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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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Systap and Metaphacts Collaborate to Deliver Innovative Solutions for Knowledge Graphs

BigData(R) logoTrentino, Italy – October 22, 2014 – SYSTAP, LLC and metaphacts announced at this year’s International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) the start of a new partnership to deliver innovative solutions for building and managing knowledge graphs. Knowledge graphs are large networks of entities and their semantic relationships. They are a powerful tool that can change the way we do search, analytics, recommendations, and data integration. Read more

What Spotify is Up To with The Echo Nest

spotifyJosh Constine of Tech Crunch recently wrote, “They call it Truffle Pig, and it’s ProTools for playlists. Punch in parameters like ‘danceability’, date ranges, or emotions and Truffle Pig spits out a set of top jams that would fit your ‘Lovesick 90s Party Starters’ playlist. Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from the history of recorded sound.” Read more

Natural Language Processing Startup Idibon Raises $5.5M

idibonJordan Novet of Venture Beat reports, “Idibon, a startup that has developed applications that make sense of text in scores of languages, has raised $5.5 million in new funding. Following its launch in January, Idibon has attracted business from Edmunds.com, Samsung, the United Nations, and some global consulting firms, among others. And the startup has worked with text from sources in more than 50 languages. Idibon is not satisfied, though. The new funding it’s announcing today should help it do much more business. ‘We’re seeing a lot of just unmet demand,’ Idibon chief executive and co-founder Rob Munro told VentureBeat in an interview.” Read more

Predixion Software Removes Barriers to Deployment of Predictive Analytics With Release of Predixion Insight 4.0

PredixionSoftware-logo-300x125NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Oct 15, 2014) – Strata + Hadoop World, Booth #103 -Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based predictive analytics software, today released Predixion Insight 4.0, the latest version of its powerful predictive analytics platform. The new release expedites the deployment of predictive analytics directly to the point of front-line decisions, and expands predictive capabilities across a wider variety of production environments, such as applications, databases, data stores, real-time engines, devices and machines. By removing barriers to deploying predictive analytics, Predixion Insight 4.0 enables companies to achieve the full potential of their data investments. Read more

Google’s Machine Learning Can Fill in Your Spreadsheet For You

googleJordan Novet of Venture Beat reports, “Many people know Google first and foremost as a search engine company. But really it’s a machine-learning company, using data to make predictions that get incorporated into applications like search and advertising without people even realizing it. Today Google is announcing in a blog post that people can now choose to apply its machine-learning savvy to Google Sheets, the company’s spreadsheet app, to make educated guesses and fill in blank cells. This applied use of machine learning follows Microsoft’s recent announcement of a cloud-based service for that purpose, Azure Machine Learning.” Read more

Scope Unveils New Enhanced Version of SemantiCz

scopeChennai, India – Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, is pleased to announce the release of an enhanced version of its content enrichment solution SemantiCz™. Advanced text mining and ontology based semantic tagging are some of the key features of the enhanced version that help to generate relationships with precise, subject-specific contextual accuracy.

[Read our previous coverage of SemantiCz.]

While retaining all the capabilities of the previous version, SemantiCz 2.0 has been enhanced to:

• Manage multiple versions of domain specific ontologies and vocabularies in various languages. Read more

New World War I Encyclopedia Relies on Semantic MediaWiki

19141918onlineHeritage Daily recently reported, “A comprehensive, English-language, open access encyclopedia of what was deemed the ‘Great War’ was introduced and released on Wednesday 8th October, in Brussels. The project ‘1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War’ is managed by researchers at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library. It is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The encyclopaedia combines the latest historical research with the many advantages of the Semantic Web. The content was written and compiled by 1,000 experts from 54 countries, and is continuously being updated and expanded.” The encyclopedia can be accessed here. Read more

Introducing GEMS, a Multilayer Software System for Graph Databases

gemsThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently reported on Phys.org, “As computing tools and expertise used in conducting scientific research continue to expand, so have the enormity and diversity of the data being collected. Developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Graph Engine for Multithreaded Systems, or GEMS, is a multilayer software system for semantic graph databases. In their work, scientists from PNNL and NVIDIA Research examined how GEMS answered queries on science metadata and compared its scaling performance against generated benchmark data sets. They showed that GEMS could answer queries over science metadata in seconds and scaled well to larger quantities of data.” Read more

IBM Watson Accelerates Global Expansion

watsonNEW YORK – 07 Oct 2014: IBM is announcing significant milestones fueling adoption of Watson and cognitive computing cloud capabilities on a global scale. Watson is a groundbreaking platform that represents a new era of computing based on its ability to interact in natural language, process vast amounts of Big Data to uncover patterns and insights, and learn from each interaction.

On Tuesday, October 7, IBM Watson Group Senior Vice President Mike Rhodin demonstrates Watson at work in its Client Experience Center at its new global headquarters at 51 Astor Place in New York City’s Silicon Alley. Read more

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