In the video below, Dr. James Melton, a Lecturer in Comparitive Politics at University College London, gives a presentation on Constitute. Constitute is a new way to explore the constitutions of the world. The origins of the project date back to 2005 with the Comparative Constitutions Project, which has the stated goal of cataloging the contents of all constitutions written in independent states since 1789. To date, that work has resulted in a collection of 900+ constitutions and 2500+ Amendments. A rigorous formal survey instrument including 669 questions was then applied to each of these “constitutional events,” resulting in the base data that the team had to work with. Melton and his group wanted to create a system that allowed for open sharing of this information, and not just with researchers, but with anyone who wants to explore the world’s constitutions. They also needed the system to be flexible enough to handle changes, when, as Melton points out, “…roughly 15% of the countries in the world change their constitution every single year.”
That is the vision of Bart van Leeuwen, Amsterdam Firefighter and founder of software company, Netage. We’ve covered Bart’s work before here at SemanticWeb.com and at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference, and today, there is news that the work is advancing to a new stage.
In the Netherlands, there exist 25 “Safety Regions” (pictured on the left). These organizations coordinate disaster management, fire services, and emergency medical teams. The regions are designed to enable various first responders to work together to deal with complex and severe crises and disasters.
Additionally, the Dutch Police acts as a primary partner organization in these efforts. The police is a national organization, separate from the safety regions and divided into its own ten regions. Read more
We are pleased to publish a new white paper for free download, “How Semantic Technology Drives Agile Business,” from Thomas Kelly, a Director in Cognizant’s Enterprise Information Management practice.
Kelly’s experience and pragmatic approach to Enterprise Data Management shows through in this paper. As Kelly posits in the introduction, “To achieve sustainable competitive advantage and facilitate operational agility, organizations must speed the time to business value of newly acquired data assets from months to weeks or days. Semantic technology provides the architectural foundation for getting there.”
Kelly addresses how the pace of business today is increasing while becoming more complex with considerations like big data and mobile. He points out that traditional Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence approaches simply cannot keep up with that pace. The solution he points to is Semantic Technologies, and he covers how they improve on both DW and BI while delivering “Smart Data” integration and analytics.
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Thomas Kelly is a Director in Cognizant’s Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Practice and heads its Semantic Technology Center of Excellence, a technology specialty of Cognizant Business Consulting. He has 20 plus years of technology consulting experience in leading data warehousing, business intelligence, and big data projects, focused primarily on the life sciences and healthcare industries.
As you surely know by now, it’s GeekWeek on YouTube. But in case you haven’t been keeping up with every theme, today is Brainiac Tuesday, its focus on science, education and knowledge – a particularly relevant topic for readers of this blog, we think.
We didn’t see any particularly semantic videos pointed out in the Tuesday Highlights. The recommendation of Wired and YouTube’s “How to Make a Giant Robot Mech” fed some hopes, but looks like the big guy owes his smarts to a human pilot rather than artificial intelligence.
That’s not to say there isn’t good stuff among the pickings. Steve Spangler’s Favorite Experiments is a kick, for instance. And who knew that a volcano caused the French Revolution? But we’d like to hear it for semantic web, tech and related videos, too, on this Brainiac day.
To that end, here are a few of our own recommendations:
- TED Talks: Tim Berners-Lee: The Next Web of Open, Linked Data. OK, it’s a gimme that at least one TBL video is going to be on this list (two if you count the Goat Edition of this particular talk). But if you want to get a good grounding in the semantic web, you’ve got to start at a key source.
“If you don’t understand what your software engineers are talking about, perhaps it’s because they are using a vocabulary they invented for the problem they are solving.” This begins a white paper called, “The Business Value of Semantic Technology” by Chris Moran, CTO, Information Management Solutions Consultants, Inc.
Moran continues, “Engineers invent a vocabulary and data structure for each system they build and each problem they solve, and only the engineers who built the system understand this structure and vocabulary. Even other engineers must learn it in order to make the data usable. In most enterprises today, we have as many different ways to ask questions of our data as we have systems to store it. We have as many different vocabularies and data structures as we have systems. The problem is actually worse than it sounds….”
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