Barb Darrow of GigaOM reports, “On Monday, IBM, as part of its annual 5 in 5 extravaganza, predicted that cloud-based cognitive technology would personalize education for students within five years. Fast forward three days, and voila! IBM unveiled a research project to bring machine learning, predictive modeling and deep content analytics to deliver on that promise. Talk about gaming the system. IBM is working with Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) system to test out the technology and its thesis that the application of big data analytics and deep learning — which looks at connections and context in different types of data- – can help students learn better. The 12-month project kicked off in September and focuses on 5th and 6th grade math students, said an IBM spokesman.” Read more
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There’s money in that open data. A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute finds that machine-readable information that’s made available to others has the potential to generate significant economic value: $3 trillion annually in seven domains, to be exact.
The report, entitled Open Data: Unlocking Innovation And Performance With Liquid Information, sees the potential economic effect unfolding in education, transportation, consumer products, electricity, oil and gas, health care and consumer finance. Data becomes more liquid, the report authors note, when it is open, widely available and in shareable formats, and when advanced computing and analysis can yield from it — potentially in conjunction with proprietary data — novel insights. It doesn’t specifically mention Linked Data, but hones in on government open data platforms – including the Linked-Data infused data.gov.UK, which it cites as having had 1.4 million page views this summer – as critical to the economic good tidings. It records more than 40 countries with open data platforms, and up to 1 million data sets as having been made open by governments worldwide.
It’s getting to be that time again – yup, school days are getting into full swing. Education, of course, is going through a lot of change these days. The Common Core State Standards initiative is changing what students must learn and what teachers must teach in the early grades, while school-specific online courses now are joined by massive online learning courses (MOOCs) that are bringing new learning experiences on a large-scale to everyone from high school and college students to adults who haven’t taken courses inside a live classroom for decades.
It’s under these circumstances that startup Cognii is hoping to make its mark by applying natural language processing and semantic technology to automate assessments for online learning for students and to grade essays for educators. Its initial focus is on the online education sector, though founder and CTO Dharmendra Kanejiya – whose background involves developing algorithms to improve speech recognition at Vlingo, which were applied to Nuance Communications’ solutions when it acquired the company – says it also can have applicability in the real-world classroom.
One of the exciting things about being a semantic technologist is the opportunity to be in on the ground floor of things as companies revamp, revise, and renew their infrastructures for the Web 3.0 world.
That’s the position that Keith DeWeese finds himself in. DeWeese recently moved from The Tribune Company, where he led efforts in applying semantic technology to the publisher’s content (see story here), to Ascend Learning, a company that provides technology-based education products with a focus on the healthcare sector.
There, as principal content architect he is again championing the power of semantic technology for online content. “What’s cool is that Ascend is in a state of redefining what it does, how it works, its whole platform,” DeWeese says. Ascend wants to be able to take people from the beginning stages of their career, when they’re learning the basics, and work with them throughout their life, so that as they progress in their careers and become more knowledgeable about their profession or specialization and work toward different exams, it’s got the tools to engage with them at that part of their lifecycle.
“It’s really great because there’s an openness and willingness to try different approaches to making content available to end users.”
Pearson has created a semantically powered tool to help students assess their reading abilities. The article explains that the Pearson Reading Maturity Metric is “a new and more accurate measure of the reading difficulty of texts. Developed by scientists at Pearson’s Knowledge Technologies group, the new computer-based technology measures how close an individual student’s reading abilities are to what they will need to succeed in college and careers.” Read more
Talis is looking for a Senior Technical Lead for their education department in Birmingham, UK, “who will not only provide hands on leadership to the development team, but make a significant contribution to the development and evolution of the business as a whole. This role will have full technical responsibility for the entire division – including the offshore team in India – and would suit an already experienced technical lead looking to step up to a more strategic role over the medium term.” Read more
Recently the Semantic Web Blog let readers know about the IntelliVocab app from Faqden Labs. The semantics-infused app for the Android, iPhone and iPad, is aimed at helping students prepare for vocabulary sections of SAT, GRE and GMAT tests.
The company now is aiming to re-purpose the data-meaning and
collaborative interaction principles behind the technology to address needs at opposite ends of the spectrum: The grammar-school set and job-seekers. “Fundamentally from our perspective our technique is not to use core semantics like RDF triples and all, but we are building products based on the essence of the Semantic Web,” says founder Irfan Mohammed. “That is, to have meaning to the data so you can personalize the experience.”
Since 2005, the Semantic Technology Conference has been going strong and growing. As we have reported here, the 2011 series is expanding into new markets, with conferences scheduled in London and Washington DC later this year. This is an exciting development, but has also raised questions from the community about the similarities and differences between the three events. Following are brief descriptions from the SemTech Conference series Co-Chair, Tony Shaw. For information about registration and sponsorship opportunities for each event, see the links after each listing below. Discounts are available for multi-event sponsorships.
SemTech SF is “Everything Semantic.” It’s by far the largest of the 3 events, in terms of both attendance (approx 1200) and the size of the conference (9 tracks). SemTech SF has business and technical content, and covers all the major topics from enterprise IT to web-scale infrastructure, and application areas including search, data integration, sentiment analysis, information infrastructure, content management, knowledge management, text analysis, etc. We also have a research component to the San Francisco program.
WHEN: June 5-9, 2011
WHERE: San Francisco, California – Hilton Union Square