Posts Tagged ‘karlsruhe Institute of Technology’

Facing the Future: New Technologies to Look For

Esther Schindler of IT World recently discussed a number of new technologies that have a definite cool factor in addition to plenty of real world applications. She focuses on facial recognition technology: “The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology used clever geek bait to attract me to its booth: video clips from The Big Bang Theory. Formally, the project ‘focuses on the exploration of new methods in computer vision to enable detection and analysis of faces and people in both images and video’… For instance, touching the screen can bring up the actor’s record on (destroying any argument with your spouse that begins, ‘Really, that’s the same actor who was in an episode of Firefly!’), or enabling better video search results (such as, ‘Show me all the scenes with both Sheldon and Penny’).” Read more

Ontoprise GmbH Files for Bankruptcy

Ontoprise[Editor's note: Quotes have been translated from German.]

German company Ontoprise GmbH has filed for bankruptcy. According to the German Business publication, econo, “The software specialist Ontoprise is in trouble. The company has asked for bankruptcy due to insolvency.”  The firm Schultze & Braun has told the district court in Karlsruhe that lawyer Holger Blümle has been appointed provisional liquidator.

In an official release by Schultze & Braun, Blümle states, “With their innovative solutions, Ontoprise has developed a very good market position. Since the products are used both directly and indirectly in other programs, I am confident that the company can be rehabilitated…Initial discussions with potential investors are already actively being pursued.”

Ontoprise was founded in 1999 as a spin off from the research environment at the University of Karlsruhe. The software company specializes in knowledge management applications of Semantic Technologies.

Growing Resource:

Following this teaser last week, Dr. Christian Bizer has reported, “We are happy to announce, a joint project of Freie Universität Berlin and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to extract all Microformat, Microdata and RDFa data from the Common Crawl web corpus, the largest and most up-to-data web corpus that is currently available to the public. provides the extracted data for download in the form of RDF-quads. In addition, we produce basic statistics about the extracted data.” Read more

Common Crawl Founder Gil Elbaz Speaks About New Relationship With Amazon, Semantic Web Projects Using Its Corpus, And Why Open Web Crawls Matter To Developing Big Data Expertise

The Common Crawl Foundation’s repository of openly and freely accessible web crawl data is about to go live as a Public Data Set on Amazon Web Services.  The non-profit Common Crawl is the vision of Gil Elbaz, who founded Applied Semantics and the AdSense technology for which Google acquired it , as well as the Factual open data aggregation platform, and it counts Nova Spivack  — who’s been behind semantic services from Twine to Bottlenose – among its board of directors.

Elbaz’ goal in developing the repository: “You can’t access, let alone download, the Google or the Bing crawl data. So certainly we’re differentiated in being very open and transparent about what we’re crawling and actually making it available to developers,” he says.

“You might ask why is it going to be revolutionary to allow many more engineers and researchers and developers and students access to this data, whereas historically you have to work for one of the big search engines…. The question is, the world has the largest-ever corpus of knowledge out there on the web, and is there more that one can do with it than Google and Microsoft and a handful of other search engines are already doing? And the answer is unquestionably yes. ”

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The Semantic Web Game’s Afoot

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There’s more than one issue in getting organizational buy-in for semantic web technologies. In addition to convincing the business of the technical merits, it’s also important to address the social challenges. Speaking about the topic this week at the Semantic Tech and Business Conference in London is Dr. Elena Simperl, Assistant Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at the Institute AIFG.

“When IT people think of semantic technologies, when developers or researchers think about them, we think about how to do things in an automated way,” says Simperl. “But there are certain types of tasks where you can achieve only that much using automatic techniques.” That includes those having to do with modeling and structuring knowledge in a certain way, for instance, or describing the aboutness or content of pictures.

So, how about appealing to something that they probably like a lot more than simply being asked to, say, annotate some documents? How about coaxing them to do so by appealing to their sense of play and even their ego?

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