Archives: December 2013

A Look Inside CWI’s Online Fire Monitoring Service

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A new article out of the organization reports, “In cooperation with European research partners, researchers of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam have developed the technical infrastructure of an online fire monitoring service. The application is developed for the detection of forest fires and is available now for expert users. The European research project called TELEIOS, was funded by the European Union and lasted from 2010 to 2013.” Read more

Good-Bye 2013

Courtesy: Flickr/MadebyMark

Courtesy: Flickr/MadebyMark

As we prepare to greet the New Year, we take a look back at the year that was. Some of the leading voices in the semantic web/Linked Data/Web 3.0 and sentiment analytics space give us their thoughts on the highlights of 2013.

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Phil Archer, Data Activity Lead, W3C:

The completion and rapid adoption of the updated SPARQL specs, the use of Linked Data (LD) in life sciences, the adoption of LD by the European Commission, and governments in the UK, The Netherlands (NL) and more [stand out]. In other words, [we are seeing] the maturation and growing acknowledgement of the advantages of the technologies.

I contributed to a recent study into the use of Linked Data within governments. We spoke to various UK government departments as well as the UN FAO, the German National Library and more. The roadblocks and enablers section of the study (see here) is useful IMO.

Bottom line: Those organisations use LD because it suits them. It makes their own tasks easier, it allows them to fulfill their public tasks more effectively. They don’t do it to be cool, and they don’t do it to provide 5-Star Linked Data to others. They do it for hard headed and self-interested reasons.

Christine Connors, founder and information strategist, TriviumRLG:

What sticks out in my mind is the resource market: We’ve seen more “semantic technology” job postings, academic positions and M&A activity than I can remember in a long time. I think that this is a noteworthy trend if my assessment is accurate.

There’s also been a huge increase in the attentions of the librarian community, thanks to long-time work at the Library of Congress, from leading experts in that field and via schema.org.

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ODI celebrates New Year OBE for Technical Director, Jeni Tennison

Photo of Jeni TennisonThe Open Data Institute has announced that Jeni Tennison has been awarded an OBE in the “Queen’s New Year Honours.”

For those not familiar, King George V created these honors on 4 June 1917, during World War I. The honor was intended to reward services to the war effort by civilians at home in the UK and servicemen in support positions. Today, they are awarded for prominent national or regional roles and to those making distinguished or notable contributions in their own specific areas of activity. There are three ranks to the honors: Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and Member (MBE). Tennison is being given the OBE.

The official release reads:

Open Data Institute (ODI) founders, Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee have warmly welcomed news that the organisation’s Technical Director, Jeni Tennison has received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Tennison, who grew up in Cambridge, first trained as a psychologist before gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development from the University of Nottingham.

Before joining the ODI, she was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk, which pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector, set a new standard in the publication of legislation on the web, and formed the basis of The National Archives’ strategy for bringing the UK’s legislation up to date as open, public data.

Speaking about today’s Honour, ODI Chairman, Sir Nigel Shadbolt said: “Jeni inspires affection, loyalty and admiration in all who know her. She has a special blend of deep technical know how and an intuitive sense of what works in the world of the Web. In Jeni the ODI has a fantastic CTO and the open data community a great role model. It has been a privilege to work with her for over two decades and it is wonderful to see her recognised in this way.”

Before taking up her post at the ODI, Tennison worked with Shadbolt on the early linked data work on data.gov.uk, helping to engineer new standards for the publication of statistics as linked data; building APIs for geographic, transport and education data; and supporting the publication of public sector organograms as open data.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Healthline

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Healthline is looking for an Informatics Senior Java Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA. The post states, “Work with dynamic Engineering and Medical Informatics Teams to enhance Healthline’s medical ontology.  Healthline is a web health technology company, employing tools for the future.  Our office is located in San Francisco at Third and Townsend near the ballpark and one block from Cal Train.   This position is open immediately. Design and implement algorithms for integrating medical standard dictionaries into Healthline ontology. Develop data mining processes to create our Semantic Network. Work on an authoring tool that allows Medical Informatics Specialists to successfully and easily edit our ontology. Contribute to architecture, tools, and standards and practices for the engineering organization.” Read more

