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Studio Ousia Envisions A World Of Semantic Augmented Reality

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Image courtesy: Flickr/by Filter Forge

Ikuya Yamada, co-founder and CTO of Studio Ousia, the company behind Linkify – the technology to automatically extract certain keywords and add intelligent hyperlinks to them to accelerate mobile search – recently sat down with The Semantic Web Blog to discuss the company’s work, including its vision of Semantic AR (augmented reality).

The Semantic Web Blog: You spoke at last year’s SEEDS Conference on the subject of linking things and information and the vision of Semantic AR, which includes the idea of delivering additional information to users before they even launch a search for it. Explain your technology’s relation to that vision of finding and delivering the information users need while they are consuming content – even just looking at a word.

Yamada: The main focus of our technology is extracting accurately only a small amount of interesting keywords from text [around people, places, or things]. …We also develop a content matching system that matches those keywords with other content on the web – like a singer [keyword] with a song or a location [keyword] with a map. By combining keyword extraction and the content matching engine, we can augment text using information on the web.

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Senzari Officially Opens MusicGraph’s “Graph API” to the Public

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AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As an official API sponsor of the first annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship, Senzari® will publicly open MusicGraph to all developers wishing to tap into the world’s most extensive repository of musical knowledge. Developers that incorporate MusicGraph into their applications will be able to easily add Graph Search and Playlisting features to their apps via the respective APIs, as well as incorporate powerful lyrical data and social metrics into their services by leveraging the newly released Music Data API. Read more

25 Facts Celebrating 25 Years of the Web

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John Naughton of The Guardian put together a list of 25 things about the web in honor of the web’s twenty-fifth birthday, which falls on March 12. Naughton’s list includes, “(4) Many of the things that are built on the web are neither free nor open. Mark Zuckerberg was able to build Facebook because the web was free and open. But he hasn’t returned the compliment: his creation is not a platform from which young innovators can freely spring the next set of surprises. The same holds for most of the others who have built fortunes from exploiting the facilities offered by the web. The only real exception is Wikipedia.” Read more

Linked Data at the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs – Case Study Radio, Ep. 2

SemanticWeb.com - Case Study RadioOur podcast series, “Case Study Radio,” sponsored by Zepheira, focuses on stories of applications of Semantic Technologies. In the latest episode, we speak with Ramanathan “R.V.” Guha about a project at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that utilized Linked Data and the schema.org vocabulary to develop a mechanism by which returning veterans can find employment opportunities. The work was originally announced in 2011 by schema.org and the White House, and has seen significant growth and adoption in the time since that announcement.

Linked Data At The VA – Case Study Radio – Episode 2 by SemanticWeb.com

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“Webize” Your Data with JSON-LD

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Benjamin Young of Cloudant reports, “Data is often stored and distributed in esoteric formats… Even when the data is available in a parse-able format (CSV, XML, JSON, etc), there is often little provided with the data to explain what’s inside. If there is descriptive meta data provided, it’s often only meant for the next developer to read when implementing yet-another-parser for said data. Really, it’s all quite abysmal… Enter, JSON-LD! JSON-LD (JSON Linked Data) is a simple way of providing semantic meaning for the terms and values in a JSON document. Providing that meaning with the JSON means that the next developer’s application can parse and understand the JSON you gave them.” Read more

194 Million Linked Open Data Bibliographic Work Descriptions Released by OCLC

OCLC WorldCat logoYesterday, Richard Wallis gave a peek into some exciting new developments in the OCLC’s Linked Open Data (LOD) efforts.  While these have not yet been formally announced by OCLC, they represent significant advancements in WorldCat LOD. Our reporting to date on LOD at WorldCat is here.

Most significantly, OCLC has now released 194 Million Linked Open Data Bibliographic Work descriptions. According to Wallis, “A Work is a high-level description of a resource, containing information such as author, name, descriptions, subjects etc., common to all editions of the work.” In his post, he uses the example of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” as a Work.

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Computers that Understand Us Better Than We Do?

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RT News recently shared the ponderings of artificial intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil. The article begins, “Most people would probably agree that computers are man-made technologies that function inside the strict boundaries of man-made borders. For technologists like Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil, however, the moment when computers liberate themselves from their masters will occur in our lifetime. By the year 2029, computers and robots will not only have surpassed their makers in terms of raw intelligence, they will understand us better than we understand ourselves, the futurist predicts with enthusiasm. Kurzweil, 66, is the closest thing to a pop star in the world of artificial intelligence, the place where self-proclaimed geeks quietly lay the grid work for what could be truly described as a new world order.” Read more

First of Four Getty Vocabularies Made Available as Linked Open Data

Getty Vocabularies - Linked Open Data logoJim Cuno, the President and CEO of the Getty, announced yesterday that the Getty Research Institute has released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) ® as Linked Open Data. Cuno said, “The Art & Architecture Thesaurus is a reference of over 250,000 terms on art and architectural history, styles, and techniques. It’s one of the Getty Research Institute’s four Getty Vocabularies, a collection of databases that serves as the premier resource for cultural heritage terms, artists’ names, and geographical information, reflecting over 30 years of collaborative scholarship.”

The data set is available for download at vocab.getty.edu under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC BY 1.0). Vocab.getty.edu offers a SPARQL endpoint, as well as links to the Getty’s Semantic Representation documentation, the Getty Ontology, links for downloading the full data sets, and more.

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Linking Parliamentary Big Data for Political Research

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Dan Jellinek of UK Authority recently wrote, “A two-year project using ‘big data’ computing techniques to link records of Parliamentary debates with other social data could be ‘transformative’ for political research, the UK academic leading the project has said. ‘Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data’ is one of 14 international projects to win a share of a £3m Digging into Data Award, an international competition to develop new ways of handling ‘big data’ in humanities and social science research. It will develop semantic search tools to analyse databases of political debates in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands from 1800 to the present, enhancing the study of issues such as the history of left-right ideological polarisation in powerful ways, according to its leaders.” Read more

Find a Valentine Online Thanks to Graph Databases

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Dan Woods of Forbes recently wrote, “When it comes to dating, everybody is highly motivated. So it is no surprise that the nerdy among us put their advanced knowledge to work when seeking out a mate. The most recent celebrated example is Chris McKinlay, who used a statistical modeling approach to find which type of women to go after. The result: after 88 dates, McKinlay found the right woman for him, who, as it turns out, had been hacking her profile in a different way (see “How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love”). But interest in applying technology to find love is also highlighting a shift toward graph database technology that is starting to transform applications in a large number of industries.” Read more

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