Yahoo Acquires Local Search App Zofari

zofariMenchie Mendoza of TechTimes recently wrote, “Affectionately described as a ‘Pandora for places,’ Zofari’s acquisition seemed to have attracted less attention when the deal was announced last week. Zofari uses natural language processing, machine learning, and third party data to collect information that matches up the user with places which the user may find interesting. The financial terms of the acquisition have not been revealed. On Zofari’s official site, the company confirmed that four of its employees are joining Yahoo. They are identified as Oliver Su, Shahzad Aziz, Jason Kobilka and Nate Weinstein. ‘After meeting some of the amazing folks on the Yahoo Search team and hearing about their vision, the decision for our team to join Yahoo was an easy one,’ said in the announcement. ‘We can’t talk about what we’re working on yet, but needless to say we are very, very excited’.” Read more

Expert System Announces Two New Products at SemTechBiz 2014

Expert System LogoSAN JOSE, CA — (August 18, 2014) – Expert System US, Inc., a leader in semantic technology, today announced the launch of two new product solutions, Cogito Taxonomy Studio and Cogito Connected for Microsoft SharePoint, to their award-winning Semantic Solution Suite. The products will demonstrated at the 10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz) in San Jose, CA.

The Cogito Semantic Solution Suite is based on an advanced semantic analysis engine and a complete semantic network that enables a “human-like” understanding of any collection of unstructured documents and text with speed, context and precision. Cogito exceeds the limits of conventional keyword technology and provides more effective management of the growing volume of information companies manage, turning it into accessible, inter-linked and usable knowledge.

The new Cogito Taxonomy Studio is a complete solution that addresses all of the steps in the process of creating and deploying a taxonomy to make all types of enterprise content and other strategic information more accessible. It addresses all steps in the process of creating and deploying a taxonomy to make all types of enterprise content and other strategic information more accessible. The new cloud-based solution will provide data-driven taxonomy node creation and development, taxonomy deployment, automated rules creation categorization rules optimization, and document categorization.

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Step Right Up To Contribute To The Web of Meaning

Photo Coutesy: Flickr/Charlotte L

Photo Coutesy: Flickr/Charlotte L

Are you looking for opportunities to contribute to the web of meaning that are appropriate to filling some hours in these last lazy days of summer? Something a little less taxing than, say, creating and publishing a Linked Data set on the web?

They’re out there. Here are a few to keep you engaged while you’re soaking up the sun, hopefully on some tropical island with a warm breeze blowing and a cool drink in hand. For those of you at this week’s Semantic Web Technology and Business conference, don’t worry – these should still be waiting for your input when you get back.

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Semantic Web Jobs: J. Craig Venter Institute

jcraigThe J. Craig Venter Institute is looking for a Bioinformatics Analyst in La Jolla, CA. The post states, “The Bioinformatics Analyst will be responsible for the validation of the ontology components inferred from the network analysis in Aims 1 and 3 of CIP4 by comparison with existing ontological network representations and facilitate the harmonization of new knowledge about biological processes and cell lineage relationships with the existing ontology artifacts in the broader knowledge representation community. Read more

How SwiftKey is Using NLP and AI to Revolutionize the Keyboard

swiftSteve Ranger of Tech Republic reports, “Qwerty [the standard keyboard layout] was a compromise from the start. And as such you’d expect it to be swept away as the technology changed. And yet this odd layout became the standard, used since on billions of devices from typewriters to tablets and PCs. Even as the cold steel of the typewriter was replaced by the cool glass of a touchscreen smartphone, Qwerty has continued to dominate. That is, until now. A number of companies are rethinking the keyboard for the digital age, led by a small UK startup called SwiftKey, so that a mere 150 years after it was first created, the keyboard could finally be made to behave just how the user wants it to.” Read more

New Schema.org Extension Proposal for the Automotive Industry

Photo: Interior of automobileThere is no doubt about it: Schema.org is a big success. It has motivated hundreds of thousands of Web site owners to add structured data markup to their HTML templates and brought the idea of exchanging structured data over the WWW from the labs and prototypes to real business.

Unfortunately, the support for information about the sales and rental of vehicles, namely cars, motorbikes, trucks, boats, and bikes has been insufficient for quite a while. Besides two simple classes for http://schema.org/Vehicle and http://schema.org/Car with no additional properties, there was nothing in the vocabulary that would help marking up granular vehicle information in new or used car listing sites or car rental offers.

Recently, Mirek Sopek, Karol Szczepański and I have released a fully-fledged extension proposal for schema.org that fixes this shortcoming and paves the ground for much better automotive Web sites in the light of marketing with structured data.

This proposal builds on the following vehicle-related extensions for GoodRelations, the e-commerce model of schema.org:

It adds the core classes, properties and enumerated values for describing cars, trucks, busses, bikes, and boats and their features. For describing commercial aspects of related offers, http://schema.org/Offer already provides the necessary level of detail. Thus, our proposal does not add new elements for commercial features.

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FirstRain to Reveal How to Drive Unmatched Personal Information Experiences at 2014 Semantic Technology & Business Conference

First-RainSAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– FirstRain, the leader in Personal Business Analytics™, will present an advanced technical workshop on the techniques for driving unmatched personal information experiences at the 2014 Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose, CA. FirstRain’s personalized business analytics create a personal interest graph, drawn from business-focused Web and social media, based on a user’s role, the product lines they are selling and to whom they sell and then delivers analytics that prompt users on when and who to call. Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Novetta Solutions

novetta_solutions_logoNovetta Solutions is looking for a Software Engineer in Reston, VA. According to the post, “Novetta Solutions is seeking a Software Engineer to work on cutting edge development projects.  You will be part of a team of dedicated professionals solving our customers’ most challenging problems. In this role you will be: Development of COTS and integration; Transformation and ingestion of structured and unstructured data sources; Work closely and interface with technologists, analysts, and the customer on a daily basis.” Read more

EverString Raises $12M to Bring Machine Learning to Clients

logo-esJonathan Vanian of GigaOM reports, “EverString, a big data startup that helps companies identify prospective sales leads and new clients though predictive analytics, has raised $12 million in a series A funding round. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round, which also included existing investors Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures. While there are a host of marketing analytics services in the market like Silverpop and Eloqua that businesses use to aggregate numerous sales leads and find potential customers, EverString’s technology goes beyond whatever data is hosted internally within a company and branches out to the open web, explained EverString’s co-founder and CEO, Vincent Yang.” Read more

Move Over Siri: Make Way for Viv

vivKatherine Noyes of Tech News World reports, “The inventors of Apple’s Siri personal assistant have launched an independent effort that could make their first offspring look kind of dumb. Billed by its creators as ‘the global brain,’ Viv aims to radically simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. ‘They are trying to abstract Siri’s [natural-language processing] interface so you could apply it into other applications and domains,’ Raj Singh, CEO and founder of Tempo AI, told TechNewsWorld. ‘For example, what if I wanted to integrate a Siri-like interface into the Yelp app or the Expedia app?’ Currently, ‘there isn’t a good facility to do this,’ he said. Read more

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