Benjamin Young of Cloudant reports, “Data is often stored and distributed in esoteric formats… Even when the data is available in a parse-able format (CSV, XML, JSON, etc), there is often little provided with the data to explain what’s inside. If there is descriptive meta data provided, it’s often only meant for the next developer to read when implementing yet-another-parser for said data. Really, it’s all quite abysmal… Enter, JSON-LD! JSON-LD (JSON Linked Data) is a simple way of providing semantic meaning for the terms and values in a JSON document. Providing that meaning with the JSON means that the next developer’s application can parse and understand the JSON you gave them.” Read more
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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the launch of Cortellis™ Data Fusion, an addition to the Thomson Reuters Cortellis suite, the industry’s most comprehensive information solution for drug discovery and development. Cortellis Data Fusion utilizes linked data technologies – frameworks that allow content to be shared across applications and enterprise or community boundaries – connecting users with data from internal proprietary systems as well as third-party resources to address Big Data challenges. Read more
Mark van Rijmenam of Big Data Startups recently wrote, “Geospatial data is data that identifies a geographic location on Earth, such as natural or constructed features, oceans, and more. The data is generally stored as coordinates and topology and can be mapped. Geospatial data is all around us and it is growing at a staggering pace of 20% per year. McKinsey Global Institute estimated that location data level stood at 1 petabyte in 2009, excluding data from RFID tags. Geospatial data is created by a vast array of different applications such as satellites, digital cameras, wearables, smartphones, radars, sensor networks, cars, trucks, trains and other transportation. With trends such as the quantified-self, the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet the amount of geospatial data will grow exponentially in the coming years and you can harness this data to better serve your customers.” Read more
In the video below, Dr. James Melton, a Lecturer in Comparitive Politics at University College London, gives a presentation on Constitute. Constitute is a new way to explore the constitutions of the world. The origins of the project date back to 2005 with the Comparative Constitutions Project, which has the stated goal of cataloging the contents of all constitutions written in independent states since 1789. To date, that work has resulted in a collection of 900+ constitutions and 2500+ Amendments. A rigorous formal survey instrument including 669 questions was then applied to each of these “constitutional events,” resulting in the base data that the team had to work with. Melton and his group wanted to create a system that allowed for open sharing of this information, and not just with researchers, but with anyone who wants to explore the world’s constitutions. They also needed the system to be flexible enough to handle changes, when, as Melton points out, “…roughly 15% of the countries in the world change their constitution every single year.”
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
Happy Data Privacy Day!
The semantic web community has done its share of thinking on the data privacy topic, as evidenced by events such as Privacy Online 2013 at the International Semantic Web Conference in Australia. Recognizing the impact of semantic technologies on privacy, the workshop aimed to focus on raising awareness that the technologies the semweb community is working on have global societal consequences as well as to raise the awareness of interconnections between the different communities that are involved in Web privacy and security.
If you haven’t had a chance to have a look before, today’s the perfect day to check out the papers that were accepted for that event, which you can access here.