Archives: September 2013

Semantic Web Jobs: OCLC


The OCLC is looking for a Lead Semantic Web Engineer in Dublin, OH. The post states, “The Data Architecture Group and Data Service engineering team are challenged with identifying, designing and developing products and services that will advance our information retrieval offerings to web scale.  Through our innovative systems using the latest technology, we are leaders in our industry at delivering creative solutions to help our members and partners with their missions. We are looking for a Lead Semantic Web Software Engineer with a considerable experience in agile software development; experience with semantic web technologies (RDF, OWL, triple stores, linked data) preferred.  You will be challenged to design and develop large-scale, highly peformant applications and services leveraging a wide variety of open source and commercial technologies.” Read more

The Library of 2020


Joseph Janes, editor of Library 2020, recently shared an excerpt from that publication on The article envisions two research libraries in the year 2020, one that has embraced technology, and one that has not. Janes prefaces the article, “Transformation. The word is so pervasive these days, it’s a cliché. We’re so inured to it—even tired of it—that it’s becoming background noise, and perhaps some of us don’t hear it anymore. As we all know, accomplishing real transformation is easier said than done. This is the theme taken up by Mary Ann Mavrinac in her essay for Library 2020, which LJ excerpts here. She is the vice provost and dean of River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, NY; I met her when teaching a few summers ago at the University of Toronto, when she was running the splendid library at its campus in Mississauga.” Read more

DataSift Now Offers Historical Data Analysis Across Twitter Facebook, & More


Sarah Perez of TechCrunch reports, “Fresh on the heels of its deal with Tumblr for access to the Tumblr ‘firehose,’ social data platform DataSift is putting that data, and more, to good use with the launch of a new API that performs historical analysis across Twitter, Tumblr, and ‘firehoses,’ as well as data pulled from forums, blogs and public Facebook data. With ‘Historic Preview,’ as DataSift is calling it, developers have the ability to perform historical analysis across all sources combined, using four different analysis types. These include: frequency distribution, numeric statistical analysis, target volume, and word count (a list of up to 100 of the most often used words). The analysis functions can be applied to all 400+ metadata fields, the company says.” Read more

Introducing Declara: An Intelligent Social Learning Platform With Leading Global Customers


PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Sep 26, 2013) –  Today, Declara announces its intelligent social learning platform that combines collaboration, intuitive search, and analytics to help organizations work smarter and faster. Declara is also revealing it has received a substantial amount of funding from Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and first investor in both Facebook and Palantir Technologies; Founders Fund, an early backer of companies like SpaceX and Yammer; and Data Collective, a high profile, Big Data-focused Silicon Valley venture capital fund. Read more

Hooray For Semantic Tech In The Film Industry

Image courtesy popturfdotcom/Flickr

Image courtesy popturfdotcom/Flickr

The story below features an interview with Kurt Cagle, Information Architect Avalon Consulting, LLC, who is speaking this week at the Semantic Technology And Business Conference in NYC. You can save $200 when you register for the event before October 2.


New York has a rich history in the film industry.  The city was the capital of film production from 1895 to 1910. In fact, a quick trip from Manhattan to Queens will take you to the former home of the Kaufman Astoria Studios, now the site of the American Museum of the Moving Image. Even after the industry moved shop to Hollywood, New York continued to hold its own, as evidenced by this Wikipedia list of films shot in the city.


semtechnyclogoThis week, at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference, a session entitled Semantics Goes Hollywood will offer a perspective on the technology’s applicability to the industry for both its East and West Coast practitioners (and anyone in between). For that matter, even people in industries of completely different stripes stand to gain value: As Kurt Cagle, Information Architect at Avalon Consulting, LLC, who works with many companies in the film space, explains, “A lot of what I see is not really a Hollywood-based problem at all – it’s a data integration problem.”


Here’s a spotlight on some of the points Cagle will discuss when he takes the stage:


  • Just like any enterprise, studios that have acquired other film companies face the challenge of ensuring that their systems can understand the information that’s stored in the systems of the companies they bought. Semantic technology can come to the fore here as it has for industries that might not have the same aura of glamour surrounding them. “Our data models may not be completely in sync but you can represent both and communicate both into a single composite data system, and a language like SPARQL can query against both sets to provide information without having to do a huge amount of re-engineering,” Cagle says.

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Semantic Web Jobs: SAS Institute

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SAS is looking for a Technical Architect in Cary, NC. According to the post, “The Text Analytics R&D group at SAS Institute Inc. develops state-of-the art text analytics technologies providing compact and scalable solutions to numerous problems in natural language processing, text classification, sentiment analysis, semantic technologies, question-answering, search, information extraction and storage.  We are looking for a strong individual who will coordinate development between the products/technologies developed in the Text Analytics group.” Read more

Former Siri Product Lead Raises $1M for Unsilo, a Semantic Search Engine


Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch reports, “Apple’s acquisition of Siri in 2010 gave the company the technology it needed to build a voice-activated personal assistant for its iPhone and iPad devices. A year later, Mads Rydahl — one of the first employees at Siri as its director of product design — sold something else to Apple: a set of patents, nine in all, from a startup he founded before joining Siri. Today, Rydahl is working on a new startup: a semantic search engine called Unsilo, which is now preparing for a launch in November backed with $1 million from Danish incubator Oei and Scale Capital, a small VC firm co-headquartered in the U.S. (Palo Alto) and Denmark.” Read more

The European Project “” Opens Its Code

09-24-2013 06:12 PM CET — The EU’s “” project brings Fraunhofer IAO together with seven research and industry partners to develop a system for user-controlled social networks and services that can serve as a central hub for managing a user’s various digital identities. The project has now released the source code from its software development work as an open-source project.

The use of personal information for private and business life is a trend in our increasingly information-driven society. With the rise of social media, individuals are revealing more personal data online than ever before. This data disclosure provides value to users, such as enhancing social contacts or obtaining personalized services and products. However, the existing social internet makes it difficult for using personal information in a controlled way while retaining privacy where required. Read more

Google Changes Search Algorithm to Handle More Complex Queries


Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times reports, “Google on Thursday announced one of the biggest changes to its search engine, a rewriting of its algorithm to handle more complex queries that affects 90 percent of all searches. The change, which represents a new approach to search for Google, required the biggest changes to the company’s search algorithm since 2000. Now, Google, the world’s most popular search engine, will focus more on trying to understand the meanings of and relationships among things, as opposed to its original strategy of matching keywords.” Read more

New Semantic Search Engine Ixigo Claims to Search Like a Human

P.R. Sanjai of Live Mint reports, “Aloke Bajpai , chief executive officer and co-founder of Le Travenues Technology Pvt. Ltd, says the technology of his online travel metasearch engine, developed completely in India, mimics the way humans think and reason. In an interview, Bajpai underscored that ixigo does not sell any tickets. It, instead, helps users decide which travel site to use for what sort of bookings, and then allows them to get to the page of their choice with a single click to complete the booking.” Read more