Posts Tagged ‘semantic integration’

Tax Time And The IRS Is On Our Minds


Have you checked out the IRS Tax Map this year? If not, what better way to spend April 15 (aside from actually filing those returns, of course).

The IRS Tax Map, as explained here, actually began as a project in 2002, as a prototype to address the business need for improved access to tax law technical information by the agency’s call center workers. These days, Tax Map is available to taxpayers to offer them topic-oriented access to the IRS’s diverse information products, as well. It aims at delivering semantic integration via the Topic Maps international standard (ISO/IEC 13250), grouping information about subjects, including those referred to by diverse names, in a single place.

It was created for the IRS by Infoloom in cooperation with Plexus Scientific and Coolheads Consulting. Infoloom explains on its web site that it lets customers control what is returned by search queries via a topic map approach that lets them extract from existing content information on the topics they need to represent, without having to build a taxonomy of terms, and add specific knowledge to that information as part of the extraction process.

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CollabRx Launches Commercial Service for the Interpretation of Clinical Cancer Sequencing

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CollabRx, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLRX), a data analytics company focused on informing clinical decision making in molecular medicine, today announced the launch of the company’s Genetic Variant Annotation™ (GVA™) service. The GVA service is a new product and the company’s first offering for the clinical laboratory market. CollabRx will provide the GVA service to the molecular diagnostic segment of the clinical laboratory market which includes reference laboratories, hospital laboratories, research institutions, and laboratories within academic medical centers. Read more

Liaison Launches Contivo Semantic Integration Tool

Liaison Technologies has announced “the general availability of version 5.2 of Contivo(TM), the company’s market-leading B2B/EAI solution for enterprise-ready data transformation and semantic integration. This latest release of Liaison‘s patented enterprise data integration solution offers a new Java object mapping feature, enhanced support of usage profiles, functionality for ad hoc SQL queries, enhanced web service extensions and overall improved database mapping capabilities.” Read more

Precision Medicine is Semantic Medicine

The PROOF (Prevention of Organ Failure) Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital, hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is one of those leading-edge research organizations aiming to move us a little closer to the world of precision medicine, with the help of semantic technology. In the process, it also hopes to have a positive impact on the high costs of health care.

That’s a problem not just in the U.S., but also in Canada where provincial governments bear the burden of rising health care costs, which make up 45 percent of the budget for British Columbia alone.

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Showing at The International American Toy Fair: Tangible, Touchable Semantic Technology

The coolest thing at the 109th International American Toy Fair in New York City this week might have been the Lazer Tag Blaster or the World of Warcraft version of Monopoly. Or, for semantic tech aficionados, it would have been Uma’s semantic Skin multitouch display installation. Even the Power Rangers were getting into it (see photo).

Here is the marriage of semantic technology with interactive signage and multi-touch displays, RFID technology, Intel’s Audience Impression Metrics suite, and social media integration. It is, as Christian Doegl, founder and CEO of uma, an example “where semantics gets tangible.”  And touchable by everyone.

For the Toy Fair, Uma got access to the exhibitor database, itself complete with structured metadata such as company name, location on the floor, and Twitter handle. “From this we can build up a semantic database connecting all different databases to the system,” says Doegl.

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The Potential of Semantic Technology Part 2 – “The Big Deal”

Some of you here already know it – many others are still asking it though – “What is the Big Deal with Semantic Technology, we don’t get it.”

Fair Enough. If we had to pick one thing that crystallizes the importance of what we’re doing and link it a problem that just about everyone in IT faces today chances are we could change industry perceptions and make some real progress.

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Measuring Semantic Technology Adoption

I decided to conduct an informal survey in an attempt to gauge the current level of adoption and growth potential for Semantic Technology as an industry vertical. The results indicate to me that while progress is being made we still need to do a better job of delivering the message – this messaging problem is the number one reason why adoption of Semantic Technologies and Semantic Methodologies is proceeding slower than we had anticipated. 

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Science & Semantic Technology

Of all the areas where Semantic Technology may help to transform current practices, no one area may be impacted more than Science.

I’ll distinguish empirical science from the myriad of other sciences by stating that it is characterized more by processes designed to facilitate discovery – the scientific method. The goal of empirical science is to solve problems, it does so through answering a series of questions, often through use of experimentation. Of the IT domains I’ve discussed previously the one that is most involved in pure science is Healthcare, so let’s take a look at that for moment.

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What is the Potential of Semantic Technology – Part 1

Over the past two years I’ve tried very hard to help define the potential application for this technology area in the context of Information Technology disciplines or problem spaces – out of those efforts has come a focus on:

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Intelligent Healthcare – Part 1

Integration is more than the coding of application or data interfaces. When dealing with complex integration within or across enterprises, there must be sufficient discipline to achieve reproducible results. Furthermore, that discipline must be tailored to the unique requirements of the domain/s in question. Few domains are as complex as Healthcare. Even more important perhaps is that integration cannot be viewed outside of the context of the outcomes within the domains they are meant to serve. Technical success may not translate to process or performance improvement if the relationships between domain goals and enabling technologies aren’t properly understood. Some of the basic concepts associated with our IH include the following:

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