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March 2012

Publishing Data as RDF with “Link Data”

March 8, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Tim Finin has written a review of Link Data, “a nicely done Web site to help people produce RDF data from simple excel spreadsheets. It appears to be the work of researchers at the RIKEN BASE group at the RIKEN Yokohama Institute in Japan. The approach is straightforward and consists of three steps: creating a template, downloading it as an excel spreadsheet and adding your data, and uploading the result to the site for conversion and publishing.” continued…

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UN Considers Internet Freedom of Expression a Human Right

March 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

In open data news, the United Nations Human Rights Council has rallied behind the right to internet freedom of expression. William New reports, “With tension seeming to brim just beneath the surface, human rights officials from around the world came together [on February 29] at the United Nations in Geneva to talk about ways to keep the internet open and nationally regulated at the same time. There were no decisions, and wide differences in views, but the first-of-its-kind panel might have laid the ground for future work on internet freedom and human rights. Intellectual property rights were mentioned several times.” continued…

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Semantic Web Jobs: SPARTA, Inc.

March 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

SPARTA, Inc. is looking for a Formal Modeling Architect in Columbia, MD. The company is seeking someone “to work with and guide Computer Network Attack (CNA) and Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) domain experts in the development of formal models. Formally generated models provide a common specification format for a class of associated systems, enable the CNA and CNE analysis of those formally specified systems, and enable the generation of executable dynamic models for CNA and CNE simulation activities. Specific activities include the definition of a domain-specific ontology and associated reasoners, and the development of efficient and accurate processes for data collection from existing documentation sources and domain experts.” continued…

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Open Knowledge Foundation Launches OKFN-Greece

March 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

The Open Knowledge Foundation has launched their first Mediterranean area group, OKFN-Greece. The article states, “The global scientific community, as well as plenty governments globally, have evaluated the potential and the benefits that services based on LOD can offer. The result of this assessment is a novel, global, collaborative effort that aims to contribute in this direction. The Open Knowledge Foundation is one of the key players in this effort, with frequent informative and hands-on meet-ups. Moreover, using the data hubs based on the OKFN’s CKAN platform, global open data is published and verified to be part of the LOD cloud. Finally OKFN apps, like Where Does My Money GoOpenSpending, and Europe’s Energy demonstrate the value added of Linked Open Data.” continued…

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Microdata, RDF, or Both?

March 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Roy Tennant recently wrote an opinion piece declaring that microdata, not RDF, will power the semantic web. Needless to say, this stirred up some strong opinions in the comments. Tennant writes, “While RDF is complex, and designed to be implemented as a stand-alone depiction of metadata, it does have an implementation that is designed for embedding in web pages: RDFa. On the other hand, microdata is relatively simple and solely designed to be embedded in web pages. While the metadata cognoscenti are in the RDF camp, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! have thrown their lot in with microdata by launching the Schema.org effort. Were I a betting man, I wouldn’t be backing RDF at this point.”

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Watson Suits Up For Wall Street Gig

March 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Watson’s gone into banking: Citi is evaluating ways that IBM’s Deep QA technology can help advance digital banking efforts, through analysis of customer needs and processing tons of up-to-the-minute financial, economic, product and client data, according to a press release.

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NYCFacets Wants To Be the Key to the Digital City of New York’s Future

March 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Last week the New York City Council gave its nod of approval to legislation that would require city agencies to publish public data sets in a common format on an online portal for the public’s use. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign off on it, with the Open Data Bill legislation then being phased in over six years.

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Announcing New sWebMap Component in JavaScript

March 6, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Frederick Giasson recently announced “the release of the new sWebMap Semantic Component in JavaScript. This new mapping component is a standalone JavaScript application that can be integrated on any new or existing web sites and interact with an Open Semantic Framework (OSF) instance to search, browse, filter and display with geographically-located information on an interactive map.” continued…

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Semantic Web Jobs: Qualcomm

March 6, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Qualcomm is looking for an Artificial Intelligence & Reasoning Engineer in San Diego, CA. The post states, “We seek a Systems Engineer with demonstrable knowledge and experience in artificial intelligence, reasoning, semantics and natural language processing. We expect our systems engineers to keep up to date and understand technological advances in areas directly and indirectly related to mobile and wireless systems and devices and channel those trends toward enabling new applications. To that end, the responsibilities include developing new system architectures, algorithms, protocols, standards and implementation.” continued…

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