A new release out of Freebase reports, “When we publicly launched Freebase back in 2007, we thought of it as a ‘Wikipedia for structured data.’ So it shouldn’t be surprising that we’ve been closely watching the Wikimedia Foundation‘s project Wikidata since it launched about two years ago. We believe strongly in a robust community-driven effort to collect and curate structured knowledge about the world, but we now think we can serve that goal best by supporting Wikidata — they’re growing fast, have an active community, and are better-suited to lead an open collaborative knowledge base. So we’ve decided to help transfer the data in Freebase to Wikidata, and in mid-2015 we’ll wind down the Freebase service as a standalone project. Freebase has also supported developer access to the data, so before we retire it, we’ll launch a new API for entity search powered by Google’s Knowledge Graph.” Read more
The results of the Semantic Web Developer Challenge, co-sponsored by XSB and SemanticWeb.com and launched at this summer’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference, are in: The $5,000 prizewinner was a team of two, Greg Varga and Siraj Bawa, from Vanderbilt University. There were two runners-up: One was a team from Stony Brook University, comprised of Mrinal.Priyadarshi, Anurag Choudhary, and Paul Fodor, and the other was Roman Sova from consulting firm Good Monster.
The aim of the Challenge was to build sourcing and product life cycle management applications leveraging XSB’s PartLink Data Model, which the company developed as a project for the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund. The model uses semantic web technology to create a coherent Linked Data model for all part information in the Department of Defense’s supply chain – which includes about 40 million component parts, their manufacturers and suppliers, materials, technical characteristics and more.
The large collection of engineering product information has potential beyond DoD use alone. “The current size of the Part Link triple store is well over a billion triples — maybe 1.3 billion,” says Alberto Cassola, vp sales and marketing at XSB. “For the industrial sector it may very well be one of the largest efforts of its kind.”
VIENNA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–REEEP and CTCN have recently launched Climate Tagger (www.climatetagger.net), a new tool to automatically scan, label, sort and catalogue datasets and document collections. Climate Tagger now incorporates a Drupal Module for automatic annotation of Drupal content nodes. Climate Tagger addresses knowledge-driven organizations in the climate and development arenas, providing automated functionality to streamline, catalogue and link their Climate Compatible Development data and information resources.
Climate Tagger for Drupal is a simple, FREE and easy-to-use way to integrate the well-known Reegle Tagging API, originally developed in 2011 with the support of CDKN, (now part of the Climate Tagger suite as Climate Tagger API) into any web site based on the Drupal Content Management System. Read more
November 24, 2014 – The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) recently awarded Image Matters LLC a contract to address some of the agency’s most pressing challenges through its Accelerating Map of the World Initiative. This initiative will deliver innovative solutions that expedite and strengthen the agency’s Map of the World (MoW). MoW is foundational to the Intelligence Community’s object-based production environment. MoW will provide easy access to an expanded web of integrated intelligence (content within context), grounded by authoritative geospatial features, for everyday decision makers, operational users, and intelligence analysts. Read more
The 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
The win was announced at the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, in Riva del Garda, Italy, with FLAX taking first place from 10 shortlisted candidates. Read more
Accessing an enterprise’s semantic knowledge base has its challenges for the business’ general population. Perhaps development teams already have integrated specific SPARQL queries inside a customer app or custom dashboard or otherwise accommodated some very task-oriented activities and searches, but that has its limits for non-technical users who want to explore outside the box. All the same, these users aren’t likely to write new SPARQL queries on their own — but nor do they necessarily want to wait for their IT departments to pull that together for them. Interactive query builders are options but some may find these still a little too-technically oriented.
This is a problem that Metreeca is looking to solve with Graph Rover, a self-service search and analysis tool that enables non technical users to interact visually with semantic knowledge bases. It has just released the latest beta update of the product, which lets users build queries using a graphical interface, but Graph Rover has been in development for two years while the company was in stealth mode, and tech lead Alessandro Bollini says it is already a mature solution that should be available commercially in the first quarter of 2015.
At the IESD14 (Intelligent Exploration of Semantic Data) challenge at this week’s ISWC 2014, the award was handed out to LEAPS: A Semantic Web and Linked Data Framework for the Algal Biomass Domain. The application is the work of Monika Solanki, while at the Knowledge-Based Engineering Lab at Birmingham City University in the UK.
The motivation, according to slides about the project, relates to the idea that algae biomass-based biofuels could serve as a naturally viable and sustainable energy source alternative to fossil fuels. While many companies, governments and non-profit agencies have been researching the idea, knowledge gathered exists in diverse formats and proprietary databases. What’s lacking has been a knowledge level infrastructure that is equipped with the capabilities to provide semantic grounding to the datasets for algal biomass, the slides note.
Chennai, 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.
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
The 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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