Posts Tagged ‘UK’

UK Tech Consortium Develops HyperCat for the Internet of Things

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M2M World News reports, “A consortium of more than 40 UK-based technology companies funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Technology Strategy Board, has delivered on the first phase of its initiative to accelerate the widespread move to the Internet of Things (IoT). HyperCat is a new open IoT specification that allows machines to work together over the Internet and for applications to discover and make sense of data automatically without human intervention. In just 12 months and with £6.4 million funding from the Technology Strategy Board, development teams from major companies including ARM, BT and IBM have worked alongside UK start-ups and UK University Departments to break down vertical data silos and find a foundation for connected products and applications to interoperate.” Read more

Linking Parliamentary Big Data for Political Research

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Dan Jellinek of UK Authority recently wrote, “A two-year project using ‘big data’ computing techniques to link records of Parliamentary debates with other social data could be ‘transformative’ for political research, the UK academic leading the project has said. ‘Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data’ is one of 14 international projects to win a share of a £3m Digging into Data Award, an international competition to develop new ways of handling ‘big data’ in humanities and social science research. It will develop semantic search tools to analyse databases of political debates in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands from 1800 to the present, enhancing the study of issues such as the history of left-right ideological polarisation in powerful ways, according to its leaders.” Read more

Vertical Search Works Expands Business, Opens London Office

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vertical Search Works (VSW), a top semantic search technology platform, today announced its expansion into the European marketplace with the opening of its London office supported by a dynamic team that will help give publishers and advertisers access to new and innovative solutions to reach consumers in more meaningful ways. The company will now be able to better offer its proprietary products in search, video and mobile technology to regional customers – delivering valuable and relevant online and mobile experiences for consumers, and new monetization opportunities for content creators and advertisers. Read more

CFP EXTENDED for both European and NYC Semantic Technology & Business Conferences

Your Face Here?This fall, we will offer two events in the popular Semantic Technology & Business Conference series (#SemTechBiz).

Eric Franzon, Conference Chair, says, “We have received many excellent proposals for both the European  (Berlin, 18-19 September) and the New York (October 1-3) events. Perhaps due to Summer holidays, we have also received more requests than usual for deadline extensions. As a result, we are re-opening the CFP process and will now accept submissions for both events until end of day, Monday, July 22.”

Sponsorship opportunities and registration options are also available at this time. Details for each event are below.

LOGO: European Semantic Technology & Business Conference - September 18-19, 2013

Berlin

LOGO: New York Semantic Technology & Business Conference, October 1-3, 2013

NYC

We hope to see you at one or both events!

UK-Based Persado Raises $15M to Open US Office

Ken Yeung of The Next Web reports, “Persado, a data-driven marketing service, believes that its ‘Marketing Persuasion Technology’ can help advertisers compose better messaging that it believes will return greater value. Today, it has received $15 million in a round led by Bain Capital Ventures. Along with Bain Capital, Persado has also received funding from TLcom Capital. The company tells us that it will use the service to further its investment in research and development, and increase its staff with the hiring of more engineers, data scientists, and building its sales and marketing teams.” Read more

8 Open Data Business Models from Deloitte UK

Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar recently shared eight business models created by Deloitte UK to promote open data and insight. Howard writes, “When I asked whether the push to free up government data was resulting in economic activity and startup creation, I started to receive emails from people around the United States and Europe. I’ll be publishing more of what I learned in our ongoing series of open data interviews and profiles over the next month, but two responses are worth sharing now. The first response concerned Deloitte’s ongoing research into open data in the United Kingdom, conducted in collaboration with the Open Data Institute.” Read more

Glasgow Wins Grant to Become One of UK’s First Smart Cities

Jane Wakefield of the BBC reports that Glasgow has been awarded a £24 million grant by the British government to make it one of the UK’s first smart cities. She writes, “[Glasgow] will use the money on projects to demonstrate how a city of the future might work. They will include better services for Glaswegians, with real-time information about traffic and apps to check that buses and trains are on time. The council will also create an app for reporting issues such as potholes and missing bin collections. Other services promised by the council include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.” Read more

EasyAsk to Expand into Europe

A new article out of the company reports that “EasyAsk, the natural language technology and solutions leader, [has] announced the opening of EasyAsk’s first European office at Thames Valley Park, Reading, UK. In 2012, EasyAsk grew revenues by 40% and increased its customer base by 22% with new names including The North Face, Anna’s Linens and Cigars International. In addition, EasyAsk teamed up with Global leader SAP. Gartner listed EasyAsk as Cool Vendor for BI and Analytics and cited the company as ‘one of the premier ecommerce search and merchandizing software providers’ in its research: Best Practices in Strategically Combining Search, Content Analytics and E-Commerce.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Pearson

Pearson is looking for an Information Architect in Harlow, England. According to the post, “An opportunity has arisen for an information architect to join the Content and Digital Management team responsible for this very busy and rapidly developing area. Reporting to the Director of Content Architecture, this individual will play a key role in the strategic architecture initiatives currently under way in PI. These include: Developing, documenting and helping to guide the appliance of information architecture standards in all Pearson International businesses, including descriptive metadata, structural metadata, taxonomy and ontology standards. Working on new initiatives that use semantic technologies to increase the findability and reuse of content. Designing and building taxonomies, ontologies, metadata schema and other information architecture products.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Pearson

Pearson is looking for a Content Discovery and Metadata Technical Lead in Harlow, Oxford, England. The post states, “As Technical Lead, you will lead the delivery of services and solutions around content discovery and metadata management. You will bring a delivery focus and expertise, specific to product and platform development. This is a unique opportunity to be involved from the very beginning of the Content-as-a-Service platform giving plenty of opportunity for the right Technical Lead to shape , deliver and evangelize it. You will be responsible for working as part of a larger platform team to deliver a set of common, open, shareable technology capabilities that will enable the discovery, retrieval, and management of content within and across Pearson Operating Companies, as well as within and across a diverse technology applications landscape.” Read more

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