Posts Tagged ‘semantic’

Financial Execs Worry About Data Lineage; Triple Stores Can Calm Fears

 

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The Aite Group, which provides research and consulting services to the international financial services market, spends its fair share of time exploring the data and analytics challenges the industry faces. Senior analyst Virginie O’Shea commented on many of them during a webinar this week sponsored by enterprise NoSQL vendor MarkLogic.

Dealing with multiple data feeds from a variety of systems; feeding information to hundreds of end users with different priorities about what they need to see and how they need to see it; a lack of a common internal taxonomy across the organization that would enable a single identifier for particular data items; the toll ETL, cleansing, and reconciliation can take on agile data delivery; the limitations in cross-referencing and linking instruments and data to other data that exact a price on data governance and quality – they all factor into the picture she sketched out.

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Semantic Tech Takes On Grants Funding, Portfolio Management

octoimageWhether the discussion is about public grants funding or government agencies’ portfolio management at large, semantic technology can help optimize departments’ missions and outcomes. Octo Consulting, whose engagement with the National Institutes of Health The Semantic Web Blog discussed here, sees the issue in terms of integration and aggregation of data across multiple pipes, vocabularies and standards to enable grant-makers or agency portfolio-managers to get the right answers when they want to search to answer questions, such as whether grants are being allocated to the right opportunities and executed properly, or whether contracts are hired out to the right vendors or licenses are being duplicated.

Those funding public grants, for instance, should keep an eye on what projects private monies are going to, as well – a job that may involve incorporating data in other formats from other public datasets, social media and other sources in addition to their own information, in order to optimize decisions. “The nature of the public grant market is effectively understanding what the private grant market is doing and not doing the same thing,” says Octo executive VP Jay Shah.

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What’s Next For Watson Mobile Apps?

ibmwatsonlogoIBM’s quest to build Watson into a business (see our story here) took another step last week when the vendor announced the winners of its 2014 Watson Mobile Developer Challenge to create consumer and business apps with its cognitive computing capabilities.

The winners were GenieMD,  Majestyk Apps,  and Red Ant, whose solutions were focused respectively on the health care, educational and retail markets. But twenty-two other companies with innovative ideas of their own also made it to the finalist stage

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In iOS 8, Apple Stirs Up Siri, Connects Music, Home and Health

wwdcApple’s announcements at its WorldWide Developers’ Conference today had the crowd responding enthusiastically (of course, it was an Apple’s Developers Conference, so that just comes with the territory).

Much of the applause came in response to the new iOS 8 and its enhanced capabilities. As had been expected, as part of this, virtual assistant Siri got a bit of a facelift.

In the new iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads, due in the fall, there’s no need to touch your iPhone if it’s plugged in and you’ve got a question that needs answering and no hands to touch the mike. Apple also has partnered with music recognition service Shazam so that Siri now can recognize songs playing around them, and purchase them too; Shazam creates digital fingerprints of the audio it hears and matches it against its database of millions of tracks. Its natural language processing is fluent in 22 languages now, and streaming voice recognition means you can see what you’re saying as you are saying it.

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Vacation Time: More Summer Fun With Semantic Tech

volcpixEarlier this week we took a look at how semantic technology can play into your summer outdoor living plans. Today, we’ll spend a little time looking into how semtech-based solutions could factor into your summer vacation plans.

Perhaps the latest advancement on that front was the work we reported on last week from Sabre, which launched a new developer portal to with APIs based around semantic algorithms that should lead to more personalized travel search services. But while we’re waiting for developers to glom on, there are some other fun ways to explore your holiday options, some of which you might not immediately think of as particularly germaine to the task.

Take, for example, semantic web site creation platform Silk. There are a universe of Silks that have been built that might whet your appetite for a more radical vacation than perhaps you were originally thinking of – or at least better prepare you for an adventure vacation you have in mind. There’s The Volcanoes Catalogue, for instance, with collections of information on all 1,551 known volcanoes. Using data from the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it plots the 50 highest volcanoes; categorizes them by type; and clues you into which are the most active; which have the highest volcano explosivity index (VEI), which rates eruptions based on the volume of product exploded and the cloud height; and which have caused the most casualties, among other features – all information that might be useful in matching your tolerance for risk and danger against your desire to experience steaming craters, hot lava and active eruptions up close.

