Ingrid Lunden of Tech Crunch reports, “Apple has Siri, and now Intel has Ginger. The chipmaker has made one more acquisition to bolster its advanced computing and artificial intelligence holdings: it has purchased selected assets, and hired talent, from Israel’s Ginger Software in the area of natural language processing tools and applications. Those assets include a platform for third parties to create customised personal assistants, for a price believed to be up to $30 million. Ginger Software, backed by investors like Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, will continue to operate as an independent business focusing on its remaining business: intelligent grammar and spell checking software. This is not the only change afoot at Ginger: the company recently saw its chairperson, Soffer Teeni, leave to head up Facebook Israel.” Read more
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Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “WibiData — the big data startup from Cloudera Co-founder Christophe Bisciglia and Aaron Kimball — doesn’t have overly big plans. It only wants to become one of the first, if not the first, company selling off-the-shelf software that lets other companies build valuable, customer-facing applications on Hadoop. On Thursday, WibiData announced $15 million in Series B funding from Canaan Partners, as well as existing investors NEA and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, to help make the goal a reality.” Read more
The upcoming Semantic Technology Conference in San Francisco will feature a number of innovative new products. One such product is dotnetrdf, a “free and open source project intended to be a .Net equivalent of projects like Jena and Sesame. It provides a Core RDF/Semantic Web API and a suite of tools aimed at providing the bulk of the tools and APIs a .Net developer needs to work with RDF and the Semantic Web in their applications. The presentation will highlight the major features of the project and new features coming to future releases.” Read more
A survey on controlled vocabularies is coming to a close. We reported some of the survey’s preliminary findings a few weeks ago, and now more preliminary findings have been released prior to the May 18th close of the survey. The article states, “143 people whose organization already make use of controlled vocabularies answered the question ‘Which kind of controlled vocabulary do you use or plan to use in your applications?’ The results so far show that lightweight models like taxonomies and thesauri are somewhat preferred over ontologies.” Read more
A recent article discusses the lessons that can be learned from Watson, IBM’s champion computer: “Big Blue has set its sights on many commercial applications for the technology in healthcare, financial services and customer service operations. But the question remains, is it practical? Does Watson embody an approach that enterprises can exploit, or learn from? How readily can a “Watson” be applied to the knowledge and content access problems of the typical enterprise?” Read more
A new article by Michael Green discusses how “the Semantic Web, Mobile Web, and the immersive Internet [are] changing the way we learn and deliver learning.” Green states, “The growing and central role of technology in organizational learning can be characterized as both a boon and a burden. While the benefits of emerging technologies are broad and unprecedented, it is nearly impossible to keep pace with the rapid evolution of these tools. Even as today’s technology experts discuss artificial intelligence, immersive virtual worlds, and the future of mobile devices, many organizations are still wrestling with how to best leverage online learning.” Read more
A new article from the New York Times discusses the multitude of improvements that transparent data can have on our everyday lives: “Governments have learned a cheap new way to improve people’s lives. Here is the basic recipe: Take data that you and I have already paid a government agency to collect, and post it online in a way that computer programmers can easily use. Then wait a few months. Voilà! The private sector gets busy, creating Web sites and smartphone apps that reformat the information in ways that are helpful to consumers, workers and companies.” Read more
The Semantic Web is nearing the point of widespread practical adoption:
• The core specifications have stabilized
• Tools and frameworks implementing key features have been through several development cycles
• An increasing number of major software companies have developed semantically enabled products or are actively researching the space
As companies start to translate theory into real applications, they are confronted with a host of practical software engineering issues:
• What is the standard or recommended functional architecture of a semantic application?
• How does that architecture relate to the Semantic Web standards?
• Which of those standards are stable and which can be expected to evolve in ways that would significantly impact prior applications?
• What types of tools/frameworks exist that can be leveraged to help implement semantic applications?
• How mature are the various categories of Semantic Web tools/frameworks?
• Can API standardization be expected for certain tool/framework categories?
• What best practices exist for the design, implementation and deployment of semantic applications?
• What future trends in support for semantic application development can be expected?
This panel session gathers together semantics experts from the software industry to address these and other practical issues relating to the development of semantic applications.
Attachment: Panel – Developing Semantic Web Applications (24.68 MB)
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Dr. Allemang specializes in innovative applications of knowledge technology and brings to TopQuadrant over 15 years of experience in research, deployment, and development of knowledge-based systems. He developed the curriculum for Top Quadrant’s successful training series for Semantic Web technologies, which he has been presenting to customers world-wide for four years. Dean has completed a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge as a Marshall scholar, a PhD at the Ohio State University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Scholar, and is a two-time winner of the Swiss Prize for Innovation in Technology. Prior to joining TopQuadrant, Dr. Allemang was the Vice-President of Customer Applications at Synquiry Technologies, were he filed two patents on the application of graph matching algorithms to the problems of semantic information interchange.
Dr. Jans Aasman
President & CEO, Franz Inc.
Dr. Jans Aasman, Franz’s President and CEO, was a longtime customer and joined Franz from TNO Telecom based in The Netherlands. Prior to Franz, he worked at KPN Research, the research lab of a major Dutch telecommunication company. Dr. Aasman was a tenured professor in Industrial Design at the Technical University of Delft, where he held the chair title Informational Ergonomics of Telematics and Intelligent Products. He also was a visiting scientist at the Computer Science Department of Prof. Dr. Alan Newell at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Aasman holds a degree in experimental and cognitive psychology from the University of Groningen, with specialization in Psychophysiology and Cognitive Psychology.
Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira. Prior to founding Zepheira, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT where he led the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Eric is a frequent and sought after international speaker in the areas of International Web standards, knowledge management, collaboration, development, and deployment.