Archives: October 2013

Semantic Web Jobs: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is looking for a Software Engineer in Ft. Belvoir, VA. The post states, “The Bio-Threat Awareness Systems group is looking for a Software Engineer to join our multi-disciplinary team designing and implementing semantic web-based systems for ontology centered knowledge representation and intelligence analysis. Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task): Design and develop high-quality Java code modules exposing semantic knowledge base information via RESTful web services. (25%). Develop dynamic web based user interfaces, e.g. faceted browsing, and graph visualizations. (15%). Design and develop interactive HTML, CSS and JavaScript based web interfaces. (15%).” Read more

PhUSE and CDISC Announce Draft RDF Representation of Existing CDISC Data Standards

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Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) October 30, 2013 — PhUSE and CDISC are happy to announce the completion of Phase I of the FDA/PhUSE Semantic Technology Working Group Project. The PhUSE Semantic Technology Working Group aims to investigate how formal semantic standards can support the clinical and non-clinical trial data life cycle from protocol to submission. This deliverable includes a draft set of existing CDISC standards represented in RDF. Read more

Winners of the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge Announced at the International Semantic Web Conference

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OXFORD, England, October 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, congratulates the winners of the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). Determined by a jury of leading experts in computer semantics from both academia and industry, the winners were announced at the 12th International Semantic Web Conference held in Sydney, Australia, October 21-25. The challenge and allocated prizes were sponsored by Elsevier. Read more

The Battle for Dominance in Web 3.0

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Charles Silver of Wired recently wrote, “A new battle among the tech titans has begun. What are Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and a handful of others fighting over, using vast amounts of money, hardware and top talent as weapons? This battle is over. Who will solve the scalability and performance issues of semantic computing, the data model for Web 3.0 — its arrival has been predicted annually for years but, finally, it’s on the verge. Put another way, which titan will pull off this victory feat: transforming the all-knowing ‘Star Trek’ computer—which could find the answer to any question in the universe at warp speed — from television fantasy to everyday reality.” Read more

Take A Peek At Some Semantic Halloween Treats

rsz_bones5How can the semantic web help you participate in and celebrate Halloween this year? We trolled around and came up with a few ideas:

* Still haven’t found just the right costume yet for tonight’s festivities (for you, that is – we’re sure the kids have had theirs planned for some time). Perhaps you’re thinking hard about a do-it-yourself skeleton theme, but aren’t sure of the details for creating the most realistic effect? Well, if you head over to semantic search engine DuckDuckGo’s science goodies section, you’ll get a quick response on the number of bones in the human body, courtesy of Wolfram/Alpha computations. You can take it from there.

* OK, costume’s in check. Now how about what to do while wearing it?

sensebotscreenSemantic search engine SenseBot might be a help here, pointing you to information it’s extracted from web pages and summarizing them in a, well, sensible way, as well as offering a cloud of the concepts it’s discovered for you to further narrow your agenda. The results can be a little off here and there, but it’s nice to have an option to further narrow a search, like one for adult activities to partake in on Halloween, to something more granular, like those designed for the “scare” factor.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Novartis

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Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research is looking for a Knowledge Engineer in Cambridge, MA. The post states, “The Knowledge Engineer – Automated curation expert is responsible for the development and application of knowledge engineering solutions to automate the curation and quality improvement of biomedical data. Specific emphasis of the role includes working with scientists, software and database developers to implement world class informatics solutions that automate data curation and data quality improvement that positively impact drug discovery.” Read more

Tech Trends to Watch: Robotics, The Internet of Things, and More

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Stephen Ibaraki of IT World Canada reports, “The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released their 2014 5 Technology Trends to Watch report this week.  With the spotlight on Content Curation, Robotics, Driverless Cars, Digital Health Care, and Internet of Things, what will become the top trends or be trashed as minor players? Will these trends be clearly demonstrated at the 2014 International CES, January 7-10 in Las Vegas? What will be the impact on governments, industry, business, education, society, innovation, consumers and the ICT profession? How does this support your enterprise mobile one strategy, BYOD challenges, cloud adoption and the blurring lines between consumer wants and enterprise work?” Read more

UK’s Only Copy of the SKOR Codex Presented to ODI President, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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Tuesday 29th October 2013 — The SKOR Codex, an artwork designed as a lasting symbol of the preservation of cultural data in a non-digital format was presented to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, President and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI) at the ODI Summit in London today by Dutch artists, La Société Anonyme.

The SKOR Codex is one of only eight books in existence designed to last 1000 years. They have been created by La Société Anonyme to help inform future generations about the diversity of European cultural life in years to come, when today’s computer systems are beyond recognition. Read more

Real-Time Ad Targeting Platform Spectrum Goes Self-Service

12foldSpectrum, Twelvefold Media’s managed service designed to target ad messages in real-time based on understanding consumers’ intent around the content they’re consuming, now is offering a self-service version of the platform. (See The Semantic Web Blog’s earlier coverage of the platform here.) With Spectrum 3.0, trading desks, clients and marketing cloud companies can use Spectrum’s listening and indexing capabilities — algorithms for determining why someone is reading a piece of content at that moment in time and for scoring millions of URLs daily — with their own bidding rules. It will continue to offer Spectrum as a managed service for always-on and spot campaigns, as well.

The wizard that used to be behind the process of understanding the mindset of the content to target – based on a series of data inputs stemming from Spectrum’s advanced understanding of natural language on the page, from which targeting schema are created – now operates in the background, so users aren’t required to enter in keywords or phrases to go up against.  For instance, a smartphone vendor, leveraging an article on Apple slashing iPhone 5c orders, can add that URL to the system to go up against Spectrum’s big index of the visible web to find relevant pages like that one, says Mike Campbell, VP, product at Twelvefold.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Mapjects

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Mapjects is looking for a Data Analyst in Washington, DC. The post states, “Mapjects is a leading centralized logistics operations portal platform. The platform servers franchises with ERP components that suite the franchise business needs. Mapjects Clearview platform provide one-click distribution, logistics and analysis products to enrich and visualize big data sets from warehousing, fulfillment, fraud detection, payment technology and b2b eCommerce. Mapjects is seeking a NoSql data analyst or data developer.” Read more

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