Posts Tagged ‘DERI’

SindiceTech Relaunch Features SIREn Search System, PivotBrowser Relational Faceted Browser

sindiceLast week news came from SindiceTech about the availability of its SindiceTech Freebase Distribution for the cloud (see our story here). SindiceTech has finalized its separation from the university setting in which it incubated, the former DERI institute, now a part of the Insight Center for Data Analytics, and now is re-launching its activities, with more new solutions and capabilities on the way.

“The first thing was to launch the Knowledge Graph distribution in the cloud,” says CEO Giovanni Tummarello. “The Freebase distribution showcases how it is possible to quickly have a really large Knowledge Graph in one’s own private cloud space.” The distribution comes instrumented with some of the tools SindiceTech has developed to help users both understand and make use of the data, he says, noting that “the idea of the Knowledge Graph is to have a data integration space that makes it very simple to add new information, but all that power is at risk of being lost without the tools to understand what is in the Knowledge Graph.”

Included in the first round of the distribution’s tools for composing queries and understanding the data as a whole are the Data Types Explorer (in both tabular and graph versions), and the Assisted SPARQL Query Editor. The next releases will increase the number of tools and provide updated data. “Among the tools expected is an advanced Knowledge Graph entity search system based on our newly released SIREn search system,” he says.

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What’s Real In Personalized Mobile Healthcare

rsz_rxNews came this week that a man accused of defrauding a financial group out of close to a million dollars around an investment in a fictional mobile medical device tablet is scheduled to sign a plea agreement admitting that he committed mail fraud. The man, Howard Leventhal, had been promoting the Star Trek-influenced McCoy Home Health Care Tablet as a device that can instantaneously deliver detailed patient information to medical providers. (The product is discussed on the company’s still-surviving web site here.) He was arrested for the fraud in October and has been out on bail.

The interesting thing about this case is that the fake he was perpetrating isn’t very far removed from reality regarding the role mobile apps and systems will play in healthcare. There of course are plenty of mobile apps already available that help users do everything from monitoring their hearts to recording their blood-oxygen level during the night to see whether they have sleep apnea. Research and Markets, for example, says the wireless health market currently will grow to nearly $60 billion by 2018, up from $23.8 billion, with remote patient monitoring applications and diagnostics helping to drive the growth. But where things really get interesting is when mobile health takes on questions of semantic interoperability of accumulated data, and assessing its meaning.

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INSIGHT Centre Answers The Data Analytics Opportunity

rsz_insightpixEarlier this year, leading academics from well-known research centers in Ireland – the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Clarity, Clique, 4C and TRIL – came together as part of the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, with £42 million in government funding and £30 million in industry funding. With researchers based in a number of Ireland’s universities, including University College Dublin, Trinity College  Dublin, NUI Galway, NUIMaynooth, Dublin City University, and University College Cork, INSIGHT “is Ireland’s answer to the data analytics opportunity that exists now,” says funding director, Insight Galway, and DERI Director Stefan Decker.

Combining the different centers under one common brand is a way to build critical mass in the areas of Big Data and analytics, spanning categories including recommender systems, media and decision analytics, reasoning, personal sensing, connected health and discovery apps, and, of course, the semantic web and Linked Data, where DERI’s expertise lies, Decker notes. Industry partners are also a large part of the Centre, and will be able to avail themselves of the research expertise transitioning from the various research centers to INSIGHT. For example, the work DERI has been doing on W3C standards will continue under INSIGHT’s purview rather than DERI’s, Decker explains.

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Treo Gives Direction For Answering Queries Over Graph Data

treonewLater this year, expect to see an open source version of Treo, a semantic search and question answering system designed to help organizations deal particularly with the variety problem of Big Data. A Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) thesis project that’s headed up by fifth-year PhD candidate and Amtera Semantic Technologies co-founder André Freitas, Treo (which means ‘direction’ in Gallic) aims to take on highly heterogeneous databases with thousands or even millions of attributes, via a natural language and intuitive interface to “talk” to that data.

“Treo,” says Freitas, “is kind of an elegant algorithm to use distributional semantics for answering queries over graph data.”

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Taking Semantic Tech To The Enterprise Mobile E-Learning Crowd

Recently launched in the Apple store for iPad tablets is a free version of Epsilon, a semantically-enriched mobile e-learning app from SemantiStar, the company that was previously involved in the development of the iPad news reader app StreamGlider. (See our coverage of that product here). Epsilon, as SemantiStar CEO Bill McDaniel puts it, provides an example of the company’s primary goal, which is to put semantic technology into traditional enterprise applications.

