Posts Tagged ‘content management’

Scoop.it Raises $2.6M to Make the Internet More Manageable

Rebecca Grant of VentureBeat reports, “Scoop.it has scooped up $2.6 million to mold vast amounts of Internet content into more manageable form. The company combines semantic analysis with human curation to help brands publish relevant content. Its technology crawls 10 million pages across the Web, analyzes it, and makes personalized content suggestions for users based on their areas of interest. Users pick and choose the items they find interesting or relevant and publish them to their personal or organizational site. ‘A growing number of people, professionals, businesses and brands have to publish online to develop their visibility, reputation, and brand,’ said founder Guillaume Decugis in an interview with VentureBeat. ‘This is time-consuming, and it is hard to produce relevant quality content to rise above the noise. We help them find content that relates to their areas of expertise so they can feed their sites, social media channels, search engines, and newsletter’s.” Read more

Virtify Launches Virtify SCM, A New Clinical Content Management Solution for the Life Science Industry

BOSTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —  DIA Conference, Booth #1647 — Virtify, Inc., a leading innovator in content and regulatory information management solutions for the life science industry, today announced the release of Virtify SCM, a new software platform for creation, reuse and tracking of clinical and regulatory content. Virtify SCM (Structured Content Management) takes an asset management approach to improve collaboration and enables the automation of documents used throughout the drug product life cycle – from pre-clinical through product registration to commercialization. Virtify SCM improves compliance, productivity and quality while reducing risk across the drug product portfolio. Read more

Military Friendly Employers Search Site Latest To Leverage Technology That Culls Meaning From The Crowd

With Veteran’s Day upon us, Victory Media has unveiled its new Military Friendly Employers search site, which provides a way for service members to search, sort, compare, and find a Top 100 Military Employer from nationally ranked companies. Some 16,000 facts – percentage of military that makes up new hires at a firm, support for part-time spouse employment during deployment, assurance of having the same position upon return, full salary for duration of Guard and Reserve duty, and more – feed these searches to point military personnel to the companies whose practices and policies are a fit for them.

Victory Media has been publishing the list since 2003, but this year searching through it is powered by WebKite’s content management platform. Military Friendly Employers is one of about a dozen sites using the company’s technology. It’s not semantic web search, but it is about adding contextual meaning to a data owner’s information to transform it into a vertical search engine site, which it calls a kite. The idea is that data owners can import their data into its management system, and work with its developer and integration team to customize it to their domain needs, including how they think users want to search the decision space. Users can then search, sort, and interact with the content through decision tools, top 10 lists, user reviews, and ratings.

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Is Your Business Ready for the Semantic Web?

What makes a business ripe to adopt semantic web technologies? Those engaged in cross-enterprise business processes, in particular where models based on web technologies drive greater collaboration and increased dynamism, are on the list, says Professor Adrian Paschke,  Corporate Semantic Web chair at the institute of computer science at the Freie Universität Berlin and head of the InnoProfile project Corporate Semantic Web.

“That is motivation to apply semantic web technologies because you no longer are working in closed walls where you build your own schema and database model, but you need a flexible semantic model that easily integrates with others,” says Paschke.

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Adding End Users to the Semantic Web Mix

Brian Bentzen recently shared his thoughts on how to make the semantic web more viable to end users. Bentzen writes, “Spending time at the IKS Paris Workshop this week, what strikes me first and foremost is the sheer distance; the distance between the skilled state-of-the-art developers and vendors, working with semantic web and the absent practitioner. One thing is bringing semantic web to web content management. Another more decisive distance that needs to be covered is the one between the smart people at the IKS sponsored projects and the end user. Today, the distance is still vast. Read more

Semanticizing Managed Content with IKS

Seth Grimes recently wrote, “If you believe (as I do) that semantics is the key
to smart content — to content enriched and structured to promote findability, reuse, and task-focused knowledge extraction — and if you believe (as I do) in open source, then the IKS Semantic Project may be for you. IKS stands for Interactive Knowledge Stack. It provides a framework for semanticizing managed content. Why is that important? Because ‘current [content management systems] lack the capability for semantic web enabled, intelligent content, and therefore lack the capacity for users to interact with the content at the user’s knowledge level,’ according to the August 2009 project documentation.” Read more

Content Management Finds Meaning – EContent (press release)

Content Management Finds Meaning
EContent (press release)
Great content brings people to your website, CMS-based automation that takes advantage of analytics and semantic technology helps keep your visitors on your

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Have Semantic Technologies Crossed the Chasm Yet?

