Posts Tagged ‘Ontotext’

The Financial Times Builds Up Its Semantic Publishing Infrastructure

ftpixThe former lead architect at the BBC who handled its semantic publishing projects, such as its FIFA World Cup 2010, 2012 Olympics and redesigned BBC Sports Site, today is building up the semantic infrastructure at another media might, The Financial Times

Jem Rayfield, who holds the title Head of Solution Architecture Technology there, is rebuilding the Financial Times’ whole publishing stack to use semantic technology. “We are working on republishing the architecture on the back end, basically engineering the whole of the backend stack to use the RDF model” for data interchange, he says. Its work involves modeling ontologies for companies, organizations, brands, exchanges, shares, financial instruments and other key business terms.

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Semantic Technology Provider Ontotext Announces Strategic Hires for Ontotext USA

OntotextNovember 17, 2014 — Ontotext, a leading provider of core semantic technology and text mining solutions, has announced the expansion of sales, marketing and alliances efforts in North America. This effort began with the hiring of Tony Agresta as Senior VP of Worldwide Sales & Marketing earlier this year. Over the summer, Brad Bogle was hired as Director of Marketing for Ontotext worldwide and more recently, Tom Endyke joined Ontotext USA as the Director of Solutions Architecture.

“We are very pleased to have Tony, Tom and Brad representing Ontotext in the USA,” said Atanas Kiryakov, Executive Director and CEO of Ontotext. Read more

What’s Next In Knowledge-Driven Finance?

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Next week in the U. K. members of the financial industry will be coming together at The Universal Strategy: Knowledge-Driven Finance Event, hosted by semantic technology vendor Ontotext. The event, says independent consultant in semantics and event organizer Jarred McGinnis, is aimed at giving participants “a snout to tail view of semantics in finance.”

The use cases, he says, are there, and to that end the panel will include presentations by Financial Times CTO John O’Donovan, who will discuss issues including how the publisher’s semantic approach is driving smarter topic pages. (The event actually takes place at The Financial Times site.) Also scheduled to be present is Mike Bennett, director at Hypercube and Semantics Lead at The EDM Council, which is a cross-industry group developing the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO), and John Schlesinger, Chief Enterprise Architect at Temenos, which develops software for retail banking companies, including solutions that will leverage triple stores.

In a preview of his talk, Bennett spoke to The Semantic Web Blog that about the current state of FIBO affairs.

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Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0

ontotextSofia, Bulgaria (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 – GraphDB™ 6.0 from Ontotext was released today including improvements to the enterprise replication cluster, faster loading speeds, higher update rates and connectors for Lucene, SOLR and Elasticsearch. This release happens to coincide with a name change for this high performance triplestore – GraphDB™ was formerly known as OWLIM. Now, organizations interested in deploying the only mature enterprise resilient RDF triplestore will also benefit from advanced search functionality using the best full-text search engines without additional integration and synchronization efforts. Read more

The Importance of the Semantic Web To Our Cultural Heritage

oldmasterpaintingEarlier this year The Semantic Web Blog reported that the Getty Research Institute has released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) as Linked Open Data. One of the external advisors to its work was Vladimir Alexiev, who leads the Data and Ontology Management group at Ontotext and works on many projects related to cultural heritage.

Ontotext’s OWLIM family of semantic repositories supports large-scale knowledge bases of rich semantic information, and powerful reasoning. The company, for example, did the first working implementation of CIDOC CRM search; CIDOC CRM is one of these rich ontologies for cultural heritage.

We caught up with Alexiev recently to gain some insight into semantic technology’s role in representing the cultural heritage sphere. Here are some of his thoughts about why it’s important for cultural institutions to adopt Linked Open Data and semantic technologies to enhance our digital understanding of cultural heritage objects and information:

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#SemTech Spotlight: Ontotext

One of the many exciting companies that will be featured at next week’s Semantic Technology Conference is Ontotext, a leading developer of core semantic technology. On Tuesday, June 7, Ontotext executive director Atanas Kostadinov Kiryakov and Victor Valentinov Penev will be presenting Ontotext’s Web Mining Framework in a session entitled Baking with Data: from Jobs to Cars to Food. According to the session description, “Ontotext’s Web Mining Framework (WMF) allows for extraction and normalization of specific types of information in the web.” Read more

Introducing UMBEL Version 1.00

After four years of tinkering, Structured Dynamics and Ontotext are ready to announce the release of UMBEL version 1.00, the first production-grade release of the system. According to the article, UMBEL (Upper Mapping and Binding Exchange Layer) “is primarily a reference ontology, which contains 28,000 concepts (classes and relationships) derived from the Cyc knowledge base. The reference concepts of UMBEL are mapped to Wikipedia, DBpedia ontology classes, GeoNames and PROTON.” Read more