Rip Empson of Tech Crunch reports, “Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon began building Newsle as undergraduates at Harvard to fill a nagging gap among today’s news aggregators. The idea being that, as popular as Google Alerts may be, people want to read news based on who their friends and colleagues are and who they want to know more about… Today, Newsle’s network (and person)-oriented news alert service tracks more than 100 million people and processes more than one million articles each day from over 100,000 sources, serving users filtered, personalized alerts based on their preferences. Read more
Liam Boogar of Rude Baguette reports, “At the Intel Capital Global Summit today in San Diego, California, Bordeaux-based startup Mobiles Republic (which runs News Republic) announced a $6 Million round of funding from Intel Capital, XAnge Private Equity & Creathor Venture, in order to support product development & expansion into the US market. The application relies on a powerful real-time semantic engine which allows them not only to provide ‘context aware advertising’ but also to filter based on personalized preferences.” Read more
DATAVERSITY and Wilshire Conferences acquire SemanticWeb.com and Semantic Technology and Business Conference
[LOS ANGELES, OCT. 24, 2013] DATAVERSITY Education LLC, a subsidiary of Wilshire Conferences, Inc. today announced the acquisition of the publishing and conference assets of the Semantic Technology and Business (SemTechBiz) Conferences and the SemanticWeb.com web site, from Mediabistro, Inc.
“We are pleased to be engaging again with the community of semantic technology professionals through these two high quality media channels” said Tony Shaw, CEO of DATAVERSITY. “Semantic technology is an ideal match with our DATAVERSITY subject matter portfolio which is focused primarily on the areas of enterprise data and big data.”
An agreement has been reached for Eric Franzon, the current Editor of SemanticWeb.com and Program Chair for the SemTechBiz Conference, to continue his role.
Further details regarding future business plans will be made available over the coming weeks. For questions, please contact Tony Shaw at email@example.com.
DATAVERSITY™ provides resources for information technology (IT) professionals, executives and business managers to learn about the uses and management of data. Our worldwide community of practitioners, advisers and customers participates in, and benefits from, DATAVERSITY’s educational conferences, discussions, articles, blogs, webinars, certification, news feeds and more. Members enjoy access to a deep knowledge base of presentations, research and training materials, plus discounts off many educational resources including webinars and conferences. For more information please visit: www.DATAVERSITY.net or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SemanticWeb.com is the voice of Semantic Technology Business: Linked Data, Big Data, Smart Data. We cover news about how companies are making money, saving money, and solving Big Data challenges using Semantic Technologies. SemanticWeb.com is the leading source for news and information about Semantic Technologies and the people and companies working with them today. Industry news, case studies and practical applications, company and product announcements, job postings, opinion, webcasts, podcasts, and a community-run Q&A platform called “Answers” are all found at SemanticWeb.com.
Justin Ellis of the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, “Knight Foundation and Mozilla have announced a new class of fellows who will take their hacker skills into newsrooms around the US and across the globe. The new class of five Knight-Mozilla Fellows has just been announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, and their bios include some of the sort of descriptions you might expect: media scholar, activist, interactive developer, code monkey. This third class of fellows will be embedded in top news organizations in the U.S. and abroad and work to connect their code-driven backgrounds to journalistic goals.” Read more
David Amerland of Journalism.co.uk recently wrote, “The true effect of any change is measured by the depth of its impact rather than its scale. When it comes to semantic search and the semantic web however, both depth and scale become important. Google has famously announced that semantic search is the transition of search and the web from ‘strings to things’ and ‘websites to people’ respectively. To quantify this change, consider that the web is being transformed from a place where anonymity and unaccountability were virtually synonymous and practically guaranteed, to a place where trust, authority and reputation are the only attributes that really matter.” Read more
Frederic Filloux of The Guardian recently wrote, “Serendipity always seemed inseparable from journalism. For any media product, taking readers away from their main centre of interest is part of the fabric. I go on a website for a morning update and soon find myself captured by crafty editing that will drive me to read up on a subject that was, until now, alien to me. That’s the beauty of a great news package. Or is it still the case? Isn’t it a mostly generational inclination? Does a Gen Y individual really care about being drawn to a science story when getting online to see sports results? Several elements concur to the erosion of serendipity and, more generally, curiosity. First, behaviour among digital readers is evolving. It extend far beyond generations: Regardless of his or her age, today’s reader is short on time… Second, the old ‘trusted news brand’ notion is going away. Young people can’t be bothered to leaf though several titles to get their feed of a variety of topics; that’s why aggregators thrive.” Read more
News organizations are a prime candidate for the implementation of semantic technologies, but they also pose some of the most interesting challenges to semantic web professionals. After all, the news is dynamic — it’s happening right now, all around the world, and the same events are being reported on by an ever growing number of publishers in countless languages. The information contained within “the news” is an ever expanding glob that can’t be contained, so how can any organization hope to each even a semblance of organization?
For Gannett, the answer to that question is autotagging. With the help of Dan Segal, a Senior Taxonomist at Marcinko Enterprises, Gannett has been working to semantically categorize and tag their stockpile of information from their 82 US daily newspapers and 23 television stations, not to mention all of the breaking stories that add to that heap every day. Needless to say, tagging the news isn’t exactly an easy quest, but Gannett has several very good reasons to try. Read more
Steve O’Hear of TechCrunch reports, “Smallrivers, the Swiss startup behind news curation platform Paper.li, has raised further funding: $2 million from Debioinvestment, and Polytech Ventures (co-founded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies where SmallRivers is based), along with existing investors/shareholders, including Kima Ventures, and various European angels, as well as co-founder Edouard Lambelet. The new capital, which brings total funding to date to $7 million, will be used to consolidate revenue growth, with the aim to break even in the coming year, and deploy what Paper.li is describing as a new ‘semantic analysis engine’ that will offer curators additional content discovery and filtering capabilities to make it even easier to build their own online newspapers.” Read more
Our own Jenny Zaino recently discussed the development of the News Storyline Ontology. Now, Robin Pembrooke of the BBC has more on how the new ontology is being used at the BBC. He writes, “The BBC believes in distributing its work to the wider industry in order to benefit users and other online publishers. One aspect of this is the thinking around the use of metadata in BBC News stories, how we tag our articles, pictures and video clips to make our content easier to find and more accessible. This year a group of like-minded data architects from a number of UK publishers, including The Guardian and The Press Association, have been informally working on a data model that supports how stories like these are told and they’ve found a lot of common ground in their thinking.” Read more
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