Posts Tagged ‘SemTech’

Get Your Big, Linked, Smart Data eBook

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Attendees at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC earlier this month got first-access to Big, Linked, Smart Data, an eBook of selections from The Semantic Web Blog. It’s built on the KEeReader, a browser-based e-reading platform that brings the ability to identify concepts, entities and relationships within content and allow users to interact with it. Now, that Knowledge Enhanced eReader (KEeReader) is available to all on the bookshelf here.

The Semantic Web Blog introduced the KEeReader platform to our readers in this article, and its chief architect Eric Freese demonstrated it to conference attendees at SemTechNYC referencing content from Big, Linked, Smart Data and the authorized biography of Steve Jobs. (You can also find that on the bookshelf. ) 

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Monetize That Media: Media Mixer To Create Web-Wide Market For Media Fragment Reuse

rsz_robertopixWhen you hear Media Mixer, you might be thinking of a visual artist who works with different materials to create his or her works, or perhaps someone involved in audio production. You may not immediately think of the semantic web, Linked Data, or their role in making it easy to reuse and manage the copyrights for online media fragments.

Time to rethink your definition. The Media Mixer project is indeed about making the Web of Media a reality with the help of media fragment detection and semantic annotation, in conjunction with copyright management that is integrated into the Web fabric, using Linked Data principles and reasoning based on a Copyright Ontology. At the Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC earlier this month, Roberto Garcia Associate, Professor at Universitat de Lleida and principal investigator at  MediaMixer, discussed the EU-funded effort to create, repurpose and reuse media fragments across borders on the Web, and its goal of making media more valuable for its owners such as video producers, hosters and redistributors, and more useful for consumers.

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Linked Data: “The Gift That Keeps On Giving”

semtechnyclogoK. Krasnow Waterman started the New York Semantic Technology & Business Conference off on the right foot Wednesday, highlighting the highly practical virtues of the semantic web and Linked Data for all.

Krasnow Waterman pointed to four big benefits of a semantic web world, including easing the path to:

  • Analyzing data from multiple sources;
  • Understanding context, from the meaning of a particular term to the context of relationships;
  • Linking data; and
  • Applying rules in which there’s no limit about what can be said or linked to within program code that can be reasoned over as data flows through systems.

In her life as CEO of LawTechIntersect, which offers data/technology management and policy consulting, she noted that she’s now “talking to people about forestalling their platform upgrades, to go back instead and embed the tagging needed for semantic processing,” she told attendees at SemTech. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Do it and you can compute forevermore with that data.”

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Speech And Smarts Take To TV Search

rsz_vev1The story below features an interview with Sam Vasisht, CMO of Veveo, who is speaking next week at the Semantic Technology And Business Conference in NYC. You can save $200 when you register for the event before October 2.

A recent focus group report from Veveo, whose semantic technology powers conversational interfaces that enable search on connected devices from TVs to tablets and smart phones to set-top boxes, reveals that three out of four participants are dissatisfied with their existing pay-TV content discovery experience. Reasons include that they are unable to search using keywords; they don’t know how to spell what they were looking for or remember the name of the show they want when entering search terms; it takes too long to scroll through the electronic programming guide; and they don’t see any recommendations that seemed relevant to them.

In an online survey the vendor conducted, it also found that, when users were asked if they would like to use voice or if they’d use if they had it to find content, more than 60 percent said yes, according to CMO Sam Vasisht. “People think there has to be a better way,” he says. “The level of interest and the sense of urgency that companies have about making voice-enabled feature a part of TV is becoming very strong. But just voice commands won’t get you there. You need something above and beyond.”

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The Rise Of The Chief Data Officer Will Boost The Demand For Semantic Tech

There have been a slate of chief data officer appointments of late. It’s been particularly noticeable in the marketing space. Marketing communications firm Ogilvy & Mather, for example, in August made Todd Cullen its global chief data officer to push data-driven marketing to the next level, and a short while later marketing services provider Mindshare put Bob Ivins in the first CDO slot, reporting directly to its CEO, “to harness and act on consumer insights in real-time.”

But the trend extends beyond that arena. According to The Big Data Executive Survey 2013: The State of Big Data in the Large Corporate World, released this month by NewVantage Partners, it’s becoming commonplace for large corporations to define or consider new roles, such as establishing a chief data officer. Forty-eight percent of respondents to its survey said they have established or are considering that, and are implementing new processes and organizational structures to ensure successful business adoption.

