Posts Tagged ‘Twine’

Common Crawl Founder Gil Elbaz Speaks About New Relationship With Amazon, Semantic Web Projects Using Its Corpus, And Why Open Web Crawls Matter To Developing Big Data Expertise

The Common Crawl Foundation’s repository of openly and freely accessible web crawl data is about to go live as a Public Data Set on Amazon Web Services.  The non-profit Common Crawl is the vision of Gil Elbaz, who founded Applied Semantics and the AdSense technology for which Google acquired it , as well as the Factual open data aggregation platform, and it counts Nova Spivack  — who’s been behind semantic services from Twine to Bottlenose – among its board of directors.

Elbaz’ goal in developing the repository: “You can’t access, let alone download, the Google or the Bing crawl data. So certainly we’re differentiated in being very open and transparent about what we’re crawling and actually making it available to developers,” he says.

“You might ask why is it going to be revolutionary to allow many more engineers and researchers and developers and students access to this data, whereas historically you have to work for one of the big search engines…. The question is, the world has the largest-ever corpus of knowledge out there on the web, and is there more that one can do with it than Google and Microsoft and a handful of other search engines are already doing? And the answer is unquestionably yes. ”

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The Semantic Link with Guest, Nova Spivack – January 2012

Paul Miller, Bernadette Hyland, Ivan Herman, Eric Hoffer, Andraz Tori, Peter Brown, Christine Connors, Eric Franzon

On Friday, January 13, a group of Semantic thought leaders from around the globe met with their host and colleague, Paul Miller, for the latest installment of the Semantic Link, a monthly podcast covering the world of Semantic Technologies. This episode includes a discussion about user interface and user experience (UI/UX) design, and “the Linkers” were joined by special guest, Nova Spivack.
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Nova Spivack joins the Semantic Link to discuss the user’s experience of semantic technologies

…and we want to hear from you.

Photos of our regular panelists.

After December’s episode of the Semantic Link, we asked for your thoughts on both the topics we should cover, and the ways in which you would like to interact with the podcast. You spoke, very clearly asking for an opportunity to pose questions for the team to answer during recordings. This is that opportunity.

Photo of Nova SpivackJanuary’s episode of the show will be recorded this Friday, 13 January, and we’re joined by a guest with much to contribute. I’m sure he needs no introduction for most of you. Nova Spivack was behind semantic technology startup Twine, and has subsequently turned his hand to supporting a range of semantically relevant offerings such as Bottlenose (our coverage) and StreamGlider (our coverage).

Drawing upon some of Nova’s experiences, and digging further into questions that we have touched upon before, we’re going to take a look at the following topic this month:

Is it important to hide semantic smarts behind a simple user experience/interface? If not, why not? If so, how are we beginning to see that manifested?

Siri‘s obviously one example that we’ve discussed before, but there have been other examples recently that also attempt to hide significant power behind UI simplicity. Read more

Day of the Dolphin: Swim In the Personalized Social Stream With Bottlenose

It’s the Day of the Dolphin. Bottlenose (previously known as, which we initially covered here, moves out of stealth and into private beta mode. The service lassoes your Twitter, Facebook and Yammer streams, and drives real-time understanding and surfacing of personally relevant content so that you don’t have to read everything (not that you ever could!). It debuts with a new architecture for leveraging “crowd computing” for enabling scale and for creating more and more “semantic stream” smarts around the flood of information on social networks.

Nova Spivack and co-founder and CTO Dominiek ter Heide (formerly CTO of Cerego Japan who has long been tackling the issue of distilling interest profiles behind social streams) are the minds behind the service. Spivack has essentially referred to Bottlenose as everything, and more, that Twitter Annotations never was.

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Shedding Light on Lawsuits Against Tech Entrepreneurs

Nova Spivack recently wrote an article describing a lawsuit waged against him by a shareholder in his former company, Radar Networks, the company behind Twine. Such lawsuits are commonplace amongst entrepreneurs, and Spivack offers advice to others in the same predicament. Spivack writes, “In a nutshell, this one shareholder, out of many that we had, has filed a lawsuit against many of the other shareholders, directors and our acquirer, to try to forcefully regain part of their investment. This kind of lawsuit is unfortunately not that uncommon when companies are sold, or shut down; It’s just not talked about that much.” Read more

iPad App is Evri’s Next Stake in the Mobile Arena

Semantic discovery engine Evri continues is about to put another stake in the mobile arena. It began its major push into the mobile space last year, focusing particularly on connecting consumers to vertical topic content such as tech news, baseball, football and celebrity gossip on the iPhone and Android platforms. The next big launch? Evri for the iPad.

By month’s end Evri expects to have available a private beta version, primarily for journalists and bloggers to try, with an App Store entry to follow shortly thereafter. It will be a content discovery app that, like its web site, finds trending and popular news stories on the web, distills that into topical content streams that users can browse through, and also follow favorite streams based on personalized interests.

“We’ll proactively push all new content we find around the topics you are interested in to your iPad,” says CEO Will Hunsinger. “Much like our current platform we are able to understand each individual piece of content and structured data associated with it and make recommendations of additional content, topics, news streams, or people, places and things you might be interested in based on the entities you extract in the context of articles. We become the discovery and recommendation engine in this format.”

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Spivack’s Built To Match Scale of Exploding Message Stream

The Twitter stream, says Nova Spivack, will be a victim of its own success unless we come up with new ways to filter and make sense of it. So that’s what he’s doing with his latest venture, (which you’ve probably heard about in that very stream over the last few days). is diving in where Twitter Annotations ultimately didn’t tread. Named for our smart mammalian cousin with its extraordinary sonar system, is setting out to help the more-power Twitter users (other social networks, like Facebook, will be wrangled too) navigate the exploding stream in real time.

“There are 150 million messages a day now,” says Spivack, whose other ventures include Klout, LiveMatrix and of course, Twine. And he’s confident that the growth experienced so far, some three times as many Twitter messages as last year, is going to be exponential, not linear. “Next year there will be more than 3 times – four times or four, five, or six times as many messages,” he predicts, with not just people but apps automatically tweeting too.

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Gnoss Pairs Up Open Data, Corporate Social Networking In Collaborative Platform

The Semantic Web knows no boundaries. Neither, it appears, does social software platform Gnoss, which enables linkable and customizable social networks that users can manage via a federated identity as a defining feature of its semantic web-based solution for knowledge management, collaborative work and informal learning. An objective of the recently launched Gnoss is to connect people based on their interests, so its identity architecture lets users personalize their profiles in every space where they interact.

The social software platform in November hooked up its data with Freebase and, the company says, was the first Spanish web company to link its data with the Linked Open Data Cloud. More remarkable, though, says founder and CEO Ricardo Alonso Maturana is the fact that Gnoss “is the first corporate social networking solution that operates on open data.”

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Enterprise 3.0: Semweb Commercialization Options

Back when I was an industry analyst (VP, E-Business Strategies at the META Group, since acquired by Gartner), I often had to critique emerging markets.  Unlike venture capitalists, industry analysts are privy to product roadmaps from publicly-traded companies, including the industry giants (Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, IBM).  And unlike i-bankers, they are privy to product roadmaps from start-ups.  And as a kicker, some analysts (actually, only those with the largest firms; back then, primarily limited to those analysts with Gartner, Forrester, META and Giga) get a lot of great feedback from CIOs and other end users.

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