Barbara Starr of Search Engine Land recently wrote, “Ever since the Hummingbird update, there has been a ton of Internet buzz about entity search. What is entity search? How does it work? And what exactly is an ‘entity’? However, the topic of entity search as it relates to e-commerce and Google Shopping has been neglected. Everything you have learned to date about entity search, semantic search and the semantic Web also applies to e-commerce. The big difference in the shopping vertical compared to other search verticals is that all entities searched for are of the same type. Every product in Google is, in fact, an entity of type ‘product.’ It should therefore be treated and optimized as such.” Read more
MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Senzari® today announced MusicGraph, the world’s first knowledge engine for music, which will be available as a consumer app across most major mobile platforms, as well as a powerful “graph API” that can be leveraged by developers to enhance their applications with deep musical intelligence. MusicGraph contains over a billion facts that have been organized into a rich music ontology, which includes acoustical and lyrical features, detailed artist, album and song information, as well hundreds of other data points related user preferences. Read more
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Anki DRIVE: Artificial intelligence comes to the video game world. This one’s getting a lot of buzz – some are even heralding it as the season’s hottest toy. TIME Magazine has put it on its Top 25 innovations list, too. Each car, the company says, thinks for itself. The recipient of your gift can control it with an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or iPad Mini to go up against friends or AI-enabled opponents, but the car can drive itself and make its own decisions as it does so, becoming more sophisticated the more you drive and even deciding to take out players. The game comes with a physical track, two intelligent cars and the downloadable Anki DRIVE app. Check out the video here.
Varen Technologies is looking for a Senior Software Ontology Subject Matter Expert in Fort Meade, MD. According to the post, “Successful candidate will perform technical planning, software systems development and integration with various languages and domains, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness for total software systems. Advises and supports the customer in the development of solutions. Responsible for performing technical planning, software systems development, systems integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness for total software systems. Total software system product may include: concept design, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Involves comprehensive knowledge of the ontology field and the ability to complete very difficult and extremely complex assignments.” Read more
John Cook of GeekWire reports, “Concurix, a Kirkland startup led by former AOL Chief Technology Officer Alexander Gounares, has $1 million in fresh capital that it will use to continue development of a monitoring service that helps developers visualize millions of lines of codes. Total funding in the startup now stands at $2 million, following an earlier round that closed last year from GSharp Ventures and others. Just yesterday, Concurix announced a new “semantic monitoring service” for Node.js applications. ‘We are able to automatically instrument and monitor an entire Node.js application, even ones with millions of lines of code,’ Gounares tells GeekWire. ‘This enables our customers to to quickly find and diagnose performance bottlenecks and latency issues in their web and mobile applications, improving their own customer experience and reducing data center costs’.” Read more
CHICAGO, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – TMS, the international leader in entertainment navigation, and Jinni, the first and only taste-and-mood based semantic discovery engine for video, have announced that Jinni is using TMS’ world-class On®Entertainment metadata to provide availability information for linear TV and OTT content on its new ‘My TV & Movie Guide’ iPad app and web service. As a result, once consumers find something great to watch using Jinni’s taste and mood based recommendation engine, they can easily find when and where to watch it. Jinni’s superior recommendations are seamlessly integrated into the viewing experience and deliver the most personalized and relevant TV and movie options to end users. Read more
Siemens Healthcare Sector is looking for a Staff Software Engineer in Malvern, PA. The post states, “The Staff Software Engineer will perform analysis, design, implementation, and testing of advanced clinical informatics software and knowledge systems. The position includes being part of a small team aimed at spearheading early clinical informatics development efforts by establishing early business requirements, service and knowledge oriented architectures and rapid development of prototypes with minimal supervision. (S)he will report to the Senior Manager, R&D who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the innovations center.” Read more
He notes in a posting that the release includes a schema for describing Orders and Accessibility properties applied to the CreativeWork type. The latter draws upon the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s Access For All specification and the work of the Accessibility Metadata Project. The inclusion of accessibility metadata in the Schema.org collection is designed to help people to easily find content that meets their individual needs and preferences.
Jim Edwards of Business Insider recently speculated on Apple’s acquisition of Topsy Labs earlier this week. Edwards writes, “Why would the maker of iPads and iPhones need a small company that culls data from Twitter? The likely answer is that Apple needs help with something that is as old as the Internet itself: search. For most people, ‘search’ stopped being sexy more than 10 years ago, when Google proved that its search engine was pretty much the only one you needed. But Apple just dropped $US200 million on Topsy, likely in hopes of using Topsy’s data to improve recommendations when people search for apps and stuff in iTunes and the App Store.” Read more
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) that is part of Europe’s leading life sciences laboratory this fall launched a new RDF platform hosting data from six of the public database archives it maintains. That includes peer-reviewed and published data, submitted through large-scale experiments, from databases covering genes and gene expression, proteins (with SIB), pathways, samples, biomodels and molecules with drug-like properties. And next week, during a competition at SWAT4LS in Edinburgh, it’s hoping to draw developers with innovative use case ideas for life-sciences apps that can leverage that data to the benefit of bioinformaticians or bench biologists.
“We need developers to build apps on top of the platform, to build apps to pull in data from these and other sources,” explains Andy Jenkinson, Technical Project Manager at EMBL-EBI. “There is the potential using semantic technology to build those apps more rapidly,” he says, as it streamlines integrating biological data, which is a huge challenge given the data’s complexity and variety. And such apps will be a great help for lab scientists who don’t know anything about working directly with RDF data and SPARQL queries.