Posts Tagged ‘Adobe’

Semantic Technology Jobs: Adobe


Adobe is looking for a Research Scientist in San Francisco, CA. According to the post, “We are especially looking for applicants with a strong background in social computing, machine learning, natural-language processing, or visualization, though applicants with a background in other areas of computer science will also be considered. Our research group is a part of Adobe’s Advanced Technology Labs. It is an open and collaborative environment, with a world-class set of researchers in digital imaging, computer vision and graphics, audio processing, and HCI. Additionally, Adobe’s recent growth in areas like web analytics (e.g., SiteCatalyst, powered by Omniture), cloud computing (e.g., Creative Cloud), and consumer photo sharing (e.g., and Revel) provide a wealth of new data and research directions.” Read more

Google, Best Buy, & W3C Working on an Ecommerce Web Standard

David Meyer of GigaOM reports, “More than two dozen tech firms and ecommerce operators, including IBM, Google, Adobe, Best Buy and Qubit, have banded together to create a standard for managing certain types of website data – particularly the kind that will be valuable to ecommerce outfits. The companies are going public with the ‘Customer Experience Digital Data Acquisition’ standard now, although they submitted the draft standard back in May and are hoping for sign-off by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in September. The firms have been thrashing out the standard through the W3C’s Community and Business Groups initiative, which launched a couple of years ago to speed up industry-specific web standards development.” Read more

Semantic Web Enterprise Deployments: Get Exec Support, And Set Reasonable Expectations

When it comes to Semantic Web technologies, there are some business-technology leaders that see value in moving rapidly forward. For some, it’s critical if they’re to live up to their image as technologically advanced enterprises. For others, it’s a matter of hearing that competitors are doing it, so they need to get on board too. There’s also the case to be made that there the amount of data to deal with already is overwhelming, and it’s only going to get worse, creating a world that mere humans and current information technology tools simply can’t keep up with.

At the (quickly) upcoming Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Washington D.C., Janet Millenson, principal of advisory firm Two Crows Consulting, will hit those high notes. But expect also to hear about what remains to grapple with in order to get executive support for what is still a new idea in many organizations.

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XMP On Its Way to ISO Standard Status

Kas Thomas recently commented on Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) which he thinks is on its way becoming an ISO standard. Thomas writes, “for at least three years I’ve been saying that it would be in Adobe’s best interest to hand oversight over this ostensibly open standard to a bonafide Standards Body (rather than let adoption languish as people continue to associate XMP with ‘Adobe-proprietary’). Happily, Adobe is in fact now doing the right thing: XMP is in the process of becoming ISO-16684-1, via an effort led by my colleague Frank Biederich. This effort couldn’t have come at a better time. The content world is in desperate need of an industry-standard way to represent rich-content metadata, and I strongly believe XMP is the right technology at the right time.” Read more

Finding and Visualizing Relationships

RelFinder, a new Adobe Flex-based application, has been announced by a collection of researchers from the University of Stuttgart, the Carlos III University of Madrid and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Additional contributions have been made by individuals from the University of Leipzig and AKSW.

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Metatomix Unveils Version 6.0 of its Semantic Platform

Version 6.0 Boasts Ease-of-Use, Time Savings and Provides Customers with the Ability to Discover and Publish Key Insights Using Semantic Technology

Dedham, Mass., June 15, 2009 – Metatomix, Inc., a leading provider of semantic solutions to justice and public safety, financial services, manufacturing and life sciences organizations, today announced the availability of mtx Semantic Platform version 6.0 – the newest release of the company’s core semantic technology-based platform. The next-generation version of the platform will serve as the foundational architecture for all current and future solutions offered by the company as well as its partners.

Version 6.0 offers an approach to building and deploying business solutions that discovers key insights across the distributed enterprise landscape, and triggers business processes to capture high risk events or information. For partners and solution developers, the advances in 6.0 will reduce development time and enable customers to further leverage existing enterprise IT investments. With these significant advances in the technology, Metatomix’s customers and partners will benefit from an enhanced ability to find and process structured and unstructured information within many applications across the enterprise.

