Posts Tagged ‘digital reasoning’

Good-Bye 2013

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As we prepare to greet the New Year, we take a look back at the year that was. Some of the leading voices in the semantic web/Linked Data/Web 3.0 and sentiment analytics space give us their thoughts on the highlights of 2013.

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Phil Archer, Data Activity Lead, W3C:

The completion and rapid adoption of the updated SPARQL specs, the use of Linked Data (LD) in life sciences, the adoption of LD by the European Commission, and governments in the UK, The Netherlands (NL) and more [stand out]. In other words, [we are seeing] the maturation and growing acknowledgement of the advantages of the technologies.

I contributed to a recent study into the use of Linked Data within governments. We spoke to various UK government departments as well as the UN FAO, the German National Library and more. The roadblocks and enablers section of the study (see here) is useful IMO.

Bottom line: Those organisations use LD because it suits them. It makes their own tasks easier, it allows them to fulfill their public tasks more effectively. They don’t do it to be cool, and they don’t do it to provide 5-Star Linked Data to others. They do it for hard headed and self-interested reasons.

Christine Connors, founder and information strategist, TriviumRLG:

What sticks out in my mind is the resource market: We’ve seen more “semantic technology” job postings, academic positions and M&A activity than I can remember in a long time. I think that this is a noteworthy trend if my assessment is accurate.

There’s also been a huge increase in the attentions of the librarian community, thanks to long-time work at the Library of Congress, from leading experts in that field and via

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Digital Reasoning’s Synthesys Puts The Focus On Compliance Via RealTime Email Analytics

Synthesys, Digital Reasoning’s machine learning platform that ferrets out meaning in unstructured data at scale, is bringing its smarts to compliance use cases for organizations, such as financial institutions. (See this article for more insight into the technology behind the company’s software.)

This week, the vendor delivered Version 3.7 of the Synthesys software, which brings with it the capability to monitor and analyze all email communications in near real-time. That matters to many compliance program use cases, among them insider trading, money laundering and reputation management. “They all go back to finding information inside of communications, like who are the people and organizations mentioned in email, and what is being discussed about them,” says Tim Estes, chairman and CEO. “Synthesys can take essentially millions of emails and winnow them to maybe a hundred that are problems.”

That means fewer things are falsely flagged as issues, there’s less privacy treading into innocent emails, and there’s more return on time for the people charged with protecting customers and enforcing compliance requirements.

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Digital Reasoning To Give Users New Tool For “Learning” Custom Data Sets

Digital Reasoning, developers of the Synthesys platform for discovering the meaning in unstructured data at scale, has on the roadmap exposing to and packaging up for its customers a simplified version of its internal technology for teaching the system new grammatical structures so that it can quickly understand custom or otherwise specific data sets.

The company has quickly added support for new languages such as Arabic, traditional and simplified Chinese, Farsi and Urdu (with more languages on the way) to Synthesys using the tool. The tool gets the software up to speed on each one in just a few weeks by teaching it the grammatical structure and then letting it go off and figure out what the words mean for its work of transforming unstructured (and structured) data into the underlying facts, entities, relationships, and associated terms.

“In the same way we teach it languages you may have a data set that is highly scientific, for example, and this tool essentially makes it easier for our customers to make Synthesys even more accurate for that specific set of data,” says Dave Danielson, VP of marketing.

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Semantic Tech in 2011: The Year’s Misses and Missteps

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We recently rounded up some thought leaders’ perspectives on the big semantic trends of 2011 – most (if not all) of them positive. Here’s some further perspective about where hopes and expectations fell a little short of reality:

  • The biggest lost possibility was not rethinking the whole RDF stack. Instead of actually reducing complexity, it seems the direction is hiding complexity. This makes its proposition unattractive for web developers. – Andraž Tori, Founder and Director, Zemanta

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Semantic Tech in 2011: The Year In Highlights

To accompany our recent podcast looking back on 2011, we’ve accumulated some additional perspectives from thought leaders in the next-wave Web space on the year that’s quickly passing us by.

