Semantic Search Technology Awarded a Patent

April 20, 2011  
Posted in News, search, semantic, Uncategorized

April 20, 2011 – Expert System has been awarded a patient by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its Cogito® semantic platform. The patient safeguards Cogito, which relies on deep linguistic analysis and semantic disambiguation of text to ensure a complete understanding of a text without the use of statistics or keyword based technologies.

We found this piece of applicable information on Market Wire in their release, “Expert System’s Cogito Semantic Technology Awarded Patent.”

The Cogito software is used to gain insight and intelligence from documents, websites and information streams residing inside or outside the corporate firewall. Using semantic technologies, organizations can quickly understand information in context. 

Traditional search and discovery tools deliver results that must be further refined and analyzed before they are useful. This takes time. Time is money. It is that simple.

Melody K. Smith

The Semantic Web Draws a Crowd

April 19, 2011  
Posted in metadata, News, semantic, Uncategorized

April 19, 2011 – Members of the IPTC will address semantic markup and introduce attendees to rNews at the Semantic Web Meetup scheduled for Thursday, April 21st at the New York Times Building.

Obviously, The New York Times brought this event to our attention in their post, “Semantic Web Meetup: Learn About rNews.” If you are in or near New York City this week, this free event sounds like an interesting way to spending your evening.

The IPTC is a consortium of the world’s major news agencies, news publishers and news industry vendors. It develops and maintains technical standards for improved news exchange that are used by virtually every major news organization in the world. The IPTC’s latest standard is now rNews.

Melody K. Smith

New Acquisition Beefs up Semantic Search

April 19, 2011  
Posted in News, search, semantic, Uncategorized

April 19, 2011 – Intertainment Media Inc. has agreed to buy mobile software and app developer Commobility Inc.

We found this interesting piece of news on Metro News of Ottawa in their article, “Intertainment buys app developer Commobility.”  This acquisition gives Intertainment the ability to design, develop and commercialize applications in the mobile and portable computing arena regardless of service platform.

Commobility develops applications in real time semantic search, location-based mobile video search as well as real-time communication platforms and large-scale mobile messaging and service delivery platforms.

Combining real-time semantic search and mobile applications on portable platforms will be interesting to watch.

Melody K. Smith

Workshop on Automated Reasoning

April 19, 2011  
Posted in News, ontology, semantic, Uncategorized

April 19, 2011 – A workshop on automated reasoning about context and ontology evolution will take place in Barcelona, Spain on July 17-18, 2011.

Cordis News brought this to our attention in their post, “Workshop on automated reasoning about context and ontology evolution, Barcelona, Spain.”  If you need even more reason to visit Barcelona in July, this might be the clincher.

Topics on hand at this workshop will include the difficulty of designing, controlling, and maintaining an ontology – and its different versions. Though versions of automated reasoning have solved a large number of problems in computer science, the different ontologies and sometimes different logic applied create additional challenges.

The event will bring together researchers and practitioners from core areas of artificial intelligence and related disciplines. For more information about the workshop, visit their website.

Melody K. Smith

New Grant Funds Digital Research Center

April 18, 2011  
Posted in News, reference, Uncategorized

April 18, 2011 – Emory University is soon to have a coffeehouse-like environment in which students can work in cross-discipline collaboration and allow researcher access to the library’s vast experts on all things library. This will differ from other digital research centers because of the cross-discipline collaboration potential.

Per The Associated Press’s article, “Emory University in Atlanta gets grant to open digital research center for faculty, students,” Emory University has received a $695,000 grant to create a digital center where students and faculty in the humanities can mix and mingle on research projects. The two-year grant comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

It will be interesting to see the results that come out of this new project and workspace over the following years. We already know the difference environment can make in learning potential.

Melody K. Smith

What Does the Future Hold for Libraries?

April 18, 2011  
Posted in News, Uncategorized

April 18, 2011 – A table of powerhouses recently gathered to discussion a slew of topics, from the impact of cloud computing and open source ILSs (integrated library systems) to issues surrounding user engagement, the digital divide, and declining library budgets.

We found this interesting topic on Library Journal in their article, “The Future of the ILS,” highlighting a recent roundtable discussion in San Diego with top executives in the ILS field and expert librarians.

In response to the question, “What do you think is the single most compelling factor that will have an impact on ILSs and the industry in the future?”, the answers were varied. Some were surprising, some not so much.

According to Carl Grant, Ex Libris Group, “I think it’s clearly the amount of digital content that we’re having to deal with these days in libraries and that, particularly in our customer base, we’re seeing 50 percent of the materials budget now going for digital content. But that brings a whole host of new issues to automation systems and particularly in things like how we are going to preserve this and how we are going to make sure we can handle all the licensing issues and the workflows that are associated with that while maintaining all of our current processes.”

The topic of data overload isn’t a new one, but does deserve continued attention to find resolutions to fit everyone.

An interesting response came from Neil Block, Innovative Interfaces, “We really need to wrap our arms around the enhanced and enriched workflows to engage people and also deliver that data, digital content, to where they live in their digital neighborhood, which is really on their phone, on their device, and tap into mobility, which is super important right now.”

Read the full article for even more highlights from the discussion.

Melody K. Smith

Location Development Tackles Huge Hurdles

April 15, 2011  
Posted in News, semantic, Taxonomy, Uncategorized

April 15, 2011 – Fwix’s founder recently spoke about the challenges the company has faced in location development, and their solutions to those challenges.