 

This article kicks off a series of interviews on Semantic Technologies in the MIT Entrepreneurship Review with industry thought leaders including Thomas Tague (Thomson Reuters), Chris Messina (Google), David Recordon (Facebook), Will Hunsinger (Evri) and Jamie Taylor (Metaweb).

At first sight, the answer is yes. I recently attended the Semantic Technology Conference in San Francisco. What had begun in 2005 as a 300-person conference has grown into a 5-day event with an amazing depth both of workshops and panels and over 1,300 participants this year. The conference is organized by Semantic Universe, an online platform with the goal of “educating the world about semantic technologies and applications”.

I have had the opportunity to talk to some of the key actors and innovators that have pushed semantic technologies and linked data forward over the past years since the term “Semantic Web” was first coined by Sir Tim Berners-Lee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The term takes on different meanings in different contexts: to some it is about representation of information in certain well-defined formats to make it machine-readable and easy to interpret; to others it is about web services and the aggregation of information to create valuable applications for users, while still others would highlight the artificial intelligence aspect and its use in tackling complex problems.

I have been personally drawn to the field of semantic technologies for some time, realizing the impact that these technologies will have on the way we consume information online as well as on the possibilities from an enterprise perspective. One thing I realized at the conference was that a lot of things that we take granted today, like online recommendations, are already powered by semantic technologies. In fact, a lot of the conversations happening in the hallways, between sessions, were not just around technical topics like how to best construct OWL ontologies or how to structure SPARQL queries, but rather about business issues like designing the right monetization models, improving e-commerce with semantic technologies, gauging the potential business impact of Facebook’s Open Graph, Twitter annotations or Google’s rich snippets. The New York Times, BBC, Newsweek, Tesco, Best Buy are some examples of companies that have been building and are relying on semantic technologies. To me, these are all strong indicators that semantic technologies have reached the tipping point.

Jamie Taylor, Minister of Information at Metaweb, the company behind Freebase, sees clear indications that semantic technologies have become more mainstream:  “Just the sheer size of the conference has increased pretty dramatically, as well as the diversity of people who actually have commercial offerings in terms of tools that matter to your typical webmaster, your typical content manager.” While there is still a strong academic track to semantic technologies, Taylor says, “it’s very interesting that sometimes semantic technologies have met the Web 2.0 lightweight user contribution-type model and as you add semantics into these types of systems – fairly lightweight semantics – all of a sudden they start getting much greater benefit.”

Managing one of the best-known semantic technology start-ups, Will Hunsinger, CEO of Evri, tells me that he has “seen a lot more activity in the last 12 month”. Naming Microsoft’s acquisition of Powerset and Apple’s acquisition of Siri as examples, he also points out that these “transactions have given validation that the technology is here and ready, but also that there is a path to liquidity.” One advice for startups and companies in the semantic technologies sector is to focus less on the technology itself and spend more time understanding consumers’ needs by asking themselves: “What does this technology do better than what’s out there such that you are going to solve a real problem”.  For example, at Evri, he adds “we create a better experience for the consumer applying the technology where it actually has a distinct advantage over keyword e.g. delivering precise results around general topics like “movies” or “reality tv”, understanding meaning and context (e.g. why is a particular entity popular right now) or even enabling consumers to follow topics over time”.

From a technological perspective, the recent developments around RDFa, a simpler version of RDF which allows users to add metadata to their content, will further accelerate the growth of the Semantic Web. Drupal 7, one of the biggest open source content management systems used on hundreds of thousands of websites, comes with major RDFa functionality. The latest HTML5 draft has RDFa support in it. Facebook’s Open Graph protocol is based on RDFa. Google Rich Snippets support RDFa. According to a recent GigaOM report, Twitter Annotations are looking to use it.

