Olivia Solon of Wired reports, “State is a communications platform app for iOS (and soon Android) that aggregates the opinions of people around the world to draw out insights about topics ranging from politics and business to entertainment and sports. The ambition is to create an ‘opinion network’ where anyone, anywhere can express an opinion about anything. The application aggregates those opinions to get a sense of what the world thinks of those topics. State was launched by a company called Equal Media, set up by brothers Alex and Mark Asseily in 2011. Alex has previously had success with consumer electronics company Jawbone, which he founded in 2006. The app launched in closed alpha in May 2013 with around 10,000 users, but it’s now open to everyone.” Read more
Ontologies are getting a thumbs up to serve as the basis for the Office of Financial Research’s Instruments database. Last week, the Data & Technology Subcommittee of the OFR Financial Research Advisory Committee (FRAC) recommended that the OFR “adopt the goal of developing and validating a comprehensive ontology for financial instruments as part of its overall effort to meet its statutory requirement to ‘prepare and publish’ a financial instrument reference database.”
The Instruments database will define the official meaning of financial instruments for the financial system — derivatives, securities, and so on. The recommendation by the subcommittee is that the OFR conduct its own evaluation of private sector initiatives in this area, including the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO), to assess whether and how ontology can support transparency and financial stability analysis.
FIBO, which The Semantic Web Blog discussed in detail most recently here, is designed to improve visibility to the financial industry and the regulatory community by standardizing the language used to precisely define the terms, conditions, and characteristics of financial instruments; the legal and relationship structure of business entities; the content and time dimensions of market data; and more. The effort is spearheaded by the Object Management Group and the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council.
Benjamin Young of Cloudant reports, “Data is often stored and distributed in esoteric formats… Even when the data is available in a parse-able format (CSV, XML, JSON, etc), there is often little provided with the data to explain what’s inside. If there is descriptive meta data provided, it’s often only meant for the next developer to read when implementing yet-another-parser for said data. Really, it’s all quite abysmal… Enter, JSON-LD! JSON-LD (JSON Linked Data) is a simple way of providing semantic meaning for the terms and values in a JSON document. Providing that meaning with the JSON means that the next developer’s application can parse and understand the JSON you gave them.” Read more
IBM is searching for a Watson Ground Truth Software Developer in Austin, TX, or Littleton, MA. According to the post, “IBM is hiring software engineers into the Watson Solutions team which is responsible for building and extending the Watson technology into new market segments. You will join the team of professionals who are applying this exciting, ground-breaking natural language processing and machine learning technology to some of the most complex and demanding challenges faced by humanity. The commercial Watson platform is based on technology created by IBM Research and is an offering which is very different from most common software/hardware platforms in that it involves an uncommon and complex system of systems. Read more
Stamford, CT (PRWEB) February 27, 2014 — Creative Virtual is very pleased to announce that its V-Person™ technology is powering the largest installation of a natural language self-help system in the financial services industry today.
The V-Person system provides personalized answers to logged-in customers based on the services and products that they use. The system provides answers to the bank’s customers live, while reporting Voice-of-the-Customer feedback to the bank in real-time. This functionality is made possible by V-Portal™, Creative Virtual’s proprietary knowledge management system that enables answers to be personalized for each user based on their profile. Read more
Jennifer LeClaire of News Factor reports, “Big Blue wants business users and consumers to put the power of its Watson supercomputer in the palms of their hands. At Mobile World Congress, IBM launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a global competition to encourage developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. Using natural language processing and analytics, Watson processes information akin to how people think, representing a major shift in an organization’s ability to quickly analyze, understand and respond to big data. Watson’s ability to answer complex questions with speed, accuracy and confidence is transforming decision making across a variety of industries, including health care, financial services and retail.” Read more
Ask Ziggy is looking for an NLP Data Scientist in Rocklin, CA. The post states, “Ask Ziggy works with clients to optimize messaging to customers by getting to know their customers’ behaviors and pushing messages at the right time. At Ask Ziggy you will be working to enhance our patented NLP and Analytic platform and work with our clients in the wearable and device OEM space to extract meaning from notifications and social network content using supervised and unsupervised machine learning, social network analysis, and modeling to provide customized domain-aware agents that deliver content naturally and efficiently with their users.” Read more
27th February 2014 - Attensity, a provider of integrated, real-time solutions that blend multichannel voice of the customer (VoC) analytics and social engagement for enterprise listening needs, has released Analyze 6.3, which includes business-oriented added features and enhancements.
Attensity Analyze 6.3 gives users access to text analytics engines with real-time access to more than 150 million blogs and forums, Facebook, and Twitter. Read more
Michael C. Daconta of GCN recently wrote, “Recent articles about Pandora’s and Netflix’s use of big data illustrate why government IT managers should not just focus on data management, data collection and even big data processing. They need to shift the focus from the data producer to the data consumer… In both these cases, we see big data is the stepping stone for consumer-centric information production. The Netflix micro-genres are not the trove of big data on movie viewing, or the movie data itself. Instead, it is useful information mined from that data. Likewise, the data containing Pandora users’ demographics and preferences create a way for advertisers to target buyers.” Read more
Healthline is looking for a Informatics Senior Java Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA. According to the post, this position will “Design and implement algorithms for integrating medical standard dictionaries into Healthline ontology. Develop data mining processes to create our Semantic Network. Work on an authoring tool that allows Medical Informatics Specialists to successfully and easily edit our ontology. Contribute to architecture, tools, and standards and practices for the engineering organization. Perform additional duties as assigned.” Read more