Posts Tagged ‘Department of Defense’

Semantic Web Developer Challenge: We Have A Winner And Runners-Up Too

xsblogoThe results of the Semantic Web Developer Challenge, co-sponsored by XSB and SemanticWeb.com and launched at this summer’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference, are in: The $5,000 prizewinner was a team of two, Greg Varga and Siraj Bawa,  from Vanderbilt University. There were two runners-up: One was a team from Stony Brook University, comprised of Mrinal.Priyadarshi, Anurag Choudhary, and Paul Fodor, and the other was Roman Sova from consulting firm Good Monster.

The aim of the Challenge was to build sourcing and product life cycle management applications leveraging XSB’s PartLink Data Model, which the company developed as a project for the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund. The model uses semantic web technology to create a coherent Linked Data model for all part information in the Department of Defense’s supply chain – which includes about 40 million component parts, their manufacturers and suppliers, materials, technical characteristics and more.

The large collection of engineering product information has potential beyond DoD use alone. “The current size of the Part Link triple store is well over a billion triples — maybe 1.3 billion,” says Alberto Cassola, vp sales and marketing at XSB. “For the industrial sector it may very well be one of the largest efforts of its kind.”

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Get The Scoop On The Critical ABCs of RDF

semtechbiz-10th-125sqThere’s a chance to learn everything you should know about RDF to get the most value from the W3C standard model for data interchange at the 10th annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose next month. David Booth, senior software architect at Hawaii Resource Group, will be hosting a session explaining how the standard’s unique capabilities can have a profound effect on projects that seek to connect data coming in from multiple sources.

“One of the assumptions that people make looking at RDF is that it is  analogous to any other data format, like JSON or XML,” says Booth, who is working at the Hawaii Research Group’s on a contract the firm has with the U.S. Department of Defense to use semantic web technologies to achieve healthcare data interoperability. “It isn’t.” RDF, he explains, isn’t just another data format – rather, it’s about the information content that is encoded in the format.

“The focus is different. It is on the meaning of data vs. the details of syntax,” he says.

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RDF’s Role In A Universal Healthcare Exchange Language

LOGO: Semantic Technology & Business Conference; June 2-5, 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaWhat are the possibilities for RDF (Resource Description Framework) as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language? It’s an issue to be explored next week at a SemTechBiz workshop in San Francisco.

The healthcare sector is rife with medical vocabularies and localized terminologies. In fact, says David Booth, Senior Software Architect, KnowMED, one of the leaders of the upcoming event, “some people have characterized the problem as not being one of a lack of vocabularies but of too many vocabularies.” To some extent that can’t be helped, because specific languages have grown up with various medical specialties and healthcare subdomains. What can be helped, though, is to create semantic connections among these vocabularies, to avoid the disconnects that can harm patients, researchers, and others.

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Military Intel Gets Help From Semantic Tech In Connecting Big Data Dots

It’s been a couple of weeks now since the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, and since then the media and others have been questioning whether there was an intelligence failure at the FBI. It’s not an easy question to answer, given how many suspicious persons and activities government agencies must have on their radars, and all the data there is to deal with.

It’s undeniably hard work. Semantic technology does come into play to help the government connect the dots on information related to threats and other intelligence issues. For example, Dennis Wisnosky, formerly CTO and Chief Architect, Business Mission Area, U.S. Department of Defense, discussed semantic technology’s role in that institution at SemTech in San Francisco in 2011. (Wisnosky now is spending more time with FIBO in his role providing technical strategy and operational guidance to help the The Enterprise Data Management Council finalize and implement Financial Industry Business Ontology standards – see story here.) It’s also been reported that the FBI and CIA are practicing and developing semantic processing techniques to analyse social media to improve situational awareness and identify emerging threats.

Semantic tech is being applied by military intelligence, too, in services like the Air Force and Marine Corp., which are testing or have live deployments of semantic systems developed by Modus Operandi.  The Air Force is involved with analyzing email traffic on a 24/7 basis, while the Marine Corp. works with it as part of the cyber portion war games exercises. The Office of Naval Research also is utilizing it as part of its lab exercises, says Modus Operandi president Rick McNeight.

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DoD Turns to Semantic Web to Improve Data Sharing

A recent article reports that “In its ongoing quest to catalyze cost efficiencies and improve information-sharing, the Defense Department is increasingly looking to IT to solve problems of all sizes. The latest bid involves high-tech search capabilities, interoperable data and a futuristic, data-rich internet known as semantic web.”

It continues, “In a new RFI, the Defense Information Systems Agency and Deputy Chief Management Office are looking to strengthen interoperability and data-sharing for a vast array of requirements through an enterprise information web (EIW). Read more

ESOC Releases Real Data about Conflict & Insurgencies

The US Department of Defense has funded a project called the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) that will “make real data on conflicts and insurgencies available for academic study by scholars from the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University as well as from Princeton. According to a Fast Company article by Neal Ungerleider, by making this level of conflict data available the Department of Defense can essentially ‘crowdsource’ research and analysis. Furthermore, the study may one day make vetted data from the project available to the public, opening up even larger opportunities.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: TEKsystems

TEKsystems is on the hunt for a Semantic Web Technologist in Arlington, VA, for a contract position: “The Semantic Web Technologist will perform complex analysis and provide advanced technical direction and delivery in the design, incorporation, and implementation of Enterprise Ontology’s and Semantics in the architectures of all Integrated Management Information Environment (IMIE) product offerings and solutions at the domain, enterprise, and federal levels in support of Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives.” Active US security clearance is required for this position. Read more

DARPA Calls for New Communication Technologies

A new article reports, “The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DoD progenitors of revolutionary tech like passive radar and the Internet, is calling for research applications of social media to strategic communication. According to an agency announcement (PDF), DARPA is looking to shell out $42 million in funding for ‘innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.’ The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program is to develop a new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base.” This push toward the innovative social technology is hardly new territory for DARPA – the agency has been at the forefront of the semantic web for years with initiatives like DAML, the US flagship R&D program in semantic web. Read more

#SemTechBiz Keynote: Department of Defense Mandates use of Semantic Technology (Video)

Dennis Wisnosky“The Secretary of Defense is responsible for a half-trillion dollar enterprise that is roughly an order of magnitude larger than any commercial corporation that has ever existed. DoD estimates that business support activities—the Defense Agencies and the business support operations within the Military Departments—comprise 53% of the DoD enterprise.”

This was one of the realities put forward by Dennis Wisnosky, CTO and Chief Architect, Business Mission Area, U.S. Department of Defense, during his Keynote at the 2011 Semantic Technology Conference San Francisco. Mr. Wisnosky was speaking about how the US DoD leverages Semantic Technology across systems to meet the goal of having an “executable, integrated, consumable, solution architecture.” In particular, he spoke about using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) standard by OMG for their Business Process Modeling efforts, in conjunction with systems built on RDF, OWL, and SPARQL.
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News from SemTech: Starting Strong

The web is ablaze with chatter from this week’s Semantic Technology Conference. One article states, “That semantic technologies are no longer purely niche is proven not only by the increasing number of diverse companies present, and by the rich number of case studies that crowd the agenda (pharmaceutical and financial markets for now are the leaders) but also by the fact that the San Francisco event is just one of three editions of the conference this year. The first European edition will be held in London in September, followed by the Washington D.C. event in October, focusing on applications devoted to government organizations.” Read more

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