Archives: December 2011

Semantic Web Jobs: Cray

Cray is looking for a Senior Semantic Web Engineer in Pleasanton, CA. According to the post, “The Knowledge Management Practice at Cray is developing solutions to meet the growing demand of large scale data analysis and mining. We are developing innovative solutions to meet the demands of next generation big data analysis. We have openings for a senior semantic applications developer for building the web 3.0 data mining application stack. The developer will be responsible for the developing database application software stack.  This position entails: Developing, porting, testing and benchmarking the web 3.0 database application software; Building and maintaining working relationships with technical counterparts at the ISVs, partners, and customers; Collaborating with other functional groups within Cray on features related to supporting informatics applications and databases.” Read more

Finding Better Movies with Nanocrowd

Rafe Needleman recently reviewed Nanocrowd, a movie recommendation engine that uses semantic analysis to provide users with optimal film suggestions. Needleman writes, “Rather than collect your viewing history and asking you to rank what you’ve seen (as Netflix and Tivo do), Nanocrowd lets you start with one movie and then it tries to tease out what it is about that film that you’re liking right now. Then it finds more like that.” Read more

ThingWorx is on the Rise

A new article out of ThingWorx reports that the company is expanding to meet growing customer demand. ThingWorx, the article states, “is partnering with a rapidly expanding list of customers in the M2M, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, Smart Grid and Infrastructure, and printing industries to realize operational innovation through its Connected Application platform. To meet this rapid growth, the company has announced several key additions to the staff as it builds the growing ThingWorx community.” Read more

StreamGlider iPad News-Reader App Touts Mixed Media and Multi-View Modes

StreamGlider, which we first covered here, made its debut yesterday. The iPad news and social reader application in its initial version debuts sans the location-aware and some of the more heavy-duty semantic topic stream smarts discussed in that piece, but newly named StreamGlider Inc. CEO Bill McDaniel – also CEO of SemantiStar, which developed the application – says to expect them in updates beginning in March. McDaniel is partners in StreamGlider with co-founder Nova Spivack, also CEO of Bottlenose among other pursuits, and co-founder John Breslin, DERI researcher, NUI Galway lecturer,  and founder of New Tech Post.

What’s in the current version that McDaniel says differentiates the software from other iPad news reader apps like Pulse and Flipboard are real-time news streams composed of mixed media – sources such as RSS, YouTube, Flickr, Google Reader, Twitter, and Facebook – so you can see news items, images, video, social media updates and more about particular content of interest, any way you like in a stream. “You can put them all together in a single stream so you can build streams to be more topic-oriented,” McDaniel says.

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Siri, Mobile Ads, and Semantic Markup

Kevin Fitchard recently asked the question, “Is Google scared of Siri? Is Yelp? Is Facebook? If they aren’t they should be, as should any mobile website, service or app that depends on advertising for revenues. Siri is just the beginning of a new wave of user interfaces (UIs) that will gradually shift our attention away from our phones’ screens, allowing us to interact with our devices in ways that don’t involve tapping keys and staring at pixels.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Aptima

Aptima is looking for Human Language Technologies Scientists/Engineers in Woburn, MA; Washington, DC; or Dayton, OH. According to the post, the company “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

Semantic Tech in 2011: The Year In Highlights

To accompany our recent podcast looking back on 2011, we’ve accumulated some additional perspectives from thought leaders in the next-wave Web space on the year that’s quickly passing us by.

Some highlights follow. You’ll see respondents hit on some common themes throughout, such as Big Data, sentiment analytics, specific vertical industry adoption, and the standards space:


  • SKOS has become an increasingly popular entry point for organizations that want to use semantic technology in practical applications without worrying about the more complicated aspects of semantic web technology. – Bob  DuCharme, solutions architect, TopQuadrant


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Learn to Code in One Day?

Louise Jack has asked, “If so many people’s jobs are touched by the Internet and digital technology, then how come so few of us have even a basic understanding of how things work? This is the fundamental question behind a new course in the U.K. called Decoded, which promises to teach people how to code in one day.”

Steve Henry, one of the creators of the class stated, “The Internet is beyond doubt the prime medium for communications and commerce. Unlike TV, it’s a two-way tool. And yet how many people know how it works? Probably less than 3%.” Read more

Open Domesday: Opening Up a Historical Dataset

Anna Powell-Smith of the Open Domesday project recently shared her experiences working to make a historically fascinating data set freely available. She writes, “Domesday Book might be one of the most famous government datasets ever created. Which makes it all the stranger that it’s not freely available online – at the National Archives, you have to pay £2 per page to download copies of the text. Domesday is pretty much unique. It records the ownership of almost every acre of land in England in 1066 and 1086 – a feat not repeated in modern times. It records almost every household. It records the industrial resources of an entire nation, from castles to mills to oxen.” Read more

New Semantic Web Book for Librarians

Michael Sauers recently announced, “My next book, co-authored with Robin Fay, has been officially listed on the Neal-Schuman site and is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2012. It’s titled Semantic Web Technologies and Social Searching for Librarians and is book number #20 in Neal-Schuman’s second Tech Set.”

The book description states, “There are trillions of bytes of information within the web, all of it driven by behind-the-scenes data. Vast quantities of information make it hard to find what’s really important. Here’s a practical guide to the future of web-based technology, especially search. It provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement semantic web technology.” Read more