Archives: May 2009

Scratching the Surface: Applying Semantic Technologies at the Tribune Company

A little over a year ago, the Tribune Company launched its Topic Galleries,, the result of semantic technologies used, in great part, to generate a product.  Other Tribune products are “spinning off” the vocabularies and the underlying logic intelligently surfacing the content in the Galleries.  However, to date, the Topic Galleries provide the most comprehensive presentation of a discovery process intended, in part, to plumb the depths of Tribune content well beyond the limited topic coverage conveyed in a given headline or in the first few sentences of an article, in order to surface the new, the unknown, and even the unusual in the news.  All in all, for this controlled vocabulary and applied linguistics developer avid word gamer, working with the semantic technology to mine the Tribune’s content has been a great way to spend the last 18, or so, months.

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Price Waterhouse Coopers Bullish on the Semantic Web

UMBC Ebiquity Research

Semantic Web technologies could revolutionize enterprise decision making and information sharing.

Uche Ogbuji of Zepheira discusses how early adopters are introducing Semantic Web to the enterprise.

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HP confirms job cuts will hit research labs – Register

HP confirms job cuts will hit research labs
Register, UK
Speculative research is out with teams such as HP’s semantic web group up and offing. With only two labs left in Bristol – a very well respected security group and a ‘cloudy-web-x.0′ thing – and look how much use HP puts that type of thing too – one

Tech.view The invention machine – Economist

Tech.view The invention machine
Economist, UK
Unlike the “inverted index” (a method for mapping words and numbers in a web page to locations in a database) used by conventional search engines, the QDEX algorithm can handle vast amounts of semantically rich data on the fly.

Enterprises, Struggling to Manage Your Data? Give The Semantic Web … – ReadWriteWeb

Enterprises, Struggling to Manage Your Data? Give The Semantic Web
ReadWriteWeb, CA
A new PricewaterhouseCoopersTechnology report explains how the Semantic Web and Linked Data can help enterprises manage their large scale data better. The PwC Center for Technology and Innovation team spent several months researching and analyzing the

Bing is not alone; similar techniques alive and well in existing … – ZDNet

Bing is not alone; similar techniques alive and well in existing
Paul Miller provides consultancy and analysis services at the interface between the worlds of Cloud Computing and the Semantic Web. See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

CNET Links Up with OpenCalais Service

Krista Thomas Contributor

Calais Blog

Thomson Reuters and CNET announced today they have formed an alliance that marks a new wave of innovation in digital media and publishing. Under the agreement, CNET will use the Thomson Reuters OpenCalais service for semantic analysis of its tech product reviews, award-winning news, and blog postings on consumer electronics and technology. This service will help streamline CNET’s content operations, drive audience engagement, and further extend CNET’s reach across the Web.

In addition, CNET joins Thomson Reuters as one of the first commercial media companies to publish core data assets for public, programmatic use on the open semantic Web. CNET will leverage OpenCalais’ connection to the rapidly expanding ‘Linked Data cloud’ to allow its original content — such as tech product reviews on laptops, TVs, smart phones, and digital cameras; news articles and blog posts from its CNET News editorial staff; and parts of its core technology product catalog – to be available for public use.

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D7 Tech Demo: Siri – All Things D Blogs

D7 Tech Demo: Siri
All Things D Blogs, CA
It will do this via a combination of technologies, including speech recognition, natural language processing and semantic web search. Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus comes out. Introduces himself and the produce. It’s been many years of work, he says.

What Is ‘Web 3.0,’ and Should You Care?

John D. Sutter’s SciTechBlog:

The tech community, always moving toward the newest thing, has come up with a fresh term for the world to chew on: Web 3.0.

The idea, which vaguely refers to a third era of Internet technology, is nascent enough that many discussions about it seem to center on its definition.

Nova Spivack, Twine’s founder, said in an interview last week that Web 3.0 is more chronological and simple than some would make it out to be. It just means we’re in the third decade of the Internet, which technically began in March, he said.

“We’re in Web 3.0 now. It happened,” he said.

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Has Twitter Killed The Blog?

Frank Reed Contributor

Frank Reed

Andy Serwer is the managing editor over at Fortune magazine. Now, so you are aware I have a bias toward Fortune because I think that is just a good magazine. Simplistic? Yes, but I need it that way. In fact, that’s what Andy is alluding to in his Captain’s Blog post from May 20. He suggests that we communicate so much that maybe blogging is going to be replaced by Facebook and Twitter. I agree to a degree.

Serwer postulates that maybe blogging is too slow and clunky. After journalism was pronounced dead due to blogging now it may be time to pronounce blogging dead due to Twitter and Facebook and the new “140 character or less” culture.

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