Posts Tagged ‘data visualization’

GRUFF – Graph Search Browser extends Visual Query Building Capabilities

Gruff v5 and AllegroGraph Power Graph Search for Banking, Pharma Discovery, Health Care and Security Applications

OAKLAND, Calif. — April 23, 2013 – Franz Inc., the leading supplier of Graph Database technology for the Semantic Web, today announced Gruff v5.0, the industry’s leading RDF browser to view graph data, explore connections within data, and visually build queries without writing code.

The free-form nature of Graph style data offers a lot of flexibility for connecting data, but that freedom can also make it more challenging to find interesting patterns or simply navigate through your data. It has become typical for RDF data sets to contain thousands of classes and relationship types, making it hard to even formulate the analytics and queries you want to perform.

Gruff, a visual analytics and discovery tool, was developed by Franz to specifically address these Graph data challenges in large data sets. Gruff lets you intelligently explore graphs in multiple views:

  • Graphical View – See the shape and density of your graph data
  • Tabular view – Understand objects as a whole
  • Outline view – Explore the often hierarchical nature of graphs
  • Query view – Write Prolog or SPARQL queries
  • Graphical Query Builder – Create queries visually via drag and drop

Read more How the NHS Could Save Millions of Dollars

Carl Reynolds of the Open Knowledge Foundation reports, “Last week saw the launch of (covered in the Economist and elsewhere). At present it’s ‘just’ a nice data visualisation of some interesting open data that show the NHS could potentially save millions from its drug budget. I say ‘just’ because we’re in discussions with several NHS organizations about providing a richer, tailored, prescribing analytics service to support the best use of NHS drug budgets. Working on the project was a lot of fun, and to my mind the work nicely shows the spectacular value of open data when combined with people and internet.” Read more

Instem Launches Latest Version of OmniViz Data Mining & Visualization Software

According to a new article out of the company, “Instem, a leading provider of IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, announced today it has released the next version of its OmniViz™ software solution enabling organizations to process larger datasets at greater speeds. OmniViz is a powerful data mining and analytics solution allowing users to analyze and explore critical information through its interactive and intuitive visualization technology. Utilizing sophisticated statistical and clustering algorithms, OmniViz processes and serves data to organizations to help reveal hidden patterns and features, allowing users to discover fresh insight and easily share that information with both colleagues and clients.” Read more

Data Journalism Lessons Learned at the Olympics

Simon Rogers of The Guardian recently reviewed what the publication learned about data journalism after covering the London Olympics. Rogers writes, “There was never a guarantee that it would amount to anything for us. The Olympics may have been the only news story in town last week and would undoubtedly produce great journalism, but would it result in data journalism? At its essence, this is the gathering of stories from data. It’s more than just producing a few charts – data visualisation is often the expression of data journalism, but the process of digging through the data to find the stories that matter, that is at its heart.”

He goes on, “At some levels the omens were not good. The key results data is locked up in lucrative deals between the International Olympic Committee and major news organisations. So, those results tables on our site, the BBC, The Telegraph and so on were paid – The Guardian’s is a feed from the New York Times and we were explicitly banned from releasing that feed as open data for you to download and explore with. As I wrote earlier, while it was not the first Open Data Olympics – it was arguably the first data Olympics. So, what can an open data journalism site do in that situation? This is what we learned.”

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Image: Courtesy The Guardian

Precision Medicine is Semantic Medicine

The PROOF (Prevention of Organ Failure) Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital, hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is one of those leading-edge research organizations aiming to move us a little closer to the world of precision medicine, with the help of semantic technology. In the process, it also hopes to have a positive impact on the high costs of health care.

That’s a problem not just in the U.S., but also in Canada where provincial governments bear the burden of rising health care costs, which make up 45 percent of the budget for British Columbia alone.

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PureDiscovery Introduces Focus, Semantic Search Visualization

PureDiscovery has announced a new version of PureDiscovery Legal Suite which includes ‘Focus,’ a semantic search visualization tool. According to the article, “The release includes significant changes to the products workflow through a more intuitive user interface and the addition of several compelling product features suggested by the rapidly growing PureDiscovery user community. The most frequently suggested and significant upgrade to PDLS is the addition of a visual search capability the company calls ‘Focus’.” Read more

Open Source Software Weave Liberates Data for Journalists

Andrew Phelps reports, “Data nerds from government and academia gathered Friday at Northeastern University to show off the latest version of Weave, an open-source, web-based platform designed to visualize ‘any available data by anyone for any purpose.’ The software has a lot of potential for journalists. Weave is supported by the Open Indicators Consortium, an unusual partnership of planning agencies and universities who wanted better tools to inform public policy and community decision-making. The groups organized and agreed to share data and code in 2008, well before Gov 2.0 was hot.” Read more

Who’s Using Google+?

Data visualization firm Bime surveyed Google+ users a few weeks ago with unsurprising results – “users were mostly young American men working in technology.” However, Bime hasn’t let up. The company recently released “an updated visualization that breaks down Google Plus demographics including the month of August, now that the service has had some time to grow. This survey covered 10 million users, more than twice the size of the previous one, and some things haven’t changed. About 70% of Google Plus users still identify as men, and the vast bulk of them are American. One major shift has taken place, though: While the updated post doesn’t have the age numbers (which came from a different dataset last time), the occupation data show that students have overwhelmingly displaced tech workers, though all the same tech jobs as before dominate the rest of the top spots.” Read more

Tom Sawyer Software Releases Perspectives, Version 3.0

Tom Sawyer Software, a provider of software for building data visualizations has announced the release of Tom Sawyer Perspectives, Version 3.0. According to the article, “This release introduces game-changing technology involving the integration of visualization and analytics to enable organizations to gain faster insights into their large and complex data sets. In response to growing demand in the market for building more advanced visual data analysis applications, Tom Sawyer Perspectives, Version 3.0, introduces the foundational architecture for agile expansion in future releases.” Read more

The Semantic Link – Episode 8, July 2011

Paul Miller, Bernadette Hyland, Ivan Herman, Eric Hoffer, Andraz Tori, Peter Brown, Christine Connors, Eric Franzon

On Monday, July 18, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul Miller, for the eighth installment of the Semantic Link, a monthly podcast covering the world of Semantic Technologies. This episode includes a discussion about Google+, the recent Open Data Challenge in Europe, the British Library, BioBlitz, and more.
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