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Government opens data to public-BBC News 21 October 2009
'A public body has a duty to publish unless there is a significant reason not to', says Professor Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southhampton, in this BBC article on an ambitious new website that will open up government data to the public.
The Web of Services: Machine-Accessible Services-16 October 2009
Several of the projects from the Project portfolio 'Technologies for Information Management' have been mentioned in this ReadWriteWeb article.
- A first NoTube outcome: Linked Music Explorer
Linked Music Explorer is a simple service that allows you to discover interesting relationships between bands. Similar bands by genre similarity or other kind of affinities are provided. Linked Music Explorer is a first prototype release of a front-end application that will be based on the technology developed within the NoTube project.
- New Videos from intelligentcontent: SALERO - Program Editor and SALERO - Turing Machine - 6 October 2009
Here technology for the automatic generation of audiovisual programmes is presented. Using SALERO technology, it is possible to assemble different clips, virtual characters, animations, cameras, lighting and audio along a time-line, and procedurally generate multiformat vidoes, according to externally input data. This allows the same template scene to be used for several presentations e.g. different weather forecasts or, in the case of one of SALERO's experimental productions, a virtual Video Jockey introducing different music videos.
LarKC meets the largest: LarKC Dissemination in China 2009
A nice short report of a series of 18 lectures on LarKC delivered in several different Chinese universities. Also noteworthy is that some time in October the LarKC Chinese partners will open a LarKC forum in Chinese. This means that LarKC documentation will be collaboratively translated and published in Chinese and there will be a Chinese language discussion forum for LarKC related developments.
Statistics on Data sets - 18 September 2009
A figure worth noting is the total number of RDF triplets present on the web today. Statistics on Data sets show that we are now close to 8 billion RDF triples, up from 4.5 billion in April 2009 (a 70 % increase in less than 6 months).
Semantic Video at Google - 15 September 2009 and Supporting Facebook Share and RDFa for video - 14 September 2009
In a nutshell: Google is inviting people to use semantic web standards to annotate video they publish on the web, and it is using the same vocabulary as Yahoo.
- BBC News: Smart tech reconnects Colombians - 9 September 2009
'Semantic web technology' is being used to reconnect Colombians displaced in the country's civil conflict.
Oracle delivers native support for Thomson Reuters' OpenCalais service - 1 September 2009
"This interoperability lets users quickly process documents in different formats (such as Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF), to extract semantic metadata that can be used for more semantically complete searches in Oracle11g." - Quote by Xavier Lopez, Oracle's Director for Spatial and Semantic Technologies in Thomson Reuters' press release.
BestBuy.com starts publishing full catalog as RDF/XML using GoodRelations - 27 million triples - 31 August 2009
BestBuy.com is a large US store chain of electronic goods (computers, home entertainment, CDs, DVDs, ...). They also have a web catalogue listing approximately 450.000 items. Each such item X is described by dozens of little facts like: X is 5 cm long; X is 12 cm tall; X wighs 300 g; X costs 10$. BestBuy has just published his entire catalogue using the semantic web standard RDF, additionally using a system of concepts (an ontology) developed by a developer in Munich, Germany (this ontology is called GoodRelations). GoodRelations, in turn, is also used by the search engine Yahoo. This means that when you search Yahoo looking for an item that BestBuy has in store, Yahoo will tell you exactly where you can buy that item (the BestBuy store closest to you). This is a good example of what the semantic web is all about.
- The work on GoodRelations ontology was co-funded by SUPER and well acknowledged. But there is more: The Ping the Semantic Web statistics show that there are perhaps 3.5M web published entities that are defined according to this ontology. This ontology is growing quickly - compare it with the Friend of a Friend (FOAF) ontology - and could well become the number one web ontology in the not too distant future.
