Monday, April 23, 2007
Speakers of other keynotes include Ivan Herman of W3C, Ian Horrocks of University of Manchester and Susie Stephens of Eli Lilly and responsible for W3C's Semantic Web Education and Outreach (SWEO) Interest Group.
All presentations given at the conference can be downloaded here.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Enjoy (I use this blog also as a kind of storage for relevant pointers).
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
- http://www.blinkx.com/ (video clips)
- http://www.retrivo.com/ (electronics products)
- http://www.kosmix.com/ (health, travel, finance, US politics)
All those search engines allow queries in natural language, and they claim to use NLP and semantics to “understand” the content.
In my understanding, there are two ways where NLP and Semantics can play a role:
- Interpreting the user query. This is what most new search engines claim to do.
- “Understanding” the content to be indexed. This requires that at index time, not only the individual words of the content (documents) are indexed, but indexing also considers NLP and Semantics. It is unclear to what extent those “new” search engines apply this for indexing. Yet another possibility is to launch the query against structured information (e.g. RDF).
The short note of Paul Taylor also mentions several “search” engines for comparing prices of products available on the web, including
While the note talks about those “shopping bots” for consumers, also providers (the businesses) may have interest in such tools for tracking their products at resellers’ sites and for automatically tracking their competitors’ products.
Monday, April 09, 2007
- Simple storage. Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
- Mechanical Turk. Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate “Artificial” Artificial Intelligence directly into their processing by making requests of humans.
- Elastic computing clouds. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
This trend is important for several reasons. For future providers of such web services, it creates new business models for companies who have invested significant budget in IT infrastructure. What was viewed as a necessary evil is turned into a new source of revenue.
The benefit for potential buyers/users of such web services, is that it frees them from having to think about and invest in IT and computing infrastructure. The barrier to start up an ecommerce business becomes lower, by making much more flexible and controllable the associated IT costs.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Although the amount of images considered is still limited (tens of thousands), the approach seems promising.