Semantic Technology Jobs: 3M

3m3M is looking for a Software Engineer – NLP in Murray, UT. According to the post, “3M HIS is currently seeking a NLP Software Engineer to work on our internal services platform, which is a framework and user experience for managing Natural Language Processing platform content. This person would provide features and functionality that interacts with a large scale production environment to monitor processing, support questions about performance, prioritize work, and allow editing of content which drives the NLP and coding process.”

Qualifications for the position include: “Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Experience with language processing, machine learning, and medical data. Read more

Pixar Vets Raise $15M for NLP Talking Toy Company

toytalkDan Primack of Fortune reports, “ToyTalk, the company founded by Pixar veterans to help digital apps and physical toys to have interactive conversations with young children, has raised $15 million in new venture capital funding led by Khosla Ventures. Returning investors included Charles River Ventures, First Round Capital, Greylock and True Ventures. The company now has raised nearly $30 million in total… ‘For us, ToyTalk is most successful in the long-term if a whole lot of kids and families are talking to a whole bunch of characters, including beloved ones that they already know,’ explains Oren Jacob, ToyTalk’s CEO and former chief technology officer for Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar studio. ‘Our technology, which we call PullString, lets us do that in both the digital world through apps and the physical world through actual toys’.” Read more

Introducing schema.org Version 1.92

schema dot org logoThe official blog of schema.org yesterday announced the release of version 1.92 of schema.org. The post, by Dan Brickley, states, “With this update we ‘soft launch’ a substantial collection of improvements that will form the basis for a schema.org version 2.0 release in early 2015. There remain a number of site-wide improvements, bugfixes and clarifications that we’d like to make before we feel ready to use the name ‘v2.0’. However the core vocabulary improvements are stable and available for use from today. As usual see the release notes page for details.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Columbia University

columbiaColumbia University is looking for an Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY. According to the post, “The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist to conduct research in the Lamont Geoinformatics Group that contributes to the development of academic Earth Sciences data systems and services, web applications, and data ingestion tools, with a primary focus on the development of ontologies and advanced data access and data contribution interfaces. Develop science-driven solutions for grant-funded initiatives; develop, test, and deploy Web/database applications. Must exercise creativity and/or expertise in the normal performance of duties.” Read more

NLP Provider Aylien Releases New Text Analysis SDKs

aylienJanet Wagner of Programmable Web reports, “AYLIEN, a natural language processing (NLP) services and API provider, has announced the release of new SDKs designed to help developers quickly and easily integrate the AYLIEN Text Analysis API with their applications. This first set of new SDKs includes Node.js, Python, Ruby and PHP, and the company plans to release SDKs for other languages in early 2015.The company released the AYLIEN Text Analysis API in February as a set of eight machine learning, natural language processing and information-retrieval APIs.” Read more

Cambridge Semantics and SPARQL City Forge Partnership to Offer Interactive Big Data Search

Cambridge SemanticsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (PRWEB) December 10, 2014 — Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of smart data solutions driven by Semantic Web technology, and SPARQL City, providers of a high performance scalable Hadoop-based graph database infrastructure, today announced a collaboration to jointly offer an integrated graph analytics solutions with semantic understanding to help enterprises get better understanding and value from big data.

Cambridge Semantics offers the award-winning Anzo Smart Data Platform (Anzo SDP), leveraged by customers and partners for building interactive Smart Data solutions that help enterprises rapidly discover, understand, combine, analyze, link and manage data from diverse sources, both from within and across organizational boundaries. SPARQL City’s Hadoop-based graph analytics engine provides a simple and powerful way for people to query semi-structured and structured data and find more nuanced relationships within and across these datasets in easy-to-grasp graphical representations. Read more

Framed Data Gets Funding Round To Further Goal Of Helping Businesses Stop Customer Churn

framedataWant to keep your high-risk customers from heading out the door? Well, Framed Data wants to give you a hand.

The company, which today announced that it has raised $2 million from Google Ventures, Innovation Works, Jotter, and NYU Innovation Fund as well as a number of angels, applies machine learning to ending subscription churn. It’s focused especially on B2B SaaS companies, uncovering less than obvious behavioral traits of churned users and applying that knowledge for future use, says director of marketing Tim Wu.

“Churn is the biggest pain we can tackle,” he says, providing the company a way to distinguish itself in an increasingly commoditized data analytics space. And in the B2B SaaS market, “the lifetime value of customers is really clear – they know that if customers leave, they lose x dollars.”

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Semantic Web Jobs: athenahealth

athenaEpocrates, an athenahealth company, is looking for a Senior Manager of Clinical Insights in San Francisco, CA. According to the post, “The role entails extracting practice-changing information from a variety of sources – as well as deriving new insights from EHR data – to support clinical decision-making.  The ideal candidate has demonstrated success in implementing healthcare IT solutions that meaningfully impact clinical care.  Strong broad-based clinical skills, understanding of evidence-based medicine, awareness of emerging medical advances, superior data analytic skills, applied informatics expertise, and experience in state-of-the-art electronic clinical decision support will serve this candidate in leading Epocrates and athenahealth to deliver insights to clinicians who care for patients.” Read more

Facebook’s Graph Search Now Lets You Search for Specific Posts

FacebookAmit Chowdhry of Forbes reports, “This week, Facebook is adding the ability to search for keywords contained within posts, photos, articles and videos that were shared with you. Facebook’s semantic Graph Search features like the ability to search for the phrases “My friends that work at Facebook” and “Photos of my friends” has not changed. Facebook launched Graph Search in beta last year. Facebook decided to add the post search feature after receiving feedback from users… ‘With a quick search, you can get back to a fun video from your graduation, a news article you’ve been meaning to read, or photos from your friend’s wedding last summer,’ said Tom Stocky.” Read more

Deep Learning Startup MetaMind Raises $8M

metamindJordan Novet of Venture Beat recently wrote, “Richard Socher never set out to place himself on the bleeding edge of artificial intelligence. He merely wanted to blend language and math — two subjects he’d always liked. But one thing led to another, and he ended up developing an impressive technology called recursive neural networks, and now the startup he established after leaving university,MetaMind, is launching with financial backing from some serious names. Socher and his team at the four-month-old startup want to demonstrate MetaMind’s ability to process images and text better than any other available technology out there to perform deep learning. Toward that end, in addition to announcing an $8 million initial funding round from Khosla Ventures and Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff, MetaMind today is introducing multiple demonstrations of its technical capabilities on its website.” Read more

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