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The New World of Books: E-Reading Gets Robust

Cast your vote yet for The Booksmash Challenge? If not, you’ve got a chance to pull the lever for semantic technology for the contest, which is sponsored by HarperCollins and asks developers to create proof-of-concept apps using its OpenBook API that includes full access to select authors’ work.

Entered in the challenge is the KEeReader, a browser-based e-reading platform that brings the ability to identify concepts, entities and relationships within content and allow users to interact with it. Its chief architect is Eric Freese, who gave audiences at this past spring’s SemTech conference in San Francisco a first look at the platform, and who will be providing attendees at the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC the latest insights on its place in the evolving world of knowledge enhanced e-reading. KEeReader adds a semantic angle to its book discovery one, opening the door to a vastly richer experience, says Freese.

“The two main goals of this are first to bring e-books into being first- class citizens on the web,” he says, benefitting from search engine optimization techniques for discovery, subscription to open Web standards to leverage the world of web resources like Wiktionary, and even analytics about book use for publishers to use in their business strategies. “The second goal is to unlock knowledge contained within the book.”

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Exploit Agile Methodology For Big Project Wins

A global media organization that provides fixed-line internet IP TV to some 10 million customers had a new business initiative that was going to require it to gain some insight into its client base. After some 15 years in business, though, it’s not surprising to learn that that information exists – and re-exists in many different forms – across many legacy applications, and trying to map those customers’ old purchase relationships to a new product catalog as part of a new payment and sales platform could have been just the thing to slow down the company.

Does that situation sound familiar? If your company’s been in business for some length of time, the answer probably is a resounding yes. Like this media business, you may well be in a market with plenty of competitive threats, meaning that unless you constantly innovate, your bread and butter is threatened. And so, you too, probably always are turning to your IT infrastructure team with new requirements.

“And it can be hard for them to build what they need to deliver,” says Carl Bray, product manager at Ontology Systems.

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Why Your Business Needs To Get Going With Linked Data

Semantic Technology & Business Conference - NYC, October 2-3, 2013Any data-driven industry – and these days, that’s almost all of them – knows the challenges around bringing together data from many systems and from across many years to make use of it. There’s too much focus on making copies and transforming information, rather than getting value out of it.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Broad benefits await when an organization looks to how subscribing to the Linked Data model changes the game, offering a far more mature and sustainable approach to working with data than typical platform upgrades or conversion projects.

At the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference in New York City in October, K. Krasnow Waterman will deliver the opening keynote focused on how and why Linked Data is a value to businesses in so many respects, including driving revenues and easing risk management and compliance requirements. “If you take that first step and make [Linked Data] your project, the value associated with it is so much greater than the next platform upgrade, because it unleashes all this opportunity to do things with data that you haven’t been able to do before,” says Krasnow Waterman, a visiting fellow at MIT whose work includes having created Linked Data Product Lab and Linked Data Ventures program, a web technology and entrepreneurship course, and CEO of LawTechIntersect, which offers data/technology management and policy consulting for private companies and government agencies.

At hand is the opportunity to manipulate your data across multiple data sources and have it lead to other data. “A great feature of Linked Data is the ability of data to reference other data,” says Krasnow Waterman. “So as you are tagging it and as people are supplementing it, that takes on an assistive capability that you simply don’t get from any other structured data that I know.”

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Announced: Program for NYC Semantic Technology & Business Conference

Semantic Technology & Business Conference - October 2-3, 2013 in New York CityThe initial program has been announced for the next Semantic Technology & Business Conference in New York. The conference will take place October 2-3, 2013 at the New Yorker Hotel. This marks the second time this conference series has been to the Big Apple.

Eric Franzon, Conference Series Chair, said, “We are very excited about this conference. In addition to an already great program, we will be announcing other sessions, including must-see keynotes, in coming weeks, so we are excited for a very strong program full of solid learning and networking opportunities.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore semantic technologies in practice and to learn from the expert practitioners and business leaders who have already found value in semantic applications.

 

BREAKING: Semantic Technology & Business Conference Europe Changes Dates

Semantic Technology & Business Conference - Europe - Date updated: February, 2014Almost as soon as we announced the dates for our New York and European Semantic Technology & Business Conferences, we began hearing from members of the community that they would prefer to have more space between the two events.

We heard you and we have taken action! We are moving the Semantic Technology & Business Conference – Europe, to February of 2014, and the event will still take place in Berlin. We are finalizing details with the conference venue and will have more specifics to announce soon.

Those who have already registered, submitted speaking proposals, or signed up for sponsorship of the European event will receive separate communications specific to those discussions next week, and we will look forward to seeing you in New York October 2-3, 2013 and Berlin early next year!

 

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