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Semantics in Cloud Computing

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Cloud Computing is about replacing desktop-based computing resources with internet-based ones. The driving concept is called Software as a Service (SaaS), according to which software applications are licensed for use as services provided to customers on demand. This is similar to how traditional utilities like electricity or water are charged. The latest issue of the […]

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The dancing eyebrows

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I’m not really a fan of Cadbury chocolate, but I love their ads! The latest one features two kids doing the “eyebrow dance” to a catchy tune! Hilarious! Watch it here: Who can also forget last year’s gorilla-drummer ad! The facial expressions on that gorilla were simply amazing 😉

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Innovative startups for 2009

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Erick Schonfeld, editor in TechCrunch, is wondering about the kinds of innovative startups we mostly need in 2009: At the moment I’m writing this post, electric car batteries have the lead with 30%. Considering the serious global energy and pollution problems, I’ve voted for this option too. However, I’m sure we’re going to see lots […]

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The Social Web and the future of journalism

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The emerging Social Web technologies, such as blogging, micro-blogging, podcasting, etc, can be seen as a threat to ‘traditional’ journalism. The fact that we can instantly report news from our mobiles on Twitter, post videos on YouTube, and start public discussions on our blogs seems to be the start of a new era for the […]

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BBC adopting the Semantic Web

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Being a major content owner, the BBC is using Semantic Web technologies to efficiently manipulate this content and improve the services offered to the public. I met Richard Wright of the BBC Archive in the AXMEDIS conference in Barcelona on November 2007. He was showing then a demo of their system, which uses the GATE […]

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Blogging with Calais

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The Calais initiative by Thomson Reuters is an excellent example of Semantic Web technologies being smoothly incorporated into common web activities, such as blogging. It uses Natural Language Processing to analyze text and extract named entities (e.g. persons, companies), facts (e.g. employee positions), and events (e.g. mergers, acquisitions). I have been using Calais in this […]

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Licensed to blog

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Today’s User Friendly comic strip brings up a rather intriguing question about blogging: Well, that’s the beauty of the blogosphere: you don’t have to be certified to express your views, although a bit of authority on the subject you argue about certainly doesn’t hurt 😉

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The Semantic Web vision

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The Semantic Web aims at expressing web content in machine-processable forms, so that it is maintained efficiently by software agents. In this way, the precision of search will be enhanced and logic reasoning on web data will be possible. The Semantic Web vision, as expressed by its main founder Tim Berners-Lee, is “giving information a […]

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Our privacy on the Social Web

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How is well is our privacy protected on the Social Web? Of course, you can (and should) take some basic precaution measures, like not giving away sensitive information that can be used for financial fraud against you. However, there are issues beyond our hands that depend on how the Social Web handles our information. Google […]