Posts Tagged ‘Apache Solr’

SindiceTech Relaunch Features SIREn Search System, PivotBrowser Relational Faceted Browser

sindiceLast week news came from SindiceTech about the availability of its SindiceTech Freebase Distribution for the cloud (see our story here). SindiceTech has finalized its separation from the university setting in which it incubated, the former DERI institute, now a part of the Insight Center for Data Analytics, and now is re-launching its activities, with more new solutions and capabilities on the way.

“The first thing was to launch the Knowledge Graph distribution in the cloud,” says CEO Giovanni Tummarello. “The Freebase distribution showcases how it is possible to quickly have a really large Knowledge Graph in one’s own private cloud space.” The distribution comes instrumented with some of the tools SindiceTech has developed to help users both understand and make use of the data, he says, noting that “the idea of the Knowledge Graph is to have a data integration space that makes it very simple to add new information, but all that power is at risk of being lost without the tools to understand what is in the Knowledge Graph.”

Included in the first round of the distribution’s tools for composing queries and understanding the data as a whole are the Data Types Explorer (in both tabular and graph versions), and the Assisted SPARQL Query Editor. The next releases will increase the number of tools and provide updated data. “Among the tools expected is an advanced Knowledge Graph entity search system based on our newly released SIREn search system,” he says.

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Redlink Brings The Semantic Web To Integrators

rsz_relinkA cloud-based platform for semantic enrichment, linked data publishing and search technologies is underway now at startup Redlink, which bills it as the world’s first project of its kind.

The company has a heritage in the European Commission-funded IKS (Interactive Knowledge Stack) Open Source Project, created to provide a stack of semantic features for use in content management systems and the birthplace of Apache Stanbol, as well as in the Linked Media Framework project, from which Apache Marmotta derived. The founding developers of those open source projects are founders of Redlink, and Apache Stanbol, which provides a set of reusable components for semantic content management (including adding semantic information to “non-semantic” pieces of content), and Apache Marmotta, which provides Linked Data platform capabilities, are core to the platform, as is Apache Solr for enterprise search.

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Helping Citizen Searches For Government Services

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By 2016, ABI Research has it, as much as $114 billion could be saved worldwide through the implementation of online e-government services. It predicted that investment in these services is set to increase from $28 billion in 2010 to $57 billion in 2016, and that the number of users will nearly triple over the forecast period.

Here in the states, according to a 2012 survey by GovLoop, 83 percent of respondents say that they can access government-oriented customer service efforts via a website. And the number of people who are taking advantage of the ability to access information and services on government web sites is pretty significant, even going back to 2010, when the Pew Internet & American Life Project reported that 82 percent of American Internet users – 62 percent of adults – were doing so. Among its findings at the time were that 46 percent have looked up what services a government agency provides; 33 percent  have renewed a driver’s license or auto registration; 23 percent have gotten information about or applied for government benefits; and 11 percent have applied for a recreational license, such as a fishing or hunting license.

Given the interest in accessing information via the Internet about government services by the citizenry — not to mention accessing the services themselves, and not only in the US but abroad — it makes sense for governments to put an emphasis on customer service online. The Govloop survey finds that there’s room for some improvement, with the majority of respondents rating service a 3 or 4 on the scale of 1 to 5. Perhaps additional help will come from some efforts in the semantic web space, like a vocabulary for describing civic services that government organizations can use to help citizens using search engines hone in on the service that’s their true interest from the start.

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Searchbox Wants To Help You Build Your Enterprise’s Specialized Search Engine

Searchbox is taking its enterprise semantic search technology in a new direction. The offering, which The Semantic Web Blog initially covered here, today is packaged as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, and it’s now based on the Apache Solr open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project rather than on proprietary technology.

“We completely changed the technology stack for keyword search and integrated our semantic technology into Solr,” says chief product officer Jonathan Rey. On top of Apache Solr, he says, the company developed a search application framework that IT managers, CIOs, and developers can leverage to provide a richer experience to end users.

“There is no such thing as ‘standard enterprise search.’ Searchbox is a platform onto which companies can build a specialized search engine,” Rey says.

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Big Data Is Big Focus At SemTechBiz (Part 2)

LOGO: Semantic Technology & Business Conference; June 2-5, 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaOur discussion of Big Data at SemTechBiz, begun here, continues:

The Enterprise Linked Data Cloud Needs Semantics, And More

Another exploration of Big Data’s intersection with semantic technology will take place at this session, where Dr. Giovanni Tummarello, senior research fellow at DERI and CTO of SindiceTech, will talk about the former becoming an enabler for the latter to be really useful in enterprises. “A lot of people say it’s via Big Data that semantic technologies like RDF will see a coming of age and clear applications in certain industries,” he says. There’s value to adding data first and understanding it later, and to that end, “semantic technologies give you the most agile tool to deal with data you don’t know, where there’s a lot of diversity, and you don’t know what of it particularly will be useful.”

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Expert System Announces Integration with Apache Solr

According to a new article, “Expert System, the semantic software company, today announced the full integration of its Cogito semantic platform with the Apache Solr™ open source enterprise search platform. Through the integration with Cogito, organizations using Solr will be able to enhance their technology investment by delivering faster, more precise access to big data and enterprise content. Cogito exceeds the limits of traditional search and provides a deep understanding of words by fully understanding their meaning in context. Backed by a powerful semantic network enhanced by vertical knowledge for the most important sectors (finance, security, oil and gas, etc.), Cogito ensures higher precision and recall than traditional systems.” Read more

Volkswagen: Das Auto Company is Das Semantic Web Company!

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You know Volkswagen as Das Auto company. But perhaps it’s time to start thinking of it as “Das Semantic Web Company.”

William Greenly is the Volkswagen Technical Lead for the auto vendor’s Volkswagen.co.uk online platform at integrated communications agency Tribal DDB. In that capacity he is taking the partnership the companies have had for more than four decades to a new level. His role there has encompassed managing data around Volkswagen’s products, its retailer and web site content, and its interfaces with social networks and many third-party back-end systems, including those germaine to the auto industry such as manufacturer consortiums.

Now, the focus is on using semantic web technology to drive a more elastic, flexible and streamlined digital world for “The Car” company.

The journey began as a strategic brief about contextual search engines serving content based on context within the site and possibly across affiliate sites, a big idea that was quite quickly bound to something more tactical. That being improving site search, Greenly says. “So the objectives were about site search and improving it, but in the long-run it was always the idea to contextualize content, to facet content, to promote it in different contexts.”

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