Posts Tagged ‘tool’

Big Data is a Tool: Use It Prudently


Michael C. Daconta of GCN recently wrote, “Recent articles about Pandora’s and Netflix’s use of big data illustrate why government IT managers should not just focus on data management, data collection and even big data processing. They need to shift the focus from the data producer to the data consumer… In both these cases, we see big data is the stepping stone for consumer-centric information production. The Netflix micro-genres are not the trove of big data on movie viewing, or the movie data itself. Instead, it is useful information mined from that data. Likewise, the data containing Pandora users’ demographics and preferences create a way for advertisers to target buyers.” Read more

Beyond the Like Button: Deeper Consumer Insight with MySmark

Have you ever glared at an ad on Facebook and wondered where they put the “Dislike” button? I’d imagine this is a pretty universal experience for social media users, but thus far Facebook hasn’t stepped up to address this void. Perhaps they’d rather not hear about our distaste, but many companies who use the Like button and similar sentiment measuring tools would like more comprehensive feedback. Companies that rely on relatively small levels of feedback to gauge their performance can’t get the information that they need from a few likes. Do they have a segment of customers who enjoy what they offer but aren’t inclined to hit “Like”? Or more importantly, do they have dissatisfied customers with no easy way to express their distaste?

MySmark has stepped up with a new option for small companies and big businesses alike: a website plugin that lets customers give feedback in the form of “smarks,” or smart marks. Alessandro Oltramari, a Scientific Consultant for B-Sm@rk Ltd laid out the benefits and challenges of the tool in his recent talk at SemTechBiz SF. Read more

Best Buy Releases ‘Like for Like’ Metis API

Best Buy has now released its previously announced “Like for Like” Metis API: “BBY Open and the Metis project team are excited to announce the release of our semantically-driven ‘Like for Like’ endpoint, available now for public consumption. Like for like functionality is defined as: “for any given game, software, or hardgood SKU, display the products most like it, ordered by the number of product attributes that match’.” Read more

Introducing dipLODocus[rdf]

The University of Fribourg’s Department of Informatics has created a semantic web tool called dipLODocus[RDF]. According to the project website, “dipLODocus[RDF] is a new system for RDF data processing supporting both simple transactional queries and complex analytics efficiently. dipLODocus[RDF] is based on a novel hybrid storage model considering RDF data both from a graph perspective (by storing RDF subgraphs or RDF molecules) and from a “vertical” analytics perspective (by storing compact lists of literal values for a given attribute).” Read more

AKSW Announces Beta Release of RDFaCE-Lite

AKSW recently announced the beta release of RDFaCE-Lite: “RDFaCE-Lite is simplified version of RDFaCE (RDFa Content Editor) and is published as a WordPress plugin. RDFaCE-Lite extends the TinyMCE rich text editor to facilitate the authoring of semantic documents… A demo version of RDFaCE-Lite is available at To watch a brief screencast of RDFaCE-Lite features, visit here. ” Read more

PureDiscovery Introduces Focus, Semantic Search Visualization

PureDiscovery has announced a new version of PureDiscovery Legal Suite which includes ‘Focus,’ a semantic search visualization tool. According to the article, “The release includes significant changes to the products workflow through a more intuitive user interface and the addition of several compelling product features suggested by the rapidly growing PureDiscovery user community. The most frequently suggested and significant upgrade to PDLS is the addition of a visual search capability the company calls ‘Focus’.” Read more

Pearson Creates Semantic Reading Metric to Help Students Succeed

Pearson has created a semantically powered tool to help students assess their reading abilities. The article explains that the Pearson Reading Maturity Metric is “a new and more accurate measure of the reading difficulty of texts. Developed by scientists at Pearson’s Knowledge Technologies group, the new computer-based technology measures how close an individual student’s reading abilities are to what they will need to succeed in college and careers.” Read more

TSO Releases the Flint SPARQL Editor

A new article reports that “TSO, the company behind publishing solutions for the UK public sector, has announced the release into the developer community of what is believed to be the most feature-rich web-based SPARQL editor available, the Flint SPARQL Editor. SPARQL itself is a query language and a protocol for accessing RDF designed by the W3C RDF Data Access Working Group. Unlike many existing web-based SPARQL query-building tools, which lack abilities such as context dependent autocompletion or syntax checking, Flint encompasses many of the features developers would expect of traditional development environments and code parsers, through its web implementation.” Read more

Microdata Made Simple with Raven’s Schema Creator

Raven has released a new tool for easily creating HTML with microdata – the Schema Creator. According to Raven, “Structured data is a way for search engine machines to make sense of content in your HTML. Google and other search engines created a structured data standard called If you’re like most web designers or SEOs, you might find a little difficult to grasp at first. That’s why we created Schema Creator—to help you quickly build and get started with microdata. We’ve included some of the most popular schemas for you to create. After you create a schema, you can copy and paste the code to your site or add additional item properties to it.” Read more Shares the Product Types Ontology

Developers can find excellent resources at, home of The Product Types Ontology: High-precision identifiers for product types based on
Wikipedia. According to, “GoodRelations is a standardized vocabulary (also known as ‘schema,’ ‘data dictionary,’ or ‘ontology’) for product, price, and company data that can (1) be embedded into existing static and dynamic Web pages and that (2) can be processed by other computers. This increases the visibility of your products and services in the latest generation of search engines, recommender systems, and other novel applications.” and have recently joined the ranks of big retailers using GoodRelations and RDFa. Read more