- A Crystallizing Vision
- 3000 people watch GoodRelations webcast- 23 September 2009
Tim Berners-Lee and the web at 20 - 10 July 2009
Tim Berners-Lee holds a speech and answers questions about the World Wide Web, going from the past, present and potential developments for the future. One of the lines of the development he foresees also concerned TV, which will have to adapt, as the concept of channels doesn't make sense anymore, giving the alternatives that the Internet provides. Also, he approached subjects concerning policing, censorship and online privacy, all available in the 20 minute video on the BBC website. Some highlights at:
- 4:00 Tim Berners-Lee's involvement with the UK government
- 5:40 Getting identifiers
- 14:50 Getting TV recommendations
- Explore the EuroStat data set! RDFizing and Interlinking the EuroStat Data Set Effort - riese - July 2009
Joanneum Research in Graz is working on publishing 3 billion facts from the 2008 Eurostat dataset in semantic web format.
- Semantic web in chemistry google talk: Whats eating Scientific Data? 21st Century Approaches to Discovering (Chemical) Data - 17 June 2009
The presentation made at Google targets the evolution of the Internet from a web of documents and unstructured information towards a web of data. It presents, in particular, the way in which researchers in Chemistry use semantic web technologies to exchange scientific information. In the video it is also explained how ontologies can be used for indexing, faceted search and retrieval of chemical information.
X-Media consortium members contribute to K-Now spin out company - 9 June 2009
X-Media's research team from the University of Sheffield joined in for the launch of K-Now, a spin out company that looks to commercialise patent work and technology created from within the academic sphere. K-Now makes it possible for organisations to internally share and reuse available data and knowledge. Their technologies have a semantic approach, using Semantic Web, Natural Language Processing, scalable data stores and Web 2.0 technology.
Semantic Desktop Project Explained at 'webinale' web 2.0 Conference in Berlin (including video interview with Leo Sauermann) - 29 May 2009
gnowsis.com is working on the development of a new semantic desktop product, based on the results of the FP6 project NEPOMUK, EPOS project and the gnowsis project. The main use of the company's product should be that of organizing e-mails, files, and web-pages in one semantic network, as Leo Sauermann also explained at the 'webinale' 2.0 conference in Berlin.
Google Announces Support for Microformats and RDFa - 12 May 2009
Google makes small but definite steps towards introducing Semantic technology in its search engine. Recently, it just added a feature called Rich Snippets, which provides users with a convenient summary of a search result in an instant. The article in O'Reilly Radar also notices Google's work and experimenting with microformats and RDFa, which allows more sites to participate. SearchMonkey is one of Google's older results that also supports RDFa and Microformats.
The Rise of the Answerbots - 4 May 2009
Large Knowledge Collider (LarKC) is an FP7 European funded project that h+ found to be an ambitious initiative using Semantic Web technology for breaking the barriers of current reasoning possibilities in the field. The project aims at creating software which is capable of reasoning based on the information in its data base. This means going from normal information search to obtaining relevant results after typing in questions instead of search terms. See further the LarKC Project Synopsis.
A Perfect Personal Data Collection Application - Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID), the smart chips integrated in products to send radio signals - 7 April 2009
With the high number of online tools used for collecting user personal information, a huge amount of data is being gathered. The blog post underlines that, in this case, a tool which handles and processes all the information would be highly necessary. The undergone process should be handy at any moments and require the least amount of effort from the user, including a semantic dimension which takes account of history and previous tendencies for finding patterns.
Google Gets Slightly Semantic Upgrade - 24 March 2009
Google is developing a technology that can better understand associations and relations between terms in order to improve the results of their searches. They call it related search; we see the semantic side of it. They also give examples, such as the fact that the result for 'principle of physics' will suggest connections like 'angular momentum', 'special relativity', 'big bang' and 'quantum mechanic', as related terms. The Google engine now offers results in a higher number of languages and refinements for longer queries.
LOD Triplification Challenge 2009 - 21 March 2009
The Triplification challenge aims to raise awareness and showcase best practices on existing structured semantic representations on the Web, which are already backing most of the existing Web sites. The challenge is open to anyone interested in applying Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies, from students and up to developers, researchers, and people from industry. Members of the I-Semantics Programme Committee and invited experts from the Linked Data community will review all valid entries (submitted no later than the 30 May 2009).
Semantic Web for Dummies - 20 March 2009
From the list of manuals written in simple terms, 'for dummies', semantic web also received an edition. This book is supposed to explain in easily understandable terms the effects, benefits, architectures and strategies of semantic web, as well to bring information concerning the languages behind it all. The aim of Semantic Web For Dummies is that of helping readers define, develop, implement and use Web 3.0. It is a good sign that the Semantic web is going mainstream ...