The benefits of semantic technologies with respect to making online search better are most obvious and to some extent already observable today. David Recordon, Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook, sees some powerful applications in search, essentially “giving you a filter into the world based on your friends”. Thanks to semantic technologies built into the Facebook platform “developers [can] build on top of information which people have trusted Facebook with, whether that’s status updates or things they like, people they are connected to […]”. Google’s Open Web Advocate, Chris Messina, told me he agrees that social search will play a key role in the future: “we are starting to see Google integrating Twitter streams in search experience, hopefully providing users with more actionable information, providing a number of different opinions, more contextual data. It is certainly something Google is paying a lot of attention to – information that is contextual to the user, not just generic to the world.”

But what about exploiting the power of the semantic web by pulling in data from different sources, the premise of linked data? Thomas Tague, VP Platform Strategy at Thomson Reuters and in charge of the OpenCalais project, a free service to analyze and extract concepts from user-submitted texts or web sources, told me about the exciting opportunities he sees at the intersection of highly trusted monetized content and free web content. He says that “people are not going to make $100 million bets based on blog postings. But that blog posting may be an outlier, may be an initial indicator, maybe about a layoff at a factory or something like that, that the user can now immediately link back to Thomson Reuters data and gain insight and take action.” While Tague certainly shares the enthusiasm for the growth of semantic technologies and adoption of standards by industry participants, utilization of linked data remains low in his view. Therefore, his short-term outlook with respect to utilization of the linked data cloud, remains rather cautious: “There is a lot of talk about it, but with respect to our linked-data company information, people aren’t picking it up yet very much.”

So what can we expect in the near future? Jamie Taylor tells me that he thinks “the idea that you can aggregate is something very novel: all of a sudden my data is not limited to my data silo.” He distinguishes two types of data: core data, which must be managed by the organization to drive the core business, and context data–such as geo data. He believes that what “semantic technologies allow is in some sense to outsource [context data] to the community for maintenance.”

Overall, there seems to be consensus that as semantic technologies move out of the purely technical corner and beyond the innovators and early adopters in academia and government, content-heavy organizations and users like publishers or e-commerce sites will help these technologies cross the chasm as they see the largest benefit in applying the technology. As pointed out earlier, companies like The New York Times or Best Buy have already begun to build and rely on semantic technologies. As more and more companies start adopting linked data standards and share data in the linked data cloud, we will see more businesses created to derive value from aggregating data across different datasets to provide value to their users.

If this article has sparked your interest into semantic technologies, I can recommend a documentary by Kate Ray, a recent graduate from NYU with a major in Journalism/Psychology, who has contributed to the demystification of the Semantic Web through interviews with thought leaders, including Tim Berners-Lee, Clay Shirky, Chris Dixon, David Weinberger, Nova Spivack, Jason Shellen, Lee Feigenbaum, John Hebeler, Alon Halevy, David Karger and Abraham Bernstein. The clip has been viewed by more than 120,000 people so far. I asked Kate what motivated her to do the documentary: “My dad has been doing semantic web stuff for years, and my entire family never really knew what he was doing, so partly I was trying to make something that all these people here could show to their friends and family. I also had an academic interest in it.” Kate is now working on a company called Kommons, which she describes as a “Q&A forum built on top of Twitter; to let people ask questions to public figures – or anyone – and backing questions you agree with”.

MIT is at the forefront of exploring applications to commercialize linked data and semantic technologies, adding a new seminar, Linked Data Ventures, to the fall curriculum. The class will be taught by an all-star team consisting of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Dr. Lalana Kagal, K. Krasnow Waterman, as well as Reed Sturtevant and Katie Rae. Computer science and business students will work in small teams to develop prototypes based on Semantic Web technologies.

About The Author

Rene Reinsberg Rene Reinsberg is currently a member of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at MIT. His interests span Linked Data, Big Data, Open Data, and social graph analytics.

 

 

http://miter.mit.edu/article/have-semantic-technologies-crossed-chasm-yet

Structured Data and Web Services Framework for Drupal Unveiled

CORALVILLE, IA, June 16, 2009 –Structured Dynamics today unveiled twin products that will bring exciting new structured data capabilities to the popular Drupal open source content management system. The first of these open source products is structWSF, a platform-independent Web services framework for RDF. It is paired with the conStruct module that links Drupal to this framework while leveraging existing Drupal capabilities.

