Serdar Yegulalp of InfoWorld recently wrote, “Over the last year, as part of the new enterprise services that IBM has been pushing on its reinvention, Watson has become less of a “Jeopardy”-winning gimmick and more of a tool. It also remains IBM’s proprietary creation. What are the chances, then, of creating a natural-language machine learning system on the order of Watson, albeit with open source components? To some degree, this has already happened — in part because Watson itself was built in top of existing open source work, and others have been developing similar systems in parallel to Watson. Here’s a look at four such projects.” Read more
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The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership
Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At ApacheCon Europe, members of the Apache community commemorated The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)’s fifteenth anniversary and congratulated the people, projects, initiatives, and organizations that played a role in its success.
Recognized as the leader in community-led Open Source software development, the ASF was established to shepherd, develop, and incubate Open Source innovations “The Apache Way”. Reflections on achievements over the past 15 years include: Read more
The EU co-funded consortium OpenCube, headed by the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), is presenting its first software deliverable: a range of open source software components that will help governments, organizations, companies and citizens to publish, visualize and analyze multidimensional data according to the RDF Data Cube Vocabulary standard. These components are now available online, both separately and bundled in the integrated OpenCube Toolkit. Read more
The win was announced at the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, in Riva del Garda, Italy, with FLAX taking first place from 10 shortlisted candidates. Read more
Peter Murray-Rust of OpenSource.com recently wrote, “Open is about sharing and collaboration. It’s the idea that ‘we’ is more powerful, more rewarding and fulfilling than ‘I’. I can’t promise jobs, but I do know that openis becoming very big. Governments and funders are pushing the open agenda, even though academics are generally uninterested or seriously self-interested. Some governments and some companies recognize the value of teams; academia and academics generally don’t. The false values of impact factor and the false values of academic publishing mean that open access is a poor reflection of open, or what you may recognize as the open source way.” Read more
Research Information recently reported, “Symplectic Limited, a software company specialising in developing, implementing, and integrating research information systems, has become the first DuraSpace Registered Service Provider (RSP) for the VIVO Project. VIVO is an open-source, open-ontology, open-process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. VIVO aims to support open development and integration of science and scholarship through simple, standard semantic web technologies.” Read more
Christopher Tozzi of The VAR Guy reports, “PredictionIO, the open source machine learning platform, has received a big boost with the announcement of $2.5 million in seed funding, which it plans to use to make its automated data interpretation and prediction platform widely available to open source developers. PredictionIO’s goal is to make it easy for developers and companies of all sizes to integrate machine learning —i.e., software that can interpret data intelligently to make automated decisions and predictions—into their products. ‘PredictionIO aims to be the Machine Learning server behind every application,’ according to the company. ‘Building Machine Learning in software will be as common as search soon with PredictionIO’.” Read more
Penny Wolf of IT News in Australia reports, “Yahoo7 is rolling out a semantic publishing platform across the web sites that promote Channel 7’s local free to air programs, building its new content systems atop an open source graph database. Craig Penfold, CTO Yahoo7 was inspired by a similar project undertaken by the BBC, which initially launched semantic web publishing for the channel’s 2010 World Cup website to increase viewer engagement. After conducting research and discussions with BBC and Yahoo, the Yahoo7 team chose to change the datastore from a standard SQL database to a graph database.” Read more
New Startup Skymind Offers Support for Open Source Deep Learning
Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “A San Francisco-based startup called Skymind launched on Monday to offer support and services for deeplearning4j, an open source deep learning project it has created. It’s early to tell how much traction deep learning will gain among mainstream companies or even web companies, but the technology does hold a lot of promise. The existence of open source libraries backed by professional services could certainly help spur adoption – especially for a field of data analysis previously relegated to top universities and research labs at companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Baidu.” Read more
Octo Consulting, a technology solutions and management services company for both the intelligence and healthcare sectors, recently published an infographic exploring the intersection among the Semantic Web, Linked Data and Health IT as it relates to accessing and interacting with data from an array of sources in the healthcare chain. “Our point of view is that in healthcare there are multiple data sources and so much data – especially when it comes to clinical trials, pharmaceuticals research and scientific data,” says CTO Ashok Nare. “It’s very possible that each of those data elements is represented in a different format, so how to take them all and connect them to ask questions you aren’t able to ask otherwise. That’s where semantic technologies are extremely useful.”
One health-care sector project in which Octo is putting semantic technologies to use these days is an effort it has underway with the U.S.’s medical research agency, the National Institutes of Health, whose mission includes providing grants to the scientific community to engage in research and experiments “to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability,” as its web site explains. Now, not only does the NIH want to understand what it’s funding and how those grants are progressing, but also “what opportunities it may be missing out on,” Nare explains.
That means continually assessing not only what’s in its portfolio but also what research gaps there are, which requires conducting analysis on more and more data sources and investigating more queries: That could mean more development and expense, without the help of semantic web technologies.
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