Posts Tagged ‘semantic’

Saffron 10 Cognitive Computing Platform Delivers Anticipatory Thinking

gayleSaffron 10, a major upgrade to Saffron Technology’s cognitive computing platform, debuts today, with new machine learning algorithms that support anticipating outcomes based on patterns found in large amounts of data. (You can read more about the platform and Saffron’s Associative MemoryBase here as well as in this article at our Dataversity sister site.)

One of the new machine learning algorithms is Saffron Universal Cognitive Distance, which the company says is the first non-linear, non-parametric similarity computation for making sense of massive amounts of data without requiring businesses to pre-model the data. The other is Saffron Mutual Information, which the vendor says addresses “sparse data” challenges by making it possible to perform classification with high accuracy on high-dimensional data (with tens of thousands of features).

CEO Gayle Sheppard explains that the focus is on looking for the signals that really matter from the noise of Big Data, as companies “merge outside-in intelligence with inside-out intelligence, increasing the amount of data now available for decision making.” With the new algorithms, the associations the Saffron platform makes among people, places and things data — counting an entity’s frequency and the contexts in which one thing is associated with something else — extends to discovering patterns to anticipate what happens next.

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Web Payments Interest Group Takes Flight

w3cdomainThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched an initiative to integrate payments seamlessly into the Open Web Platform, the collection of open technologies such as HTML, HTTP, and various APIs that enable the Web. It’s asking for industry stakeholders, such as banks, credit card companies, governments and others, to join the new Web Payments Interest Group, chaired by Erik Anderson (Bloomberg) and David Ezell (Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing), to help deepen understanding of challenges and how to meet them with the appropriate solutions to move e-commerce forward, including on mobile devices.

The Interest Group’s goals include improving usability across devices and reducing the risk of fraud, as well as creating new opportunities for businesses and consumers in areas such as coupons and loyalty programs and crypto-currencies. On its agenda is creating a Web Payments Roadmap, determining Web Payments terminology, dealing with payment transaction messaging and identity, authentication and security. As part of its work, the new group is charged with creating a framework to ensure that Web applications can interface in standard ways with all current and future payment methods, and will encompass the full range of devices people use for online payments.

First up, the W3C says, is a focus on digital wallets, “which many in industry consider an effective way to reduce fraud and improve privacy by having users share sensitive information only with payment providers, rather than merchants,” according to the release. “In addition, wallets can simplify transactions from mobile devices and make it easier to integrate new payment innovations.”

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Start Your Innovation Engines

Interop New York took place at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan last week. The semantic web wasn’t a focus of the show, but innovation had its place among the various keynotes and sessions. And innovation certainly is a theme that goes hand-in-hand with the semantic web.

byzIn that spirit, we’ll share some comments from some of the speakers about how they embraced concepts and argued for changes that they believed would make them more innovative companies – even when that was a scary thing to do. With any luck, their experience, advice and thoughts may give you some direction when it comes to taking your ideas about how semantic web technologies could help your own business become more innovative, and acting on them:

  •  From Michael Bryzek, co-founder and CTO, Gilt: In discussing the e-retailer’s move to a micro-services architecture, which he said supports the concept of autonomous innovation and is part of implementing a culture where employees can thrive, Bryzek told the audience that accepting the risk of failure was the first step.  “Start with the assumption you’ll fail,” he said. “If you want a chance at innovation, that alleviates some of the pressure because we all agree we are going to do something risky and we are in it together now.” There are only so many great companies in the world, and it’s true you might not make it to be among them, but “it sure is fun and great to work together to try and build something amazing.”

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Achieving Interoperability in Health IT

2456767724_bdd5d95a1dGreg Slabodkin of Health Data Management recently wrote, “At a minimum, there are three types of interoperability required to achieve an interoperable health IT ecosystem, according to Doug Fridsma, M.D., ONC’s outgoing chief science officer. Speaking this week at AHIMA’s 2014 conference in San Diego, Fridsma made the case that health IT requires all three types of interoperability–semantic, syntactic, and information exchange. ‘If you exchange the information and the codes don’t match or it’s a proprietary set of codes, you’ve got the information but you have no idea what those codes mean,’ he argued. ‘Semantic interoperability is about the vocabularies and syntactic interoperability is about the structure’.” Read more

TopBraid Suite 4.5 Puts The Focus on Enterprise-User Readiness

tqSemantic 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.

