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How Watson Can Improve Cancer Patient Outcomes

watRob High, CTO of IBM Watson and Jho Low, CEO of Jynwel Capital recently shared their thoughts on Watson’s potential to drastically improve cancer care with Scientific American. The pair wrote, “Cutting-edge cancer therapies garner headlines, and one has to marvel at the advances in oncology research achieved over the past decade. Unfortunately, relatively few patients have access to advanced treatment plans at specialized cancer centers such as MD Anderson. Most receive far less effective cancer care, or no care at all. In addition, even the most devoted specialists cannot keep up with the ever-expanding body of medical literature. To fill these healthcare gaps, doctors and computer scientists at MD Anderson developed the MD Anderson Oncology Expert Advisor™ cognitive clinical decision support system (OEA™) [powered by Watson], which is being brought to life with the support of a $50 million gift from Jynwel Charitable Foundation to MD Anderson’s Moon Shots program.” Read more

What’s Next In Knowledge-Driven Finance?

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Next week in the U. K. members of the financial industry will be coming together at The Universal Strategy: Knowledge-Driven Finance Event, hosted by semantic technology vendor Ontotext. The event, says independent consultant in semantics and event organizer Jarred McGinnis, is aimed at giving participants “a snout to tail view of semantics in finance.”

The use cases, he says, are there, and to that end the panel will include presentations by Financial Times CTO John O’Donovan, who will discuss issues including how the publisher’s semantic approach is driving smarter topic pages. (The event actually takes place at The Financial Times site.) Also scheduled to be present is Mike Bennett, director at Hypercube and Semantics Lead at The EDM Council, which is a cross-industry group developing the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO), and John Schlesinger, Chief Enterprise Architect at Temenos, which develops software for retail banking companies, including solutions that will leverage triple stores.

In a preview of his talk, Bennett spoke to The Semantic Web Blog that about the current state of FIBO affairs.

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NEW WEBINAR Announced: Yosemite Project – Part 2

Yosemite Project webinar part 2: The Ideal Medium for Health DataSemanticWeb.com recently launched a series of webinars on the topic of “RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language.” Part 1 of that series, “The Yosemite Project: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck at:
http://semanticweb.com/webinar-yosemite-project-part-1-rdf-roadmap-healthcare-information-interoperability-video_b44757

Announcing Yosemite Project – Part 2:

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TITLE: The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests
DATE: Friday, November 7, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
DESCRIPTION: In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this installment, we will hear from Conor Dowling, CTO of Caregraf about “The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests.”

Lab tests and results have many dimensions from substances measured to timing to the condition of a patient. This presentation will show how RDF is the best medium to fully capture this highly nuanced data.

 

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Fighting Ebola through Intelligent Text Messages

Ebola textThe MIT Technology Review reports, “Back in July, Cedric Moro started a crowdsourced mapping service to keep track of the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Moro is a risk consultant who has created several crowdsourced maps of this kind using the openStreetMap project Umap. Anyone can enter information about suspected or confirmed Ebola cases while hospitals and other health facilities can tell people whether they are open and functioning and how many spare beds they have.” Read more

WEBINAR: The Yosemite Project – Part 1: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability (VIDEO)

The Yosemite Project - Part 1In case you missed last Friday’s webinar, “The Yosemite Project – Part 1: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability” delivered by David Booth, the recording and slides are now available (and posted below). The webinar was co-produced by SemanticWeb.com and DATAVERSITY.net and runs for one hour, including a Q&A session with the audience that attended the live broadcast.

If you watch this webinar, please use the comments section below to share your questions, comments, and ideas for webinars you would like to see in the future.

About the Webinar

Interoperability of electronic healthcare information remains an enormous challenge in spite of 100+ available healthcare information standards. This webinar explains the Yosemite Project, whose mission is to achieve semantic interoperability of all structured healthcare information through RDF as a common semantic foundation. It explains the rationale and technical strategy of the Yosemite Project, and describes how RDF and related standards address a two-pronged strategy for semantic interoperability: facilitating collaborative standards convergence whenever possible, and crowd-sourced data translations when necessary.

