Industry News

In iOS 8, Apple Stirs Up Siri, Connects Music, Home and Health

wwdcApple’s announcements at its WorldWide Developers’ Conference today had the crowd responding enthusiastically (of course, it was an Apple’s Developers Conference, so that just comes with the territory).

Much of the applause came in response to the new iOS 8 and its enhanced capabilities. As had been expected, as part of this, virtual assistant Siri got a bit of a facelift.

In the new iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads, due in the fall, there’s no need to touch your iPhone if it’s plugged in and you’ve got a question that needs answering and no hands to touch the mike. Apple also has partnered with music recognition service Shazam so that Siri now can recognize songs playing around them, and purchase them too; Shazam creates digital fingerprints of the audio it hears and matches it against its database of millions of tracks. Its natural language processing is fluent in 22 languages now, and streaming voice recognition means you can see what you’re saying as you are saying it.

Read more

Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces Agenda and Opens Registration

semtech

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

Opinions Splitting Around the World on Data Protection & Net Neutrality

8347363864_3afc816567Karlin Kellington of The Irish Times reports, “In the wake of recent European Court of Justice decisions on privacy, and ongoing, divergent debates in the US and EU over net neutrality and copyright, are we about to end up with two markets divided by legislative approaches to the internet? Many think the possibility is growing of two differing jurisdictions, which will offer headaches and more complexity. However, there could be fresh opportunity for European businesses, too. The April decision by the ECJ to throw out Europe’s 2006 Data Retention Directive as well as the more recent ruling that Google is a data controller subject to national data protection laws in Europe which also can be forced to remove limited types of content on request, indicated the EU will prioritise personal privacy over certain business or government security arguments.” Read more

Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces the Launch of the Agenda and Opens Registration Today

site-header-10th-blog-304x200The Semantic Technology and Business Conference has announced its agenda for the tenth annual conference taking place August 19-21 in San Jose, CA. According to a new release out of the conference, “Today 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 visit www.SemTechBiz.com. SemTechBiz will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center.” Read more

TopQuadrant & Smartlogic Bridge the Divide Between Structured and Unstructured Data

TopQuadrant

RALEIGH, NC and SAN JOSE, CA – May 20, 2014 - TopQuadrant™, a leading semantic data integration company, and Smartlogic, a content intelligence company, today announced a partnership to integrate both parties’ capabilities for linking structured and unstructured data. This strategic alliance will include technology exchange, joint product development and sales collaboration to provide a semantically enabled solution that unifies diverse information across the enterprise.

 

Overcoming Challenges of Siloed Data (and Thinking)

 

“One of the ongoing challenges to realizing the insights in big data is that it sits in separate silos – data warehouses, content stores, information feeds and social media, and represents the everyday interaction of human minds,” said Jeremy Bentley, CEO, Smartlogic. “With TopQuadrant’s proven expertise in data virtualization and Smartlogic’s content intelligence, this alliance will deliver a unified view over all the information relevant to the enterprise, regardless of location or type.” Read more

Hong Kong V.C. Firm Names an Artificial Intelligence Tool to Its Board of Directors

8968192389_b2730510a1

Jordyn Taylor of Beta Beat reports, “In case you needed more proof that all our jobs will one day be occupied by robots, a Hong Kong V.C. firm has just named an artificial intelligence tool to its board of directors. The company’s also insisting the tool will be treated as an ‘equal’ to the other board members. Sure, it’s all probably a bid for press — but it’s still pretty funny.”

 

Taylor continues, “A press release from Aging Analytics UK, a company that conducts research on biotechnology and regenerative medicine, made two announcements this morning: first, that they’ve launched an new A.I. tool called VITAL (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences); and second, that they’ve licensed VITAL to Hong Kong V.C. firm Deep Knowledge Ventures, where the tool will become an ‘equal member of its Board of Directors.’ Read more

Paxata Named a Cool Vendor In Gartner’s Cool Vendors for Data Integration and Data Quality, 2014 Report

paxata

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Paxata, pioneers of the first Adaptive Data Preparation™ platform that rapidly connects, explores, transforms and combines data, today announced that it has been recognized by Gartner as one of three Cool Vendors in Data Integration and Data Quality. Each year, Gartner publishes a series of research reports in key technology areas that highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Paxata delivers a cloud-based, self-service environment for data integration, transformation, quality, enrichment and governance, purpose-built for business analysts. For the full report, click here. Read more

Attensity Closes $90 Million in Financing

ATTENSITY LOGO

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Attensity (@Attensity), the leading provider of corporate insight solutions based on proprietary data contextualization, today announced that it has successfully closed $90 million in equity financing.

 

Financing was provided by an international private equity fund and financial advisor company. The new capital secured will be used to accelerate product innovation; fuel market growth; and expand the sales, marketing and engineering teams to meet the growing need for engagement and analytics applications using patented natural language processing (NLP) technology. Read more

The Debate Over Net Neutrality

9019092727_6372a9f87c_z

Jeff Sommer of the New York Times recently wrote, “The future of the Internet — which means the future of communications, culture, free speech and innovation — is up for grabs. The Federal Communications Commission is making decisions that may determine how open the Internet will be, who will profit most from it and whether start-ups will face new barriers that will make it harder for ideas to flourish. Tim Wu, 41, a law professor at Columbia University, isn’t a direct participant in the rule making, but he is influencing it. A dozen years ago, building on the work of more senior scholars, Mr. Wu developed a concept that is now a generally accepted norm. Called ‘net neutrality,’ short for network neutrality, it is essentially this: The cable and telephone companies that control important parts of the plumbing of the Internet shouldn’t restrict how the rest of us use it.” Read more

End of Support for the Sindice.com search engine: history, lessons learned, and legacy (Guest Post)

[Editor's Note: Since 2007, Sindice.com has served as a specialized search engine allowing Semantic Web practitioners and researchers to locate structured data on the Web. At the peak of its activity, Sindice.com had an index of over 700M pages and processed 20M pages per day. In a post last week, the founding team announced the end of support for Sindice.com to concentrate on delivering the technology developed for the engine to enterprise users. This week, SemanticWeb.com is proud to host a guest post by the founding team explaining the history, the challanges and the future of this technology.]

Photo of the Sindice Team, 2012

Photo of the Sindice Team, 2012

The word “Sindice” has been around for quite some time in research and practice on the “Semantic Web” or “lets see how we can turn the web into a database”.

Since 2007, Sindice.com has served as a specialized search engine that would do a crazy thing: throw away the text and just concentrate on the “markup” of the web pages. Sindice would provide an advanced API to query RDF, RDFa, Microformats and Microdata found on web sites, together with a number of other services. Sindice turned useful, we guess, as approximately 1100 scientific works in the last few years refer to it in a way or another.

Last week, we the founding team announced the end of our support of the original Sindice.com semantic search engine to concentrate on the technology that came from it.

With the launch in 2012 of Schema.org, Google and others have effectively embraced the vision of the “Semantic Web.” With the RDFa standard, and now even more with JSON-LD, richer markup is becoming more and more popular on websites. While there might not be public web data “search APIs”, large collections of crawled data (pages and RDF) exist today which are made available on cloud computing platforms for easy analysis with your favorite big data paradigm.

Even more interestingly, the technology of Sindice.com has been made available in several projects maintained either as open source (see below) or commercially supported by the Sindice.com team now transitioned in the Sindice LTD company, AKA SindiceTech.

It has been quite a journey for us, and given there is no single summary anywhere we thought we’d take this occasion to write and share it.

This is both for “historical” reasons and as a way to glimpse at future directions of this field and these technologies.

Read more

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>