Obama's Groundbreaking Use of the Semantic Web - 19 March 2009
Obama's administration has a technology savvy approach on transparency, as the government's website will make use of Semantic Web, RDF, LinkedData, SPAROL, RDFa, SIOC, ATOM, RESTful, APIs, JSON, Widgets, Wikis, XForms and P2P Networks. George Thomas, from the US government website recovery.gov, discussed at the Transparency Camp about how these technologies should help the citizens keep track of the money flow and on what exactly they are being spent on.
SALERObrings out YouTube Turing Machine Opera trailer - 11 March 2009
The Turing Machine Opera is a SALERO creation that gathers new electronic music and sampling of both old and new material. The creation is inspired by the life of Alan Turing, a code-breaker who is often thought to have set the base for modern computer science.
10 March 2009-SALERO explains in a YouTube video how the Turing Enigma artificial character works
SALERO launched a website that allows interaction through a chat box between the user and Alan Turing's spirit, impersonated by a 3D animation. The user can engage in a conversation with Alan Turing's virtual character by inputting questions. He will immediately receive an answer from the artificial character based on some key words. At the same time, the Turing Enigma generates 3D animated objects and sounds to provide a multi-level interaction.
The next web of open, linked data - Filmed February, posted March 2009
Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of World Wide Web presented his new project for the future and his vision over the potential of the internet. He wants the unlocking of linked raw data which does not necessarily has to be made available through a website. He grants a great importance to data in our lives, which supports his call for sharing it in a primary form, through URLs pointing to its location.
Tom Ilube Explains the Semantic Web at Davos-4 March 2009
Tom Ilube, the CEO of Garlik, explains on the occasion of the Davos economic forum the importance of semantic web, also giving some precise facts. Semantic Web is all about 'moving from a web of documents, to a web of data', he says. There are today 23 billion RDF triples published on the web and 50 times more RDF triples on the web compared to one year ago. Moreover, he observes that at the current rate of growth, there will be one trillion RDF triples in one year's time.
- Excellent point on the Personal sphere: The Tech Lab: Bruce Schneier - 26 February 2009
The CNN article sees the polluting side of data which is saved randomly, without a pattern which makes it possible to be easily reused and handled later on. Data collection is possible through phone calls, e-mail messages, credit card use, internet access, RFID chips, trackable devices. Since computer memory gets cheaper, it is more affordable to store large amounts of data. Through the use of technology in every day life, people leave behind a trail of data concerning themselves and their lifestyle. The CNN article finally raises the issue of privacy in this context and balances the advantages and disadvantages of having personal data collected and stored for later use, also asking for a proactive approach on the matter.
Yahoo adds support for RDF - 12 February 2009
Yahoo! Search BOSS added access to structured data acquired through SearchMonkey. They started returning data found in SearchFeeds, while also respecting the potential requests coming from the owner for not being included in the data sharing process which has started taking place through BOSS. Yahooâ??s SearchMonkey only acquires structured data using certain micro formats or RDF vocabularies, which can be found in Yahoo's Search Monkey Guide.
Yahoo Research names key scientific challenges - January 2009
Yahoo Research opened a call for research proposals on their Key Scientific Challenges Program. Applications were supposed to be submitted under one of the challenges listed online. The topics were: community infrastructure and data management, computational advertising, economics and social systems, machine learning and search technologies. Yahoo Research will publish the list of winning applications by early April.
Semantic MediaWiki in Popular Media - 27 November 2008
The German computer magazine iX mentioned Semantic MediaWiki in an article at the end of 2008 in a separate space, thus putting emphasis on the technology. This feels like a step forward for Semantic Web, as it goes outside the academia and involved industry and into the popular media, closer to the users.
Semantic Technology's place in the enterprise; key, but low-key ?- 29 September 2008
Paul Miller details on the European Semantic Technology Conference - ESTC2008, which gathered over 200 researchers, advocates, implementers and practitioners of Semantic Technology. Among the invited members, there was also present Doctor Marta Nagy-Rothengass, from DG INFSO, European Commission, who talked about the importance of the Commission’s ongoing investment in research projects, in order to ensure European competitiveness.
