Posts Tagged ‘taxonomies’

Big Data Holds Great Power, But Only if You Know How to Mine It

27498728_b84f8817aaChloe Green of Information Age recently wrote, “Handling immense data sets requires a combination of scientific and technological skills to determine how data is stored, searched and accessed. In science, the importance of data scientists in ensuring that data is handled correctly from the outset is not underestimated; other industries can learn from the scientific approach. Text-mining tools and the use of relevant taxonomies are essential. If we think about big data as a huge number of data points in some multi-dimensional space, the problem is one of analysis, i.e. frequently finding very similar or very dissimilar points which cannot be compared. In life sciences, taxonomies assign data points a class, thus comparison of two points is as easy as looking up other data points in the same class.” Read more

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Prepared To Lead Microsoft To What May Be A More Semantic Future

01_thMicrosoft – as you’ve no doubt heard by now – has a new CEO. Satya Nadella most recently was Microsoft’s executive VP, cloud and enterprise group. But before that, the man who succeeds Steve Ballmer, he was senior vp, R&D, of online services and before that, the senior vp of search, portal and advertising group. Nadella has been at the company since 1992.

The man who succeeds Steve Ballmer has been referred to as the King of Bing, rebranding the search service from Live Search to Bing and getting kudos for making technical fixes. Announcing his promotion to president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business in 2011, Ballmer wrote in a memo that Nadella “led the overall R&D efforts for some of the largest online services and drove the technical vision and strategy for several important milestones, including the critical launch of Bing, new releases of MSN, Yahoo! integration across Bing and adCenter, and much more.”

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Semantic Web Job: Healthline

Healthline Networks LogoHealthline Networks is seeking an Informatics Sr. Java Software Engineer in San Francisco, California. This position offers the opportunity to “Work with dynamic Engineering and Medical Informatics Teams to enhance Healthline’s medical ontology. Healthline is a web health technology company, employing tools for the future.” The Responsibilities include: “Design and implement algorithms for integrating medical standard dictionaries into Healthline ontology; Develop data mining processes to create our Semantic Network; Work on an authoring tool that allows Medical Informatics Specialists to successfully and easily edit our ontology; Read more

Synaptica Re-Vamps Taxonomy Warehouse

Synaptica has updated its informational website, Taxonomy Warehouse. According to the company, “This year we imported all of the content from the old Taxonomy Warehouse website into a Synaptica system and re-engineered the directory to become a semantically rich ontology. When you visit Taxonomy Warehouse, all the content and functionality you will see is dynamically generated from Synaptica. Besides providing the taxonomy community with lots of valuable content, we hope that the all-new Taxonomy Warehouse will provide a showcase for building and publishing ontologies.” Read more

WAND Releases New IT Department Taxonomy

WAND, Inc recently announced the release of its latest enterprise taxonomy library, the Information Technology Department Taxonomy: “Designed specifically for IT departments, this new information technology taxonomy gives a major jump-start to any enterprise content project that is organizing IT related documents. With over 1,700 categories and several hundred synonyms, the Information Technology Department Taxonomy contains a multi-level hierarchy of important IT and software terminology such as software titles, IT certifications, software development, programming languages, IT administration, and more. The vocabulary includes core information technology concepts and it can easily be extended and customized with organization specific terminology.” Read more

Bob DuCharme Shows Us How to Improve Taxonomy Management with SKOS

A new paper has been release by IBM entitled “Improve your taxonomy management using the W3C SKOS standard.” The paper is written by Bob DuCharme, a solutions architect at TopQuadrant and SemTech 2011 presenter. According to the summary, “Until recently, tools for managing controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and thesauri all stored their data using proprietary formats that made the data difficult to integrate with external systems. The W3C SKOS standard defines a portable, flexible controlled vocabulary format that is increasingly popular, with the added benefit of a good entry-level step toward the use of Semantic Web technology.” Read more

Lessons from Watson

A recent article discusses the lessons that can be learned from Watson, IBM’s champion computer: “Big Blue has set its sights on many commercial applications for the technology in healthcare, financial services and customer service operations.  But the question remains, is it practical? Does Watson embody an approach that enterprises can exploit, or learn from?  How readily can a “Watson” be applied to the knowledge and content access problems of the typical enterprise?” Read more


According to a new article, “A new publication provides an information service about one of the world’s most popular software platforms. The new information service is, and it focuses on the world’s fastest growing content and collaboration platform and how semantics and work flow can compound the SharePoint ROI for organizations.”

The article explains, “Smartlogic, one of the world’s leading search and content processing semantic technology vendors, is underwriting, a news service that covers news and information about SharePoint content processing, semantic technology for Microsoft SharePoint, indexing, taxonomies, ontologies, metatagging and related content technologies.” Read more