The Semantic Puzzle

The Semantic Puzzle is our weblog for news from research, product development and projects.

  • How the PoolParty Semantic Suite is learning to speak 40+ languages

    03. August 2015, by Martin Kaltenböck

    Business is becoming more and more globalised, and enterprises and organisations are acting in several different regions and thus facing more challenges of different cultural aspects as well as respective language barriers. Looking at the European market, we even see 24 working languages in EU28, which make cross-border services considerably complicated. As a result, powerful language technology is needed, and intense efforts have already been taken in the EU to deal with this situation and enable the vision of a multilingual digital single market (a priority area of the European Commission this year, see: http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/).

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  • Semantic Web Company with LOD2 project top listed in the first EC Innovation Radar

    14. July 2015, by Thomas Thurner

    The Innovation Radar is a DG Connect support initiative which focuses on the identification of high potential innovations and the key innovators behind them in FP7, CIP and H2020 projects. The Radar supports the innovators by suggesting a range of targeted actions that can assist them in fulfilling their potential in the market place. The first Innovation Radar Report reviews the innovation potential of ICT projects funded under 7th Framework Programme and

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  • Improved Customer Experience by use of Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies

    28. June 2015, by Andreas Blumauer

    With the rise of Linked Data technologies, there come several new approaches into play for the improvement of customer experience across all digital channels of a company. All of these methodologies can be subsumed under the term “the connected customer”.

    These are interesting not only for retailers operating a web shop, but also for enterprises seeking for new ways to develop tailor-made customer services and to increase customer retention.

    Linked Data methodologies can help to improve several measurements alongside a typical customer experience lifecycle.

    1. vectorstock_4550983Personalized access to information, e.g. to technical documentation
    2. Cross-selling through a better contextualization of
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  • Using SPARQL clause VALUES in PoolParty

    26. June 2015, by Florian Huber

    connect-sparqlSince PoolParty fully supports SPARQL 1.1 functionalities you can use clauses like VALUES. The VALUES clause can be used to provide an unordered solution sequence that is joined with the results of the query evaluation. From my perspective it is a convenience of filtering variables and an increase in readability of queries.

    E.g. when you want to know which cocktails you can create with Gin and a highball glass you can go to http://vocabulary.semantic-web.at/PoolParty/sparql/cocktails and fire this query:

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  • Thoughts on KOS (Part 3): Trends in knowledge organization

    05. May 2015, by Tassilo Pellegrini

    The accelerating pace of change in the economic, legal and social environment combined with tendencies towards increased decentralization of organizational structures have had a profound impact on the way we organize and utilize and organize knowledge. The internet as we know it today and especially the World Wide Web as the multimodal interface for the presentation and consumption of multimedia information are the most prominent examples of these developments. To illustrate the impact of new communication technologies on information practices Saumure & Shiri (2008) conducted a survey on knowledge organization trends in the Library and Information Sciences before and after the emergence of the World Wide Web. Table 1 shows their results.

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  • SWC’s Semantic Event Recommendations

    27. April 2015, by Nika Mizerski

    Just a couple of years ago critics argued that the semantic approach in IT wouldn’t make the transformation from an inspiring academic discipline to a relevant business application. They were wrong! With the digitalization of business, the power of semantic solutions to handle Big Data became obvious.Thanks to a dedicated global community of semantic technology experts, we can observe a rapid development of software solutions in this field. The progress is coupled to a fast growing number of corporations that are implementing semantic solutions to win insights from existing but unused data.

    Knowledge transfer is extremely important in semantics. Let`s have a look on the community calendar for the upcoming months. We are looking forward to share our experiences and learn. Join us!

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  • Thoughts on KOS (Part 2): Classifying Knowledge Organisation Systems

    21. April 2015, by Tassilo Pellegrini

    Traditional KOSs include a broad range of system types from term lists to classification systems and thesauri. These organization systems vary in functional purpose and semantic expressivity. Most of these traditional KOSs were developed in a print and library environment. They have been used to control the vocabulary used when indexing and searching a specific product, such as a bibliographic database, or when organizing a physical collection such as a library (Hodge et al. 2000).

    KOS in the era of the Web

    With the proliferation the World Wide Web new forms of knowledge organization principles emerged based on hypertextuality, modularity, decentralisation and protocol-based machine communication (Berners-Lee 1998). New forms of KOSs emerged like folksonomies, topic

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