Josh Constine of Tech Crunch recently wrote, “They call it Truffle Pig, and it’s ProTools for playlists. Punch in parameters like ‘danceability’, date ranges, or emotions and Truffle Pig spits out a set of top jams that would fit your ‘Lovesick 90s Party Starters’ playlist. Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from the history of recorded sound.” Read more
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Semantic data integration vendor TopQuadrant’s TopBraid Suite 4.5 just hit the street, a major release that CMO and VP of Professional Services Robert Coyne says “provides a large number of new and enhanced capabilities driven primarily by customers who are using our TopBraid Enterprise Vocabulary Net solution for vocabulary and/or metadata management, or using TopBraid Live to create a custom, model-driven solution.”
The latest version, he says, features more business user and enterprise readiness-motivated improvements than any past major release since Release 4.0, when the current generation of the TopBraid EVN product was first introduced. Many of the enhancements were inspired by requests coming from different customers using TopBraid in different contexts, he notes.
New capabilities in EVN range from improved configurability for the EVN Ontology Editor, via a form builder that allows browser window management and enables users to open multiple view forms, tree and chart windows, to an improved search form that makes it possible to search on cardinalities, regular expressions, aggregates in the search counts and chart results.
Also part of the upgrade is increased support for business stakeholders who need to collaborate on defining and linking enterprise vocabularies, taxonomies and metadata used for information sharing, data integration and search. Features like that reflect the fact that a growing number of enterprise customers and business users are looking to leverage products such as TopBraid EVN, Coyne says.
Enterprise videos– visionary statements, product introductions, town hall meetings, training aids, and conferences – are everywhere on the Internet and corporate Intranets. But no matter how flashy the graphics or how well-prepared the speaker, there’s something missing when it comes to the viewer experience: The ability to search these videos.
Ramp is one of the vendors aiming to address the issue by delivering a fully automated data-driven user experience around finding content. It’s about the ability to watch and look inside a video — a 45-minute keynote, for example, said Joshua Berkowitz, the company’s director of product management at Enterprise Search & Discovery 2014. Everyone has had the experience of starting to view such an event online, only to get distracted by their smartphones or something else a few minutes in. In the meantime, the video plays on and goes right past the part you were most interested in without your even noticing. “How to find the piece of content that interests you in the same way you could find those pieces inside a document?” he asked the audience.
More importantly, how can the supplier of that content facilitate that, as well as other ways to help the viewer interact with the elements they are interested in, or provide additional information such as links to product or contact details? “Time-based metadata for video can revolutionize the search experience,” Berkowitz said, a capability Ramp’s technology supports with its MediaCloud technology that generates time-coded text transcripts and metadata from video content, providing a time-coded transcript and tag set.
Connect The Dots: Embarcadero Technologies’ Update Integrates Metadata Governance Repository Knowledge With Its Database Tools
Embarcadero Technologies has an update of its database tools – ER/Studio, DBArtisan, Rapid SQL, DB Optimizer and DB Change Manager XE5 — that among its new features includes integration with its Connect metadata governance repository. Connect, which The Semantic Web Blog covered here, keeps all the information about an enterprise’s data — what it means and where it is – to bridge the gap between the work of governance teams and that of day-to-day operations.
“We are providing terrific metadata integration right in the product,” says Henry Olson, director of product management. It is effectively the first instance of collaboration, syndication and integration across ER/Studio, Embarcadero’s data architecture and modeling tools, DB PowerStudio database development, administration, and performance tuning solutions, and Connect. “That’s a deep theme for us because it is a perennial problem in large organizations to make the work of the data architect team more broadly available,” he says, “and to make others more aware of the data assets and better able to use them.”
