAM: LinkedOpen Data in Libraries, Archives, and MuseumsAmong the many exciting activities at the 10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (#SemTechBiz) is the partnership with the Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives, and Museums (LODLAM) Community. On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, LODLAM will hold a full day of trainings at the SemTechBiz Conference in San Jose, California.  Registration information is available here.

We spoke to Jon Voss, Co-Founder of the International LODLAM Summit, about the Training Day:

SemanticWeb.com: What is the LODLAM Training Day?

Photo of Jon VossJon Voss: The LODLAM Training Day is an all-day, hands-on workshop led by practitioners of Linked Open Data in libraries, archives and museums from around the world.

SW: What can people expect to learn?

JV: We’ve broken the day down into two sections, basically: publishing data and reusing data.  The first part of the day we’ll look at ways that libraries, archives and museums are putting massive amounts of structured data online for the public good, and what techniques and tools you can use to do it.  The second part of the day we’ll be looking at using this data in different ways, how to use SPARQL queries, how to build data into other mashups, how to use open datasets to improve your own data, etc.
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Early Bird Registration Rates Expire Today (Friday) for Semantic Technology & Business Conference

[Updated July 18, 2014 11:20 am]

site-header-10th-blog-304x200The 10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference will take place August 19-21, 2014 in San Jose, California, and early (read: discounted) pricing expires Friday, July 18. This is your opportunity to get the best price on this, the leading conference on business and practical applications of Semantic Technologies. The program includes sessions that will be of interest to technologists and practitioners as well as to business professionals looking to understand how Semantic Technologies can help their organizations generate revenue, mitigate risk, and solve problems that have traditionally been too expensive or technically difficult to even try to tackle.

The conference includes instructional tutorials and workshops, case studies and practical advice, high-level, entertaining keynotes, and unparalleled networking opportunities. There are strong tracks focused on areas of interest such as Financial Services, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Search. Attendees will also be able to explore the latest tools and service offerings from leading vendors such as MarkLogic, Oracle, XSB and others. Adding to the fun this year is that the Semantic Technology & Business Conference will be co-located with the NoSQL Now! Conference and the inaugural Cognitive Computing Forum.

Keynotes include Ramanathan V. Guha (Google), Phil Archer (W3C), and Manu Sporny (Digital Bazaar).

View the full program agenda here.

Don’t miss out on this important opportunity! Team discounts for groups of 3 or more are also available.

Click here to register.

 

 

Add schema.org Actions to Your Own Knowledge Graph (Video — Part 3)

[Editor’s note: this is Part 3 of a series. See Part 1 and Part 2]

schema dot org logoIn Part 3 of this series, Jarek Wilkiewicz details activating the small Knowledge Graph (built on Cayley) with Schema.org Actions. He begins by explaining how Actions can be thought of as a combination of “Entities” (things) and “Affordances” (uses). As he defines it, “An affordance is a quality of an object, or an environment, which allows an individual to perform an action.”

For example, an action, might be using the “ok Google” voice command on a mobile device. The even more specific example that Wilkiewicz gives in the video (spoiler alert) is that of using the schema.org concept of potentialAction to trigger the playing of a specific artist’s music in a small music store’s mobile app.

To learn more, and to meet Jarek Wilkiewicz and his Google colleague, Shawn Simister, in person, register for the Semantic Technology & Business Conference where they will present “When 2 Billion Freebase Facts is Not Enough.”

Cambridge Semantics Launches ‘Anzo Smart Data Integration’

Anzo Smart Data Integration (ASDI)

Extract,  Transform, and Load (ETL) and the business problem ETL solves — Data Integration — are complex to say the least. As the team at Cambridge Semantics points out:

Data integration and data on-boarding are time-consuming, manual, costly & error-prone processes.

  • Complex integrations require developing a large number of point-to-point source-target mappings.
  • Each mapping must be jointly developed by experts in all involved systems before being handed off to a team of ETL developers.
  • Each hand-off increases both the time it takes to complete the integration and also the risk of errors as requirements are misunderstood or not fully validated.
  • The lineage and meaning of data are often lost in the process, limiting the trustworthiness and utility of the data.

 

Cambridge Semantics today announced the launch of its Anzo Smart Data Integration (ASDI) software to help enterprises rapidly understand and integrate information assets. Described as a “design time tool for business analysts,” ASDI is “designed to reduce integration time frames and costs by 10X and enhance time-to-revenue when on-boarding new customers, partners and data,” according to the official announcement.

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DATAVERSITY and SemanticWeb.com Launch Cognitive Computing Forum

Cognitive COmputig Forum logoDATAVERSITY™ and SemanticWeb.com have announced the first Cognitive Computing Forum in San Jose, California, on August 20-21, 2014. This two-day conference was developed to help attendees understand the new world of Cognitive Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Reasoning and next generation Artificial Intelligence. Visit www.cognitivecomputingforum.com to view speakers, the agenda, registration options, and to learn more about this unique event.

Cognitive systems are the next stage in the evolution of smarter computing and are often described as emulating the human brain. Built upon recent advances in technologies such as natural language processing, machine learning, sensors, and neural networks, and combined with massive computational power, cognitive computing promises to bring staggering improvements to applications. Among the biggest improvements are expected in predictive analytics, robot intelligence, computer-based reasoning, and human annotation. New technologies and companies are on the horizon, and these top technologies will be represented and available to attendees throughout the event.

DATAVERSITY has enlisted a world-class group of speakers to lead the in-depth presentations at the conference. Tom Mitchell, Professor of AI and Learning at Carnegie Mellon University; Chris Welty, Research Scientist at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at MapR, and Google Fellow R.V. Guhaare among the industry experts on the schedule.

Discover the potential of Cognitive Computing for your organization and register your staff for this event. Register two staff members from the same organization and the third is free. See details at www.cognitivecomputingforum.com on this and other discounts available now.

The inaugural Cognitive Computing Forum will be co-located with the 10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference and the fourth annual NoSQL Now! conference.

If you are a member of the press and would like to attend, please request a Press Pass by contacting Samantha Taylor at sam@dataversity.net.

 

 

Read the full press release here.

Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces Agenda and Opens Registration

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We’re pleased to report that “DATAVERSITY™ Education, LLC, and SemanticWeb.com announced the agenda and opening of registration for the tenth annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). To view the three-day agenda or learn more about the conference speakers and registration options visitwww.SemTechBiz.com.  SemTechBiz will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center. The conference will be co-located with the NoSQL Now! Conference for the first time in conference history. Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY says, ‘Binging together these two vibrant professional communities was top priority for this year’s conference success.’ Additionally, DATAVERSITY will partner with SemanticWeb.com to launch a new event, the Cognitive Computing Forum, which will also be co-located in San Jose that week.” Read more

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