Archives: January 2014

Semantic Web Jobs: Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin is looking for a Senior Cloud Software Engineer in Hanover, MD. Lockheed is looking for someone to work in the following areas: “Building web apps. Experienced with Ruby on Rails, Grails. Experienced with Groovy. Experienced with Ruby. Data ingestion integration with external/other systems. New technologies such a RDF and OSGi.”

 

Qualifications for the position include: “Shall have at least five (5) years experience in software development/engineering, including requirements analysis, software development, installation, integration, evaluation, enhancement, maintenance, testing, and problem diagnosis/resolution.  Read more

Google is Investing Heavily in AI, the Internet of Things

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Scott Raynovich of CMS Wire recently wrote, “Boston Dynamics, Nest and DeepMind. In the past month, Google has gone on yet another acquisition binge, spending at least $4 billion on a trio of startups that seem only loosely connected — robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence, respectively. Is there a central strategy, and what does it mean to the future of Google, the Internet of Things and Customer Experience? Based on a pattern of deals and feedback from leading experts, it appears Google believes the future is heavily connected to data gathering, machine learning and automation, which all of these companies have in common. ‘In a broader pattern, if Google is focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, how is this kind of semantic understanding going to help us make decisions faster and do our jobs,’ said David Schubmehl, a research director with International Data Corp. (IDC).” Read more

NDN Nabs 500M+ Video Views Per Month, 5th Most in US

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Greg Jarboe of Search Engine Watch reports, “The top four U.S. online video content properties in comScore’s December 2013 U.S. online video rankings are well-known brand names: Google sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube; Facebook; AOL; and Yahoo sites. But digital marketers can be forgiven if they aren’t as familiar with the fifth largest property, NDN. NDN ranks ahead of Amazon sites, VEVO, Microsoft sites, Vimeo, and Turner Digital in the latest online video rankings. So, it’s worth knowing more about an online video platform that says it ‘is disrupting the digital media industry in all the right ways.’ Search Engine Watch (SEW) interviewed Stephen Bach (SB), the head of Business Development at NDN.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: University of Maryland

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The University of Maryland Libraries is looking for a Metadata Librarian in Baltimore, MD. The post states, “Under the direction of the Head of Metadata Services, the Metadata Librarian implements, and supports metadata strategies associated with digital initiatives and projects. The incumbent may lead projects or serve as a member of a project team, providing metadata expertise. The Metadata Librarian collaborates with colleagues in Digital Systems and Stewardship and Special Collections and University Archives to evaluate the effectiveness of metadata for resource discovery and access. The incumbent recommends metadata schemas and develops workflows for metadata creation for collections to be digitized. Designs and provides documentation, training and consultation on creation and application of metadata to faculty and staff within Metadata Services and throughout the UMD Libraries.” Read more

Predixion Brings Predictive Analytics to the Classroom at No Cost

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA–(Marketwired – Jan 28, 2014) - Predixion Software, a developer of collaborative predictive analytics software solutions, today announced it is providing academic institutions with the free use of its advanced analytics software and related training materials for students and teachers of data science. The Predixion in the Classroom (PIC) program provides future data analysts with hands-on experience building predictive models and extracting valuable insights from large data sets. The PIC program is intended to address the extreme shortage of data scientists, which will grow more severe in coming years as organizations increasingly rely on big data and predictive analytics to guide decisions and improve operations. Academic institutions such as the University of Washington, University of Western Michigan, St. Joseph University, and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) are already taking advantage of the program to help their students gain the essential skills required for data analysis. Read more

Stanford Researchers Develop Tool for Semantically Interpreting Medical Images

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Lia Steakley of the Scope Blog recently wrote, “A web-based tool created by researchers at Stanford enables physicians and researchers to better interpret the wealth of data contained in medical images by capturing information in a way that is explicit and computationally accessible. The tool, called electronic Physician Annotation Device (ePAD), was developed by the Rubin Lab at the School of Medicine and is available to download for free. Daniel Rubin, MD, an assistant professor of radiology, and his team initially designed ePAD in response to an unmet need in cancer imaging, but he says the tool can be used more generally quantitatively evaluate images and characterize disease.” Read more

Text Analytics Can Cut A Broad Swath in Capital Markets

tgroupWhat’s next for the capital markets arena when it comes to unstructured content? According to research and consulting firm TABB Group, which specializes in the stock, bond and money markets, it’s time to turn text analytics to internally generated and disseminated unstructured data, which holds a high value for customized intelligence.

In new research,  “Inner Voices: Harvesting Text Analytics from Proprietary Data,” research analyst Valerie Bogard and senior analyst Paul Rowady discuss that there are more use cases than initially undertaken for text analytics tools. “Although ultra-low latency trading strategies were an early use case in this space, text analytics is no longer limited to just that,” Bogard said in an email to The Semantic Web Blog. “The use of machine readable news has been widely adopted and all major market data providers incorporate market moving news content into their feeds.”

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Semantic Technology Jobs: Walt Disney Studios

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Walt Disney Studios is looking to fill a Business Intelligence and Analytics Graduate PhD Internship in Burbank, CA, this summer. According to the post, “The main focus will be to perform social media monitoring and develop actionable insights for the theatrical team. The theatrical analytics team partners with technology teams and other analytical leaders to develop predictive models, metrics, insights, and related intellectual property that can be forged into business recommendations with the intent to influence decisions prior to a film’s box office release. By receiving access early to the social buzz surrounding pre-released movies, this team will be able to guide our leaders to make more informed decisions leading to increased sales in the consumer marketplace.” The intern will “Focus on the algorithmic evaluation of everything in the social networking domain. Work directly with the business teams to solve hard problems by leveraging statistics and techniques, including design of experiments, AB testing, machine learning, importance sampling, natural language processing, etc.” Read more

Apple Might Use Your Heart Rate and Expression to Market to You

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Aaron Taube of Business Insider recently wrote in the SF Gate, “Apple is thinking about how it can figure out exactly how you feel at any given moment in order to show you the most relevant advertisements. In a patent application the company filed Thursday, Apple describes a hypothetical system that would analyze and define people’s moods based on a variety of clues including facial expressions, perspiration rates, and vocal patterns. To be clear, Apple patents just about everything it does, with most applications never amounting to anything with regard to the actual products Apple releases. Still it’s interesting to see how Apple is thinking about predictive, contextual advertising at such a granular level, especially in light of its battle with companies like Google and Facebook to offer search products (Siri, the App Store) that know precisely what a user is looking for — even if the user has not expressly communicated his or her desire.” Read more

The Economic Benefits of Open Data Graphs

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James Kobielus of our sister site DATAVERSITY recently wrote, “Openness, transparency, and agility are where the world is headed. However, these trends are problematic for those of us who have intellectual property – including software, data, and other products – that we seek to control access to for many legitimate reasons (e.g., our livelihoods depend on being paid for them). Open access to free data is happening everywhere, regardless of whether it’s convenient to those of us who own copyrights. Open data is an important trend, and, regardless of what the cynics may say, it’s not an ideological cover for intellectual proprietary pirates. In fact, it’s a core principle of the emerging world economy.” Read more

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