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Take Cognitive Computing To The Masses

ianCognitive computing vendor Saffron Technology is thinking about how to bring cognitive computing to the masses. Chief product officer Ian Hersey mentioned in this Dataversity article – which describes Saffron’s take on cognitive computing – the desire to “democratize” the technology. How?

“One thing we see at Saffron is getting this technology out through various partnerships,” Hersey says. “But we need to make the technology approachable, and in the early market the key is to build some apps around it that will make this technology very easy to use and solve particular business problems at hand in a way they weren’t solved before.”

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Let Semantic Tech Help You Plan Your Summer Fun

edamampixMemorial Day brought with it the official kickoff of summer! Along with that comes everything from outside living to family vacations.

Semantic technology can be part of the fun. Over the next couple of days we’ll look at some ways it can chip in. Let’s start with food as you start thinking about the summer BBQs. There are semantic solutions that can help on various fronts here. Edamam, for example, has built a food ontology that classifies ingredients, nutrients and food that it applies to recipes it scrapes from the web with the help of its natural language processing and machine learning functions.

As you’re breaking out the grill, you can break out the smartphone or iPad to search for grilled burger recipes that incorporate tomatoes in the 200 to 400 calorie range, for example, and take your pick of ranch salmon, Portobello mushroom, turkey with spiced tomato chutney or the classic beef with garden vegetables, for instance. “The nutrition information we append to recipes using natural language processing. This translates into people being able to filter recipes by diet/calories/allergies and be a bit more health-conscious this summer,” says Victor Penev, Edamam founder and CEO.

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Easing The Way To Linked Open Data In The Geosciences Domain

ocenapixThe OceanLink Project is bringing semantic technology to the geosciences domain – and it’s doing it with the idea in mind of not forcing that community to have to become experts in semtech in order to realize value from its implementation. Project lead Tom Narock of Marymount University, who recently participated in an online webinar that discussed how semantics is being implemented to integrate ocean science data repositories, library holdings, conference abstracts, and funded research awards, noted that this effort is “tackling a particular problem in ocean sciences, but [can be part of a] more general change for researchers in discovering and integrating interdisciplinary resources, [when you] need to do federated and complex searches of available resources.”

The project has an interest in using more formal, stronger semantics – working with OWL, RDF, reasoners – but also an acknowledgement that a steeper learning curve comes with the territory. How to balance that with what the community is able to implement and use? The answer: “In addition to exposing our data using semantic technologies, a big part of Oceanlink is building cyber infrastructure that will help lessen the burden on our end users.”

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The Importance of the Semantic Web To Our Cultural Heritage

oldmasterpaintingEarlier this year The Semantic Web Blog reported that the Getty Research Institute has released the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) as Linked Open Data. One of the external advisors to its work was Vladimir Alexiev, who leads the Data and Ontology Management group at Ontotext and works on many projects related to cultural heritage.

Ontotext’s OWLIM family of semantic repositories supports large-scale knowledge bases of rich semantic information, and powerful reasoning. The company, for example, did the first working implementation of CIDOC CRM search; CIDOC CRM is one of these rich ontologies for cultural heritage.

We caught up with Alexiev recently to gain some insight into semantic technology’s role in representing the cultural heritage sphere. Here are some of his thoughts about why it’s important for cultural institutions to adopt Linked Open Data and semantic technologies to enhance our digital understanding of cultural heritage objects and information:

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Real-Time Semantic Enterprise App Integration: The Way To Deal With Dynamic Business

entwebReal-time semantic enterprise application integration – that’s what SmartAlex agent technology from EnterpriseWeb has in store for businesses.

With SmartAlex, a component of its EnterpriseWeb model-driven app development platform, “the consumer asks the agent to figure out what needs to happen and it happens in realtime,” according to Jason Bloomberg, the company’s chief evangelist. “It gives you a level of dynamic capability that traditional integration environments – whether application or data – can’t rise to.”

Why that’s a problem: “Business is a big mess. People are talking, interacting, and concepts are changing,” he noted during a presentation at this week’s Data Summit conference. “How data is structured is in a fluctuating state, so a simple representation of business context in a static data model doesn’t meet our needs.”

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