A new release out of Scope announces, “Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, is pleased to announce the launch of its content enrichment solution SemantiCzTM. Combined with the foundational building blocks of abstracts from the ConSCIse™ platform and ontology from the diSCOver™ platform, SemantiCz will now form a powerful trio of platform-based services from Scope designed to serve as content enrichment and discovery solutions to help publishers and online information providers.” Read more
Karlin Kellington of The Irish Times reports, “In the wake of recent European Court of Justice decisions on privacy, and ongoing, divergent debates in the US and EU over net neutrality and copyright, are we about to end up with two markets divided by legislative approaches to the internet? Many think the possibility is growing of two differing jurisdictions, which will offer headaches and more complexity. However, there could be fresh opportunity for European businesses, too. The April decision by the ECJ to throw out Europe’s 2006 Data Retention Directive as well as the more recent ruling that Google is a data controller subject to national data protection laws in Europe which also can be forced to remove limited types of content on request, indicated the EU will prioritise personal privacy over certain business or government security arguments.” Read more
Nextgov reports, “When government technology leaders first described a public repository for government data sets more than five years ago, the vision wasn’t totally clear. ‘I just didn’t understand what they were talking about,’ said Marion Royal of the General Services Administration, describing his first introduction to the project. ‘I was thinking, ‘this is not going to work for a number of reasons.’’ A few minutes later, he was the project’s program director. He caught onto and helped clarify that vision and since then has worked with a small team to help shepherd online and aggregate more than 100,000 data sets compiled and hosted by agencies across federal, state and local governments.” Read more
RALEIGH, NC and SAN JOSE, CA – May 20, 2014 - TopQuadrant™, a leading semantic data integration company, and Smartlogic, a content intelligence company, today announced a partnership to integrate both parties’ capabilities for linking structured and unstructured data. This strategic alliance will include technology exchange, joint product development and sales collaboration to provide a semantically enabled solution that unifies diverse information across the enterprise.
Overcoming Challenges of Siloed Data (and Thinking)
“One of the ongoing challenges to realizing the insights in big data is that it sits in separate silos – data warehouses, content stores, information feeds and social media, and represents the everyday interaction of human minds,” said Jeremy Bentley, CEO, Smartlogic. “With TopQuadrant’s proven expertise in data virtualization and Smartlogic’s content intelligence, this alliance will deliver a unified view over all the information relevant to the enterprise, regardless of location or type.” Read more
Earlier this year The Semantic Web Blog reported that the Getty Research Institute has released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) as Linked Open Data. One of the external advisors to its work was Vladimir Alexiev, who leads the Data and Ontology Management group at Ontotext and works on many projects related to cultural heritage.
Ontotext’s OWLIM family of semantic repositories supports large-scale knowledge bases of rich semantic information, and powerful reasoning. The company, for example, did the first working implementation of CIDOC CRM search; CIDOC CRM is one of these rich ontologies for cultural heritage.
We caught up with Alexiev recently to gain some insight into semantic technology’s role in representing the cultural heritage sphere. Here are some of his thoughts about why it’s important for cultural institutions to adopt Linked Open Data and semantic technologies to enhance our digital understanding of cultural heritage objects and information:
Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie recently shared a new report out of Pew Research on the Internet of Things. They write, “This current report is an analysis of opinions about the likely expansion of the Internet of Things (sometimes called the Cloud of Things), a catchall phrase for the array of devices, appliances, vehicles, wearable material, and sensor-laden parts of the environment that connect to each other and feed data back and forth. It covers the over 1,600 responses that were offered specifically about our question about where the Internet of Things would stand by the year 2025. The report is the next in a series of eight Pew Research and Elon University analyses to be issued this year in which experts will share their expectations about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, and net neutrality.” Read more
Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “Denver-based startup AlchemyAPI is keeping proactive in the world of artificial intelligence, launching on Monday night a new service that lets users perform computer vision tasks such as image-tagging and photo search via API. The product, called AlchemyVision, is the company’s first foray outside the natural-language processing space where it has focused since 2011. It also probably foreshadows a spate of computer vision services yet to come. AlchemyAPI first demonstrated its object recognition service in September but Turner said the company has done a lot of work in the meantime to get it ready for commercial use. Among the big differences is the sheer scale of the new system, which is running unsupervised across millions of online images and using context from the pages they’re housed on in order to determine what they are.” Read more
Alastair Reid of Journalism.co.uk reports, “In the last two and a half years, The Huffington Post has launched in 11 markets and doubled traffic to its sites from 45 million to 90 million unique monthly visitors. Jimmy Maymann, chief executive of The Huffington Post, shared those figures while speaking at the Reuters’s Institute Big Data for Media conference in London today. For Maymann, the key is using data to improve reader experience, a tactic that will bring both editorial and business benefits. ‘Because of how media has changed in the last five years with social and search we’ve gone from producing 500 to 1,600 news stories every day,’ Maymann told delegates, and editors have access to data that can inform newsroom decisions in a real-time analytics dashboard. The content is ‘optimised’ by data, he said, so the editor can understand reader habits better and respond accordingly.” Read more
Teresa Novellino of Upstart reports, “Nara Logics, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup, announced today that it is bringing its technology nationwide in the United States and to 20 cities in Europe, where users can now get personalized recommendations on restaurants and hotels both on the Web and via mobile apps on their smartphones. Founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Thomas Copeman and built by MIT neuro- and computer scientist Nathan Wilson, Nara uses a brain-like learning algorithm, or artificial intelligence, to deliver the restaurant and hotel recommendations for specific users. It has trademarked the name of this ability as ‘Digital DNA,’ and the idea behind it is to cut through the irrelevant search results and go straight to the results that perfectly fit the user’s tastes.” Read more