O’Reilly Radar brought this topic to our attention in their article, “3 big challenges in location development,” for which the author has interviewed Darian Shirazi, Fwix founder and Where 2.0 speaker.

According to Shirazi, there are three really big challenges in location development. Listed in ascending order of difficulty, the easiest is getting accurate real-time information around locations; the large amount of data makes it difficult to do any real-time crawling. The second problem is building a places taxonomy to match against. Due to the detail variations and aliases, it is challenging to identify specific businesses against a taxonomy.

He lists the most difficult problem as entity extraction – taking a news article and figuring out what locations it mentions or what locations it’s about. This requires a linguistics understanding and semantic technology to understand implied meaning.

It is interesting to read how they approached the challenges and about their solutions. I’ll let you read the entire article yourself.

Melody K. Smith

Web 3.0 Taking Us To New Levels

April 15, 2011  
Posted in News, semantic, Uncategorized

April 14, 2011 – Everyone is trying to define Web 3.0. Is that because there are many definitions – data, semantic, etc.? And therefore, much potential?

We found this interesting topic on Baseline in their article, “Web 3.0 Gives Business Smarter Infrastructure.” Web 3.0 represents the next generation of information infrastructure. The boundaries have been stretched to a never before thought-of level for most systems and applications. Moving into understanding and reasoning, computer capabilities will exceed all current limits.

It is exciting and somewhat alarming (at least if you are a sci-fi fan) when you consider what computers are capable of without human assistance. The automated intelligence decision making skills are not only stellar, they are a huge monetary market for private and government sectors.

Melody K. Smith

More Semantic Technology News

April 15, 2011  
Posted in News, semantic, Uncategorized

April 15, 2011 – LexisNexis has debuted their new semantic search “brain”. The next-generation semantic search technology identifies the meaning of multiple concepts within a single search query to help users zero in on core concepts faster and make fewer revisions to their search queries.

This interesting and very applicable topic was found on Science 2.0 in their article, “LexisNexis Unveils Next Generation of IP Research Technology with New Semantic Search “Brain”. The technology will power LexisNexis TotalPatent™ and LexisNexis PatentOptimizer™.

The semantic search technology enhances its ability to identify multiple concepts contained within a single search query. This evolution of technology is happening more frequently than ever and will most assuredly make the future projects even more exciting.

Melody K. Smith

Access Innovations Announces Integration of Data Harmony® With Microsoft® SharePoint 2010

Content Management and Thesaurus Enrichment Tools Fill Gaps To Allow SharePoint Users to Take Full Advantage of Metadata

April 14, 2011 – Access Innovations, a leader in the data and content management industry, has announced that its Data Harmony suite of content enrichment and thesaurus management tools can now be fully integrated with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Data Harmony fills semantic gaps in SharePoint to help users take full advantage of their metadata through auto-classification, enterprise taxonomy management, entity extraction, and search enhancements. The end result is information assets that are more searchable and more accessible.

“While SharePoint 2010 enables basic importing of an external taxonomy file and some ongoing management, it lacks a truly useful taxonomy management tool. By integrating SharePoint with Data Harmony’s MAIstro™ products, users can easily create and manage a robust taxonomy that offers extensive subject metadata with document contributor access, immediate and accurate term suggestions for efficient tagging, expanded search through semantic associations and collaboration through discovered metadata,” said Margie Hlava, president of Access Innovations.

Hlava added, “By combining SharePoint with Data Harmony, an organization can organize its information more accurately, making it easier to file and share that information, locate and retrieve that information, and collaborate with colleagues. As the information in SharePoint is tagged by adding controlled subject keywords, the content becomes much more valuable to a company and its users. The system is then truly collaborative by allowing reuse of earlier findings, saving staff time – which is money – and ensuring positive growth for the organization.”

MAIstro combines taxonomy and thesaurus construction and management with automatic machine aided indexing to produce indexing that can be more than 90 percent accurate and that enables browsing by subject, query auto-completion, broader terms, narrower terms and related terms.  Automatic completion of thoughts as staff members type is also supported by the taxonomy tools, Hlava said.

Under the integrated system, an Event Handler sends the document being uploaded to SharePoint to the Data Harmony server first. Documents can be sent to the Data Harmony server in full text, all MS Office formats, HTML, PDF formats or other data feeds. From there, the Data Harmony server attaches indexing terms and other desired metadata using Machine Aided Indexer (M.A.I.™) in combination with a metadata and entity extractor, with Thesaurus Master hosting the client taxonomy. The indexed document is then uploaded to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Search can be done using the MS SharePoint Search, FAST Search or other search software such as Perfect Search. 

Integrating Data Harmony with SharePoint 2010 can help users continually add to and revise their taxonomy, reuse and download their taxonomy as needed and implement their taxonomy on the search side of their website.

In addition, the taxonomy created through the integration of SharePoint with Data Harmony is based on a solid foundation of standards, following the ANSI/NISO Z39.19 standard for taxonomy construction and the comparable international standards.

Data Harmony can also integrate with other systems, such as those of OpenText, EMC Documentum, and MarkLogic, as well as SharePoint 2007, to support an enterprise-wide taxonomy strategy.

About Microsoft SharePoint 2010 
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. Using SharePoint 2010, people can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions.  

About Access Innovations –,,
Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation and semantic integration. The Access Innovations Data Harmony software includes automatic indexing, thesaurus management, an XML intranet system (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs. Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments and corporate clients throughout the world.

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