Archives: September 2014

Semantic Web Jobs: IBM

ibmIBM is looking for a Research Scientist in the Accelerated Discovery Lab in San Jose, CA. According to the post, “We are looking for a Research Scientist to work with the Collaborative Discovery Research Team at IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, CA. The team researches computational systems and user experience to support in the emerging area of big data and analytics. Our research goal is to invent new systems that can accelerate collaborative discovery by thinking more broadly about the experience of working with big data and analytics from start to finish, to enable more natural interaction and to narrow the gap between data and decisions…   Read more

AYLIEN Announces Intelligent Text Analysis Google Sheets Add-on

aylienDUBLIN, September 15, 2014- AYLIEN, Inc., a Dublin-based firm backed by SOS Ventures, has announced the availability of a Google Sheets add-on which extracts meaningful data from documents.

The add-on was built using AYLIEN’S own Text Analysis API, released in February of this year, and features the full capabilities of the original product. The Text Analysis API, as the original press release states, “enables developers and news organizations to extract meaningful insights” from a given text. The Google Sheets add-on extends that capability beyond developers and news organizations. Read more

News Organizations Need Better Tagging and Linking

5272448889_b6644fd7a5_zFrederic Filloux of Quartz recently wrote, “Most media organizations are still stuck in version 1.0 of linking. When they produce content, they assign tags and links mostly to other internal content. This is done out of fear that readers would escape for good if doors were opened too wide. Assigning tags is not exact science: I recently spotted a story about the new pregnancy in the British royal family; it was tagged ‘demography,’ as if it was some piece about Germany’s weak fertility rate.” Read more

Semantic Interoperability of Electronic Healthcare Info On The Agenda At U.S. Veterans Health Administration

LVScreenThe Yosemite Project, unveiled at this August’s Semantic Technology & Business Conference during the second annual RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language panel, lays out a roadmap for leveraging RDF in support of making all structured healthcare information semantically interoperable. (The Semantic Web Blog’s sister publication, Dataversity.net, has an article on its site explaining the details of that roadmap.)

The Yosemite Project grew out of the Yosemite Manifesto that was announced at the 2013 SemTechBiz conference (see our story here). The goals of the Manifesto have now been mapped out into the Project’s guidelines to follow on the journey to semantic interoperability by David Booth, senior software architect at Hawaii Resource Group (who led the RDF Healthcare panels at both the 2013 and 2014 conferences). The approach taken by the Yosemite Project matches that of others in the healthcare sector who want to see semantic interoperability of electronic healthcare information.

Among them are Booth’s fellow panelists at this year’s event, including Rafael Richards. Richards, who is physician informaticist at the U.S. Veterans Health Administration – which counts 1,200 care sites in its portfolio – comments on that alignment as it relates to the work he is leading in the Linked Vitals project to integrate the VA’s VistA electronic health records system with data types conforming to Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, orFHIR,standard for data exchange, and with information types supporting the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, or LOINC, database that facilitates the exchange and pooling of results for clinical care, outcomes management, and research.

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Semantic Web Jobs: SRI International

sriSRI International is searching for a Computer Scientist in Menlo Park, CA. According to the post, this position will “Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science developing techniques for knowledge base optimization.  Will perform research to re-design and reengineer critical pieces of the system and develop new applications. Will perform research and design and implement a query language for knowledge base systems; reasoning algorithms for inference tasks including similarity reasoning, relationship reasoning and para-consistent reasoning; and knowledge modeling software. Optimize the performance of reasoning algorithms and evaluate relative advantages of open source and commercial reasoning systems.” Read more

With Web 3.0, the Bots Can Do the Shopping for You

5237986683_f8e38a251e_nSramana Mitra of Wired recently wrote, “Back in 2007, even before the iPhone was launched, giving us a powerful computer in our pockets or handbags, I started outlining a vision for Web 3.0. Tim Berners-Lee, a father of the World Wide Web, talks about the ‘Semantic Web,’ a way that computers employ the meaning of words — not just pattern matching — along with logical rules to connect independent nuggets of data and so create more context for information. The formula that makes the most sense to me is this: Web 3.0 results from combining content, commerce, community and context, with personalization and vertical search. Or, to put it in a handy phrase: Web 3.0 = (4C + P + VS).” Read more

French Startup Sépage Says the Future of the Web is Semantic

sepageJack Flanagan of Real Business reports, “The future of the web is semantic – at least according to French tech startup Sépage, which specialises in semantic technologies for travel websites. However the little known, little understood technology is still crossing the distance between science and business. Real Business sought comment from Sépage on what this is, and how they’ve built it. Sepage told Real Business, “We believe the potential is immense. Most of today’s digital marketing approaches aren’t actually personalised, even though that’s what they claim ; comparing your basket to thousands of others and cluster you in groups of ‘similar individuals’ can’t really be called personalisation.” Read more

Semantic Web Job: Data Engineer

Oxford University Press logoOxford University Press needs a data engineer. The job description states:

“To design and implement XML data structures, devise XML strategies, and through expert content analysis, facilitate the electronic and print production, publication, and licensing of OUP’s books, journals and dictionaries content.
• Analyze OUP and licensed texts, and the requirements for their production, online functionality and presentation, and general electronic use, to:
• Determine appropriate data structures to support those requirements (content and metadata),
• Devise quality control rules and processes,
• Design tools and workflows required by staff in Editorial and Production to produce, capture, and enhance the data.
• Write transformation scripts to convert source data into OUP standard data structures that meets the agreed data quality standards for publishing and licensing.” Read more

Want a music suggestion? Just ask DJ Twitter.

screen shot of a seevl hack in action via Alexandre Passant.Alexandre Passant, founder of seevl, which we have covered before, has hacked together a cool proof of concept. He describes the project as using “Twitter As A Service,” and it leverages Twitter, YouTube, and the seevl API. As Passant describes, “The result is a twitter bot, running under our @seevl handle, which accepts a few (controlled) natural-language queries and replies with an appropriate track, embedded in a Tweet via a YouTube card.”

He continues, “As it’s all Twitter-based, not only you can send messages, but you can have a conversation with your virtual DJ.”

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You Can Help Make Linked Data Core To The Future of Identity, Payment On The Web Platform

ld1At the end of September, The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) may approve the world’s first Web Payments Steering Group, to explore issues such as navigating around obstacles to seamless payments on the web and ways to better facilitate global transactions while respecting local laws. Identity and digital signatures have a role here, at the same time as they go beyond the realm of payment into privacy and other arenas. At the end of October, there also will be a W3C technical plenary, to discuss identity, graph normalization, digital signatures and payments technologies.

Expect Linked Data to come up in the context of both events, Manu Sporny told attendees at this August’s 10th annual Semantic Technology & Business conference in San Jose during his keynote address, entitled Building Linked Data Into the Core of the Web. “It is the foundational data model to build all this technology off of,” said Sporny, who is the founder and CEO of Digital Bazaar, which develops technology and services to make it easier to buy and sell digital content over the Internet. (See our stories about the company and its technology here.)  He also is founder and chair of the W3C Web Payments Community Group, chair of its RDFa Working Group, and founder, and chair and lead editor of the JSON-LD Community Group.

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