Calais Semantic Web Service Adds Professional Version- 24 September 2008
Calais, the Semantic Web service, just announced a new commercial version. Among the Calais users, there are also many companies and smaller web startups, many of them dealing with health records, financial data, or other sensitive information that have to be dealt with locally instead of having them processed over the internet. The professional version of Calais offers now up to 100,000 transactions per day (20 per second), although most users asking for the professional version didn’t need more volume, but only wanted to make sure that the service would continue to be available in the future as well.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee explains: What is the future of the internet?- 9 July 2008
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the pioneer of the Internet, discusses on BBC radio about the evolution of Internet and about the role that the Semantic Web will play in it. He underlines that the data which is out there is not in a form that we can fully process it for later use. He also talks about websites that have a lot of data and who should make it available by linking it in a way that turns retrieval and use of information much easier. Sir Tim Berners-Lee approaches towards the end of the interview the subject of private areas and that of misuse of personal data.
The Petabyte Age: Because More Isn't Just More — More Is Different- 23 June 2008
The WIRED magazine published a story that gives some compelling examples on the ever increasing capabilities of data storage. This is also given by the fact that there are now many more sources generating information and that at a faster rate.
Digging RDFa - 14 April 2008
The blog post points out the fact that RDFa becomes important for many websites. This can be especially seen on the social news site Digg, where there are five triples of information for some stories, which leaves room for the development of some useful applications.
13.1 billion triples- 2 April 2008
The number of RDF triples, which is the basic unit of formal knowledge representation that are available on the web, has increased by 4000% in two years. In 2006 it was levelled at 400M, while in 2008 it reached more than 13 billion triples available for musical matters alone, which sums up to 16B RDF triples in total and a huge increase, overall.
eBay Looks to the Semantic Web- 2 April 2008
eBay chose to rely on semantic web for better documenting its systems as part of a grid computing initiative in its data center. The technology should help them describe the relations between operating systems, databases, servers and storage systems. As a result, they should better manage, troubleshoot and scale the systems that they use.
National Semantic Web Ontology Project in Finland- April 2008
FinnONTO is a Finnish project that is working on setting a foundation for a national metadata, ontology, and ontology service framework in Finland. An overview of this national level project and its results is presented in the invited paper of the First International Conference on Semantic Computing (IEEE ICSC 2007). The project took place between 2003 and 2007, but a continuation of it, called Semantic Web 2.0 (FinnONTO 2.0), started in the beginning of 2008.
A visit to DERI - World's Premier Semantic Web Research Institute- 26 March 2008
This is a description of DERI Galway's activities written by a prominent US venture capitalist who is very active in the field of semantic web startups. DERI is part of the National University of Ireland, Galaway and has over 100 reserachers involved in Semantic Web projects. Among them, there is also mentioned the FP6 EU founded project Nepomuk.
Tim Berners Lee, Yahoo and Reuters look into Semantic Web and the doors that it opens - 13 March 2008
Tim Berners Lee points out at the next generation of web technology and at the losses that big companies, such as Google might have to face if they choose to ignore current evolution. Yahoo is one of the search engines that first jumped in at the advantage that it might gain compared to its competitors through the use of semantic web standards. Finally, Reuters explains in an article how businesses interpreting the huge amount of information flow present on the internet can increase their profit by speeding the process through the use of semantics.
Ontoprise video shows how to use semantics on wikis - March 2008
Ontoprise has developed for a US-funded project called Halo an extension to wikis that makes it possible to add semantic annotation to the information that the user enters. These annotations can be then used to answer very specific questions in the search process, better adjusting the results to the inquiries of the user.
The Semantic Web in Action- March 2008
The December 2007 issue of the Scientific American contained an article titled 'The Semantic Web in Action' that goes into practical examples of issues that can be solved through Semantic Web technologies, particularly in health care and life sciences. It also gives an overview of the Semantic Web applications that are currently being used and the companies that are involved in research, prototyping or development in this field.
Emotion-Recognition Software Knows What Makes You Smile - 16 July 2007
This Wired magazine piece is describing work on real-time emotion analysis carried out under the FP6 Project MUSCLE Network of Excellence.
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