Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Bring On The Apps For New Cognitive Computing Cloud Platform

CogScalelogoOctober saw the debut of Cognitive Scale’s cognitive cloud platform, which provides sourcing, analyzing and interpreting data of all sorts and context signals on any public cloud infrastructure. The details of the platform for pulling insights out of massive amounts of multi-structured data are covered in a story you can read at our sister site Here, The Semantic Web Blog relays some more information about usage scenarios around its services, according to Matt Sanchez, the company’s founder, chief technology officer, and vice president of products.

The platform includes at its top layer vertical applications, and healthcare is a main focus. Guided care applications have a spot here. The role of care managers becomes more important in the changing world of healthcare costs and reimbursements, where patient engagement – especially of the chronically ill – can keep a pediatric asthma patient, for example, from showing up in the ER room, which translates to a high-cost visit. Today, “provider organizations are more incented to be proactive in care,” says Sanchez, which means asking and analyzing who is at risk right now and what can be done to prevent a negative outcome like that.

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Semantic Technology Jobs: IBM


IBM is looking for a Big Data Developer to travel up to 100% of the time. According to the post, “The Big Data Developer will work with the Big Data Development Lead on the build out and execution of the given technical or scientific use case using IBM’s big data platform and appropriate programming techniques. This role is a resource with demonstrated technical design and development expertise with experience in the Big Data space. This person should have hands on development experience in some of the technologies including – Hadoop, HBase, Hive, Pig, Jaql, Lucene, Avro, Zookeeper, R and UIMA technologies. This person has demonstrated skills in Java, C++, Python, Unix script development, modeling NoSql data stores and has a demonstrated understanding of working with MapR or map reduced type programming.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: IBM


IBM is looking for a BAO Unstructured Data/Text Analytics Consultant anywhere in the country. According to the post, “The Business Analytics & Optimization (BAO) Unstructured Data/Text Analytics Consultant is accountable/responsible for the successful delivery of cutting-edge semantic solutions, using Natural Language Processing (NLP), Ontology modeling and Triple Stores for data storage. Experience with fundamental JEE concepts and design patterns are required. The ideal candidate has experience as an IT Specialist, leading large and complex J2EE solutions following proven frameworks (such as SOA or UIMA, etc). This individual provides hands-on thought leadership and helps interpret complex client requirements into working solutions. The candidate can help formulate methodologies from prior experience in a field where very little method exists.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Microsoft


Microsoft is looking for a Solutions Architect – Data Insights to work anywhere in the US and travel at least 50% of the time. According to the post, this position: “Designs and assembles robust and scalable Data Insights solutions (BigData/Business Analytics/Business Intelligence). Creates and leads architecture design, evaluate and assess technologies, define approach for engineering of productized solution accelerators, and enable industrialized delivery. Leads the creation of proof-of-concept pilots and the development of prototypes to prove solutions, technologies and business process interactions.  Drives the design of user interaction models, workflows and user interfaces, if applicable. Explores and develops new solutions in collaboration with research and product groups to support new analytics initiatives.” Read more

Nara Applies Its Neural Networking Tech To Personalize Hotel Recommendations

Nara, the service that to date has leveraged its neural networking technology to automate, personalize and curate web dining experiences for users, is making good on its previously-stated intentions to help users find and take action across various consumer lifestyle categories. (See our original story on the company here.)

The company today is adding personalized hotel recommendations to its portfolio. Consumers now will be able to find hotels conforming to their’ “Digital DNA” – the sum of what its technology learns of what they do and don’t like – in 50 high-volume cities in the U.S. and Canada. It’s entered into a non-exclusive partnership with Expedia to take care of booking on the back-end and TripAdvisor for its reviews, with both capabilities available to users without their having to leave the Nara site. The company expects to add additional locations in North America in the future, as it did for its restaurant recommendations.

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Hotels Can Leverage Guest Survey Sentiment To Boost Their Appeal

Is it time to disrupt the hospitality survey services industry? TrustYou thinks so. Today it’s launching its ReviewAnalyst Survey, a free guest satisfaction tool that hotels and hotel chains can use to integrate information from visitor surveys with information in social media reviews, and potentially bolster their reputation among consumers as a result.

TrustYou already monitors social sentiment across the web in online reviews, posts, and comments for the hotel, travel, and restaurant sectors.“Our key advantage is that we are the only ones in the space, I think, who tackled the key fundamentals of how can we scale this in as many languages as we want to,” says CEO Ben Jost. “That’s very interesting for the hospitality industry, because it’s very international. We currently have 12 languages and today, if we have enough content, we can add a new language each day if we want to.

And we can learn the key concepts for a new vertical every three to four weeks.”

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The Semantic Web and Your Next Vacation

A new article discusses how semantic technologies can and are changing the face of the online travel industry. The article states, “Shopping the experience means using customer benefits, words, and concepts to wrap the travel product in advance – to anticipate customer needs. It means creating an entry point or sidebar to create anticipation, set expectations, convey satisfaction cues and engage before the buying process. We have new tools and techniques with semantics and the semantic web. This is where customer benefits and concepts can be delivered with marketing (selling), and technology (presentation) in a new and cost efficient way.” Read more

Vacation Season Is Sentiment Season For Hospitality Industry

August is get-away month, so the hospitality industry should start gearing up for what happens when all those travelers get back home….and start to record their impressions of the properties at which they stayed across the social media landscape.

Last week saw the integration of Lexalytics’ sentiment analytics engine into Revinate’s software-as-a-service social media reviews-tracking solution for the hotel industry. In the fairly recent past, Aptech Computer Systems signed on to use Clarabridge’s sentiment and text analytics software for its Execuvue Business Intelligence software for hotel operators. And many other names in the social analytics space, from Attensity to SAS, also see the hospitality sector as a key segment when it comes to mining customer sentiment. At this spring’s Sentiment Analytics symposium, Lexalytics CEO Jeff Catlin called “travel and tourism a natural spot to use it. There’s a lot of data feeding back all the time that helps them make money,” he said. “You can learn things when you’re scoring tones on certain attributes.”

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Semantic Web Jobs: University of Iowa Libraries

The University of Iowa Libraries is looking for a Web Application Developer in Iowa City: “The Web Application Developer provides application development and support for central library systems, including some commercial and several locally developed solutions. The incumbent will provide programming support to develop web 2.0 semantic Web and other emerging Web technologies and assist with integrating them into software systems. The position is in the Applications and Web Services Unit of the Library Information Technology Department and reports to the Unit Head.” Read more

What Talis is Doing for Travel

Talis recently shared some insight into what its working on with regard to travel: “Imagine you’ve just arrived in an unfamiliar place, perhaps on a business trip (or recently beamed down from the Starship Enterprise). One of the first things you’ll probably want to do is find out what things are nearby. Google Maps provides a great “search nearby” function (try entering just a * to get everything), but this is geared more towards businesses, and the data isn’t exactly open, making it hard to reuse in other applications. We wanted to try something similar, using the growing range of liberally-licensed Linked Data sets with a geographic component.” Read more