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Watson Teams Up with Standard Bank in Africa

watsonOluwabusayo Sotunde of Ventures Africa reports, “Africa’s most innovative bank, Standard Bank Plc has reached an agreement with leading IT services provider, IBM to implement the latter’s new Watson technology. IBM’s Watson technology breaks traditional barriers in computing by embracing artificial intelligence, natural language processing and dynamic learning when assisting customers and businesses with the interpretation of data. Head of Innovation and Channel Design at Standard Bank, Vuyo Mpako explained that the bank partnered with IBM so it could consolidate the technology into its operating system. This would enable Standard Chartered efficiently interpret and maximise its data.” Read more

Web Payments Interest Group Takes Flight

w3cdomainThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched an initiative to integrate payments seamlessly into the Open Web Platform, the collection of open technologies such as HTML, HTTP, and various APIs that enable the Web. It’s asking for industry stakeholders, such as banks, credit card companies, governments and others, to join the new Web Payments Interest Group, chaired by Erik Anderson (Bloomberg) and David Ezell (Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing), to help deepen understanding of challenges and how to meet them with the appropriate solutions to move e-commerce forward, including on mobile devices.

The Interest Group’s goals include improving usability across devices and reducing the risk of fraud, as well as creating new opportunities for businesses and consumers in areas such as coupons and loyalty programs and crypto-currencies. On its agenda is creating a Web Payments Roadmap, determining Web Payments terminology, dealing with payment transaction messaging and identity, authentication and security. As part of its work, the new group is charged with creating a framework to ensure that Web applications can interface in standard ways with all current and future payment methods, and will encompass the full range of devices people use for online payments.

First up, the W3C says, is a focus on digital wallets, “which many in industry consider an effective way to reduce fraud and improve privacy by having users share sensitive information only with payment providers, rather than merchants,” according to the release. “In addition, wallets can simplify transactions from mobile devices and make it easier to integrate new payment innovations.”

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NSF Awards $15M to DataONE Environmental Linked Data Project

dataoneMary Martialay of RPI News reports, “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million to a team of environmental and earth science data researchers, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who are providing tools and infrastructure that improve access to vast amounts of scientific data. As part of the project, Rensselaer will provide semantic technology leadership to help improve scientific discovery, said Deborah McGuinness, director of the Rensselaer Web Science Center,  and Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair and professor of computer science and cognitive science at Rensselaer.” Read more

New Partnership Marries Relational Database Querying, Services With Full Text Search

splice-machine-logo-300pxSingular Hadoop RDBMS provider Splice Machine and LucidWorks have entered into a partnership that enables the former’s customers to access and analyze their unstructured data via LucidWorks Search. Splice Machine customers will license one of the industry’s leading offerings of Apache Lucene/Solr separately, but the companies have proved and certified the integration layer that makes full-text, Google-like search on the relational database platform possible.

lworks“Text searching has really come a long way in recent years with platforms like Lucene/Solr,” says Monte Zweben, CEO and co-founder of Splice Machine. “With this relationship you get the best of both worlds – relational database querying and services with full text search.”

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Watson Hopes to Speed Clinical Trial Research for Mayo Clinic

WatsonSean Hogan of IBM recently wrote in Forbes, “Clinical trial recruitment is a data-intensive task that typically requires clinicians and researchers to manually cross reference patient data with criteria for thousands of available clinical trials. Now, Mayo Clinic and IBM have plans to tackle this data-driven challenge with IBM Watson to quickly and accurately match patients with appropriate clinical trials. Using natural language processing and powerful data analytics capabilities, Watson will help Mayo clinicians quickly sift through millions of pages of clinical trial and patient data and complete this cumbersome process in seconds. The new Watson solution will help ensure that all eligible patients are considered for clinical trials and could help accelerate medical research.” Read more

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