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The Financial Times Builds Up Its Semantic Publishing Infrastructure

ftpixThe former lead architect at the BBC who handled its semantic publishing projects, such as its FIFA World Cup 2010, 2012 Olympics and redesigned BBC Sports Site, today is building up the semantic infrastructure at another media might, The Financial Times

Jem Rayfield, who holds the title Head of Solution Architecture Technology there, is rebuilding the Financial Times’ whole publishing stack to use semantic technology. “We are working on republishing the architecture on the back end, basically engineering the whole of the backend stack to use the RDF model” for data interchange, he says. Its work involves modeling ontologies for companies, organizations, brands, exchanges, shares, financial instruments and other key business terms.

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WEBINAR: Yosemite Project – Part 5 (VIDEO)

WEBINAR: The Yosemite Project PART 5 --  Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data“Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data”

 

In case you missed last Friday’s webinar, Yosemite Project Part 5 “Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data” delivered by Josh Mandel, 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

In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this presentation, we hear from Joshua Mandel, a physician and software engineer affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Josh will provide a lightning tour of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), an emerging clinical data standard, with a focus on its resource-oriented approach, and a discussion of how FHIR intersects with the Semantic Web. We’ll look at how FHIR represents links between entities; how FHIR represents concepts from standards-based vocabularies; and how a set of FHIR instance data can be represented in RDF.

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ODI Queensland joins the global open data community

Open Data Institute QueenslandQueensland, Australia, Dec. 2, 2014 (The ODI) — The Open Data Institute (ODI) today welcomes a new Node – ODI Queensland – to its international network.

ODI Queensland is being launched at the Queensland Government’s Open Data Awards Ceremony, which is being attended by a broad mix audience of researchers, students, business community and government.

The new Node and awards ceremony reflects a growing interest in open data across Australia, as Maree Adshead, the CEO of ODI Queensland reflects:

“Open data has been a high priority here in Queensland and right across Australia for some time now. We are therefore delighted to become a formal participant in the international ODI Node network, and look forward to contributing significant value both locally and globally.”

ODI Queensland will help to ensure that this broad commitment to open data is underpinned by in-depth understanding and expertise in how it is used and published, as Adshead explains:

“ODI Queensland will strive to foster a world class open data culture and capability in Queensland.  We will help make open data easier to publish, find, access and create with.  We will endeavour to quantify and demonstrate the tangible value of what can be generated using open data.”

“There are immediate challenges to be solved concerning quality, format and standards, as well as the need to prioritise publication of high value and interesting data,” Adshead explains. “ One of our first priorities will be education and awareness to address this challenge among both the public and private sectors. We need to get this part of the equation right in order to properly progress and realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of using open data.”

Gavin Starks, CEO at the ODI reflects on the launch of the new Node, “Queensland is now part of an international network that spans North America, South America, Europe and Asia: from Hawaii to Rio, Paris to Osaka. We look forward to working with the Node, to develop our shared vision, and to see it thrive and prosper.”

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute catalyses the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It unlocks supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues. Founded by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company. http://www.theodi.org

Frost & Sullivan Analyst on the Pain Points of Electronic Health Records

6322734819_a6c9748c49_zNeil Versel of Forbes recently wrote, “Electronic health records’ usability, or lack thereof, is the big talk this year in health IT, as federal officials get ready to contemplate the rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program. While Stage 3 will not begin before 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that it will publish draft regulations in the spring. The hope is to finalize the rules before the end of 2015 so vendors can update their technology and give healthcare providers plenty of time to install and adjust to the updates before they move to Stage 3.” Read more

Ireland to Create a €5m Technology Centre in Cork

883322_5609dc56a3Barry Roche of the Irish Times recently wrote, “Taoiseach [the Irish term for ‘Prime Minister’] Enda Kenny will today launch a €5 million technology centre in Cork designed to create new business opportunities for Irish financial services and technology companies through addressing governance and compliance issues. The Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre (GRCTC) is the latest addition to the network of 15 Technology centres in Ireland and will carry out R&D on semantic technologies which encode meanings separately from data and content files.” Read more

Automatically Exposing OpenLifeData via SADI semantic Web Services

14578025768_ba3297d452_zThe Journal of Medical Semantics has published an article by Alejandro Rodriguez Gonzalez, Alison Callahan, Jose Cruz-Toledo, et al, entitled “Automatically exposing OpenLifeData via SADI semantic Web Services.” The abstract begins, “Two distinct trends are emerging with respect to how data is shared, collected, and analyzed within the bioinformatics community. First, Linked Data, exposed as SPARQL endpoints, promises to make data easier to collect and integrate by moving towards the harmonization of data syntax, descriptive vocabularies, and identifiers, as well as providing a standardized mechanism for data access. Second, Web Services, often linked together into workflows, normalize data access and create transparent, reproducible scientific methodologies that can, in principle, be re-used and customized to suit new scientific questions.” Read more

How Health Startups are Using Big, Open Data

2837123918_f7308483d1_zJoel Gurin of Information Week recently wrote, “Watson‘s venture into healthcare is part of a new movement to data-driven medicine. The federal government has recently released large amounts of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies. At the same time, several other trends — the use of electronic medical records, an explosion of data about the human genome, and advances in data analysis — have given us the potential for a revolution in healthcare. We can look forward to more data-driven diagnostics, treatment plans, and predictive analytics to determine the best treatments more scientifically.” Read more

How Chicago’s Former CDO Made the City Smarter

4064715098_40e1e10410Nicole Laskowski of SearchCIO recently wrote, “When Brett Goldstein was appointed as Chicago’s first chief data officer (CDO) in May 2011, he found himself in the middle of a classic IT struggle. The city’s data was spread across the municipality and mired in silos, making it difficult to get a holistic view… That needed to change — in a hurry. The city was set to host the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit in May 2012. The event would bring in heads of state — and throngs of protesters — to Chicago. Goldstein wanted to provide public safety officials with better ‘situational awareness,’ or the ability to understand what was happening in any given place at any given time. To do so, Goldstein, who became Chicago’s CDO/CIO in 2012, needed to break data out of silos in a cost-effective manner that didn’t require overhauling the city’s infrastructure.” Read more

Medical App HealthTap Uses Artificial Intelligence to Offer Personalized Advice

healthtapSage Lazzaro of Beta Beat reports, “Popular medical app HealthTap just launched a new product called ‘Top Doctor Insights.’ Using artificial intelligence, the new service provides users with completely personalized health information. HealthTap is a resource for accessing free medical information provided by more than 64,000 doctors. Until now, it wasn’t much more than a database. But with ‘Top Doctor Insights,’ two people searching the same topic now receive completely different results. After a user types in a question, the service goes beyond searching for keywords and actually analyzes the content and semantic meaning of the inquiry.” Read more

NEW WEBINAR Announced: Yosemite Project – Part 6

“Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web Technologies”

Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web TechnologiesSemanticWeb.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.

Part 2,The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Part 3, “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Registration is open for PART 4, PART 5, and PART 6.

About Part 6:

click here to register now!
TITLE: Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web Technologies
DATE: Friday, December 19, 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 presentation, our speaker, Dr. Michel Dumontier, will explore the use of Semantic Web technologies to reduce the overwhelming burden of integrating clinical data with public biomedical data, and enabling a new generation of translational research and their clinical application.

 

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