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Happy April Fools’ Day!

April-1Today we celebrate April Fool’s Day. And what better way to do it than to leverage semantic resources to find some interesting facts about the holiday and a few ideas for things to do today, too?

Just like these:

What to Watch:

The April Fools: a late 60’s romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve

April Fool’s Day: called a “gory, darkly comic cult favorite” from the late ‘80s.

April Fools: The day belongs to the slasher flicks, this one centering on the accidental killing of a teen, its coverup, and subsequent murders of those responsible for the original incident.

What To Listen To:

Sounds of Silence: The Simon & Garfunkel release includes the song, April Come She Will. And after this winter, that’s something a lot of people will be very happy to hear.

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Love Is In The Air, And On The Semantic Web

Courtesy: Flickr/by Phillie Casablanca

Courtesy: Flickr/by Phillie Casablanca

Not everyone gets to have quite the affectionate relationship with technology that Joaquin Phoenix has with Samantha in Her. But it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and so as good a time as any to at least review some of the ways that semantic and related technologies are helping us find — and stay — in love:

  • Graphing relationships is the game at dating app Hinge, which works to connect Facebook friends with friends’ friends, using their history and likes to build a graph about each other that gets the love conversation started. The free mobile data-driven matchmaking app is available in  NYC, DC, Philadelphia, and Boston, and most recently came online in San Francisco, too.
  • Folks in search of romance also have the Freebase-powered LoveFlutter to check into. It, too, makes use of your Facebook interests and extends that with the help of the Freebase’s database to fill out other details about those interests – such as what genre of movies it is that you like – to semantically connect your interests with that of other users, and you with them. It will use that data to suggest a great first date spot for you, too. Costs range from free to $29.99 month.

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Your Holiday Shopping Guide: AI, NLP, And Smart Glass Gifts Too

The holiday shopping window is starting to close. How far along have you gotten?

To help out, we’ve compiled a list of some gift-giving ideas with a little bit of smarts to them.

rsz_ankiAnki DRIVE: Artificial intelligence comes to the video game world. This one’s getting a lot of buzz – some are even heralding it as the season’s hottest toy. TIME Magazine has put it on its Top 25 innovations list, too. Each car, the company says, thinks for itself. The recipient of your gift can control it with an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or iPad Mini to go up against friends or AI-enabled opponents, but the car can drive itself and make its own decisions as it does so, becoming more sophisticated the more you drive and even deciding to take out players. The game comes with a physical track, two intelligent cars and the downloadable Anki DRIVE app. Check out the video here.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Semantic Tech Matchmakers

Courtesy: Flickr/takacsi75

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the coming together of two parties who are made for each other. That’s as true when it comes to semantic technology as it is for two people – sort of.

Yes, semantic tech aligns with the concept of matchmaking in its own ways. They aren’t always as romantic as a quiet dinner with a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses, but hey, love comes in many forms. Here’s a quick look at semantic tech and its role in matchmaking, of various kinds:

  • In the journal Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience you’ll find the work Semantic Web Service Matchmakers: State of the Art and Challenges. The semantic matchmakers it’s talking about get involved in helping developers partner up with the right web services: The mission of Web service discovery, its abstract explains, is to seek an appropriate Web service for a service requester on the basis of the service descriptions in Web service advertisements and the service requester’s requirements. But a problem in that discovery process is ambiguity, because the standard language used for encoding service descriptions does not have the capacity to specify the capabilities of a Web service.  According to the abstract of the article, “This brings up the vision of Semantic Web Services and Semantic Web Service discovery, which make use of the Semantic Web technologies to enrich the semantics of service descriptions for service discovery. Semantic Web Service matchmakers are the programs or frameworks designed to implement the task of Semantic Web Service discovery.” The paper surveys and analyzes typical, contemporary Semantic Web Service matchmakers across six technical dimensions.  Read more

IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture

In July of 2011, we published a series of articles, “From Business as Usual to Knowledge-Driven Architecture” by Yefim “Jeff” Zhuk. The series outlined enterprise IT of the future with integrated software and knowledge engineering, further expanding on ideas originally described in the book “Integration-ready Architecture and Design.”

Image of the paper cover - I.T. of the Future: Semantic Cloud ArchitectureToday, we are pleased to offer Jeff’s latest article as a 27-page PDF file. In this new article, he focuses on the process of transitioning from IT architectures of today to Semantic Cloud Architecture with very practical “baby steps” — steps which require minimum upfront investment. The emphasis of this article is on collaborative work of business and enterprise architects with the Business Architecture Sandbox for Enterprise, (BASE) that was demonstrated at the 2012 Semantic Tech and Business Conference –San Francisco.