Travelers Now Read Hotel Reviews in a Revolutionary New Way: Meta-Reviews Summarize Everything Said About Hotels
NEW YORK and MUNICH, February 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Since launching in late 2013, TrustYou has integrated its Meta-Review solutions and TrustScore into a large number of OTAs, Metasearch sites, GDSs and Destination Marketing Organizations. The Meta-Review is a text summary derived from a semantic analysis of all reviews worldwide. The TrustScore represents the overall reputation score for a particular hotel based on all reviews, with newer written reviews carrying more weight than older ones. Read more
Shutterstock is looking for a Metadata Strategist in New York, NY. According to the post, “Shutterstock is looking for a metadata strategist to champion and lead metadata strategy, effectiveness, and standards in support of the findability of digital assets. We’re looking for a specialist who understands how to use language to optimize the value of digital media. Day-to-day responsibilities include: Drive revenue optimization initiatives through the discovery of key-insights into descriptive metadata eco-system dynamics. Define and lead the implementation of metadata strategies to scale digital assets discovery and sales conversion. Be the thought leader on introducing and exploring concepts around keyword methodologies, disambiguation techniques, ontologies/taxonomies, containment hierarchies, etc.” Read more
This week saw Frost & Sullivan award its 2013 Company of the Year to Definiens, a provider of image analysis solutions and data mining solutions for life science, tissue diagnostics, and clinical digital pathology. Definiens’ gaining of the title owes much to its work around tissue datafication that’s leveraging its Definiens Cognition Network Technology, which the company says mimics the human mind’s cognitive powers to reposition knowledge within a semantic network.
“What we do essentially is look at ways to be able to better diagnose cancer and develop therapies,” says Merrilyn Datta, CMO at Definiens. The company looks to extract data from tumor images, historically available as slides from biopsies, datafying the tissues involved to create digital images and then using its Cognition Network Technology to extract all the different relevant objects in that image and correlate them to patient outcomes. “That can be extremely, extremely powerful,” says Datta.
The image analysis technology was developed by Physics Nobel Laureate Gerd Binning, and includes a set of principles aimed at emulating the human mind’s cognitive powers, which are defined by the ability to intuitively aggregate pixels into ‘objects’ and understand the context and relationships between those objects rather than the computer’s normal way of just examining images pixel by pixel. These principles include: context, which is established and utilized through the technology’s creation of a hierarchical network of pixel clusters representing nested structures within the image; navigation, for supporting efficient navigation inside the network in order to enable specific local processing and addressing of specific contexts; and evolution of the network, in which the individual stages of segmentation and classification are alternated and the structures represented within the network are created and constantly improved in a series of loops, whereby each classification can be enhanced with local context and specific expert knowledge.
CHICAGO, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – TMS, the international leader in entertainment navigation, and Jinni, the first and only taste-and-mood based semantic discovery engine for video, have announced that Jinni is using TMS’ world-class On®Entertainment metadata to provide availability information for linear TV and OTT content on its new ‘My TV & Movie Guide’ iPad app and web service. As a result, once consumers find something great to watch using Jinni’s taste and mood based recommendation engine, they can easily find when and where to watch it. Jinni’s superior recommendations are seamlessly integrated into the viewing experience and deliver the most personalized and relevant TV and movie options to end users. Read more
There’s a growing focus on the opportunity for semantic technology to help out with managing media assets – and with making money off of them, too. Last week, The Semantic Web Blog covered the EU-funded project Media Mixer for repurposing and reusing media fragments across borders on the Web. Also hailing from Europe – France, to be exact – is Perfect Memory, which aims to support the content management, automatic indexing and asset monetizing of large-scale multimedia.
Perfect Memory, which was a finalist at this spring’s SemTechBiz semantic start-up competition, has implemented its platform at Belgian TV broadcaster and radio RTBF, for its GEMS semantic-based multimedia browser prototype that was a runner-up at IBC 2013 this fall. In September it also received a 600K Euro investment from SOFIMAC Partners to extend its development efforts, platform, and market segments, as well as protect its innovations with patent filings.
“Our idea is to reinvent media asset management systems,” says Steny Solitude, CEO of Perfect Memory.
Earlier this year Embarcadero Technologies began discussing its product roadmap designed to help companies succeed at metadata governance management (see our story here). Today the vendor releases its metadata governance platform, Embarcadero Connect.
“It’s about making database tools smarter and users experts, about letting both database and business professionals to make better use of the data resources they have while aligning with governance, compliance and security initiatives,” says Henry Olson, director of product management.
There’s the job of dealing with Big Data, he agrees, but equally an urgent challenge is dealing with data complexity of the type he describes bedeviling one of Embarcadero’s mid-sized customers in the financial services sector. During a recent chat that customer described how it had several hundred systems and 380,000 distinct data elements.
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