Dean Takahashi of Venture Beat recently wrote, “Xyo is tackling the problem of mobile discovery — finding the right app in a sea of duds on the app stores — with a search engine that makes it easier to find the mobile app that you’re looking for. And today, the company is launching a new app advertising product that lets publishers advertise their app in more than 200 natural points for discovery. The Contextual App Advertising program is now available as an open beta as an alternative form of advertising. By ‘contextual,’ Xyo means that it can dsiplay advertising where the user cares about it. Xyo believes that traditional keyword-based ads aren’t effective for mobile app discovery.” Read more
Luca Scagliarini of Expert System recently wrote, “Semantic technology is able to understand a text in a way that emulates human comprehension of information… More importantly, it also comprehends conversational language and all its ambiguities (slang, abbreviations, multi-language text) to arrive at an understanding of not just words, but the user’s intention. A good example of this at work can be seen in the recent analysis that the social research firm Sociometra conducted using over 30,000 comments made on social media of tourist destinations (museums, monuments, etc.) and general comments about the city of Rome, Italy. The analysis showcases the technology’s power for analyzing unstructured text and its strength in establishing connections between not just words, but more importantly, concepts.” Read more
According to a new post by Mariya Moeva on the Google Webmaster Blog, “Since we launched the Structured Data dashboard last year, it has quickly become one of the most popular features in Webmaster Tools. We’ve been working to expand it and make it even easier to debug issues so that you can see how Google understands the marked-up content on your site. Starting today, you can see items with errors in the Structured Data dashboard. This new feature is a result of a collaboration with webmasters, whom we invited in June to>register as early testers of markup error reporting in Webmaster Tools. We’ve incorporated their feedback to improve the functionality of the Structured Data dashboard.” Read more
The Plante Moran 2013 Innovation Survey that was recently released doesn’t have anything specifically to do with semantic, Linked Data, AI, machine learning or related technologies. But it’s hard to ignore their place in innovation, which 94 out of 100 business leaders responded is a priority for them.
The survey reported that more than 90 percent of leaders saw innovation as being important to sustainability and growth; 85 percent recorded that it matters to new or improved processes; and more than 70 percent saw its value for improved products or services, to name just a few critical areas. Most readers of this blog likely will recognize that such outcomes are often realized by companies that follow semantic and other smart and innovative technologies down paths of innovation to new offerings and other key returns (Google anyone?).
Companies still experience constraints on making innovation happen, though, one of them being lack of access to new technology, according to the survey. But the report also finds that collaboration was considered a possible jumpstarter for innovation among three out of four of the respondents.
The World Wide Web Consortium is looking for a Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA. According to the post, “Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)-World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (part-time, 50%), to bring social and identity technologies on the Web to their full potential. Will conduct cutting-edge research on social and identity technologies and apply that research to the construction of new standards; provide leadership and management to implement these technologies into Web standards; collaborate across disciplines with other researchers at MIT, outside universities, and across industries to build the expert groups required to build and implement technological standards; and perform other duties as needed.” Read more
According to a new article on Gov.uk, “The UK’s Open Data Institute (ODI) and Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance (ODA) have signed a Letter of Intent today, which will see the two organisations promote and explore the potential open data holds for the public, private and academic sectors in both countries. The Letter was signed by ODI Chairman and Co-Founder Sir Nigel Shadbolt during a visit to Taipei, and Chairman Peng Chi-Ming, from Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance at a high level open data forum which involved Taiwan’s ICT Minister Chang San-Cheng and Chris Wood, Director of the British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan.” Read more
Lara O’Reilly of Marketing Week reports, “The publisher first started trialling ‘FT Smart Match’ in 2011. It uses semantic profiling technology from Smartology that goes beyond keyword recognition to recognise the meaning, concepts and categories behind content that appears on FT.com, to help brands appear next to relevant content in real time and avoid appearing next to inappropriate articles. There have been several high profile cases of unfortunate automated ad misplacements online over the years, such as a Red Stripe “Hooray Beer!” ad appearing next to a Reuters story about a child being charged with drink-driving and an advert for Greek holidays juxtaposed next to a Guardian story about violent riots in Athens.” Read more
This week saw Frost & Sullivan award its 2013 Company of the Year to Definiens, a provider of image analysis solutions and data mining solutions for life science, tissue diagnostics, and clinical digital pathology. Definiens’ gaining of the title owes much to its work around tissue datafication that’s leveraging its Definiens Cognition Network Technology, which the company says mimics the human mind’s cognitive powers to reposition knowledge within a semantic network.
“What we do essentially is look at ways to be able to better diagnose cancer and develop therapies,” says Merrilyn Datta, CMO at Definiens. The company looks to extract data from tumor images, historically available as slides from biopsies, datafying the tissues involved to create digital images and then using its Cognition Network Technology to extract all the different relevant objects in that image and correlate them to patient outcomes. “That can be extremely, extremely powerful,” says Datta.
The image analysis technology was developed by Physics Nobel Laureate Gerd Binning, and includes a set of principles aimed at emulating the human mind’s cognitive powers, which are defined by the ability to intuitively aggregate pixels into ‘objects’ and understand the context and relationships between those objects rather than the computer’s normal way of just examining images pixel by pixel. These principles include: context, which is established and utilized through the technology’s creation of a hierarchical network of pixel clusters representing nested structures within the image; navigation, for supporting efficient navigation inside the network in order to enable specific local processing and addressing of specific contexts; and evolution of the network, in which the individual stages of segmentation and classification are alternated and the structures represented within the network are created and constantly improved in a series of loops, whereby each classification can be enhanced with local context and specific expert knowledge.
The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is looking for a Software Developer in Seattle, WA, to “build web based tools for analysis of cancer genomic data to advance understanding of tumor biology, accelerate new discoveries, and facilitate personalized therapy as a part of our recent award from the Life Science Discovery Fund (LSDF | http://lsdfa.org). This position will also contribute to our work as a genomic data analysis center for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA | http://cancergenome.nih.gov/).” Read more