Industry News

Declara Lands $16M in Series A Investment

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PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23, 2014 – Declara, a company focused on developing technology for personal learning, today announced it has closed $16 million in Series A financing led by GSV Capital, with Data Collective, Founders Fund and Catamount Ventures joining the round. The new funding, unveiled at the annual GSV Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be used to scale operations globally and build out the team. As part of the investment, Mark Flynn, co-managing partner of GSV Asset Management, will join the Declara board.

 

[Read how Declara individualizes large-scale learning.]

 

Declara, founded in 2012, is based on the premise that learning happens not only in schools and universities but continues for a lifetime where people need to constantly hone their skills and master new ones. The company builds a technology platform that uses semantic search, predictive analytics and machine learning to surface the right content at the right time for individuals, making learning more personalized and discovery oriented. Read more

Internet Hall of Fame Inductees on the Future of the Web

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Leonard Kleinrock of Wired reports, “[On Friday] in Hong Kong 24 new inductees were welcomed into the Internet Hall of Fame, which was launched by the Internet Society in 2012 to recognize individuals who have pushed the boundaries of technological and social innovation through the design and advancement of the global Internet. Because I was a member of the original inductee class, the Hall of Fame asked me to interview some of this year’s inductees about their visions for the future of the Internet, and what obstacles might stand in the way of these ideals. Hailing from Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America, these inductees provided interesting insights into how the Internet is likely to evolve over the next decade in their corners of the globe, and what we as a global society need to do to prepare for the coming challenges of this evolution.” Read more

Vertical Search Works Acquires addGloo

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vertical Search Works (VSW), the leading semantic search technology company, announced its acquisition of addGloo, a demand-side platform (DSP) focused on integrating real-time semantic analysis with real-time bidding (RTB) for online display advertising. VSW is now in a position to give advertisers a more efficient way to buy, execute and optimize their online campaigns with greater relevance and scale via real-time bidding.

 

The acquisition supports VSW’s value proposition, which utilizes patented semantic search technology, machine-learning and natural language processing methods to provide relevant content and advertising to users across display, mobile and video advertising channels. Read more

Cambridge Semantics Named Finalist in SIIA Software CODiE Awards

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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014 — Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of Smart Data solutions, today announced the Anzo product suite has been named a finalist for two industry awards: the 2014 SIIA CODiE Software Award for Best Business Intelligence/Analytics Solution, and the Bio-IT World Best of Show Award.

 

Cambridge Semantics’ Anzo software is an open platform for building Smart Data solutions driven by semantic web technologies. It combines data from any source across the enterprise and the web – from Google News to Twitter to enterprise systems to Big Data systems – whether the information is located inside databases, spreadsheets, documents, and social media or as videos and images. This information is then presented graphically in dashboards and reports that link data together based on common ideas and relationships regardless of the source, providing easily recognizable meaning and context to make informed business decisions. Read more

University Libraries Adopts VIVO Application for Faculty Collaboration

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Marketing and Communications, April 10, 2014 — The Texas A&M University Libraries is preparing to launch VIVO, a web-based community of research profiles to enhance faculty collaboration. By providing standard research profiles for all university faculty and graduate students, researchers can discover and contact individuals with similar interests whether they are across campus or at another VIVO institution. The data entry and standardization will continue through the summer with the VIVO debut planned for Open Access Week in October 2014.  Read more

Rewarding Improved Access to Linked Data

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A new paper out of the Semantic Web journal shares a proposed system, Five Stars of Linked Data Vocabulary Use. The paper was written by Krzysztof Janowicz, Pascal Hitzler, Benjamin Adams, Dave Kolas, and Charles Vardeman II. The abstract states, “In 2010 Tim Berners-Lee introduced a 5 star rating to his Linked Data design issues page to encourage data publishers along the road to good Linked Data. What makes the star rating so effective is its simplicity, clarity, and a pinch of psychology — is your data 5 star?” Read more

Last Day to Enter the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

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NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 / PRNewswire / — In my last blog entry, I covered the announcement of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. The Watson Mobile Developer Challenge is designed to catalyze mobile developers to explore the opportunity around mobile cognitive computing – bringing the power of Watson to a smartphone or other mobile device. Entrants submit proposals for mobile apps, and the finalists – to be announced at IBM Impact 2014 - will receive access to IBM Interactive Studios experts and Watson APIs in order to bring their vision to reality. Read more

SpazioDati Raises $1.8M Series A Investment from Cerved Group

spazioTrento, Italy, March 31 2014: Big Data and Semantic technology startup SpazioDati, with offices in Trento and Pisa, Italy, has raised a Series A investment from Cerved Group S. p. A.

The funding, which amounts to $1,8M will expand SpazioDati’s technology team and improve the capacity of  its Knowledge Graph APIs and Semantic Text analysis APIs––both technologies available on SpazioDati’s data marketplace, dandelion.eu Read more

LMI Named a Winner in Destination Innovation Competition

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Steven Overly of the Washington Post reports, “Four Washington area companies were crowned winners at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Destination Innovation event Wednesday, bringing an end to a months-long competition that pitted companies against one another in four distinct categories: social, commerce, government and security… McLean-based LMI won the government category for its OpenPolicy product, which makes it easier to sift through massive documents.” Read more

Smartlogic Releases Semaphore 3.7 With Major Improvements to Its SharePoint Integration

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San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2014–Today, Smartlogic announced the release of Semaphore 3.7, with massively improved information extraction capabilities. Smartlogic users already have some of the best, most precise auto-classification available, and this release provides even more accuracy. This will particularly benefit clients in the financial services industry that use Semaphore for compliance reasons. Read more

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