A new month and a new post about Semantic Technologies news. The most outstanding fact during this period has been the acquisition of Siri by Apple. As you all know, Siri is a Personal Virtual Assistant that had raised lot of buzz during this last year, mainly after its presentation in SemTech 2009. Now Apple has done a bet on its technology to improve the iPhone usability, including intelligence reasoning and the excellent voice recognition capabilities from Siri. In some months we will see the reach of this movement.
Social media trend continues as the great opportunity for Semantic providers, this has been the case of Attensity that has acquired social media monitoring solution provider Biz360 to offer new solutions in this field. Other company, Glue, a social browsing assistant that shows ratings and recommendations of movies, books, restaurants, stocks, and other things as you surf the Web (via a browser plug-in), has launched new personalization features that use your past “likes” in facebook to help you pick your next favorite movie, album or book.
Related to media companies, the Chicago Tribune Media Group announced a partnership with LOUD3R, a real-time content discovery publishing platform, to power its Chicago-area blog network.
SemTech 2010 is getting closer and we begin to know more about what themes will be “hot” in this edition, for example “Marketing and advertising on the semantic web” or XBRL
Other area where semantic is playing an important role is that of advertising, Peer 39 is the company best positioned in this field, though others are working on it, for instance the start up Kehalim .
Research field is another field where semantics are very feasible to be used, it is very common to hear about developments in this area. This month North Carolina Research Community has given this step selecting Collexis Holdings, Inc., a leading developer of semantic technology and knowledge discovery software, to link its community of 5.000 researchers. Nasa has announced too, an incursion in the semantic search realm with an internal solution that enables employees to search more than 50 years of information related to its manned space-flight program. Other relevant announcement is the commercial version of the semantic software solution Intellexer Categorizer 1.2 from EffectiveSoft for document sorting and categorization.
The analysis carried out by Richard MacManus and published in Readwriteweb about the performance of linked data called “Modigliani test” is a “must read”. The conclusion is that: “there is still a lot of work to be done, because we cannot expect wide usage and interest in the Semantic Web if writing such a query takes more than an hour and a lot of technical knowledge”. It is very interesting too this analysis about the role of metadata in integration.