Archives: February 2013

Semantic Web Jobs: Keystone Mercy Health Plan

Keystone Mercy Health Plan is searching for a Director of Enterprise Architecture in Philadelphia, PA. According to the post, this position is “Responsible for the overall design of the enterprise information architecture, across all data types (structured, semi structured and unstructured), balancing the need for access against security and performance requirements. This individual focuses primarily on enterprise business information requirements: design, access, usage and stewardship. The position also requires an understanding of emerging regulatory issues surrounding information assets (such as eDiscovery, consumer privacy laws, data retention policies, outsourced data and specific industry guidelines – especially in healthcare). Development of internal and external checks and controls to ensure proper governance, security and quality of information assets.” Read more

Holovisions Launches Semantic Technology for Morphing Prose Text

Image morphing is a special effect in which a first image is gradually changed into a second image. Image morphing is often used to morph one person’s face into a second person’s face. In the middle of the image morphing process, a new face is created that combines elements of both. Image morphing has grown in popularity and use since its introduction in the 1980s.

Now, in 2013, it is possible to morph together two bodies of prose text in a manner that is analogous to the way in which image morphing morphs together two images. Read more

Data is Shaping the Future of Product Development

Max Engel of HypeBot recently identified the smart use of data as one of three major trends currently shaping the future of product development. He writes, “The role that data plays goes beyond analytics. Open platforms and API’s allow for the creation of product mash-ups that have broken down barriers to content availability. One cannot underestimate the brilliance of platform-focused companies like SoundCloud and Spotify that allow innovation to occur rapidly and unfettered. Similarly, structured data is going to be increasingly impactful. Facebook’s Open Graph, for example, projects the foundation for the oft-mentioned semantic web.” Read more

Facebook Wants You to Catalog the Known World

Tom Simonite of the MIT Technology Review reports, “More than one billion people visit Facebook each month, mostly to see photos and messages posted by friends. Facebook hopes to encourage some of them to do a little work for it while they’re there. By asking people to contribute data—from business locations to book titles—and to check one another’s work, Facebook is building a rich stock of knowledge that could make its software smarter and boost the usefulness of its search engine. ‘We’re trying to map what the real world looks like onto Facebook so you can run really expressive and powerful queries,’ says Mitu Singh, product manager for Facebook’s entities team, a group charged with building a resource called the entity graph.” Read more

Semanticize The Supply Chain

Turns out that supply chains need the Semantic Web, too. The iCargo project, co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, was formally launched last year to help make global logistics across multiple modes of transport more sustainable, both in terms of lowered costs and greater energy efficiency.

The project is composed of multiple components, including technical tasks where semantic interoperability plays a key role in the goal of developing an open information architecture that lets real-world objects, existing systems and new apps to better cooperate with each other. Things have progressed to the point where the semantic capabilities it’s developed are to be included in prototypes debuting in May.

“Enabling interoperable supply chains could provide us better intermodal door-to-door services, and semantic technologies will provide the interoperability between services,” says Germán Herrero Cárcel, head of sector, Full Electric Vehicle & Supply Chain Sector, MRS Market, Research & Innovation at international IT services company Atos, which is coordinating the iCargo consortium of 29 organizations with experience in the field of logistics, supply chain management and ICT.

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Semantic Web Jobs: General Dynamics IT

General Dynamics is looking for a Senior Principal Engineer – Systems in Suffolk, VA. The post states, “As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 21,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services. General Dynamics Information Technology is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. ” Read more

Announcing the Semantic Computing Consortium in Southern California

Industry / University Collaborative Research on Semantic ComputingA collaborative initiative by the three University of California campuses in Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Irvine) has been announced. UCLA, UCSD, and UCI are coming together for the first time to form a semantic Computing Consortium. The intent of the consortium will be to ally Semantics from both the Industry/Commercial and Academic Perspectives, not only to promote the technology, but also to create an infrastructure usable to all participants, in addition to stimulating the interest of this still nascent, but extremely powerful technology.

The existence of the Semantic Computing Center will undoubtedly have a powerful and positive impact on the Southern California community in general, as well as facilitate significant advancement and progress in the Arena of Semantic Computing, from both an academic and commercial prospective. Having such a powerful consortium here in Southern California is an extremely exciting prospect and will facilitate in defining/creating Southern California as a high tech strip with respect to Semantic Computing.

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‘Semantic Annotations in OGC Standards’ Adopted as OGC Best Practice

The Open Geospatial Consortium reports that the organization has adopted Semantic annotations in OGC standards as an OGC Best Practice. The article states, “OGC standards provide standard ways of locating and transporting network-resident geospatial data and ways of locating and invoking geospatial services. Without proper descriptions of these resources, however, use of the resources is limited to small user groups. To make a geospatial resource more widely discoverable, assessable and useful, resource providers must annotate the resource with descriptive metadata that can be read and understood by a broad audience. Without such metadata, people will neither be able to find the resource using search engines nor will they be able to evaluate if the discovered resource satisfies their current information need.” Read more

Fostering Cultural Intelligence with the Semantic Web

Erik Nemeth of the Providence Journal recently opined that there is a current lack of taste and knowledge in the art world and suggested that the Semantic Web may be the right tool to help art collectors improve their decision making. He writes, “What the heck happened to cultural sensibilities last year? While collectors bid up record prices for artworks at auction–Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ went for $120 million in May–they were criticized for a lack of aesthetic judgment, especially at the premier U.S. fair, Art Basel Miami Beach. And cultural heritage took a turn for the worse as well. Cooperation on repatriation of antiquities was overshadowed by grim reports of wanton destruction of historic sites in Mali and Syria. With both contemporary and ancient art, the desire to collect and possess seemed to outstrip cultural appreciation. High-end collectors and cultural-heritage abusers alike would benefit from a boost in cultural intelligence, or ‘CQ,’ to grasp the interrelation of art, culture, economic development, and human rights.” Read more

HealthONE Hospitals Launches BodyMaps

Healthline Networks and Visual Health Solutions and Denver’s leading healthcare system, HealthONE, today announced a partnership to provide patients and physicians with Healthline’s BodyMaps application via the HealthONE website, www.HealthONEcares.com.

BodyMaps demystifies complex aspects of health by combining Healthline’s unique semantic taxonomy and Visible Health Solution’s high-quality anatomical content into a unique interactive 3D experience for users to visually explore the human body, from its largest organ to its smallest bone. BodyMaps also maps thousands of anatomical and clinical terms to simple patient-friendly synonyms, making it understandable to anyone. Read more

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