Josh Ong of The Next Web reports, “IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can sign up here from their mobile devices. Since it uses a natural language processing and conversation engine, IO has reached the point where it needs real-world users in order to train its algorithms. The company is hoping to launch publicly by the end of the year.Currently, IO is focused on providing restaurant recommendations, but the service will eventually extend to other verticals. The app pulls in data from Yelp, The New York Times, The Infatuation, New York Magazine, Eater, Urban Spoon, Foursquare, Time Out and Tripadvisor.” Read more
“Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data”
SemanticWeb.com recently launched a series of webinars on the topic of “RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language.”
Part 1 of that series, “The Yosemite Project: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.
Part 2, “The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.
Part 3, “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.
About Part 5:
TITLE: Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data
DATE: Friday, December 12, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
DESCRIPTION: In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. Our speaker, Joshua Mandel, will provide a lightning tour of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), an emerging clinical data standard, with a focus on its resource-oriented approach, and a discussion of how FHIR intersects with the Semantic Web. We’ll look at how FHIR represents links between entities; how FHIR represents concepts from standards-based vocabularies; and how a set of FHIR instance data can be represented in RDF.
The University of Washington Medical Center is looking for a Research Scientist/Engineer in Seattle, WA. The post states, “The Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 3. This position is in support of a 4-year, NIH-funded multi-institution research project in biosimulation modeling, knowledge representation (ontologies) and informatics technologies. This position includes some travel responsibilities to the University of Michigan (our co-funded partner). Work as a liaison among mathematical modelers, bioengineers and bio-informaticians. Apply our ontological approach for modular biosimulation modeling. Read more
webLyzard reports, “Following a presentation by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the White House has just released the Climate Resilience Toolkit, a new decision support initiative that makes use of the innovative text analysis and knowledge visualization services of webLyzard technology. The Toolkit provides expert knowledge and a suite of analytic components to help citizens and communities manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The webLyzard platform allows users to identify the most relevant online content across all agencies of the U.S. Global Change Research Program as well as regional climate science centers. The development of the Toolkit was led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has been using webLyzard’s web intelligence technologies for more than six years.” Read more
The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership
Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At ApacheCon Europe, members of the Apache community commemorated The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)’s fifteenth anniversary and congratulated the people, projects, initiatives, and organizations that played a role in its success.
Recognized as the leader in community-led Open Source software development, the ASF was established to shepherd, develop, and incubate Open Source innovations “The Apache Way”. Reflections on achievements over the past 15 years include: Read more
The W3C’s Web Components model is positioned to solve many of the problems that beset web developers today. “Developers are longing for the ability to have reusable, declarative, expressive components,” says Brian Sletten, a specialist in semantic web and next-generation technologies, software architecture, API design, software development and security, and data science, and president of software consultancy Bosatsu Consulting, Inc.
Web Components should fulfill that longing: With Templates, Custom Elements, Shadow DOM, and Imports draft specifications (and thus still subject to change), developers get a set of specifications for creating their web applications and elements as a set of reusable components. While most browsers don’t yet support these specifications, there are Web Component projects like Polymer that enable developers who want to start taking advantage of these capabilities right away to build Web objects and applications atop the specs today.
That in itself is exciting, Sletten says, but even more so is the connection he made that semantic markup can be added to any web component.
Syapse is looking for a Semantic Server Engineer in Palo Alto, CA. The post states, “We are looking for an experienced back end developer to join us in building out our server-side semantic data stack. At Syapse, semantic technologies (RDF, SPARQL, OWL) are our foundation for organizing and integrating biomedical, genomics, and clinical data. Building this foundation out involves a mix of applying innovative technologies, and building an industrial strength, scalable back end. You will be joining a team that includes some semantic technology veterans, but has plenty of room for fresh thinking and design. Read more
HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have created an artificial intelligence software that uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before.
The new system, which was tested on photos and is now being applied to videos, shows for the first time that a machine learning algorithm for image recognition and retrieval is accurate and efficient enough to improve large-scale document searches online. The system uses pixel data in images and potentially video – rather than just text — to locate documents. It learns to recognize the pixels associated with a search phrase by studying the results from text-based image search engines. Read more
PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov. 17, 2014) – Expert System (EXSY), the leader in semantic technology, announced today the availability of the Cogito API. As a fully configured API series, Cogito API transforms a business’ ability to organize, link, find and understand unstructured information within corporate intelligence, CRM, human resources, data management, knowledge management and social media monitoring applications.
Using Cogito API, the topics, concepts, entities, relationships and sentiment expressed in any massive collection of text can be analyzed and understood; the data output is returned in a UTF-8 JSON or XML format and made instantly ready to use in enterprise solutions ranging from customer care, sentiment analysis and advanced business intelligence. Read more
Harvard is looking for a Project Programmer in Cambridge, MA. According to the post, “Reporting to the Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology on a 3-year, NSF-funded project, Kurator, this position will work with the system architect, project leader and other developers, coding to produce scientific data workflow software. This position will develop and extend data quality control actors, implement them in a workflow system, and design and code web service layers.”
Qualifications for the position include: “Familiarity with biology, especially zoology or botany, would be an asset. Read more