Some highlights follow. You’ll see respondents hit on some common themes throughout, such as Big Data, sentiment analytics, specific vertical industry adoption, and the standards space:


  • SKOS has become an increasingly popular entry point for organizations that want to use semantic technology in practical applications without worrying about the more complicated aspects of semantic web technology. – Bob  DuCharme, solutions architect, TopQuadrant


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Digital Reasoning Raises Series B Funding for Big Data Analysis

Unstructured data leader Digital Reasoning today announced that “it has raised a Series B round with participation from In-Q-Tel, individual partners of Silver Lake, and other private investors. With this round, Digital Reasoning will add John Brennan to its board of directors. Brennan is a partner at Silver Lake Sumeru. The investment will be used to accelerate development and expand marketing and sales into new Financial Intelligence, Enterprise Risk Management, and related markets with Synthesys(R), the company’s flagship product that identifies, summarizes and reveals hidden relationships between people, places and events in big data. Currently, Synthesys is being used in government agencies to uncover security threats and enable intelligence analysts to find and act on critical relationships in big data while containing the costs of and dependence on human reading.” Read more

Digital Reasoning Announces Select Partner Program

Digital Reasoning recently announced a new Select Partner Program. According to Digital Reasoning, “The program has been created to support the growing ecosystem of leading technology vendors building the next generation of analytic solutions for Big Data. ‘We strongly believe that working with best-in-class partners is the ideal way to help customers solve their Big Data analytic challenges,’ said Tim Estes, CEO of Digital Reasoning. ‘We are excited about our first partners and look forward to announcing many more in the coming months.’ Initial members of the Select Partner Program include Cloudera, DataStax, and Fetch Technologies.” Read more

Digital Reasoning Opens New Office in Arlington

According to a recent article, “Digital Reasoning, the leader in complex, large scale unstructured data analytics, today announced that is has opened a new office in Arlington, VA and added two highly experienced executives to its leadership team to accelerate growth in the government market. Eric von Eckartsberg joins Digital Reasoning as Vice President of Sales and Dave Danielson joins as Vice President of Marketing. The new office is located at 1001 N. Fillmore St in Arlington, VA and is aligned with Digital Reasoning’s strategy to expand its presence in the U.S. government market.” Read more

Cloudera and Digital Reasoning Partner on Synthesys

Cloudera has announced that Digital Reasoning (who our own Jennifer Zaino recently spoke with) “has integrated Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH3) along with support of HBase, the open-source, distributed, column-oriented store into the upcoming Version 3.1 release of Synthesys. The integration allows Digital Reasoning to achieve extreme scale capabilities and provide complex data analytics to government and commercial markets.” Read more

Patent, Patent, Digital Reasoning’s Got a Text Discovery Patent

Are you starting to hear more about patents that relate to the Semantic Web space? There was an interesting discussion by Erik Sherman here on Facebook’s patent for automatic search curation as feeding its semantic search ambitions, for instance.

Generally speaking, in fact, patents are big in the news, with the passage last week by the Senate of the Patent Reform Bill, which has among its goals getting patents issued sooner — but which also is spurring concern, especially in the tech industry, about its impact on patent infringement actions.

Against this backdrop, and perhaps flying a bit more under the radar, was a U.S. patent (No. 7,882,055) granted to Digital Reasoning for its distributed system of intelligent software agents for discovering the meaning in text. Company CEO Tim Estes calls what the vendor has applied to its Synthesys technology a “bottom-up” patent.

Specifically, it covers the mechanism of measurement and the applications of algorithms to develop machine-understandable structures from patterns of symbol usage, the company says, as well as the  semantic alignment of those learned structures from unstructured data with pre-existing structured data — a necessary step in creating enterprise-class entity-oriented systems.

So, in plain(er) English, it’s about using algorithms to bootstrap the creation of semantic models from large-scale unstructured data with minimal a priori information – in other words, to let the data speak for itself. It aims at being a fast route to entity-oriented analytics for harvesting critical facts and relationships across a spread of information in documents.

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