IDC Reports that 80% of Consumer Data is Wasted

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Beth Schultz of Information Week recently wrote, “If you’ve taken a look at the latest A2 infographic, Listening to the Voice of the Customer, you know of the disconnect between marketing’s desire to become customer-centric and its ability to get there. Heck, even if you’re not in marketing, you can well imagine the challenge. Marketing has to be in charge of the customer’s digital experience, yet digital life is changing at a rapid pace. While the customer voice grows ever stronger, it’s coming from many directions and in many forms. Marketing’s view remains largely channelized, and rather myopic as a result.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: IBM

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IBM is looking for a Research Staff Scientist in Yorktown Heights, NY. According to the post, this position will “Conduct research and develop innovative technologies in the areas of Data Management, Semantic Web, Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Processing towards the development of the Watson Question-Answering system. Design and implement novel algorithms and research prototypes. Publish results as scientific articles and patent applications. Lead or take part in software projects and transform research technology into products. Lead or take part in customer engagements. Build a RDF database system on top of relational databases utilizing query optimization, relational database optimizations. Enrich enterprise databases with new information utilizing semantic integration technologies.” Read more

Hinge Brings Semantic Tech to Finding a Relationship

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Rob LeFebvre of Cult of Mac reports, “55 percent of Hinge users are looking to find a relationship, according to internal user surveys by the app developer. 35 percent want to find good dates. Only 5 percent admit to just wanting a hookup. That’s a huge contrast from other apps like OK Cupid or Tinder, said Hinge developer Justin McLeod, who spoke to Cult of Mac over Skype. His goal, he said, was to create a much better dating app, one that was just as easy to join as Tinder, but with more quality results. It seems to be working, as the app is growing by 10 percent every week.” Read more

Get Rid of Bad Analytics with Semantic Analysis

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Nicole Laskowski of Search CIO reports, “Traditional data analytics has three rungs: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. But Scott Mongeau doesn’t believe the ladder goes far enough — especially as businesses reach to make better decisions based on big data analytics and data science. A business analytics consultant for Deloitte Nederland, Mongeau believes both the rigorous testing of models (what he calls diagnostics) and a better way to describe the meaning and context of projects to computers (what he calls semantic analysis) need to be built into the three rungs if data analytics is going to help solve big problems. He argued that without the rigorous testing of analytical models and semantic analysis and a social network in which to share the theories behind analytical models — big data analytics will be susceptible to bias and, in the end, fail to help people make better decisions.” Read more

IBM Checks off Its 2014 Big Data in Education Prediction

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Barb Darrow of GigaOM reports, “On Monday, IBM, as part of its annual 5 in 5  extravaganza, predicted that cloud-based cognitive technology would personalize education for students within five years. Fast forward three days, and voila! IBM unveiled a research project to bring machine learning, predictive modeling and deep content analytics to deliver on that promise. Talk about gaming the system. IBM is working with Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) system to test out the technology and its thesis that the application of big data analytics and deep learning — which looks at connections and context in different types of data- – can help students learn better. The 12-month project kicked off in September and focuses on 5th and 6th grade math students, said an IBM spokesman.” Read more

Helping Students, And Companies, Tackle Jobs And Talent Challenges

rsz_pyimageIt’s not only in June that we’ll see a new crop of graduates emerging from university and post-grad programs. Many students also don cap-and-gown for December ceremonies – a prelude to wearing regular or casual business attire, they hope.

Of course, matching up with the right job is always a challenging prospect. That’s true on many fronts – the slow economy, for one, but also just figuring out what the ideal career fit will be. Pymetrics is hoping to help solve that problem, with its recent announcement of a career assessment and recruiting platform that draws on neuroscience games-based assessment – a nice touch for the crowd that largely grew up with Playstations, Gameboys, iPods, Xboxes and the rest of the digital gaming gang – and machine learning.

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