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Microsoft Gives Free Access to Azure Machine Learning

azure-machine-learningJordan Novet of Venture Beat recently wrote, “Maybe you’ve been holding off on using Microsoft recently announced Azure Machine Learning service for building models to incorporate into applications. Maybe you don’t want to pay money for that sort of service. If that’s the case, you’ll welcome a recent development coming out of the PASS Summit in Seattle. Microsoft executives on the scene there announced that the company is opening up Azure Machine Learning to free access. That means you don’t need to plug in your credit card information if you want to try it.” Read more

Factiva Teams With Evernote To Redefine Productivity

Factiva Evernote 2Starting December, Factiva will integrate with Evernote’s Context, a recently added capability from the productivity platform’s new Augmented Intelligence team that surfaces content relevant to information that users are writing about or collecting. And starting today, all one million Factiva users will get the ability to add Factiva articles right to their Evernote notebooks.

Making its information easily available to users, including across devices such as smartphones and tablets, is key for Factiva. “The notions of productivity and mobility are very important to us,” says Frank Filippo, VP, GM of Corporate Products at Dow Jones and head of Factiva, which enriches the content it aggregates with capabilities such as company, industry, region, and subject taxonomies. Mobile considerations will become an increasing focus for Factiva as it seeks to expand further beyond its core audience of information pros and researchers to a wider and perhaps less deskbound audience that needs to efficiently access quality data, such as users charged with competitive intelligence or mergers and acquisitions strategies.

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‘Heritage and Culture Open Data Challenge’ Launches

odi summitGRAND PRIZE UP TO £50,000 for the best product using heritage and culture open data

CHALLENGE ASKS: “How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture?”

With support from the British Museum, Nesta and the Open Data Institute(ODI) have today launched the ‘Heritage & Culture Open Data Challenge’.

As part of the Heritage & Culture Open Data Challenge, competing teams are tasked with developing products and services, which answer the question ”How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture”. Read more

Rovi Acquires Content Discovery and Navigation Innovator Fanhattan

roviNovember 3, 2014 – Santa Clara, Calif. — Rovi Corporation, a leading provider of advanced entertainment discovery, data analytics, and monetization solutions, announced today that it has acquired Fanhattan, a venture-backed startup, in an all-cash transaction.  Fanhattan pioneers innovative ways to discover media and entertainment on any screen, from any source, through its cloud-based Fan TV branded products. Read more

First ODI Open Data Awards given to Wikidata, Others

Wikidata representatives, Lydia Pintscher and Magnus Manske  receiving award from Nigel Shadboldt and Tim Berners-Lee.19:30 GMT Tuesday 4th November 2014 –Four organisations and one individual have been acknowledged for their contribution to the worldwide open data movement in the very first Open Data Awards, held at the Open Data Institute’s Annual Summit and Gala Dinner.

The awards were presented by the ODI’s founders, Sir Tim Berners Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt in a ceremony attended by leaders from the business, data and technology worlds. Nominations for the awards were open to everyone and judged by a team of six including panelists from the USA and Pakistan. Read more

EU Gets Behind Open Data with €14.4M for New Startups, Research & Training

ODINovember 4, 2014 — Building on the success of the Open Data Institute (“ODI”) startup programme, training business and research functions, and combining the skills of world-class partners, the EU has committed €14.4m (£11m) to three initiatives to catalyse open data innovation across the region. The funding is being announced today (4th November) at the ODI Summit in London.

1.    €7.8m Europe-wide incubator programme based on the ODI’s startup programme

2.     €3.7m Europe-wide web data research network

3.    €2.9m new academy to train the next generation of data scientists

This is the largest direct investment in open data startups in the world, to date. 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

Smart Recipe Platform Yummly Brings Contextual Recommendations to iOS Apps

YummlyREDWOOD CITY, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 28, 2014) – Yummly (http://www.yummly.com), the leading innovator in recipe search & discovery, announced today, the introduction of contextual recommendations on the iPhone and iPad apps. When users open the app, in addition to personalizing the content to a user’s tastes, Yummly will now tailor to a person’s time, place and patterns.

Yummly’s proprietary Food Genome and patent-pending Food Intelligence technology already blends together to create an unmatched user experience with data-driven features such as personalized recommendations, semantic search, and a smart shopping list. With the new contextual recommendations functionality, it is bringing together more relevant and dynamic content to the users by leveraging a combination of contextual signals such as time of day, day of week, season, location, trends and more. Read more

HTML5: The Party Is Officially On!

w3chtmlWord came from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) yesterday that it has published the 5th major revision of HTML, the core language of the web. While HTML5 is already in use by developers (having become a W3C candidate recommendation a couple of years ago), the recommendation for the standard is a lynchpin for the community, as it now formalizes stable guidelines for the development of innovative and cross-platform web sites and applications.

A key feature of HTML5 – the first major new HTML standard in more than a decade – is that it provides the ability to describe the structure of a web document with standard semantics. It uses semantic tags for things like page headers, footers, body, ordered lists, time, and more to better identify an element and how it is being used. Greater use of these tags should improve a browser’s ability to understand content for display across a range of devices and screen sizes without requiring any development rejiggering, and search engines’ ability to more effectively index a page, which could lead to better rankings.

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