Posts Tagged ‘crowdsourcing’

Designing a Better City with Street Core’s Machine Learning


Shaunacy Ferro of Fast Company reports, “In 2011, researchers at the MIT Media Lab debuted Place Pulse, a website that served as a kind of ‘hot or not’ for cities. Given two Google Street View images culled from a select few cities including New York City and Boston, the site asked users to click on the one that seemed safer, more affluent, or more unique. The result was an empirical way to measure urban aesthetics. Now, that data is being used to predict what parts of cities feel the safest. StreetScore, a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab’s  Macro Connections and Camera Culture groups, uses an algorithm to create a super high-resolution map of urban perceptions. The algorithmically generated data could one day be used to research the connection between urban perception and crime, as well as informing urban design decisions.” Read more

Winners of the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge Announced at the International Semantic Web Conference


OXFORD, England, October 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, congratulates the winners of the 2013 Semantic Web Challenge (SWC). Determined by a jury of leading experts in computer semantics from both academia and industry, the winners were announced at the 12th International Semantic Web Conference held in Sydney, Australia, October 21-25. The challenge and allocated prizes were sponsored by Elsevier. Read more

Using Twitter to Monitor Food Safety at Restaurants

Leonor Sierra of The University of Rochester reports, “A new system could tell you how likely it is for you to become ill if you visit a particular restaurant by ‘listening’ to the tweets from other restaurant patrons. The University of Rochester researchers say their system, nEmesis, can help people make more informed decisions, and it also has the potential to complement traditional public health methods for monitoring food safety, such as restaurant inspections. For example, it could enable what they call ‘adaptive inspections,’ inspections guided in part by the real-time information that nEmesis provides.” Read more

Combining Sentiment, Crowdsourcing & Gamification to Gauge Public Opinion

Chloe Green of Information Age reports, “The worldwide web is an unprecedented source of market intelligence that, in theory, allows businesses to analyse public opinion automatically. But human communication is complex. Context, slang, varying dialects and other foibles make it extremely difficult for a computer to extract what someone means from what they write online. Professor Arno Scharl, of MODUL University Vienna’s Department of New Technology, has set out to crack this conundrum with an approach that combines automated analysis with human intuition. And, he claims, his team is making significant strides.” Read more

TipSense Apps Make Your Decisions Easier

Josh Constine of TechCrunch recently shared some of the cooler features of TipSense, a great company from last year’s SemTechBiz Start-Up Competition. Constine writes, “No one wants to read thousands of reviews. You just want answers. Luckily there’s TipSense, a new startup whose algorithm sorts big messy data sets. TipSense’s site DishTip tells you what to order at restaurants, for example, while its AppCrawlr deduces an app’s best and worst features and lays them out with competitors on a comparison chart. TipSense is so smart I bet it gets acquired… or at least fields plenty of buyout offers. That’s because while people won’t shut up about big data, few companies have viscerally proven to consumers why it’s important. David Schorr built and bootstrapped TipSense over the last four years to change that. I met him at SXSW, was very impressed, and he agreed to let me write the first official interview with him about his stealthy startup.” Read more

Crowdsourcing the UK’s Freedom of Information Act

The Guardian reports, “The [British] government has launched an open consultation on the guidance that public authorities will use to enhance the right to data in the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. These provisions, covering the re-use of data and the form in which it is made available, are expected to come into force in April 2013, and – delivering on a commitment in the open data white paper – we are opening up the process of developing the guidance to the public. The white paper presented clear actions to strengthen people’s access to data, improve its usability and ensure that its full potential for economic and social growth is unleashed.” Read more

Battling the Deluge of Data

James Grundvig of the Huffington Post recently interviewed Tagasauris CEO Todd Carter regarding Big Data. Grundvig begins, “The deluge of big data pitted against the diminishing returns of time is the greatest challenge consumers and businesses face today. To sift through the ocean of data in a fast, seamless way will become the next evolutionary step in social media. It’s easy to collect data in a warehouse, but difficult to pull the integral data that can be accessed, analyzed, and acted upon. Without the ability to filter out the background noise of information, efficiency gains won’t be realized and opportunities will be missed. And that could be something as simple as people’s time.” Read more

Crowdsourcing the Law

David Meyer of GigaOM reports that Finland is going to use crowdsourcing to create new laws. He writes, “Who makes laws? In most of the democratic world, that’s the sole preserve of elected governments. But in Finland, technology is about to make democracy significantly more direct. Earlier this year, the Finnish government enabled something called a “citizens’ initiative”, through which registered voters can come up with new laws – if they can get 50,000 of their fellow citizens to back them up within six months, then the Eduskunta (the Finnish parliament) is forced to vote on the proposal.” Read more

The Crowdsourced Personal Assistant

Tom Simonite of the Technology Review reports, “Personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri may be useful, but they are still far from matching the smarts and conversational skills of a real person. Researchers at the University of Rochester have demonstrated a new, potentially better approach that creates a smart artificial chat partner from fleeting contributions from many crowdsourced workers.” Read more

OKG – Growing Quickly and Where To From Here?

Recently, we reported about the Open Knowledge Graph project, an effort to crowd-source a Google Knowledge Graph API. The project seems to have taken off quickly, with over 2,500,000 triples collected as of this writing (and climbing quickly). We spotted this post on Google+:

G+ post by Thomas Steiner

The last line, about the “public non-service announcement” left us wondering…is the project under pressure to scale back or worse, to shut down? Is this work competitive with Google or does it hurt their business interests in some way? We have been watching, and haven’t seen any announcement yet, but the post certainly left us waiting for the distinct sound of a dropping shoe. Then we saw this follow-up, with ominous Latin:

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