Posts Tagged ‘knowledge graph’

SpazioDati Raises $1.8M Series A Investment from Cerved Group

spazioTrento, Italy, March 31 2014: Big Data and Semantic technology startup SpazioDati, with offices in Trento and Pisa, Italy, has raised a Series A investment from Cerved Group S. p. A.

The funding, which amounts to $1,8M will expand SpazioDati’s technology team and improve the capacity of  its Knowledge Graph APIs and Semantic Text analysis APIs––both technologies available on SpazioDati’s data marketplace, dandelion.eu Read more

Schema.org, Semantic Search, and Your Web Page

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Barbara Starr of Search Engine Land recently wrote, “Although there has been some argument within the academic community that the Semantic Web ‘never happened,’ it is blatantly clear that Google has adopted its own version of it. Other search and social engines have as well — I wrote an article back in September 2012 discussing how search and social engines are adopting the Semantic Web and semantic search, and gave a timeline of the adoption of semantic search by both the search and social engines. It was very apparent, even then, that the search engines were moving in the direction of becoming answer engines, and that they were increasingly leveraging the Semantic Web and semantic search technology.” Read more

Musicians Can Now Include Official Tour Dates in Google Knowledge Graph

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The Google Webmaster Central blog reports, “When music lovers search for their favorite band on Google, we often show them a Knowledge Graph panel with lots of information about the band, including the band’s upcoming concert schedule. It’s important to fans and artists alike that this schedule be accurate and complete. That’s why we’re trying a new approach to concert listings. In our new approach, all concert information for an artist comes directly from that artist’s official website when they add structured data markup.” Read more

Is A Knowledge Graph-Related Acquisition In Yahoo’s Future?

sdtechIs SindiceTech about to be acquired by Yahoo? Just last month The Semantic Web Blog reported on the formal relaunch of the company’s activities following the finalization of its separation from its university incubation setting at the former DERI institute in Ireland. Now, according to the Sunday Independent, Yahoo – which the article says had originally planned on buying the company late last year but saw negotiations collapse – may resume talks on the matter.

Yahoo, the article says, “refused to comment on the Sindice-Tech deal, calling it as ‘rumour and speculation.’” SindiceTech CEO Giovanni Tummarello also says that he cannot comment on this. He did note, however, that media, search and advertising are prime sectors for employing Knowledge Graphs. “In scenarios where there is much more (semi-structured) information than one knows how to leverage right away, Big Data graph-like knowledge management and moving from search to relational and entity search is a common theme these days,” he wrote in an email to The Semantic Web Blog.

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Rovi Set to Acquire Veveo

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Stephanie Mlot of PC Mag reports, “Rovi announced today that it will acquire Veveo in order to boost its search and analytics tools. The $62 million cash purchase comes with Veveo’s Knowledge Graph-driven semantic tech and natural-language controls, the latter which likely means integrated voice search. Massachusetts-based Veveo—not to be confused with YouTube’s Vevo music service—launched 10 years ago with the hope of bridging connected devices with intelligent discovery solutions. Over the last decade, the company has acquired 50 patents and works with the likes of AT&T, Cablevision, and Verizon. Now, it will bring its semantic solutions to Rovi, which licenses data for TV guides, and intends to use Veveo’s technology to tailor entertainment suggestions to each individual user.” Read more

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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SindiceTech Announces Freebase Distribution in the Cloud (Video)

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With the support of Google Developers, SindiceTech has announced the availability of its Freebase Distribution for the cloud. According to SindiceTech, “Freebase is an amazing data resource at the core of Google’s ‘Knowledge Graph’. Freebase data is available for full download but today, using it ‘as a whole’ is all but simple. The SindiceTech Freebase distribution solves that by providing all the Freebase knowledge preloaded in an RDF specific database (also called triplestore) and equipped with a set of tools that make it much easier to compose queries and understand the data as a whole.”

Your Own Private Freebase

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The Changing Landscape of Search Centers On the Semantic Web

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Kerstin Recker recently wrote for Wired, “Search has changed dramatically over the past year and semantic technology has been at the center of it all. Consumers increasingly expect search engines to understand natural language and perceive the intent behind the words they type in, and search engine algorithms are rising to this challenge. This evolution in search has dramatic implications for marketers, consumers, technology developers and content creators — and it’s still the early days for this rapidly changing environment. Here is an overview of how search technology is changing, how these changes may affect you and what you can do to market your business more effectively in the new era of search.” Read more

Google’s Growing Database of the World’s Information, and You

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Tom Simonite of the MIT Technology Review recently wrote, “For all its success, Google’s famous Page Rank algorithm has never understood a word of the billions of Web pages it has directed people to over the years. That’s why in 2010 Google acquired Metaweb, a company building a database intended to give computers the ability to understand the world. Two years later the company’s technology resurfaced as the Knowledge Graph. John Giannandrea, vice president of engineering at Google and a Metaweb cofounder, says that will lead to Google’s future products being able to truly understand the people who use them and the things they care about. He told MIT Technology Review’s Tom Simonite how a data store designed to link together all the knowledge on Earth might do that.” Read more

Google’s Popping Up Information About Search Result Sources

Google’s Knowledge Graph took on some new work this week, driving popups of information about some of the website sources that users see in their search results.

googresultAccording to a posting at Google’s Search blog, clicking on the name of the information source that appears next to the link delivers details about that source, as in the picture at left. “You’ll see this extra information when a site is widely recognized as notable online, when there is enough information to show or when the content may be handy for you,” reports Bart Niechwiej, the software engineer who wrote up the news.

The feature’s been getting a lot of buzz. Much of the information informing Google’s Knowledge Graph comes from Wikipedia, as well as from Freebase and the CIA World FactBook. And, when it comes to a popup source of information you’re likely to see show up somewhere in most searches’ results, Wikipedia likely will be among them. In fact, observers like Matt McGee over at Search Engine Land have noted about the new feature that “the popups rely heavily on Wikipedia.”

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