Posts Tagged ‘London’

Vertical Search Works Expands Business, Opens London Office


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vertical Search Works (VSW), a top semantic search technology platform, today announced its expansion into the European marketplace with the opening of its London office supported by a dynamic team that will help give publishers and advertisers access to new and innovative solutions to reach consumers in more meaningful ways. The company will now be able to better offer its proprietary products in search, video and mobile technology to regional customers – delivering valuable and relevant online and mobile experiences for consumers, and new monetization opportunities for content creators and advertisers. Read more

London-Based Incubator SeedCloud Invests in Big Data, Machine Learning

Mike Butcher of TechCrunch reports, “As if there weren’t enough technology startup accelerators already in Europe, yet another launched today with the hope of attracting ‘cloud’ based startups in the areas of Big Data, Machine Learning and other similarly high-end areas. But unlike some, this one will have some pretty heavyweight serial entrepreneurs involved. SeedCloud is an new London-based incubator which also announces its first transaction, a £500,000 fundraising for Sentience Technology.” Read more

London’s Moment: The New Age of Internet

Saul Klein of the Guardian recently discussed the new age of the internet and the role that London could play in this period of innovation and development. Klein writes, “My career in the internet industry began in London in 1993 and if you had told me then that the UK would one day be the most advanced internet economy in the world, I would have questioned your sanity. But that is precisely what it is today. According to the Boston Consulting Group, by 2016, 3 billion people will be online and the internet economy will be worth $4.2tn among G20 countries – almost doubling in size since 2010. It’s a revolution which is rewiring every part of business and society, from SMEs to multi-nationals, not-for-profits to governments – and Britain is leading the way. In 2010, the internet accounted for more than 8% of UK GDP (a figure I’ll come back to), more than any other G20 nation, including the US (at 5.4%) and China (6.9%).” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: OKFN

The Open Knowledge Foundation is looking for a Python Developer in London, England. According to the post, “The OKFN is recruiting junior and senior Python web developers, primarily to work on CKAN, our open source, open data catalogue. There will also be further responsibilities to develop data visualisation and other data-driven services. CKAN is an open source web-based product written in Python. It allows users to submit, search for and find open data. As well as powering, CKAN is the catalogue behind the UK government’s website. It also powers over 30 other catalogues around the world. If you are an outstanding Python web developer, with a keen interest in open data and enjoy working on open-source products, we’d love to hear from you.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Open Data Institute

The Open Data Institute has Multiple Openings in Shoreditch, UK. According to the institute, “The UK is the first country in the world to create a body solely dedicated to the business of utilising Open Data. The world’s first Open Data Institute (ODI) is being established and will incubate, nurture and mentor new businesses exploiting Open Data for economic growth. Read more

Londoners: Join the Development Data Challenge August 25-26

The Open Knowledge Foundation is hosting a Development Data Challenge this weekend in London. According to the organization, “This weekend in London, coders, designers, development experts, data wranglers and interested citizens and invited for the Development Data Challenge in London. Join us at the Guardian for a weekend of data wrangling, visualising and challenging questions. Bringing together hacks and hackers, developers and development experts, we want to answer interesting and difficult questions about international development – and in the process, demonstrate the value of the amazing amount of new data that is now available.” Read more

Experience Tangible Semantics at SemTechBiz UK

Next month’s SemTechBiz UK in London will explore how Semantic Technologies have moved well beyond the theoretical to practical applications that allow users to interact with semantic systems in tangible ways. The conference will be held 19-20 September in London and will feature real-world case studies, dynamic presentations, and innovative keynotes from some of the most forward-thinking minds in the world of Semantic Technology.

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Tangible Semantics with Christian Doegl, CEO & Founder – Uma Information Technology GmbH

Uma is the marriage of semantic technology with interactive signage and multi-touch displays, RFID technology, audience metrics, and social media integration. Uma has its own semantic content curator engine that can contextualize data from additional repositories, such as a vendor’s internal product database, to deliver appropriate accompanying information. This presentation will demonstrate UMA touchscreen displays and show the power of a very easy to use interface where users can simply connect different databases or social channels, the content gets aggregated and semantically annotated, and then is brought into context and presented automatically on the wall. From there users approaching the display wall can touch their way through the content.

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Nigel Shadbolt, Co-Director, Open Data Institute to Keynote SemTechBiz UK

Rising Media and WebMediaBrands, producers of the Semantic Technology and Business Conference – UK (#SemTechBiz), have announced details of this year’s event, the foremost conference series on semantic technologies.

Photo of Nigel ShadboltThis year’s line-up of speakers includes Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Co-Director, Open Data Institute. A former President of the British Computer Society, Professor Shadbolt has been involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial activities.  In 2009, together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, he was appointed as information advisor by the Prime Minister to help transform public access to Government information. Professor Shadbolt will be delivering a keynote presentation on day 1 of the conference.

The 2012 Semantic Technology and Business Conference – UK will be held on 19-20 September at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4HL.

Semantic Technology and Business Conference – UK brings together today’s industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities impacting both corporate business leaders and technologists. The two day conference is packed with case studies and real-world perspectives, with insight and learning from global experts in technology, financial services, insurance, healthcare, publishing, government, automotive and enterprise data.

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Sports Are The Semantic Focus In Britain At The BBC And In Brazil At Globo

Semantic technology is scoring more goals in the sports world. The BBC, for example, which created the FIFA World Cup 2010 website that leveraged semantic technology, is at it again as London prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Brazil has gotten into the action, too, with an Internet portal there taking soccer to the semantic web set. At the upcoming SemTech conference in San Francisco, attendees will have an opportunity to hear the latest details about both efforts.

Over at the BBC, for example, the 2012 Olympics site accompanies a completely redesigned BBC Sports site, both based on technology including Fluid Operations’ Information Workbench to support the editorial process for the BBC’s Dynamic Semantic Publishing strategy, from authoring and curation to publishing of ontology and instance data following an editorial workflow. The BBC environment since the World Cup also has been updated to use the MarkLogic document store for managing rapidly changing statistics, navigation and ultimately all content objects, as lead architect Jem Rayfield described it in this blog posting. Today, the triple store that’s been behind the BBC’s past work is extended to cover every team, athlete, venue, discipline, country and so on, Rayfield told The Semantic Web Blog.

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London Plans to Test Smart City Operating System

Jane Wakefield of the BBC reports that London plans to test a new “smart city” operating system. She writes, “Living Plan IT has developed its Urban OS to provide a platform to connect services and citizens.  With partners including Hitachi, Phillips and Greenwich council, it aims to use the Greenwich peninsula as a testbed for new technologies running on the system. The OS aims to connect key services such as water, transport, and energy. David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, was among the signatories to the partnership. ‘The development of smart cities in future is a crucial commercial opportunity for Britain, and London is the right place to be doing it,’ he said.” Read more