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December 2011

Where the Jobs Are, Or Aren’t

December 6, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

The latest U.S. jobless rate report that came out late last week gave some reason for hope, with the numbers dipping to their lowest level in two years. The percentage came in at 8.6 percent, down from the 9 percent mark it’s been stalled at this year.

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How Healthline is Using Semantic Technology to Promote Health

December 6, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

West Shell, CEO of Healthline is turning to the semantic web to compete with internet health giants like WebMD. Wade Roush reports, “Shell says 170 million Americans turn to the Internet every month for help managing their health. And Healthline, the 130-employee company he’s been leading since 2005, captures a huge portion of them: roughly 100 million per month, spread across the many Web properties, such as Yahoo Health, AARP.com, and DoctorOz.com, that use the company’s search tools and medical content. It’s one of the three largest U.S. providers of consumer health information on the Web, the others being WebMD and Everyday Health.” continued…

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How the Oil Industry is Utilizing Semantic Web Technology

December 1, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Ian Jacobs recently interviewed retiring Chevron executive Roger Cutler regarding Chevron’s use of semantic web technologies. Cutler stated, “In one project we sought to exploit the technical strengths of Semantic Web technology such as the expressiveness and reasoning achievable with OWL. While our efforts in that project have been a success as far as the technology goes, we have not yet seen a significant business benefit.”

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Introducing SKOSsy

December 1, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

A recent article by Andreas Blumauer introduces SKOSsy, a web service that “generates SKOS based thesauri in German or in English for a domain you are interested in. Not any domain but nearly any: SKOSsy extracts data from DBpedia, so it can cover anything which is in DBpedia. Thus, SKOSsy works well whenever a first seed thesaurus should be generated for a certain organisation or project. If you load the automatically generated thesaurus into an editor like PoolParty Thesaurus Manager (PPT) you can start to enrich the knowledge model by additional concepts, relations and links to other LOD sources. But you don´t have to start in the open countryside with your thesaurus project.” continued…

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Walmart Gets Personal With Shopycat, More or Less

December 1, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Walmart’s acquisition of Kosmix (covered here), the social media platform that organizes content by topic, seems to be bearing fruit. The super-retailer just announced that coming out of its @Walmart Labs is the Facebook gift-finding app Shopycat, which users the Social Genome platform developed by Kosmix for analyzing social media data to build user, topic, product and other profiles to deliver personalization and recommendations.

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