Web Payments Interest Group Takes Flight

w3cdomainThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched an initiative to integrate payments seamlessly into the Open Web Platform, the collection of open technologies such as HTML, HTTP, and various APIs that enable the Web. It’s asking for industry stakeholders, such as banks, credit card companies, governments and others, to join the new Web Payments Interest Group, chaired by Erik Anderson (Bloomberg) and David Ezell (Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing), to help deepen understanding of challenges and how to meet them with the appropriate solutions to move e-commerce forward, including on mobile devices.

The Interest Group’s goals include improving usability across devices and reducing the risk of fraud, as well as creating new opportunities for businesses and consumers in areas such as coupons and loyalty programs and crypto-currencies. On its agenda is creating a Web Payments Roadmap, determining Web Payments terminology, dealing with payment transaction messaging and identity, authentication and security. As part of its work, the new group is charged with creating a framework to ensure that Web applications can interface in standard ways with all current and future payment methods, and will encompass the full range of devices people use for online payments.

First up, the W3C says, is a focus on digital wallets, “which many in industry consider an effective way to reduce fraud and improve privacy by having users share sensitive information only with payment providers, rather than merchants,” according to the release. “In addition, wallets can simplify transactions from mobile devices and make it easier to integrate new payment innovations.”

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Semantic Web Jobs: New York University

logo for CUSP - Center for Urban Science + ProgressNYU is looking for a Data Curator in New York, NY. According to the post, “The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at New York University seeks a Data Curator: an information scientist who will work with faculty, researchers, and students in applied urban science to acquire and organize data related to New York City. CUSP is a dynamic research and academic center that requires a Data Curator to manage data ingest and access workflows, to catalog data using and maintaining controlled vocabularies, and to provide reference and data services to faculty, researchers, and students. The Data Curator will manage the Data Lifecycle from beginning to end to ensure that CUSP data is indexed, curated, and stored within the CUSP Data Warehouse for discovery and access. Strategy must be employed to scale for both data volume and data access growth.” Read more

New World War I Encyclopedia Relies on Semantic MediaWiki

19141918onlineHeritage Daily recently reported, “A comprehensive, English-language, open access encyclopedia of what was deemed the ‘Great War’ was introduced and released on Wednesday 8th October, in Brussels. The project ‘1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War’ is managed by researchers at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library. It is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The encyclopaedia combines the latest historical research with the many advantages of the Semantic Web. The content was written and compiled by 1,000 experts from 54 countries, and is continuously being updated and expanded.” The encyclopedia can be accessed here. Read more

NSF Awards $15M to DataONE Environmental Linked Data Project

dataoneMary Martialay of RPI News reports, “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million to a team of environmental and earth science data researchers, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who are providing tools and infrastructure that improve access to vast amounts of scientific data. As part of the project, Rensselaer will provide semantic technology leadership to help improve scientific discovery, said Deborah McGuinness, director of the Rensselaer Web Science Center,  and Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair and professor of computer science and cognitive science at Rensselaer.” Read more

New Partnership Marries Relational Database Querying, Services With Full Text Search

splice-machine-logo-300pxSingular Hadoop RDBMS provider Splice Machine and LucidWorks have entered into a partnership that enables the former’s customers to access and analyze their unstructured data via LucidWorks Search. Splice Machine customers will license one of the industry’s leading offerings of Apache Lucene/Solr separately, but the companies have proved and certified the integration layer that makes full-text, Google-like search on the relational database platform possible.

lworks“Text searching has really come a long way in recent years with platforms like Lucene/Solr,” says Monte Zweben, CEO and co-founder of Splice Machine. “With this relationship you get the best of both worlds – relational database querying and services with full text search.”

