Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Canada Looks to Developers to Push Open Data


Gillian Shaw of the Vancouver Sun reports, “Canada’s federal government has an abundance of data, and is asking Canadian software programmers and innovators to figure out how to best use it. In the first country wide open-data hackathon, dubbed CODE – Canadian Open Data Experience – Ottawa is calling on the nation’s computing and design talent to use the government’s open data to create apps that will help Canadians. ‘From air-and water-quality monitoring, to border waiting times, to information on permanent residency applications, crime statistics and vehicle recalls, Open Data has the potential to drive social, political, and economic change,’ Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board of Canada, said in a letter to CODE participants.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: OpenText

OpenText Enterprise Information Management is looking for a Senior Software Developer in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The post states, “We are searching for a server-side software developer to join the search engine team. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic team designing and developing a highly scalable multi-tier search engine using large machine clusters. All of the projects involved have performance and stability requirements, thus a great importance is placed on code quality and thoroughness in design. The work involves full text and metadata indexing and search, inter-process communication, and service development.” Read more

Be Informed Launches Semantic Business Solutions in North America

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Be Informed, the global market leader in semantic business solutions, announced today that it is expanding operations to the United States and Canada, providing public and private sector enterprises a fast, agile and cost-effective springboard to transform their core business processes, respond rapidly to market and regulatory changes, and execute strategic innovations.

“Public and private sector organizations are burdened with complex processes that are resource-intensive to build, costly to maintain and difficult to change,” said Dan Latham, CEO of Be Informed North America. “But what if you were no longer stymied by IT backlogs, project failures and poor ROI? What if far less of your budget was tied up with maintenance and more of it free for new development? Be Informed enables business executives to execute agile business performance. With Be Informed you can not only deploy solutions quickly and economically, you also gain the power to react immediately to new requirements, transform core processes incrementally with lower risk, and evolve new capabilities as changes accelerate.” Read more

Linked Open Data In Action In World War I Showcase Project

A fascinating project has been undertaken by the Partners of the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network (PCDHN): It’s a proof-of-concept showcase of using Linked Open Data visualizations for “Out of the Trenches.” This is a look at the First World War from the Canadian perspective: war songs, postcards, newspapers, photos, films, and these resources’ intersection with Canadian soldiers who fought in the war.


These digital resources from organizations such as McGill University, the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan, and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec have been linked through existing metadata provided in formats ranging from spreadsheets to MODS XML to RDF. Rather than reduce the metadata to a common subset, the approach was to maximize its use by moving to the “web of data” concept, so that the resources can be combined in different and unexpected ways, according to the proof-of-concept final report that was issued on the project.

The premise was to expose the metadata for these resources using RDF XML and existing published ontologies such as the Event Ontology, the Dublin Core Ontology and the Biographical Ontology, elements sets, vocabularies and resources like the Geonames geographical database to maximize discovery by the user community and contribute to the Semantic Web.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Royal Military College of Canada

A PhD position is open at the Royal Military College of Canada’s Semantic Technologies Lab. According to the description, “The positions include a Ph.D. research assistantship and support for conference travel and equipment. The ideal candidate would: have a background in knowledge extraction, data mining, NLP and/or machine learning; have some knowledge on the Semantic Web and ontologies; have (or soon receive) a Master’s degree in computer science/engineering, informatics, or related fields; be really excited about the project, persistent and hard-working; have a researcher’s attitude (to not be satisfied with the first explanation!); like to read, write and present; be ok investing 3+ years as a “research assistant” (aka PhD student).” Read more

Collibra and SoftLake Solutions partner to bring award-winning data governance solutions to North America

Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 21, 2010 – US-based SoftLake Solutions and Belgium-based Collibra have partnered together to bring Collibra’s data governance product suite to North America. The relationship allows SoftLake Solutions to offer Collibra’s products and solutions to customers in the United States and Canada. SoftLake Solutions will leverage its domestic technical expertise to implement Collibra’s software solutions. Steven Pesklo, president of SoftLake Solutions, says “we’re excited to be partnering with Collibra for their data governance solutions. Businesses need to manage their business vocabularies and SoftLake Solutions will be using Collibra’s software in order to help companies put their businesses into context."

Collibra’s approach to governance uses their award-winning Business Semantics suite to better define definitions of business vocabularies and rules while allowing for improved data integration.

Minneapolis-based SoftLake Solutions is a natural partner for Collibra with its national footprint and decades of experience in bringing advanced data solutions. Indeed, the partnership will use SoftLake’s sales support organization as well as expert consulting and technical support to allow for maximum benefits from the Collibra solution.

SoftLake Solutions is a Minneapolis, MN based provider of business intelligence and data governance software and solutions. The company is a North American distributor for Collibra and InfoZoom, a powerful visual data intelligence product. For more information on SoftLake Solutions, visit

Collibra is a leading Data Governance software vendor for Master Data Management, Service Oriented Architecture and Business Intelligence. The Collibra solutions enable organizations to manage their business context and brings business and technical stakeholders together to govern business critical information. Collibra transforms data into trustworthy, useable and valuable information for both people and systems. The Data Governance solution reduces integration complexity,miscommunication overhead, and misinterpretation risks. For more information about Collibra, visit

MetaMoJi Announces Launch of MashIQ XBRL Analysis and Reporting Solution – (press release)

MetaMoJi Announces Launch of MashIQ XBRL Analysis and Reporting Solution (press release)
and published through the internet. MetaMoJi Corporation acquired the entire XBRL, advanced XML handing, and semantic technologies from JustSystems.

10 technologies that could change the way we work and live –
10 technologies that could change the way we work and live, Canada - John Brandon
Some call it the Semantic Web; others call it the Smarter Web. The idea is to more easily share complex knowledge you get from the Internet. IBM Research has developed a Mozilla Firefox extension called coscripter that is essentially a macro-recorder

Computers figuring out what words mean (

Computers figuring out what words mean, Canada - 8 hours ago
"This is clearly a building block for Web 3.0, or what is known as the Semantic Web. It has taken 30 years; it is a labor of love," Jarus said.

The Semantics of the the Dublin Core – Metadata for Knowledge Management

In my previous article, I proposed that the library catalogue could be used as a blueprint for the Semantic Web. Perhaps theoretical and conceptual, the arguments fleshed out the ideas, but not the practical applications. For this article, I will outline in greater detail how exactly, developments in library and information science are playing out, not only in the SemWeb, but also in knowledge management for business.

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