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Jinni Powers VUDU’s New Discovery Experience with Robust Semantic Taste & Mood Based Features

jinniNEW YORK & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jinni, the world’s leading semantic discovery solution provider for linear TV and on-demand content announced today that it is powering the semantic taste-based discovery experience features for VUDU, a Walmart company and a leader in OTT video streaming with the world’s largest HD library. VUDU has joined other leading US content providers who have adopted Jinni’s Emmy® award winning semantic technology to provide users with an intuitive content discovery experience based on their personal tastes and mood. Jinni’s solution is part of VUDU’s next generation UI providing millions of online US users with mood based search and taste based recommendations over smart TVs, desktops, game consoles, second screen and internet-connected DVD/Blu-ray players. Read more

Facebook Has Ditched Its Bing Search Feature

FacebookAmit Chowdhry of Forbes reports, “Facebook has over a trillion status updates, text posts, photos and pieces of content archived, which is why the social network company has been heavily focused on improving its search engine. Over the last few years, Facebook displayed results from Bing.com for keyword searches since they had a partnership with Microsoft. However, Facebook recently decided to completely remove Microsoft Bing search results. ‘We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook,’ said a Facebook spokesperson in an interview with Reuters. ‘We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas’.” Read more

Semantic Web Veteran, Richard Cyganiak, Joins TopQuadrant

TopQuadrantRALEIGH, NC – December 16, 2014 – TopQuadrant™, a leading enterprise metadata and semantic data integration company, today announced that Richard Cyganiak has joined the technology team to further the company’s commitment to helping organizations realize the business value of Semantic Web technology and linked data.

“I have spent most of my career on the research side and have always been fascinated by the Semantic Web’s well thought-out, beautiful collection of technologies,” said Cyganiak. “As one of the more mature companies in this space, TopQuadrant has been committed to practical application of these technologies to solve business problems for quite some time. Read more

Freebase Shutting Down in 2015, Transferring All Data to Wikidata

freebaseA new release out of Freebase reports, “When we publicly launched Freebase back in 2007, we thought of it as a ‘Wikipedia for structured data.’ So it shouldn’t be surprising that we’ve been closely watching the Wikimedia Foundation‘s project Wikidata since it launched about two years ago. We believe strongly in a robust community-driven effort to collect and curate structured knowledge about the world, but we now think we can serve that goal best by supporting Wikidata — they’re growing fast, have an active community, and are better-suited to lead an open collaborative knowledge base. So we’ve decided to help transfer the data in Freebase to Wikidata, and in mid-2015 we’ll wind down the Freebase service as a standalone project. Freebase has also supported developer access to the data, so before we retire it, we’ll launch a new API for entity search powered by Google’s Knowledge Graph.” Read more

Expert System Acquires the ICM and iLab Divisions of ISOCO

Expert System LogoMODENA, ITALY–(Marketwired – Dec. 11, 2014) – Today, the board of directors of Expert System, a leading developer of semantic software for the effective management of information and big data, listed on the AIM Italia market (organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.), has approved subsidiary Expert System Iberia S.L.’s acquisition of the ICM (Intelligent Content Management) and iLab – Research Center Innovation – divisions of iSOCO, an international company based in Barcelona with contacts in South America, specialized in the development of semantic technology based software for the management of unstructured information aimed at a wide variety of industrial sectors, especially banking, government and pharmaceuticals. Read more

Introducing schema.org Version 1.92

schema dot org logoThe official blog of schema.org yesterday announced the release of version 1.92 of schema.org. The post, by Dan Brickley, states, “With this update we ‘soft launch’ a substantial collection of improvements that will form the basis for a schema.org version 2.0 release in early 2015. There remain a number of site-wide improvements, bugfixes and clarifications that we’d like to make before we feel ready to use the name ‘v2.0’. However the core vocabulary improvements are stable and available for use from today. As usual see the release notes page for details.” Read more

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

Deep Learning Startup MetaMind Raises $8M

metamindJordan Novet of Venture Beat recently wrote, “Richard Socher never set out to place himself on the bleeding edge of artificial intelligence. He merely wanted to blend language and math — two subjects he’d always liked. But one thing led to another, and he ended up developing an impressive technology called recursive neural networks, and now the startup he established after leaving university,MetaMind, is launching with financial backing from some serious names. Socher and his team at the four-month-old startup want to demonstrate MetaMind’s ability to process images and text better than any other available technology out there to perform deep learning. Toward that end, in addition to announcing an $8 million initial funding round from Khosla Ventures and Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff, MetaMind today is introducing multiple demonstrations of its technical capabilities on its website.” Read more

MarkLogic Recognizes Smartlogic with Partner Excellence Award

smartlogicSan Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 08, 2014 — MarkLogic recognized Smartlogic with a Partner Excellence Award for Smartlogic’s ability to power MarkLogic’s native semantic and search capabilities.

Semaphore performs ontology-driven semantic analysis to describe and extract information from content of all types and sources. Semaphore turns text into data by analyzing it and creating triples or XML metadata describing the results of that analysis. This machine readable data powers MarkLogic’s native semantic and search capabilities. Read more

Climate Tagger: REEEP Launches Automatic Tagging for Drupal CMS

climatetaggerVIENNA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–REEEP and CTCN have recently launched Climate Tagger (www.climatetagger.net), a new tool to automatically scan, label, sort and catalogue datasets and document collections. Climate Tagger now incorporates a Drupal Module for automatic annotation of Drupal content nodes. Climate Tagger addresses knowledge-driven organizations in the climate and development arenas, providing automated functionality to streamline, catalogue and link their Climate Compatible Development data and information resources.

Climate Tagger for Drupal is a simple, FREE and easy-to-use way to integrate the well-known Reegle Tagging API, originally developed in 2011 with the support of CDKN, (now part of the Climate Tagger suite as Climate Tagger API) into any web site based on the Drupal Content Management System. Read more

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