Key features of Version 6.0 include the ability to operate as a stand-alone platform or inside a standard J2EE Application Server certified on Apache Tomcat, IBM Websphere and Oracle Weblogic. In addition, it features OSGi-based configuration of platform resources, which provides customers with significant code re-use and ease of deployment. The new version also includes enhanced Web Service support in order to allow customers to publish platform semantic services as standard Web services.

“Version 6.0 of our semantic platform is yet another example that Metatomix is determined to bring next-generation semantic technology to our customers and partners,” said Metatomix Chief Technology Officer Howard Greenblatt. “The new version of the platform allows our customer-base to discover and publish key insights easier and faster, thus maximizing the power of semantic technology for the enterprise like never before. Moving ahead, Metatomix looks forward to further use and adoption of the platform and its associated tooling.”

Packaged with Semantic Platform 6.0, the company is also introducing the Semantic Editing Framework – providing the ability to generate dynamic user interfaces based on domain ontologies. Metatomix’s partners and customers can now extend the intelligence generated from semantic-based data integration with a highly configurable and easily deployed user interface framework for solution development. The Semantic Editing Framework also includes several capabilities such as local caching, change notification, renderers and the synchronization of application data between rich Web client and server applications. The interface can also be used across multiple functions in the semantic application and leverages tools like Adobe Flex and other rich Internet application development architectures such as AJAX, JSP and SWT.

Finally, Version 6.0 updates Metatomix’s Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) tool called mtxStudio, formerly named MetaStudio. The newly enhanced mtxStudio now allows for platform administration directly inside the tool. Further, a runtime version of the platform can be operated within mtxStudio, providing developers a single integrated workspace for modifying and building semantic solutions.


Adobe Lends Weight to HTML 5 Efforts – CMSWire

Adobe Lends Weight to HTML 5 Efforts
CMSWire, CA - 1 hour ago
These changes reflect the transformation of browsers as the browser wars rage on, but they also illustrate the push toward the semantic web where the web

Dublin Core and OWL

We’ve known about the Dublin Core ( ) pretty much forever. We know it has a following in Library Science, and content management systems, and Adobe uses their tags as the basis for the XMP ( And we knew that at least one of the original architects for the Dublin Core, Eric Miller ( ) is now deeply invested in the Semantic Web.

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Dublin Core and OWL

We’ve known about the Dublin Core ( ) pretty much forever. We know it has a following in Library Science and content management systems, and Adobe uses their tags as the basis for the XMP ( And we knew that at least one of the original architects for the Dublin Core, Eric Miller (, is now deeply invested in the Semantic Web.
So, we knew it was just a matter of time until we came to a client who was implementing a content management system using the Dublin Core tags and who wanted to integrate that with their Enterprise Ontology.
We just assumed there was a Dublin Core OWL implementation just for this purpose. If there is, it’s pretty well hidden. (One of my motivations in writing this blog is to see if this brings it out of the woodwork). The obvious one (the one that comes up first in a Google search) is from Stanford  ( On closer inspection, the only OWL property used in this ontology is the owl:annotationProperty (comment). The rest of it is really just naming the tags and providing the human readable definitions. But this isn’t really helpful for integration.
It turns out there are several other problems with the Dublin Core for this type of usage. For instance, the preferred usage of the “creator” tag is a LastName, FirstName literal. LastName, FirstName is pretty ambiguous. There are a lot of “Smith, John”s in most corporate databases. And in many cases we know much more precisely (to the urn: level) which John Smith we’re dealing with when we capture the document.
So, we ended up, I’m sure, re-inventing the wheel. We have built an OWL version of the Dublin Core suitable for integration with Enterprise Ontologies. I’m on the road again starting tomorrow, but within a week or two we expect to have it vetted and out in a suitable public place. In the next installment I’ll go over some of the design tradeoffs we made along the way. By the way, what suitable public places are people going to for their ontologies these days?

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