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April 2012

OKF Takes Step Toward Annotating the Web with Annotator & AnnotateIt

April 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

The Open Knowledge Foundation is working on a project that intends to allow users “to annotate the web. All of it. We’re now happy to announce two major releases: of Annotator, the code that makes web annotation possible, and AnnotateIt, a web service providing storage for your annotations. If you haven’t heard us talking about Annotator or AnnotateIt before, you’ll be wondering what this is all about. Annotator is a piece of code that runs in your web browser and helps you add commentary to the web. There’s an Annotator bookmarklet — like the one used by Pinterest and many other web applications — which allows you to create annotations on any web page simply by selecting content with your mouse.” continued…

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A Fundamental Linked Data Debate

April 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

linkeddata_blue There is a fierce debate going on in the world of the Semantic Web and Linked Data, the question being is it of fundamental importance to realising the benefits of the technology or are they just dancing on the head of a pin.    The core debate revolves around something with the stunningly opaque title of the httpRange-14 issue.

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IBM Releases DB2 Version 10

April 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Joab Jackson of PC World reports, “IBM has updated its flagship DB2 relational database management software to handle a wider range of data processing duties. The company has also updated its InfoSphere data warehouse software, IBM announced Tuesday.” Bernie Spang, IBM’s director of strategy and marketing for database systems commented, “We believe we’re in a new era of data management. The answer to every data challenge today is not to use a relational database management system. It’s about using the right tool for the right job.” continued…

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#SemTechBiz Start-up Contest – 3 Weeks Left to Enter!

April 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Semantic Tech & Business Conference - San Francisco - Start-up Competition. Click Here to Apply!SemanticWeb.com and parent company WebMediaBrands recently announced that a competition will be held at the upcoming Semantic Technology and Business Conference (SemTechBiz) in San Francisco to select the “Top Semantic Technology Start-Up.” The contest begins with an online application process. Out of that pool of applicants, ten companies will be selected to compete in person and on stage at SemTechBiz San Francisco. There is no charge to apply. The ten finalist companies will need to register one individual, but for already registered attendees, there is no additional fee.

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Dachis Group and the Challenge of Measuring Social Influence

April 7, 2012 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Rohn Jay Miller of SocialMediaToday recently wrote about the challenge of measuring social influence through Big Data. Miller writes, “How big a challenge is measuring social influence online? The answer lies in why we’re asking the question. Do we want to know whom influences whom in what ways to get people to buy a certain car, or vote for a certain political candidate? If that’s the case we’re in for a wild ride because the psychology of individual choice is wide, deep and rich. We can understand social influence in its correlations—when certain influencers say something we can see a correlated set of responses occurring. But correlation isn’t the same as causality. Proving causality means you can specifically attribute when certain influencers say something it causes the following responses. This is not measurement, its attribution. And attribution is the real proof of social influence.” continued…

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