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Semantic Web Jobs: Asymmetrik

Asymmetrik logoAsymmetrik is looking for a Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD. According to the post, “The Software Engineer will develop and maintain mission-critical information extraction, analysis, and management systems. Implement analysis algorithms to evaluate, correlate, and display information. Provide direct and responsive support for urgent analytic needs. Participate in architecture and software development activities that may include: Develop a working understanding of the customer’s analytic business needs in order to engineer software-based solutions. Translate requirements into specifications. Specify and develop technical interfaces. Design, develop, and deliver software-based prototypes.” Read more

Two “Don’t Miss” Webinars this Week

Later this week, SemanticWeb.com will host two webinars, and (free) registration is open for both.

WEDNESDAY Webinar

Webinar: Monetizing Content with Semantic TechnologiesDATE: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
MORE INFORMATION: http://semanticweb.com/webinar-monetizing-content-semantic-technologies_b44562click here to register now!

GeraldBurnand-150sqSPEAKER: Gerald Burnand is the chief technology officer at NTENT, a search technology company that leverages its proprietary services to deliver more valuable results for advertisers, publishers, and consumers across targeted vertical industries. Geraldhas over 25 years of experience in the domain of computer science, with an emphasis on semantic search technologies for the past 10 years. At NTENT, Gerald is able to exercise his passion for solving problems involving Big Data and semantics. Previously, Gerald delivered complete solutions for an auction house and a private bank in Switzerland. During the last 12 years with this company, Gerald worked on projects ranging from video analysis and video broadcasting platforms, to enterprise search and web scale search engine. Gerald holds a degree in Computer Science, Management and Finance from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

FRIDAY Webinar

The Yosemite Project: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information InteroperabilityDATE: Friday, October 17, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
MORE INFORMATION: http://semanticweb.com/webinar-yosemite-project-rdf-roadmap-healthcare-information-interoperability_b44575

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Photo of David BoothSPEAKER: David Booth is a senior software architect at Hawaii Resource Group, LLC, using Semantic Web technology to make clinical healthcare data interoperable between diverse systems. He previously worked at KnowMED, using Semantic Web technology for healthcare quality-of-care and clinical outcomes measurement, and at PanGenX, applying Semantic Web technology to genomics in support of personalized medicine. Before that he worked on Cleveland Clinic’s SemanticDB project, which uses RDF and other semantic technologies to perform cardiovascular research. Prior to that was a software architect at HP Software, where his primary focus was emerging technologies. He was a W3C Fellow from 2002 to 2005, where he worked on Web Services standards before becoming involved in Semantic Web technology. He has been programming for many years using a variety of programming languages and operating systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.

Sentiment Analysis PDF Reports Get Interactive

reportThere’s help available for those looking for a very easy way to share the results of their text and sentiment analytics work. Polyvista, the company behind PolyVista’s text analytics and ChartExpo’s visualization library (covered here), now has another component to add to its pipeline – which already runs unstructured text feedback and survey answers through a text analytics crunching engine, provides a results dashboard, and delivers a charts framework for graphing findings.

Available now is the capability to offer dashboard-free interactive PDF reports that leverage ChartExpo with links that users can click on to go directly to visualizations of results, and vice verse.

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IBM Unveils First Watson Machine-Learning APIs

WatsonSerdar Yegulalp of InfoWorld reports, “Those who have been chomping at the bit to use IBM’s Watson machine-intelligence service with their apps need gnaw no longer. Watson APIs are now available for public use, albeit only through IBM’s Bluemix cloud services platform. IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud now offers eight services for building what IBM describes as cognitive apps, with more services promised later on.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Kforce

KForce logoKforce is looking for a Web Ontology Specialist in New York, NY. According to the post, “Kforce has a client seeking a Web Ontology Specialist to join their team in New York, NY. This person will be working on a SCRUM team with a lead taxonomist on various projects building out ontologies and JSON files. They are looking for a heavy duty taxonomy ontologist with a range of web ontologies. This person will be working on a set of ontologies related to content they are tagging case studies with. They will be building out a taxonomic infrastructure that they can write once and use multiple times. The main project they will be working on is with the structure model of various case studies and track the usage, the audience, what the client is getting in return, and how to use the case study in an effective manner going further.” Read more

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