Archives: July 2014

Semantic Web Jobs: University of Iowa

uiowaThe University of Iowa is looking for a Metadata Analyst in Iowa City, IA. Responsibilities of the position include the following: “Lead the Cataloging-Metadata Department’s efforts to provide non-MARC metadata for the Libraries’ resources, explore innovative ways to enhance existing metadata, and contribute to making the Libraries’ digital content more readily discoverable. Recommend and develop descriptive and administrative metadata schemas appropriate for diverse digital collections in collaboration with Special Collections and Preservation Department personnel, subject specialists, catalogers, and staff from the Libraries’ Digital Research and Publishing Department, serving as a resource for colleagues on metadata issues and practices, the definition of data elements, metadata usage, and mapping between metadata schemas.” Read more

Semantic Search is the Future of Marketing

droidsDaniel Newman of Forbes recently wrote, “Businesses today are largely online and they have in droves taken their web presence from where it was a few years ago which was likely an “Online Brochure” to some type of second generation website that considers trends such as social media, content marketing, and of course search engine optimization. The reason we as business owners do all of this isn’t because we love technology (not all of us, at least), but rather because we know that people are doing more and more of their research about what they want to buy, and who from, online.” Read more

Deep Learning Startup Madbits Acquired by Twitter

MADBITSDerrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “Twitter has acquired a stealthy computer vision startup called Madbits, which was founded by former New York University researchers. Clément Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari. Farabet is a protégé of Facebook AI Lab director and New York University professor Yann LeCun, while Etezad-Heydari was advised by Larry Maloney and Eero Simoncelli.” Read more

A Semantic Data Ecosystem in the Oil and Gas Sector in Norway

image of Norwegian oil rig in fog.Like the oil and gas itself, data from oil and gas operations associated with the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) is also flowing. Through a number of semantically enabled hubs, it is getting integrated, refined, and distributed to different parties. EPIM, the Exploration & Production Information Management Association, is implementing its vision of a shared suite of knowledge based-applications for the Norwegian Oil & Gas industry built using semantic web standards and the domain concepts from ISO 15926 [Wikipedia].

In this brief article, we give an overview of the three applications EPIM currently in deployment (shown in the graphic below).

ISO 15926

In building and deploying these applications, some key features and insights applicable to other applications that involve data integration across diverse systems emerge:

  • A semantic ecosystem needs to accommodate flexible co-existence with other technologies, notably XML and JSON. All applications in EPIM’s vision of integration involve interoperability with these and other technologies;
  • ISO 15926 has been effective for supporting EPIM’s reporting needs, but can present a challenge, in terms of its complexity, for efficiently harnessing it within evolvable, model-driven solutions. The successful work with these models demonstrates that semantic web standards are sufficiently mature, rich and powerful to handle very complex models;
  • Model-driven approaches using semantic technologies, especially SPARQL and technologies that build on it, are highly effective for extensible applications. Development and deployment responsiveness to changing requirements proved to be very rapid.

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WEBINAR: Getting Started with the Linked Data Platform

WEBINAR: Getting Started with the Linked Data Platform (LDP)DATE: August 11, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees

This webinar has passed. The recording was posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:00am EST, and can be found in the “Webinar” section of SemanticWeb.com.

About the Webinar

Register Now!Linked Data Platform (LDP), the latest W3C standard for Linked Data, brings REST to Linked Data. LDP defines a standard way to access, create, and update RDF resources over HTTP. With this new capability, businesses can use Linked Data for data integration in read/write mode.

This webinar will introduce you to this new standard, explaining what’s in it and how it fits with other standards like SPARQL. You will have a basic understanding of what you can expect to be able to do with this new technology so you can plan on how to best leverage it in your future business applications.

