Archives: July 2012

The Age of Siri: Beyond Search

Nadav Gur, founder and CEO of Desti, recently shared his insights on moving beyond search in the age of Siri. Gur writes, “Since the launch of Siri on the iPhone 4S last year, the media has been abuzz with the potential implications of what’s next – from Google’s Eric Schmidt commenting that Siri poses a great threat to Google, to countless articles by VCs and thought leaders. Has artificial intelligence finally come of age? And is it ready for broader applications in industries ranging from travel to finance? Are we destined to grapple with fast-following Siri clone after Siri clone, or will the category evolve?” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: LMN Solutions

LMN Solutions is looking for an Engineer in Maryland. According to the post, “LMN Solutions is seeking an Engineer with the following qualifications: 5 years working on engineering projects for government or industry customers, demonstrating increasing levels of technical expertise and responsibility. 3 years experience programming in Java. 2 years working in a Linux environment. 1 year experience supporting a project using standard relational and object-oriented modeling and constraint languages.  1 year experience designing, coding, testing, and debugging software using RDF Schema and query languages (preferably SPARQL).  1 year experience supporting a project using an AllegroGraph database.  1 year experience using, and/or training for, a standards-based metadata management system, particularly, ISO/IEC 11179 or ebXML.” Read more

WikiSeer Tackles Semantic Summaries

A new article out of WikiSeer reports that “the Santa Clara based start-up pioneering real-time semantic summarization, today announced that it has successfully tested, training and completed its 1.0 platform update using more than 3.5 million English-based articles available on the portal as well as from thousands of additional websites. In real-time WikiSeer captures the essence and core principles from any text document by extracting the five most instructive and informative sentences from a page, link or article. In the course of using Wikipedia there were thousands of articles (topics) whereby the platform would cull through tens of pages and paragraphs to arrive at the five most important sentences (user definable up to 10) with better than 85% accuracy based on user testing and feedback.” Read more

The Current State & Future of HTML5

Jeff Jaffe of the W3C reports, “HTML5 is the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform that the web community is building. This week saw two significant events in W3C that bolster our efforts… First, we announced that Adobe, Google, and Microsoft have provided significant funds to sponsor more complete W3C staff coverage to achieve Recommendation Status for HTML5 for 2014.”

He continues, “Second, the chairs announced people from the community chosen to participate in the editorial team to complete HTML5: Travis Leithead, Erika Doyle Navara, Ted O’Connor, and Silvia Pfeiffer; more names will follow. With these contributions of time and money from our Membership, we are confident that HTML5 is resourced to move forward. And we are pleased that the Working Group, in collaboration with others in the community, is also focused on what will come next – as web technology continues to be a living technology.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: MD Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson is looking for a Senior Data Architect in Houston, TX. The post states, “The Sr. Data Architect is responsible for transforming complex business structures, processes and activities into technical architectures, models, diagrams and documents in support of the delivery of complex information centric information technology solutions. In addition, the Sr. Data Modeler will design, develop and support complex enterprise composite applications, vocabulary services and ontology applications that extract knowledge contained within software applications and enterprises for a particular domain and the enterprise.” Read more

‘Explore More’ with Knowledge Graph

Miranda Miller reports, “Google is reportedly testing a new feature in the Knowledge Graph sidebar: the ability for users to find out more about the topic and suggested results. An ‘Explore More’ option has appeared to some users, allowing for an expanded set of results below the search box. Google Operating System posted the above screenshot of the test in action. Google is constantly performing tests in search results, so this one should come as no surprise. It is interesting, however, to see what they might have in mind for Knowledge Graph. When it first launched mid-May, Google called it ‘the first step in the next generation of search’.” Read more

Taking Search To The Enterprise Streets

What can semantic search do for your enterprise? One example comes from the recently launched Searchbox online semantic search engine by the company of the same name (which formerly was known as salsaDev).

One of the vendor’s biggest customers is the European Commission, according to Nicolas Gamard, CEO of the Switzerland-based company. That early adopter of Searchbox is using the technology for improving search related to its public grants funding, which amounts to tens of billions of dollars since 2007. Before deploying Searchbox, both researchers and its own commissioners struggled with conducting searches across 15 different repositories, as they looked for previously funded projects and partnership possibilities across the continent, for example. Tooling through a research grant PDF document of some 150 to 600 pages was another time-consuming issue, he says.

“It was like a full-time job just to look at all the different data sources. Things were not formatted in the same way – they used different terms and structures,” Gamard says.

Today, Searchbox powers a single web application for the European Commission, where all such content is interlinked together. “So, if a researcher is looking at a grant, we suggest all the related relevant research grants, partnership opportunities across Europe, all previously funded projects, and all the information he or she needs,” says Gamard. “That’s done automatically so that, within a single look, within 5 minutes you can have identified all the research opportunities right for you.”

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An Olympic Opportunity to Share Data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the Web, featured during the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

As you’ve probably noticed, the 2012 Olympics are underway in London right now. A massive logistical exercise and a global spectacle, the Games have also given the BBC another opportunity to impress with their semantic technology skills. And impress they most certainly do. Only, I can’t help feeling this was a missed opportunity for a bolder and more modern piece of data sharing, more in keeping with both the Olympics spirit and Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s tweet during his appearance at the Opening Ceremony; ‘this is for everyone.’ Read more

An Inside Look at Knowledge Graph

Jon Mitchell recently interviewed Emily Moxley, the lead product manager of Google’s Knowledge Graph. Asked about the goal of Knowledge Graph, Moxley responded, “It’s about mapping the real world into something that computers can understand. It’s all about taking real-world objects, understanding what those things are and what the important things about them are, and also their relationship to other things. That’s the part I find the most fascinating: What is the relationship between all these different things?” Read more

Better Integration with Linked Data Working Group Initiative

The W3C’s Linked Data Working Group — which SemanticWeb is a co-sponsor of, and which we’ve discussed here and here — aims to take the programmable web to a higher level, according to a new article by Michael Vizard. Vizard writes, “The whole concept of a programmable Web may just be too important to rely solely on APIs. That’s the thinking behind a Linked Data Working Group initiative led by the W3C that expects to create a standard for embedding URLs directly within application code to more naturally integrate applications. Backed by vendors such as IBM and EMC, the core idea is to create more reliable method for integrating applications that more easily scales by not creating unnecessary dependencies of APIs and middleware.” Read more