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A Look At The State of Information Governance

igiThis month saw the release of the Information Governance Initiative’s Annual Report for 2014, a study aiming to report the perceptions of information governance practitioners, providers and analysts as well as advance information governance as a concept, market and operational model.

The IGI consortium and think tank was founded by leaders in the information governance field and supported by vendors with semantic tech and text analytics backgrounds, including EquivioHP/Autonomy, OpenText, Recommind  and Zylab. About 500 respondents provided input to the survey.

About 80 percent of these respondents agreed that IG included risk- and value-focused activities, with the focus, however, on risk prevention, with efforts such as records information and management, information security and compliance as the top-marked concepts. That said, more than 50 percent of respondents in each case include among IG’s facets big data, business intelligence, and data science – and IGI believes that the value side will continue to grow, given the significant recent advancements in data analytics and their continuing spread through the enterprise. Given how far IG’s facets extend, “IG should serve as the coordinating function for all of these activities, tying them together into one humming, efficiently functioning operation.”

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Step Right Up To Contribute To The Web of Meaning

Photo Coutesy: Flickr/Charlotte L

Photo Coutesy: Flickr/Charlotte L

Are you looking for opportunities to contribute to the web of meaning that are appropriate to filling some hours in these last lazy days of summer? Something a little less taxing than, say, creating and publishing a Linked Data set on the web?

They’re out there. Here are a few to keep you engaged while you’re soaking up the sun, hopefully on some tropical island with a warm breeze blowing and a cool drink in hand. For those of you at this week’s Semantic Web Technology and Business conference, don’t worry – these should still be waiting for your input when you get back.

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New Opps For Libraries And Vendors Open Up In BIBFRAME Transition

semtechbiz-10th-125sqOpportunities are opening up in the library sector, both for the institutions themselves and providers whose solutions and services can expand in that direction.

These vistas will be explored in a session hosted by Kevin Ford, digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress at next week’s Semantic Technology & Business conference in San Jose. The door is being opened by the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) that the LOC launched a few years ago. Libraries will be moving from the MARC standards, their lingua franca for representing and communicating bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form, to BIBFRAME, which models bibliographic data in RDF using semantic technologies.

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Drupal Deepens Semantic Web Ties

semtechbiz-10th-125sqAmong the mainstream content management systems, you could make the case that Drupal was the first open source semantic CMS out there. At next week’s Semantic Technology and Business Conference, software engineer Stéphane Corlosquet of Acquia, which provides enterprise-level services around Drupal, and Bock & Co. principal Geoffrey Bock will discuss in this session Drupal’s role as a semantic CMS and how it can help organizations and institutions that are yearning to enrich their data with more semantics – for search engine optimization, yes, but also for more advanced use cases.

“It’s very easy to embed semantics in Drupal,” says Bock, who analyses and consults on digital strategies for content and collaboration. At its core it has the capability to manage semantic entities, and in the upcoming version 8 it takes things to a new level by including schema.org as a foundational data type. “It will become increasingly easier for developers to build and deliver semantically enriched environments,” he says, which can drive a better experience both for clients and stakeholders.

Corlosquet, who has taken a leadership role in building semantic web capabilities into Drupal’s core and maintains the RDF module in Drupal 7 and 8, explains that the closer embrace of schema.org in Drupal is of course a help when it comes to SEO and user engagement, for starters. Google uses content marked up using schema.org to power products like Rich Snippets and Google Now, too.

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A Look At LOD2 Project Accomplishments

lod2pixIf you’re interested in Linked Data, no doubt you’re planning to listen in on next week’s Semantic Web Blog webinar, Getting Started With The Linked Data Platform (register here), featuring Arnaud Le Hors, Linked Data Standards Lead at IBM and chair of the W3C Linked Data Platform WG and the OASIS OSLC Core TC. It also may be on your agenda to attend this month’s Semantic Web Technology & Business Conference, where speakers including Le Hors, Manu Sporny, Sandro Hawke, and others will be presenting Linked Data-focused sessions.

In the meantime, though, you might enjoy reviewing the results of the LOD2 Project, the European Commission co-funded effort whose four-year run, begun in 2010, aimed at advancing RDF data management; extracting, creating and enriching structured RDF data; interlinking data from different sources; and authoring, exploring and visualizing Linked Data. To that end, why not take a stroll through the recently released Linked Open Data – Creating Knowledge Out of Interlinked Data, edited by LOD2 Project participants Soren Auer of the Institut für Informatik III Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität; Volha Bryl of the University of Mannheim, and Sebastian Tramp of the University of Leipzig?

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