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How to leverage structured markup to create E-Commerce Web Portals
Wikipedia defines it as a point of access to the Web with information from diverse sources represented in a unified way. Standard Web portals are those we are all familiar with, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo; however, there are also portals geared for specific verticals such as e-commerce. The semantic Web is a specific example of how Google is leveraging structured product markup to create Google Product Search, a shopping or “e-commerce Web portal.” The same is true of Bing Shopping and many others.
SDL's Technical Content Authoring tool extends "Predictive Text" features
SDL has released a new version of its Global Authoring Management System for authoring technical content that is optimised for search and localisation, and is more consistent and easy for customers to understand. New features and enhancements in this release include AutoSuggest released for PTC Arbortext Editor and JustSystems' XMetaL. This 'predictive text' technology, AutoSuggest, ensures that organisations can prevent inconsistent technical information being published to customers by allowing writers to quickly reuse sentences that have been written before. This release extends AutoSuggest to the structured authoring community by supporting PTC Arbortext Editor and JustSystems' XMetaL.
Selventa Working with Linguamatics for Advanced Information Extraction
Selventa, a personalized healthcare company focused on stratification of patients and development of predictive biomarker panels based on disease-driving mechanisms, announced that it has formed a strategic scientific alliance with Linguamatics, a software solutions company that provides knowledge extraction through its I2E natural language processing (NLP) text mining platform. The alliance will bring together established analytical capabilities of both companies to efficiently extract complex life science knowledge in a computable, structured, biological expression language (BEL) format that can be used to interpret large-scale experimental data in the context of published literature.
PolarLake opens German Office
PolarLake, a global leader in applying Semantic Web and Big Data Technologies to the challenges of Financial and Reference Data Management, announced the opening of its office in Frankfurt, Germany.
EasyAsk partners with Magento to promote Enterprise-Class Natural Language EasyAsk E-Commerce Edition
EasyAsk, an industry leading provider of natural language e-commerce search and merchandising solutions, announced a partnership with Magento, a fast growing e-commerce platform, to integrate EasyAsk's best-in-class natural language eCommerce search, navigation and merchandising platform with Magento, bringing the solution to Magento merchants around the globe. The integrated solution makes it faster and easier for Magento Enterprise and Community customers to power their sites with EasyAsk's enterprise-class natural language search and merchandising to increase conversion rates, deliver the best shopping experience and grow their e-commerce revenue.
Mobile Voice Recognition to
When Tim Cook stood in for Apple honcho Steve Jobs this fall, one day before Jobs’ death, and introduced the iPhone 4S, it soon became evident that the star of the show was not the phone itself, but Siri, the iPhone's new speech-controlled personal assistant. Unlike traditional voice-recognition (VR) software, Siri doesn't make you bark commands; it understands natural language—the language we use to navigate the world.
The Semantic Web: Finally Becoming Enterprise-Ready
The Semantic Web was first envisioned in the late 1990s as the ultimate tool to harness the Internet's ever-accelerating growth of data. Then and today, information searches are limited by the keywords people manually enter; if you don't know the right keyword, you may miss ferreting out the information you need. Rather than restricting searches to information stored in a traditional folder hierarchy, Semantic Web technology allows companies to navigate through all the resources in an organization -- not just digital, but also social and human resources as well -- by making logical inferences that previously only humans could make.
Cybertools, database will help analyze languages
A new generation of cybertools developed at Cornell will help researchers share and analyze rare Sri Lankan language recordings important for studying language acquisition in children. The Sinhala language, only spoken on the island of Sri Lanka, is "very precious" because of the unique way it is structured, said project leader Barbara Lust, professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology and director of the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab. It provides an invaluable opportunity to research which aspects of language acquisition are universal or biologically programmed and which are culturally determined, she said.
Library of Congress provides Details about Transition Away from MARC
The Library of Congress (LC) released today a "general plan" for its ambitious effort to move the U.S. library community toward a modern method of exchanging bibliographic data. The Bibliographic Framework Initiative General Plan, building upon an initial announcement in May, would slowly distance libraries from the 40-year-old MARC format as the "common exchange currency for bibliographic data" and implant libraries in an environment conditioned by the technologies of the Semantic Web and linked data principles. This would include the use of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Resource Description Framework as a data model, which is the preferred method for publishing linked data.
Crunch Time for Technology Systems with respect to Understanding
The world of enterprise computing is due for another shake-up in coming years -- an inflection point, if you will, that is expected to dramatically change the IT landscape as we know it. One of the harbingers of this change was the birth of cloud computing, which has shifted computing power, storage and processing to off-site facilities able to leverage combined infrastructure to deliver cost and operational efficiencies. One of the key challenges that cloud computing addresses is that of provisioning enough storage space to accommodate the ever-increasing volumes of data being generated. The real challenge, however, is to efficiently analyse and archive data in a way that improves business decision-making.
Facebook tightens security with new tools
Facebook is countering reports about scams affecting its users—and a rising user perception of insecurity—with new security tweaks and the release of statistics suggesting that most of its 800 million active users experience few problems.
Facebook launches new translation Tool for some languages
Google translator has been around for some time and has been a very useful tools for those interested in other cultures or carrying out research around the web. As we all grow our social networks globally now through the power of social media, it is now more important than ever that users of social media can understand what their friends and fans are communicating to each other. The new translation feature of Facebook is powered by Bing Translator. Facebook users can simply click the “translate” tab on a friend’s comment or status to convert it to their local language. At the moment the Facebook translator tool is only available to users in Spain, Korea, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, and China.
GPI Translation Services Portal wins 2011 Silver Web Award from IAVA
Globalization Partners International (GPI), a leading provider of website, software and documentation translation services, announced today that its Translation Services Portal ( has won a 2011 Silver Award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA). “Used by the world’s top hotel chains, interactive agencies, franchises and global Fortune 500, the new version of the Translation Services Portal helps companies lower per word translation costs, minimize project coordination and completion times, and ensure consistency of clients’ branding and content across the globe,” says Martin Spethman, GPI's Managing Partner.
ENLASO and I18N Labs announce partnership
ENLASO Corporation's commitment to providing the most qualified experts to its clients and its dedication to providing customized enterprise solutions was recently enhanced by its new partnership with I18N Labs. With deep knowledge and expertise in internationalization solutions culled from over 20 years in the internationalization space, I18N Labs enables ENLASO to offer comprehensive internationalization audits, code remediation, consulting, testing, and training to ENLASO's clients, with consistently high customer service and many streamlined benefits for the client.
HighWire Press Uses TEMIS to Enrich Content Semantically
HighWire Press, Stanford University’s provider of hosting and web publishing platforms to scholarly publishers, has partnered with TEMIS, a leading provider of Semantic Content Enrichment enterprise solutions. Under the strategic technology and business partnership, HighWire will integrate the full suite of Luxid software within its ePublishing Platform to provide automated content annotation, enrichment, and linking to its customers.