"There has been some promising effort to expose RDF data from Drupal for some time," said Michael Bergman, CEO of Structured Dynamics LLC. "However, our innovation looks through the other end of the telescope," he said. "Our new conStruct structured content system enables external structured data to actually ‘drive the application’. We think Drupal is the perfect host to demonstrate this new paradigm of ‘data-driven apps’" Bergman added.

The conStruct Drupal module makes the connections between existing Drupal capabilities and the structWSF Web services framework. structWSF provides a standard suite of Web services, an innovative means to access and manage datasets, and the hooks to underlying structured data stores and full-text search engines.

structWSF

structWSF is a platform-independent Web services framework for accessing and exposing structured RDF data. Its central organizing perspective is that of the dataset. These datasets contain instance records, with the structural relationships amongst the data and their attributes and concepts defined via ontologies (schema with accompanying vocabularies).

The structWSF middleware framework is fully RESTful in design and is based on HTTP and Web protocols and open standards. The initial structWSF framework comes packaged with a baseline set of about a dozen Web services in CRUD, browse, search and export and import.

All Web services are exposed via APIs and SPARQL endpoints. Each request to an individual Web service returns an HTTP status and optionally a document of resultsets. Each results document can be serialized in many ways, and may be expressed as either RDF or pure XML.

In initial release, structWSF has direct interfaces to the Virtuoso RDF triple store (via ODBC, and later HTTP) and the Solr faceted, full-text search engine (via HTTP). However, structWSF has been designed to be fully platform-independent. The framework is open source (Apache 2 license) and designed for extensibility.

conStruct SCS

conStruct SCS is a structured content system that extends the basic Drupal content management framework. conStruct enables structured data and its controlling vocabularies (ontologies) to drive applications and user interfaces.

Users and groups can flexibly access and manage any or all datasets exposed by the system depending on roles and permissions. Report and presentation templates are easily defined, styled or modified based on the underlying datasets and structure. Collaboration networks can readily be established across multiple installations and non-Drupal endpoints. Powerful linked data integration can be included to embrace data anywhere on the Web.

conStruct provides Drupal-level CRUD (create – read – update – delete), data display templating, faceted browsing, full-text search, and import and export over structured data stores based on RDF. Depending on roles and permissions, a given user may or may not see specific datasets or tools within the Drupal interface. Search and browse results are similarly sequestered depending on access rights.

Unveiled at SemTech 2009

Bergman unveiled and demoed the two products today at the 2009 Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, California. He did so during his talk on, "BKN: Building Communities through Knowledge, and Knowledge Through Communities."  SemTech 2009 is a premier semantic Web event, which has been steadily growing and now exceeds 1000 attendees.

Sponsorship and Further Details

structWSF has been under development by Structured Dynamics for some time. Its linkage and incorporation within the Drupal system has more recently been supported by the Bibliographic Knowledge Network (BKN).

BKN is a major, two-year, NSF-funded project jointly sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the American Institute of Mathematics, with broad private sector and community support. BKN is developing a suite of tools and infrastructure for citations and bibliographies within the mathematics and statistics domain based on semantic technologies for professionals, students or researchers to form new communities.

structWSF will soon be available for download from the OpenStruct (http://openstructs.org) Web site. The conStruct system will also soon be available under GPL license. See its home site at http://constructscs.com or within the Drupal module system (http://drupal.org/project/construct).

OpenStructs Announced

CORALVILLE, IA, June 16, 2009 – As part of a broader set of product announcements, Structured Dynamics today unveiled openstructs.org, an education and distribution site dedicated to open source software for converting, managing, viewing and manipulating structured data. Structured data can represent any existing data struct from the simplest attribute-value pair formats to fully specified relational database schema. 

"We believe open source frameworks are the only way moving forward to finally achieve data interoperability," said Frédérick Giasson, lead developer of the products announced by Structured Dynamics LLC and its CTO. "Our intent is that OpenStructs become a central distribution point for our own open source software as well as the contributed data ‘structs’ that support it," Giasson said. He went on to explain that ‘structs’ are the small structured data frameworks for converting data from one form to another, for templates to display data in various structured ways, and for extracting structured data from documents and Web pages.

