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Elastica Launches Solution for Securing Critical Content in Box

elastica1SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 12, 2014) – Elastica (www.elastica.net), the leader in Data Science Powered™ Cloud Application Security, today launched its ContentIQ™ technology for Box Securlet™ (http://www.elastica.net/box/). ContentIQ™ uses advanced semantic analysis engines to automatically classify and categorize a wide range of content stored in Box, enabling granular controls for security and compliance. ContentIQ™ is now shipping as part of Elastica’s Box Securlet™ and is available in the Box Marketplace. Read more

First Release of OpenCube Toolkit Now Available

OpenCube_logo_500EU consortium releases a range of open source software components allowing end-users to publish, visualize and process multidimensional data.

The EU co-funded consortium OpenCube, headed by the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), is presenting its first software deliverable: a range of open source software components that will help governments, organizations, companies and citizens to publish, visualize and analyze multidimensional data according to the RDF Data Cube Vocabulary standard. These components are now available online, both separately and bundled in the integrated OpenCube Toolkit.   Read more

IBM Watson Group Invests in Pathway Genomics to Personalize Consumer Health

watsonThe Watson-powered Pathway Panorama mobile app will answer wellness related questions based on user’s genetics and devices

NEW YORK & SAN DIEGO, CA – 12 Nov 2014: Cognitive apps are in market today and continue to change the way professionals and consumers make decisions. To help accelerate this transformation, the IBM Watson Group announced an investment in Pathway Genomics Corporation, a clinical laboratory that offers genetic testing services globally, to help deliver the first-ever cognitive consumer-facing app based on genetics from a user’s personal makeup. Read more

USDA, Agricultural Research Service & National Agricultural Library Select Symplectic as Their Research Information Management Provider

symplecticNovember 10, 2014 — The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the USDA’s chief in-house scientific research agency, and the National Agricultural Library, one of four national US libraries, have selected Symplectic Elements as their first integrated research information management system. The system will allow the agency to better disseminate and report on the research conducted by the 2,000+ researchers across the agency.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service employs over 6,000 people and has a fiscal budget of over $1 billion, while the National Agricultural Library houses one of the world’s largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences. Elements will allow the organization to automate a large part of their research information collection, build in-depth reports for analysis and in time be used to help populate the public-facing USDA VIVO research networking and discovery portal. Read more

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

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