Archives: November 2011

Dachis Group Releases a Free Social Business Index

Dachis Group has released a social business index that companies can use to measure their social media marketing against their competitor’s. According to the article, “The Social Business Index hopes to bring mounds of big data into a consumable format by helping enterprise corporations gain a holistic view of how they rank in social business. The challenge with social media is that it’s still in the infancy stage (albeit, quickly growing from a walk to a slow jog); from software solutions to the fire hose of activity – there’s just not a simplistic way to understand it all. The Social Business Index (SBI) hopes to help alleviate this concern.” Read more

Give A Little Bit

In addition to getting the best retail deals for friends and family on Black Friday or this very Cyber-Monday, the holiday season also is a good time to think about helping others.

Semantic technology is playing a part in that too – both from the standpoint of consumers who want to reach out and the organizations that want to be reached out to.

DailyFeats, a social platform for positive actions that incorporates detailed semantic understanding about such efforts in order to categorize them and recommend to users related actions (see here), is building up more partnerships for supporting good causes. It’s recently added opportunities for users to redeem the points they earn on the service for partner donations to 501©3 non-profits. For 50 points, Cigna, for example, will make a $1 donation to P2V, which matches military veterans with shelter pets to help them heal from psychological wounds.

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Taming Big Data with Semantic Technologies

Steve Hamby recently attested that semantic technology is one of the three main solutions that has shown success at taming Big Data, the other two being cloud computing and natural language processing. Hamby writes, “The May 2001 Scientific American article ‘The Semantic Web’ by Tim Berners-Lee, Jim Hendler, and Ora Lassila described the Semantic Web as agents that query ontologies representing human knowledge to find information requested by a human. OWL ontology is based on Description Logics, which are both expressive and decidable, and provide a foundation for developing precise models about various domains of knowledge.” Read more

DoD Turns to Semantic Web to Improve Data Sharing

A recent article reports that “In its ongoing quest to catalyze cost efficiencies and improve information-sharing, the Defense Department is increasingly looking to IT to solve problems of all sizes. The latest bid involves high-tech search capabilities, interoperable data and a futuristic, data-rich internet known as semantic web.”

It continues, “In a new RFI, the Defense Information Systems Agency and Deputy Chief Management Office are looking to strengthen interoperability and data-sharing for a vast array of requirements through an enterprise information web (EIW). Read more

Collecting a World of Data at FuturICT

Many organizations have attempted to calculate how much data there is in the world, but now an organization is actually trying “to collect all the data in the world and use it to peer into the future. Seriously. What’s more, an organization called the European Commission is even willing to pump 1 billion euros into this dream. The project is called the FutureICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis-Relief System, or FuturICT for short. FuturITC is building a Living Earth Platform. In the words of the FuturICT founders, the Living Earth Platform will be ‘a simulation, visualization, and participation platform to support decision making of policymakers, business people, and citizens.’” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Aptima

Aptima is looking for a Human Language Technologies Scientist/Engineer in Woburn, MA; Washington DC; or Dayton, OH. According to the post, “Aptima currently has openings for passionate, creative Scientist/Engineers interested in working on a variety of applied projects related to topics such as Statistical Modeling, Human Language Technologies, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning, and Computational Linguistics. Most of our work with these technologies involves applying existing methods and integrating them with other capabilities to address particular customer problems or evaluating the use of such methods for such problems. The ideal candidate will possess strong skills in problem analysis, mathematical formulation, algorithm development, model implementation and analysis.” Read more

Learn Ontology Development at SemTechBiz DC

In less than one week SemTechBiz DC will arrive at the Kellogg Conference Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference, which takes place November 29-December 1, 2011, will feature highly-anticipated sessions led by top thinkers in the fields of Open Government, Content Management, Enterprise Data Management, Linked Data, and much more.

Featured Presentation

Photo of Presenters Elisa Kendall and Deborah L. McGuinness

Elisa Kendall and Deborah L. McGuinness

Ontology 101: An Introduction to Knowledge Representation and Ontology Development with Elisa Kendall, Partner – Thematix LLC and Deborah McGuinness, Tetherless World Chaired Constellation Professor – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

This presentation will provide an introductory-level technical examination of ontologies. Read more

Serve Up Thanksgiving Dinner With the Semantic Web’s Help

Photo courtesy: Flickr/Florian

How’s your Thanksgiving meal planning and prep going? Hopefully well, but some day, semantic web technologies might help it go even better.

A couple years back, K. Krasnow Waterman – visiting fellow at MIT who co-chaired its Linked Data Product Development Lab that has evolved into a course – organized a lecture on the topic of the business value of the semantic web. For her presentation, she focused on catering to a consumer application — that is, how the technology could add up to improving prepping a holiday dinner.

It was fun to do it then, Waterman says, and new developments like the integration of Siri into the iPhone could push the envelope even further, adding a voice-activated intelligent personal assistant to the mix.

She describes the vision of streamlining T-Day operations via the semantic web with the initial finding of recipes online. From there, apps could take the recipes a user has selected and extract as structured data various entities – i.e., the ingredients for a shopping list. After the app pulls the ingredient list, the cook-to-be could indicate what’s already in the house (e.g., flour, salt, pepper), so it’s only searching for what’s needed. 

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W3C SPARQL Working Group Publishes 2 New Working Drafts

The W3C SPARQL Working Group has published two new working drafts. The first is a working draft of SPARQL 1.1 Overview: “This document is an overview of SPARQL 1.1. It provides an introduction to a set of W3C specifications that facilitate querying and manipulating RDF graph content on the Web or in an RDF store. Comments on this document should be sent to, a mailing list with a public archive.” View the working draft here. Read more

Liner Notes for YouTube – Seevl Plugin

Seevl.netSeevl, the music discovery service built on Semantic Technology that I wrote about a few months ago, has released a significant update to their plugin for YouTube. The plugin is still only available for the Google Chrome browser, but other browser plugins are in the works. You can grab the Chrome plugin here.

Once the plugin is installed, the user has new options available when visiting YouTube. First, there’s a new search option next to the standard YouTube search bar.

Image of Seevl search Link on YouTube site

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