Posts Tagged ‘sean martin’

Big Data & Semantic Web: An Ideal Marriage

Jeff Bertolucci of Information Week recently discussed how the evolution of Big Data may be just what the Semantic Web needs to reach its full potential. He writes, “In a phone interview with InformationWeek, Cambridge Semantics CTO Sean Martin summed up the Semantic Web in a nutshell: ‘In essence, all you’re doing is tagging data and giving it a description of what it is… If you can put more information in — more metadata with the data — then the software can interrogate the data to find out what the data is, and what it’s capable of,’ added Martin, who believes the rise of big data could help spur the adoption of Semantic Web technologies.” Read more

Cambridge Semantics Blazes a Trail for Semantics in Biotech

A few months ago FeirceBiotechIT named five biotech IT firms to watch, and they haven’t been disappointed with what they’ve seen: “This report gives FierceBiotechIT a chance to feature 5 software groups that are addressing a range of different needs for biotechs and other life sciences firms. Here you’ll find a Silicon Valley upstart taking on big competitors with new technology for integrating data from disparate sources and providing developers with insights about their clinical trials. There’s a Boston-area company using advanced analytics to spot biomarkers and other tantalizing details about health with the aid of supercomputing technology. And another group based in the U.K. has been quietly growing with R&D software originally licensed from Merck.” Learn more about the five companies here. Read more

When supercomputers meet the Semantic Web…

Cray. Despite everything that has happened over the years, from technological advances to organisational wobbles, bankruptcies and buy-outs, the name retains a certain cachet. They make super computers! Their computers come (came) with seats and bubbling coolant systems and everything! To someone growing up with early examples of rudimentary computing in the home, Cray was the stuff of Tomorrow’s World, Bond villains, and more. This was what real computers were all about.

Despite the growing power of ordinary computers, and the opportunities offered by parallelisation and the Cloud, those early memories of Cray superness were sufficient to pique my interest when a recent press release from semantic technology company Cambridge Semantics landed in my inbox. Digging a little further, it rapidly became apparent that Cambridge Semantics were not alone. Amongst eight ‘Solution Partners‘ listed for Cray’s XMT supercomputer, not one of them would look out of place presenting or exhibiting at a semantic technology event. For some reason, semantics appear to have replaced quirky styling, bubbling coolant and the circular seating of yesteryear. Read more