Semantic Search

Semantic Search and the Data Center

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Haim Koshchitzky of Sys-Con Media recently wrote, “Enterprise applications can ‘live’ in many places and their logs might be scattered and unstandardized. First generation log analysis tools made some of the log data searchable, but the onus was on the developer to know what to look for. That process could take many hours, potentially leading to unacceptable downtime for critical applications. Proprietary log formats also confuse and confound conventional keyword search. That’s why semantic search can be so helpful. It uses machine intelligence to understand the context of words, so it becomes possible for a Google user to type ‘cheap flights to Tel Aviv on February 10th’ rather than just ‘cheap flights’ and receive a listing of actual flights rather than links to airline discounters. Bing Facebook, Google and some vertical search engines include semantic technology to better understand natural language. It saves time and creates a better experience.” Read more

Google Launches schema.org Markup Support for Business Contact Info

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Yesterday, the Google Webmaster Central blog reported, “We are launching support for schema.org markup to help you specify your preferred phone numbers using structured data markup embedded on your website. Four types of phone numbers are currently supported: Customer service; Technical support; Billing support; Bill payment. For each phone number, you can also indicate if it is toll-free, suitable for the hearing-impaired, and whether the number is global or serves specific countries. Learn how to specify your national customer service numbers.” Read more

8 Things You Never Knew About Semantic SEO

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Jomer Gregorio of Business2Community recently shared an infographic with eight great facts and statistics about semantic SEO. He writes, “The search engine as we know it is radically changing. From a technical point of view, it is evolving from merely a ‘search’ engine into what can rather be called an ‘answer’ engine. This change is already happening right before our eyes and is slowly but surely being integrated into algorithms – practically changing how search will be done in the future. As a business owner or digital marketer, one must have a clear understanding of what constitutes semantic search and how it will affect the way SEO will operate in the near future. First and foremost would be an understanding of the definitions beginning with the basic workings of a traditional search engine.” Read more

SpazioDati Raises $1.8M Series A Investment from Cerved Group

spazioTrento, Italy, March 31 2014: Big Data and Semantic technology startup SpazioDati, with offices in Trento and Pisa, Italy, has raised a Series A investment from Cerved Group S. p. A.

The funding, which amounts to $1,8M will expand SpazioDati’s technology team and improve the capacity of  its Knowledge Graph APIs and Semantic Text analysis APIs––both technologies available on SpazioDati’s data marketplace, dandelion.eu Read more

LMI Named a Winner in Destination Innovation Competition

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Steven Overly of the Washington Post reports, “Four Washington area companies were crowned winners at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Destination Innovation event Wednesday, bringing an end to a months-long competition that pitted companies against one another in four distinct categories: social, commerce, government and security… McLean-based LMI won the government category for its OpenPolicy product, which makes it easier to sift through massive documents.” Read more

Microsoft Talks Up What It’s Calling The First Truly Virtual Personal Assistant

Microsoft cortanaAs The Semantic Web Blog discussed yesterday here, the Virtual Personal Assistant is getting more personal. Microsoft officially unveiled Cortana as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone software at its Build event yesterday, and the service effectively replaces the search function on Windows smartphones, both for the Internet and locally.

This statement served as the theme from corporate vice president and manager Joe Belfiore: “Cortana is the first truly personal digital assistant who learns about me and about the things that matter to me most and the people that matter to me most, that understands the Internet and is great at helping me get things done.”

The Bing-powered Cortana is launching in beta mode, and was still subject to a few hiccups during the presentation. For example, when Belfiore asked Cortana to give him the weather in Las Vegas, it reported the information in degrees, and was able to respond to his request to provide the same information in Celsius. But he couldn’t get her to make the calculations to Kelvin. But, he promised attendees, “Try it yourself because she is smart enough to tell you the answer in Kelvin.”

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The Rise of the Virtual Personal Assistant

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Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla of the Calgary Herald recently wrote, “Apple’s Siri intelligent personal assistant has been around for nearly four years and standard on iOS devices for three years. The peppy and often humorous artificial intelligence has evolved in terms of features and the number of services it can access. Siri is also getting some stiff competition from Google Now, which along with answering user-initiated queries like Siri, it also passively delivers information to the user by way of visual flash cards… Named after a character in Microsoft’s popular Halo video game franchise, the Cortana personal assistant is expected to come to Windows Phone devices, Xbox and possibly tablets in April… A recent leak with details and screenshots of BlackBerrys upcoming BB 10.3 operating system, reveals that the company formerly known as RIM has been working on an Intelligent Assistant feature to rival Siri and Google Now.” Read more

DataArt Announces ORANGE – the Missing Piece in Nutrition Tracking

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DataArt, a leading custom software development company that builds advanced solutions for select industries, today announced the first results of DataArt ORANGE, a series of research and development projects that aim to automate the tracking of users’ nutrition habits. The DataArt ORANGE program automatically tracks calorie information by scanning photographs of food. DataArt ORANGE technology can currently recognize over 100 foods with an 85% success rate. Read more

Yelp Partners with YP.com for Richer Listings

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Brafton.com recently wrote, “Google, Bing and other search engines are determined to provide users with as much information as possible, even before they’ve left SERPs. But the data has to come from somewhere, and sometimes, crawlers have to look all over the web for the right information. That’s why some companies are forming strategic partnerships to create rich search results for better user experience. For example, Brafton reported on Yelp and Yahoo’s relationship, in which the business review site will provide the search engine with company information, reviews and maps. With this data freely given, rather than scraped from unwitting sites, Yahoo may be able to avoid some of the criticisms Google recently faced. Digital marketer Dan Barker made a name for himself earlier this year when he tweeted at Matt Cutts to point out Google was siphoning information from other pages for its info cards, contrary to the advice Cutts has given.” Read more

Schema.org, Semantic Search, and Your Web Page

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Barbara Starr of Search Engine Land recently wrote, “Although there has been some argument within the academic community that the Semantic Web ‘never happened,’ it is blatantly clear that Google has adopted its own version of it. Other search and social engines have as well — I wrote an article back in September 2012 discussing how search and social engines are adopting the Semantic Web and semantic search, and gave a timeline of the adoption of semantic search by both the search and social engines. It was very apparent, even then, that the search engines were moving in the direction of becoming answer engines, and that they were increasingly leveraging the Semantic Web and semantic search technology.” Read more

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