Posts Tagged ‘Semantic Web’

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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Berners-Lee Shares Voices His Opinions on Data Ownership

timbernersleeAlex Hern of The Guardian reports, “The data we create about ourselves should be owned by each of us, not by the large companies that harvest it, the Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, said today. Berners-Lee told the IPExpo Europe in London’s Excel Centre that the potential of big data will be wasted as its current owners use it to serve ever more ‘queasy’ targeted advertising. By gaining access to their own data, people could use it with information about themselves from other sources in order to create ‘rich data’ – a far more valuable commodity than mere ‘big data’, he said.”

Hern continues, “Berners-Lee said that ‘people only look at one angle’ of big data. ‘When you read big data pieces in a magazine, it’s about how big companies are spying on you. A lot of the marvel of big data is a threat to me. Read more

The Semantic Web Can Make Big Data Smarter

14929685492_e990eb8663Alok Prasad and Lee Feigenbaum of Cambridge Semantics recently wrote for CMS Wire, “Over the past few years, major enterprises have shown interest in combining semantic web technology with big data for added value. Let’s take a look at what enterprises are seeking and why they think semantic web can make big data smarter… In traditional big data IT solutions, the data model and the IT solutions are designed to address specific business needs and to handle specific data types and data sources. As the business needs and data sources change, the IT solutions no longer work and new data marts and new solutions must be built.” Read more

Sépage Puts Its Full Faith in Semantic Technologies

sepageWe recently highlighted French startup Sépage’s efforts to use semantic technologies to revolutionize travel websites. Tnooz has taken a more comprehensive look at what this company is hoping to achieve: “Milan Stankovic was frustrated that the semantic web was failing to break free from academia. Disparaging remarks from a Google director about the potential of the semantic web in the mainstream prompted him to take the plunge and found Sépage. The idea is to use semantic technology to take personalization, inspiration and recommendations to the next level. With a SaaS business model, using proprietary and patented technology, its core product GlobeAdvent came to market within 18 months of the business’ launch. Enhancements and new products are in the pipeline.” Read more

Bringing the Semantic Web to the World of Grant Management

1535960661_80f6d8efb7Jay Shah of Federal Times recently wrote, “In January 2014 a survey of more than 200 nonprofit and public-sector professionals found that three out of every four grant-seeking organizations is dependent on federal funds. With competition this fierce, federal grant managers are tasked with a heavy evaluation load. At the same time, Semantic Web and linked-data technologies are changing the way we access and interact with complex data environments, allowing for faster, more cost-efficient analysis and a shorter road to discovering substantive correlations.” Read more

Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Research Libraries

5810163712_ac8a7f249e_zResearch Information recently wrote, “There are several potential benefits to libraries of using cloud-based resources and services. These include increased efficiencies, opportunities for collaboration, decreased need for in-house technical expertise, cost savings, and more timely access to the latest IT functionality. The cloud also promises improved workflow, automated software updates, redundancy, and back-ups. ‘Libraries have a real need for efficiency in processing operations, notably combining maintenance of print and electronic content in a single set of workflows,’ said [Jane] Burke [VP of Market Development at ProQuest]. ‘The new model systems offer unified workflows for all types of content within a single solution.  They also offer the platform to provide qualitative benefits, such as a centralised knowledgebase.  A robust knowledgebase is critical to delivering unified collection management.’” Read more

It’s Time for Developers to Take Linked Data Seriously

9965173654_7bf862d89d_nCandice McMillan of Programmable Web reports, “If you aren’t familiar with linked data or the Semantic Web, it’s probably a good time to get better acquainted with the concepts, as it seems to be a popular theme that is rippling through the Web development world, with promises of exciting possibilities. At this year’s APIcon in London, Markus Lanthaler, inventor of Hydra and one of the core designers of JSON-LD, talked about the importance of optimizing data architecture for an integrated future, focusing on linked data as a promising solution.” Read more

French Startup Sépage Says the Future of the Web is Semantic

sepageJack Flanagan of Real Business reports, “The future of the web is semantic – at least according to French tech startup Sépage, which specialises in semantic technologies for travel websites. However the little known, little understood technology is still crossing the distance between science and business. Real Business sought comment from Sépage on what this is, and how they’ve built it. Sepage told Real Business, “We believe the potential is immense. Most of today’s digital marketing approaches aren’t actually personalised, even though that’s what they claim ; comparing your basket to thousands of others and cluster you in groups of ‘similar individuals’ can’t really be called personalisation.” Read more

eXframe Platform Demos Power Of The Semantic Web For Biology

sccommonsA Drupal ++ platform for semantic web biomedical data – that’s how Sudeshna Das describes eXframe, a reusable framework for creating online repositories of genomics experiments. Das – who among other titles is affiliate faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute – is one of the developers of eXframe, which leverages Stéphane Corlosquet’s RDF module for Drupal to produce, index (into an RDF store powered by the ARC2 PHP library) and publish semantic web data in the second generation version of the platform.

“We used the RDF modules to turn eXframe into a semantic web platform,” says Das. “That was key for us because it hid all the complexities of semantic technology.”

One instance of the platform today can be found in the repository for stem cell data as part of the Stem Cell Commons, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s community for stem cell bioinformatics. But Das notes the importance of the reusability aspect of the software platform to build genomics repositories that automatically produce Linked Data as well as a SPARQL endpoint, is that it becomes easy to build new repository instances with much less effort. Working off Drupal as its base, eXframe has been customized to support biomedical data and to integrate biomedical ontologies and knowledge bases.

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Tim Berners-Lee: What Kind of Internet Do We Want

timbernersleeExchange Magazine recently wrote, “Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want? Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He leads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), overseeing the Web’s standards and development.” Read more

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