All OpenStructs tools are premised on the canonical RDF (Resource Description Framework) data model. OpenStructs tools either convert existing data structures to RDF, extract structure from content as RDF, or manage and manipulate RDF. All OpenStructs tools and approaches are compliant with existing open standards from the W3C. The intent is to achieve maximum data and software interoperabililty.

The main software distribution from OpenStructs is structWSF, a platform-independent Web services framework for RDF. It is paired with the conStruct module that links Drupal to this framework while leveraging existing Drupal capabilities. structWSF provides a standard suite of Web services, a means to access and manage datasets, and hooks to underlying structured data stores and full-text search engines.

"Our [structWSF] Web services framework is middleware that either provides direct endpoint access to structured RDF data or bridges between RDF data stores and conventional apps and content management systems," said Giasson. "We think its combination of RDF, datasets and Web-oriented architecture, based on a design of access and use rights, will provide an infrastructure for enterprises to interoperate their own data with growing public sources," he said. "The framework is still a bit raw but the promise is huge; with an open source release maybe we can light a fire to burn down many historic barriers."

structWSF

structWSF is a platform-independent Web services framework for accessing and exposing structured RDF data. Its central organizing perspective is that of the dataset. These datasets contain instance records, with the structural relationships amongst the data and their attributes and concepts defined via ontologies (schema with accompanying vocabularies).

The structWSF middleware framework is fully RESTful in design and is based on HTTP and Web protocols and open standards. The initial structWSF framework comes packaged with a baseline set of about a dozen Web services in CRUD, browse, search and export and import.

All Web services are exposed via APIs and SPARQL endpoints. Each request to an individual Web service returns an HTTP status and optionally a document of resultsets. Each results document can be serialized in many ways, and may be expressed as either RDF or pure XML.

In initial release, structWSF has direct interfaces to the Virtuoso RDF triple store (via ODBC, and later HTTP) and the Solr faceted, full-text search engine (via HTTP). However, structWSF has been designed to be fully platform-independent. The framework is open source (Apache 2 license) and designed for extensibility.

conStruct SCS

conStruct SCS is a structured content system that extends the basic Drupal content management framework. conStruct enables structured data and its controlling vocabularies (ontologies) to drive applications and user interfaces.

Users and groups can flexibly access and manage any or all datasets exposed by the system depending on roles and permissions. Report and presentation templates are easily defined, styled or modified based on the underlying datasets and structure. Collaboration networks can readily be established across multiple installations and non-Drupal endpoints. Powerful linked data integration can be included to embrace data anywhere on the Web.

conStruct provides Drupal-level CRUD (create – read – update – delete), data display templating, faceted browsing, full-text search, and import and export over structured data stores based on RDF. Depending on roles and permissions, a given user may or may not see specific datasets or tools within the Drupal interface. Search and browse results are similarly sequestered depending on access rights.

Unveiled at SemTech 2009

Structured Dynamics unveiled and demoed the two products today at the 2009 Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose California. SD’s CEO, Michael Bergman, did so during his talk on, “BKN: Building Communities through Knowledge, and Knowledge Through Communities.” SemTech 2009 is a premier semantic Web event, which has been steadily growing and now exceeds 1000 attendees.

Sponsorship and Further Details

structWSF has been under development by Structured Dynamics for some time. Its linkage and incorporation within the Drupal system has more recently been supported by the Bibliographic Knowledge Network (BKN).

BKN is a major, two-year, NSF-funded project jointly sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the American Institute of Mathematics, with broad private sector and community support. BKN is developing a suite of tools and infrastructure for citations and bibliographies within the mathematics and statistics domain based on semantic technologies for professionals, students or researchers to form new communities.

An alpha version of structWSF will be released for download from the OpenStruct (http://openstructs.org) Web site on June 30. The conStruct system will be released at the same time under GPL license. See its home site at http://constructscs.com or within the Drupal module system (http://drupal.org/project/construct).

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