Archives: March 2009

GoOn Research and Development Project Wins Theseus-Mittelstand – eHealthNews.EU (press release)

GoOn Research and Development Project Wins Theseus-Mittelstand
eHealthNews.EU (press release), Germany
Over the next two years, the project – based on the results of Theseus One – will develop praxis-relevant semantic technologies for information handling in the biomedical domain. The first goal of the project is to develop a specialized search engine

Corporate Semantic Web tool loomp; wins award as top-ten finalist … – Targetwire (press release)

Corporate Semantic Web tool "loomp" wins award as top-ten finalist
Targetwire (press release), UK
Loomp is an end user-friendly "What you see is what you get" Web 3.0 content editor. With a novel "One click annotation" feature loomp supports every Web user to easily create semantically enhanced Web contents for publication eg html, pdf, blog, wiki,

Look Out TinyURL; Bit.ly Gets Hot Silicon Valley Cash – ReadWriteWeb

Look Out TinyURL; Bit.ly Gets Hot Silicon Valley Cash
ReadWriteWeb, CA
Bit.ly also uses Reuters Calais to extract semantic terms out of the pages that shortcuts are created to. That’s valuable information. Want to see the most popular web pages that talk about Dancing With The Stars, or the Federal Stimulus Package,

The Race Is Not To The Algorithm, Nor The Battle To The Snippet – MediaPost Publications

The Race Is Not To The Algorithm, Nor The Battle To The Snippet
MediaPost Publications, New York
The yet-to-exist semantic Web is one that is all about relationships: the understanding that everything is connected to everything else, and that these connections provide a meaning that goes beyond the meaning for any one element in a vacuum.

Ad Pepper Media introduces ‘smart’ ad placement technology to the US – BtoB Magazine

Ad Pepper Media introduces ‘smart’ ad placement technology to the US
BtoB Magazine, NY
Nuremberg, Germany—Online marketing company Ad Pepper Media is introducing its isense Network to the US The isense Network relies on semantic linguistic technology to serve ads that are properly related to the content of the Web page.

Bintro.com CEO Richard Stanton Hosting a Webinar on Finding … – PR Web (press release)

Bintro.com CEO Richard Stanton Hosting a Webinar on Finding
PR Web (press release), WA
It’s powered by unique semantic technology, so Bintro will understand everything you type and find the most relevant opportunities for you every minute of every day, all while allowing you to remain anonymous. For more information please visit

Sneak a Peek at Microsoft’s Kumo Search – PC World Canada


PC World Canada
Sneak a Peek at Microsoft’s Kumo Search
PC World Canada, Canada
Semantic categories are a great idea, and most likely a result of Microsoft’s purchase last year of the semantic search engine Powerset. However, it’s not new since this same feature can be found on the natural language search site Hakia.

Corporate Semantic Web Info Day – Business Meets Research; – Targetwire (press release)

Corporate Semantic Web Info Day – "Business Meets Research"
Targetwire (press release), UK
Berlin, Germany, March 27th, 2009 – Attended by more than 100 participants – half from industry and half from research – a very lively and interesting Info Day about applications of Corporate Semantic Web technologies in enterprises took place on March

European Semantic Desktop Project Gains Momentum

Jennifer Zaino
SemanticWeb.com Contributor

The promised spin-off from the open source NEPOMUK (Networked Environment for Personalized, Ontology-based Management of Unified Knowledge) social semantic desktop project and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has arrived – sort of. Gnowsis is currently in stealth mode, with plans to search for its first round of venture capital funding this fall.

Gnowsis currently has searches underway for additional co-founders and other employees to join founders Leo Sauermann and Bernhard Schandl. Sauermann, who has been working under deputy head of the Knowledge Management Department Ansgar Bernardi at DFKI, published the first version of a semantic desktop in his diploma thesis in 2003. Bernhard, a researcher at University of Vienna who has worked on the MobiSem project to define the requirements of mobile semantic applications, is finishing his PhD thesis in the field of semantic desktop infrastructures.

Aiming to move research into practice, the not-for-profit company has applied to the Austrian incubator inits.at for government support. The Vienna-based inits.at was founded by universities and the city to start up technological companies from research results, and its advisory board accepted Gnowsis’ business plan, Sauermann says.

“Their requirements are quite high and we are happy to have their approval,” he says. “The funding we get from inits.at is around 40,000 euro, and it’s bound to legal advice, business advice, and paying external contractors.”

The company officially joins the incubation program next week, and following that it expects to hunt for more government funding. Its own current funds total about 50,000 EURO, Sauermann says, noting that there are some excellent public programs in Austria for pre-seed funding. The founders met in February with investors at the Web 3.0 Venture Academy in Brussels, organized by e-unlimited, and Sauermann says reaction to the team and plan has been positive.

Gnowsis plans to have a working product in the hands of customers in the summer, and it expects to be able to move forward with VC funding come September. The new semantic desktop product — based on the results of the NEPOMUK project, EPOS (Evolving Personal to Organizational Knowledge Spaces Project), and the gnowsis project (a reference implementation of parts of the Nepomuk Semantic Desktop framework) — is designed to help users organize e-mails, files, and web-pages in one semantic network.

“We have a high goal in mind which we want to achieve over the next years: helping people to remember facts,” says Sauermann.

He says that over the last years of research, he’s seen interest in the work from many companies in a variety of industries, including mobile application developers and phone companies that want to improve the usability of cell phones; they’re looking to solve problems around storing semantic data or automatically generating semantic data from text. For example, there’s been interest from those involved with Nokia’s MAEMO software platform, which is mostly based on open source code and powers mobile devices such as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. “They started to evaluate the ontologies we developed for the NEPOMUK project,” says Sauermann. “It didn’t take much to explain the ideas to them, as they are technically excellent people and learned a lot by themselves. In general, we told a lot of people that the Semantic Desktop solves the problem of linking personal knowledge.”

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Monster closes VC practice, looks to start new ‘Web 3.0′ firm – TechFlash

Monster closes VC practice, looks to start new ‘Web 3.0′ firm
TechFlash, WA
He’s hatching a new “Web 3.0 media company” called Epik.com, along with Alerts.com founder Pascal Stolz. The idea, he said, is to build on his vision of the “user-centric semantic Web” in a way that helps people find domain names.

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