Building on research SemantiStar was involved in with DERI a few years back about what semantic pieces of technology would make e-learning better, the Epsilon mobile app is positioning itself to be the delivery vehicle for enterprises’ courseware, regardless of what their learning management system or repository may be. It has core support for Moodle format courses, but Epsilon can be attached to any LMS as long as there is an open API. The free, downloadable version is the entryway to the subscription-based enterprise version available directly from the company.

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A Semantic Lift For Social Journalism

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Everyone’s heard about the concept of citizen journalism. But what about social semantic journalism?

As The Semantic Web Blog initially reported here, a NUI Galway project focusing on social semantic journalism recently received funding from Science Foundation Ireland, and Dr. Bahareh R. Heravi, Postdoctoral Researcher and Work Group Lead, Digital Humanities and Journalism, at NUI’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is starting the initial phase of the effort with a feasibility study.

“The project idea comes from the fact that in recent years a lot of news has been generated on social media,” says Heravi. Journalists have leveraged this user-generated content (UGC) to find stories and support their work. It’s been especially helpful to them when it’s too dangerous or expensive for a news organization to send reporters to a region, or when it’s impossible to gain access to an area due to conflicts there, or when a natural disaster occurs in a place where the media company generally lacks a presence. Read more

Fujitsu Looks to Ireland for the Future of Linked Data, Semantic Web

Carmel Doyle of Silicon Republic reports, “Fujitsu Laboratories is set to engage in a series of collaborative Irish research projects over the next three years to test technologies in order to steer the ICT company’s future strategy. Fujitsu Ireland CEO Regina Moran said collaborative R&D has the scope to deliver a seven-fold return on an initial investment. Moran was speaking at an innovation conference organised by Fujitsu that kicked off in Croke Park in Dublin this morning. Industry strategists and academics are convening at the one-day event to thrash out ideas on ways of maximising R&D collaboration in order to translate research activity into commercial outputs.” Read more

Getting Europe Into The App Economy

In the United States, the app economy, as of late 2012, had created close to 530,000 jobs and served as a significant economic driver for a number of states. A study released by CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Application Developers Alliance, dubbed The Geography of the App Economy, reported more than 2.4 million apps available on more than 11 different operating systems and the stat that by 2016, mobile app revenue would be more than $46 billion.

Europe wants in. No wonder, when you see stats like the one from ABI Research this year that point to the combined app revenue from tablets and smartphones being projected to reach $92 billion by 2018, and to the app economy growing at 44.6 percent on average annually. But the continent needs some data to help it get its spot in the limelight, which is where Eurapp comes in.

The newly launched venture, Eurapp, was birthed by the European Commission, and is being run by the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at NUI Galway in conjunction with tech industry analyst firm GigaOM Research. It’s part of the Startup Europe initiative of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda, which aims to help tech entrepreneurs start, maintain and grow their businesses in Europe.  NUI Galway’s Dr John Breslin, SIOC creator and co-founder of iPad news and social reader app StreamGlider (see our story here) is leading the Eurapp project at DERI.

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8 Projects at NUI Galway to Receive €1M in Funding

Marie Madden of the Galway Independent reports, “Eight projects at NUI Galway are to receive over €1m in funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The investment is being made through SFI’s Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA), in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, and will focus on commercially relevant projects. The projects in receipt of the funding will include those focusing on acute leukaemia, bovine mastitis, biological oxygen demand monitoring system for wastewaters, GlycoShield, cancer therapy, drought stress tolerance in crop plants, social semantic journalism and the development of a data mapping system for retail business planning. The news was welcomed by Galway TD Derek Nolan, who said that it would enable numerous research teams to take the first steps in developing new discoveries and inventions with commercial potential.” Read more

Big Data Is Big Focus At SemTechBiz (Part 2)

LOGO: Semantic Technology & Business Conference; June 2-5, 2013, San Francisco, CaliforniaOur discussion of Big Data at SemTechBiz, begun here, continues:

The Enterprise Linked Data Cloud Needs Semantics, And More

Another exploration of Big Data’s intersection with semantic technology will take place at this session, where Dr. Giovanni Tummarello, senior research fellow at DERI and CTO of SindiceTech, will talk about the former becoming an enabler for the latter to be really useful in enterprises. “A lot of people say it’s via Big Data that semantic technologies like RDF will see a coming of age and clear applications in certain industries,” he says. There’s value to adding data first and understanding it later, and to that end, “semantic technologies give you the most agile tool to deal with data you don’t know, where there’s a lot of diversity, and you don’t know what of it particularly will be useful.”

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