Archives: June 2011

Semantic Web Jobs: Intelligent Software Solutions

Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS) is looking for a Web Services/Infrastructure Developer in Colorado Springs, CO. According to the post, “ISS provides cutting edge solutions development based on the latest advances in open software design and integration. The company is best known for not only understanding our customers’ needs, but also consistently exceeding their expectations. ISS develops sophisticated data visualization, event analysis, pattern detection, mission planning and mobile software using net-centric and enterprise architectures. With ISS, no job is too large or too small.” Read more

Preventing Pandemics with HealthMap

According to a recent article, “A growing segment of the medical community believes that is a realistic possibility and is increasingly looking at ways to harness the power of blogs, news outlets and social-networking websites to detect disease patterns around the world. Dozens of researchers gathered Monday at a pandemic conference in Toronto to hear about the progress one expert has made toward achieving those goals. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist who works as a researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston, told researchers instead of relying solely on government-based disease-surveillance systems, they should recognize the power of clues coming from individuals on the ground.” Read more

ThingWorx Acquires Palantiri Systems

ThingWorx, a company that we have covered in the past, “today announced that it acquired Palantiri Systems, a visionary provider of the AlwaysOn(TM) software platform that enables intelligent machines to participate in a connected, collaborative world. The combination of ThingWorx and Palantiri Systems creates a single company that represents the catalyst for the next stage of the ‘connected device’ revolution.” Read more

Bluefin Labs Hopes To Breach the Semantic Barrier Between Social Media Comments and TV Content

Here’s what Bluefin Labs is trying to capture for mass media content providers, be they media companies or brands: The word-of-mouth about TV shows and commercials that has migrated to the social media space. It wants to make visible the feedback loop that is very evident in live human communications – be they one-on-one at the water cooler or speaker-to-audience on the lecture circuit – but which has been essentially invisible in the world of mass media for decades.

“The value proposition of broadcast and mass media is that you can magnify your audience and reach,” says Bluefin founder and CEO Deb Roy. “The primary cost is you lose the feedback channel.” Instead of talking with each other or with a speaker, listeners are talked at. And the speakers lose the immediate connection with the listeners that helps them understand if they are communicating effectively.

Providers such as The Nielsen Company have long offered services that track how many people were seated to watch a particular show and something about their age or gender, for instance, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “Most people still see mass media as a one-way shotgun into the dark, and they hope to hit as many people as they can and that approach is and not where the future lies,” says Roy.

Where it does lie, he believes, is with using semantic technology to do something with public social media as a new and real-time data stream to build a richer feedback loop for mass media content creators.

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Making the Case for a Standard Biomedical Language

A recent article makes the case for a standard language in the life sciences. The article begins, “In July, hundreds of international scientists from dozens of
biomedical fields will meet at the University at Buffalo seeking a common language with which to energize cross-disciplinary research… The public may assume that when biomedical scientists talk, they use the same words to mean the same things. But as [Barry] Smith points out, in different research fields, even such common terms as ‘pain,’ ‘gene,’ ‘blood’ and ‘cancer’ may have very different meanings as used in different contexts. With the exponential growth of biomedical data, this simple fact has enormous implications. It leads to incompatibilities that frequently confuse, halt cross-disciplinary research and severely limit communication among researchers.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: The Information Architecture Institute

The Information Architecture Institute seeks a Semantic Modeler in Portland, OR. The post states, “We are a Portland-based software company that builds enterprise semantic software solutions. We are seeking a semantic modeler to join our modeling and analysis team at our downtown Portlandvlocation. As a semantic modeler, you will design and build the OWL-based ontologies that back our solutions. You’ll analyze customer and product requirements and research customer domains to create modular, extensible ontologies that balance elegance of expression with practical implementation considerations. Read more

Gaining Intelligence through a Rich Semantic Infrastructure

Jack Krupansky recently wrote about the benefits of a rich semantic infrastructure: “Making intelligent software agents both powerful and easy to construct, manage, and maintain will require a very rich semantic infrastructure. Without such a rich semantic infrastructure, the bulk of the intelligence would have to be inside the individual agents, or very cleverly encoded by the designer, or even more cleverly encoded in an armada of relatively dumb distributed agents that offer collective intelligence, but all of those approaches would put intelligent software agents far beyond the reach of average users or even average software professionals or average computer scientists.” Read more

Digital Reasoning Announces Select Partner Program

Digital Reasoning recently announced a new Select Partner Program. According to Digital Reasoning, “The program has been created to support the growing ecosystem of leading technology vendors building the next generation of analytic solutions for Big Data. ‘We strongly believe that working with best-in-class partners is the ideal way to help customers solve their Big Data analytic challenges,’ said Tim Estes, CEO of Digital Reasoning. ‘We are excited about our first partners and look forward to announcing many more in the coming months.’ Initial members of the Select Partner Program include Cloudera, DataStax, and Fetch Technologies.” Read more – One Month In

MicrophonesIf you have been following the news from the world of web standards, linked data, and/or semantic web, you certainly have heard about If you missed it, is a collaboration of Google, Yahoo! and Bing and is a way to include structured data in web pages. The vocabulary includes descriptive terms for content like movies, music, organizations, TV shows, products, locations, and more – there are over 100 terms. According to the website, the goal is “to improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages.”

Announced just before The San Francisco Semantic Technology Conference, was the most heated discussion topic the conference has seen in some time, and since then has been talked about extensively in news publications, podcasts, email discussion boards, and Q&A systems. (In case you missed all the hubub, following is a timeline of some of the early reactions.)

There is little doubt that will continue to be a topic of conversation for some time to come, but as we are now about one month in, we wanted to look in on the discussion and provide an aggregation of some of the many voices and opinions we have heard, including some very recent developments and newly available video of the Google Rich Snippets session from SemTech.

Be sure to see the bottom of this post for the latest!


June 2 – is announced by Google, Yahoo, and Bing

June 2 – A public discussion forum is opened as a Google Group

June 2 – Mike Bergman – Structured Web Gets Massive Boost/

June is announced. This was a quick response from the Linked Data community “to express the terms provided by the consortium in RDF.” Of particular interest may be the various tools that are in development by community members.

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Travel the Semantic Road From SemTech 2011 Agenda to Medicare Zombie Hunters

Brand Niemann, who this year with Mills Davis restarted the Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP), at SemTech in June explained the building of the SemTech 2011 agenda and the archive in the cloud with Linked Open Data. The process involved structuring content in MindTouch to create site maps; screen scraping the agenda and articles into Excel; importing data into TIBCO Spotfire self-service BI tool and creating an interactive dashboard from which users can sort/filter/search the data, download it, and share it via Web Player and an iPad app.

“Essentially everything is in the same format and linked underneath so that it is semantically interoperable,” said Niemann, formerly senior enterprise architect at the EPA and now director and senior data scientist at, in a presentation at SemTech.

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