Zhuk says, “The discussed approach is gradually shifting the focus of IT from technology to information by standardizing business event processing, placing the seeds of semantic technology in the current business ground, and establishing a self-sustaining process of transformation to semantic cloud architecture. The article provides the context and speaks technical details for this transition.”

Read/Download the full paper (registration required)

As a teaser, here is the beginning of the article and Section Headings…

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The Semantic Link with Guest, Daniel Tunkelang – April, 2012

Paul Miller, Bernadette Hyland, Ivan Herman, Eric Hoffer, Andraz Tori, Peter Brown, Christine Connors, Eric Franzon

On Friday, April 13, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul Miller, for the latest installment of the Semantic Link, a monthly podcast covering the world of Semantic Technologies. This episode includes a discussion about various approaches to building semantic systems, and “the Linkers” were joined by special guest, Daniel Tunkelang, Principal Data Scientist, LinkedIn. Daniel — who will deliver a keynote address at the June Semantic Technology & Business Conference — shared insights gained over many years working at LinkedIn, Endeca, and Google, and IBM among others.
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Nova Spivack joins the Semantic Link to discuss the user’s experience of semantic technologies

…and we want to hear from you.

Photos of our regular panelists.

After December’s episode of the Semantic Link, we asked for your thoughts on both the topics we should cover, and the ways in which you would like to interact with the podcast. You spoke, very clearly asking for an opportunity to pose questions for the team to answer during recordings. This is that opportunity.

Photo of Nova SpivackJanuary’s episode of the show will be recorded this Friday, 13 January, and we’re joined by a guest with much to contribute. I’m sure he needs no introduction for most of you. Nova Spivack was behind semantic technology startup Twine, and has subsequently turned his hand to supporting a range of semantically relevant offerings such as Bottlenose (our coverage) and StreamGlider (our coverage).

Drawing upon some of Nova’s experiences, and digging further into questions that we have touched upon before, we’re going to take a look at the following topic this month:

Is it important to hide semantic smarts behind a simple user experience/interface? If not, why not? If so, how are we beginning to see that manifested?

Siri‘s obviously one example that we’ve discussed before, but there have been other examples recently that also attempt to hide significant power behind UI simplicity. Read more

From Business As Usual to Knowledge-Driven Architecture – Part IV

[Editor’s Note: This week, we welcome Yefim “Jeff” Zhuk of Sallie Mae as he presents a series on Knowledge-Driven Architecture. This series follows up the author’s presentation at the recent international 2011 Semantic Technology Conference San Francisco and further expands on the subject of integrated software and knowledge engineering, originally described by Mr. Zhuk in the book “Integration-ready Architecture and Design.” Part I | Part II | Part III]

Part IV – Creating a semantically rich service environment locally and across industry

Part III focused on the Conversational Semantic Decision Support (CSDS) and related Use Cases.

This example can be expanded from requirements to design and development phases, including hints on service names and application messages. Standards, recommendations and best practices offered by W3C [6] can serve as the base for conversational scripts, which would help a SME, (in this case, a software developer) to successfully implement them and create a truly semantically rich SOA environment.
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From Business As Usual to Knowledge-Driven Architecture – Part I

[Editor’s Note: This week, we welcome Yefim “Jeff” Zhuk of Sallie Mae as he presents a series on Knowledge-Driven Architecture. This series follows up the author’s presentation at the recent international 2011 Semantic Technology Conference San Francisco and further expands on the subject of integrated software and knowledge engineering, originally described by Mr. Zhuk in the book “Integration-ready Architecture and Design.”]

Business and technical people don’t always understand each other. (That might be an understatement.)

While technology speaks XML and Web Services, business prefers natural language.

Translation from business to technology is called the development process.

“Cooking” an application involves several translation layers and teams:

cooking analogy for development process

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Norwegian Semantic Web Project Latches On To Linked Open Data’s Possibilities

The upcoming Semantic Web Summit will kick off with a conversation about how people are using the Semantic Web today, hosted by Amiad Solomon of Peer39 and Lee Feigenbaum of Cambridge Semantics. Perhaps one example you’ll hear about then is the work underway at Semicolon (Semantic and Organisational Interoperability in Communicating and Collaborating Organisations), a research and development project partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council, to create faster and cheaper semantic and organizational interoperability within and without the public sector.

Cambridge’s Anzo Semantic Web solution is being used to help Statistics Norway make it easier for those within or outside the government to benefit from  interoperability among the data sets the department produces. That data — statistics on important aspects of Norwegian society —  typically gets stored in thousands of individual Excel spreadsheets or made available in HTML on the web, neither format of which makes it particularly easy to bond with other data.   

But, says Per Myrseth, chief specialist, Information Risk Management at Det Norske Veritas AS, one of the organizations working on the pilot, “At the macro level that data is potentially Linked Open Data.”

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