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Newsletter Shifting from Weekly to Daily

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Eric Franzon
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Thinking Differently with Graph Databases

Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology recently opined that graphs offer a new way of thinking. He explains, “Faced with the need to generate ever-greater insight and end-user value, some of the world’s most innovative companies — Google, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe and American Express among them — have turned to graph technologies to tackle the complexity at the heart of their data. To understand how graphs address data complexity, we need first to understand the nature of the complexity itself. In practical terms, data gets more complex as it gets bigger, more semi-structured, and more densely connected.” Read more

Freebase Catch-Up: Recent Developments On The Entity Graph Of People, Places, And Things

What’s new with Freebase? Well, aside from its data now being used by Bing to provide information about entities in a similar way to Google’s Knowledge Graph, a new design of its web client is being tested here.

Its post about the new design highlights these as a few of the client’s biggest changes:

* A search bar at the top of the screen lets you filter the topic display and show any by domain, type or property. When you filter by domain, the page will show all of the types and their properties linked to the current topic. When filtering by type, it will show just the properties within that type and filtering by property will show just that property.

In a World of Devices, the User is Central

Roger Kay of Forbes recently opined that the world is becoming more and more user-centric. He explains, “User-centric computing is a theme we can expect to hear articulated in many ways next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The simple view of the shift from device-centric to user-centric computing goes like this: when all we had was one device — a PC, first to do our work and later to connect to the Internet — we adapted to the device.  We learned how to wrestle it into more or less obeying our will.  We became skilled at the arcane keystrokes of DOS commands and Lotus 1-2-3 in order to do productive work.  We went to the machine.” Read more

New Strategic Partnership Between EQ Ads and Crowd Riff

According to a new release out of the company, “Cyberplex Inc., a leader in data and analytics platforms for targeting mobile, social and online audiences, [Tuesday] announced that its subsidiary EQ Ads has partnered with Crowd Riff, a provider of real-time social media insights and content curation. Crowd Riff is a real-time platform for scoring, targeting, analyzing and publishing the most relevant and influential social media content. EQ Ads enables advertisers to connect directly with their customers by delivering real-time audience targeting solutions that incorporate highly relevant and predictive data and analytics. With this exclusive partnership for audience targeting, EQ Ads can now integrate Crowd Riff’s unique and proprietary data insights into its media platforms to enable innovative ad targeting solutions based on social media activity.” Read more

European STATegra Project Officially Begins

A recent article out of Biomax Informatics reports, “The European STATegra Project, tasked with developing solutions to connect data production and data analysis, enables biologists to gain enhanced insight and understanding of their experiments. The European Project ‘STATegra’ has officially commenced at the Prince Felipe Research Centre (CIPF) (Valencia, Spain), with Biomax Informatics as the lead provider partner for semantic integration and knowledge development technology, a key element of the project goals. The project will focus on developing complex statistical methods wrapped into usable tools to provide integrative analysis of data from entire biological molecular systems.” Read more

Take Your Place At The Table For Building Intelligent Virtual Assistants

Want to participate in building a world of intelligent personal assistants? The opportunity awaits at SparkingTogether, where researchers, programmers, and companies can contribute features, behavior and knowledge to an online platform, dubbed FIONA, for creating next-gen virtual avatars. FIONA stands for Framework for Interactive Services Over Natural-conversational Agents.   

“People sparking together” is how Patricia Lopez, marketing manager at Adele Robots, the robotics startup behind the platform, describes the system. Contributors create code or design that gets wrapped in the FIONA API so that it can be converted into a Spark – which is an application that can become part of the avatar, whether that be its voice, language or a function (NLP, text-to-speech, computer vision, or 3D design, for instance). The company will host a Sparkstore where developers can sell, or freely share, their Sparks with the world, and those interested in using avatars can then combine different Sparks together in the Sparklink environment. Sparkrender is a capability it’s developed for users to post their avatars – which run on Adele Robots’ servers in the cloud – on their websites or mobile apps.

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Nokusa EI Partners with Firestring on Semantic Engine, Serendipity

IT Web recently reported, “Nokusa EI has established a partnership with Firestring – one of the most significant new information management tools to arrive in the enterprise space. ‘The system has huge potential in using the principals of social media for business,’ says Kotze. ‘What we do as humans is collaborate. While an organisation may exist in the sense of bricks and mortar, it’s the interaction of people that actually constitutes the work of the company. Firestring allows people in large organisations to interact instinctively and organically, and in addition, it brings information and people together through its semantic engine. The engine, Serendipity, automatically tags information on behalf of users, which means manual indexing to bring structure to information is no longer necessary’.” Read more

Linked Data: The Future of Data Integration

John Walker of NXP recently discussed Linked Data as the future of data integration in the enterprise. He writes, “The main business drivers for this have, so far, been mostly internal: how to ensure product data is available across internal systems in an easy-to-use and efficient manner. In many areas simple XML messages and other B2B standards are applicable, but within a portfolio of over 20,000 products across a broad variety of functions and technology it simply is not possible to describe the complex properties of an electronic component with a handful of standard XML elements. Also the tree-based XML DOM soon starts to become a limitation when dealing with a highly-interlinked web of information. The answer (as it turns out) is quite simple: think graph.” Read more

Google, Search, and Competition

Gregory Ferenstein recently shared his opinion on Google, semantic search, and the future of competition on the internet. He writes, “In a 2005 interview, Eric Schmidt said that, ideally, a Google search should yield only a single, perfect result. ‘When you use Google, do you get more than one answer? Of course you do,’ he told public television host Charlie Rose at the time. ‘Well, that’s a bug. We should be able to give you the right answer just once. We should know what you meant. You should look for information. We should get it exactly right.’ Fast forward to Thursday, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ended its two-year antitrust investigation into the search giant. The FTC found that, contrary to claims made by Google’s detractors, there was not sufficient evidence to show Google unfairly prioritized its own products in search results over those belonging to companies that offer competing services.” Read more