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Semantic Technology Jobs: Indiegogo

indiegogoIndiegogo is searching for a Software Engineer – Algorithms/Analytics in San Francisco, CA. According to the post, “We are looking for a talented software engineer who loves data—learning from it, building things with it, and cultivating it. Crowdfunding is an emerging, disruptive industry and the data generated by our users funding campaigns is massive, interesting, and its utilization will help impact the way people raise money all over the globe. Are you passionate about designing and implementing data services and algorithms? At Indiegogo, we process a new contribution every 0.3 seconds and manage terabytes of data in our rapidly evolving data warehouse—and that’s just the beginning! We have immense belief in being data-driven in our daily decision making process and our analytics platform holds the key to unlocking the best user experience and long term growth potential.” Read more

Improving Customer Security with Machine Learning

2294144289_a54db90ac5_nRick Delgado recently wrote on Mike2.0, “When you get right down to it, computer security is all about being able to analyze the data. A company’s security is largely dependent on the amount of data analysis they’re capable of, along with the quality of that data. A company that can collect a lot of data at once but doesn’t have the means to analyze it properly for threats won’t get very far. The same goes for a business with excellent analytic tools but without the resources to gather and store that information. These facts are very important because without a lot of data, machine learning simply can’t be as effective.” Read more

fluidOps Presents Information Workbench at SemTechBiz 2014

FluidOpsWalldorf, Germany – fluid Operations® AG (fluidOps) will present its leading semantic integration platform at this year’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz) from 19 – 21 August 2014 in San Jose, California. At booth 407, fluidOps experts will demonstrate best-practice applications including:

  • Workflow and process orchestration in data centers
  • Scalable, end-user access to big data

For the tenth time, visionaries and practitioners will meet up at SemTechBiz to discuss how companies can use semantic technologies to generate revenues, save costs, and solve real problems in the era of big data. Read more

Semantically Aligned Design Principles At Core of Australian Electronic Health Records Platform

site-header-10th-blog-304x200At the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose, Dr. Terry Roach, principal of  CAPSICUM Business Architects, and Dr. Dean Allemang, principal consultant at Working Ontologist, will host a session on A Semantic Model for an Electronic Health Record (EHR). It will focus on Australia’s electronic-Health-As-A-Service  (eHaas) national platform for personal electronic health records, provided by the CAPSICUM semantic framework for strategically aligned business architectures.

Roach and Allemang participated in an email interview with The Semantic Web Blog to preview the topic:

The Semantic Web Blog: Can you put the work you are doing on the semantic EHR model in context: How does what Australia is doing with its semantic framework compare with how other countries are approaching EHRs and healthcare information exchange?

Roach and Allemang: The eHaaS project that we have been working on has been an initiative of Telstra, a large, traditional telecommunications provider in Australia. Its Telstra Health division, which is focused on health-related software investments, for the past two years has embarked on a set of strategic investments in the electronic health space. Since early 2013 it has acquired and/or established strategic partnerships with a number of local and international healthcare software providers ranging from hospital information systems [to] mobile health applications [to] remote patient monitoring systems to personal health records [to] integration platforms and health analytics suites.

At the core of these investments is a strategy to develop a platform that captures and maintains diverse health-related interactions in a consolidated lifetime health record for individuals. The eHaaS platform facilitates interoperability and integration of several health service components over a common secure authentication service, data model, infrastructure, and platform. Starting from a base of stand-alone, vertical applications that manage fragmented information across the health spectrum, the eHaaS platform will establish an integrated, continuously improving, shared healthcare data platform that will aggregate information from a number of vertical applications, as well as an external gateway for standards-based eHealth messages, to present a unified picture of an individual’s health care profile and history.

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Semantic Web Jobs: UCSB

ucsbThe University of California, Santa Barbara is looking for a Computer & Network Technologist. The post states, “The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) seeks a quantitative analyst/scientific programmer/database developer to support the analysis and synthesis of ecological and conservation science information. The incumbent will consult with and facilitate NCEAS’ researchers’ scientific and analytical use of technology resources at the Center, including developing and supporting collaborative solutions, scientific databases, and analytical and modeling codes, while providing other computational assistance as needed for NCEAS’ Working Groups, residents, and their related projects.” Read more

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