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Linked Data at the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs – Case Study Radio, Ep. 2

SemanticWeb.com - Case Study RadioOur podcast series, “Case Study Radio,” sponsored by Zepheira, focuses on stories of applications of Semantic Technologies. In the latest episode, we speak with Ramanathan “R.V.” Guha about a project at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that utilized Linked Data and the schema.org vocabulary to develop a mechanism by which returning veterans can find employment opportunities. The work was originally announced in 2011 by schema.org and the White House, and has seen significant growth and adoption in the time since that announcement.

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VA Testing How Well Computers Predict Medical Problems

Bob Brewin of NextGov.com reports, “The Veterans Health Administration plans to test how advanced clinical reasoning and prediction systems can use massive amounts of archived patient data to help improve care, efficiency and health outcomes. The Veterans Affairs Department’s electronic health record system — the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA — stores data on 30 million veterans, including 3.2 billion clinical orders, 1.8 billion medication prescriptions and 2.3 billion vital sign measurements. This structured data is accompanied by 2 billion clinical text notes, with a growth rate of one hundred thousand additional notes per day.” Read more

Google Knowledge Graph Picks Up A Few New Languages, And Shows Some Medical Smarts

What links someone searching the web for information about Prince Henry the Navigator in Portuguese and someone trolling for details about the medication synthroid?

The answer: Google’s Knowledge Graph, which now covers 570 million entities, 18 billion facts and connections, and about three times as many queries globally as when it was first launched. Google has announced that the Knowledge Graph will bring its intelligence to searches conducted in Portuguese as well as Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Italian.

Over the next few days, according to the Google Inside Search blog, users searching in those languages will also start to benefit from the Graph’s work toward achieving its goal of mapping out billions of real-world things, and find new information relevant to their language and country.

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SemTech’s Schema.org Panelists Talk Openness, Adoption, Interoperability

Panelists: Ivan Herman, Moderator, Dan Brickley, R.V. Guha, Peter Mika, Steve Macbeth, Jeffrey Preston, Alexandre Shubin, Evan Sandhaus

Panelists: Ivan Herman (Moderator), Dan Brickley, R.V. Guha, Peter Mika, Steve Macbeth, Jeffrey Preston, Alexandre Shubin, Evan Sandhaus

A packed room at the Semantic Tech & Business Conference in San Francisco played host to the much-anticipated Schema.org panel on Wednesday morning. As W3C semantic activity lead and moderator Ivan Herman had hoped (see this article), the discussion didn’t get bogged down in a duel between RDFa and microdata, but rather emphasized some important accomplishments of the last year and looked forward to future work.

As Herman put it, the only discussion he wanted to have around RDFa was to announce that the proposed RDFa 1.1 recommendations are expected to be published as official W3C standards Thursday, and that there had been a lot of interaction with the schema.org folks to make this useable for them as well.

Wednesday’s panel was composed of: Dan Brickley, of Schema.org at Google;  R.V. Guha of Google;  Steve Macbeth of Microsoft; Peter Mika ofYahoo!; Jeffrey W. Preston of Disney Interactive Media Group; Evan Sandhaus of The New York Times Company; and Alexander Shubin of Yandex.

Here are highlights of what took place:

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