I am not really sure, if this is a correct English sentence, but abbreviations show that meaning and semantics indeed have a lot to tell us. Looking at Wikipedia, you will find that “ISWC” has four different meanings – and I am pretty sure that there are even more around the globe. One is: “International Symposium on Wearable Computers”. There are also others, which are as meaningful like: “International Speed Windsurfing Class” or “International Semantic Web Conference”; the latter I will talk about today.
Following with my series of posts about semantic search, this time I would like to speak about our experience in accompanying our users to move from the traditional metadata search to “one single search box”. Read further >
Last week I attended the Wolters Kluwer Global Platform Organization (GPO) user conference, a yearly event where we as an internal technology service organization meet face to face with our business partners, mostly product managers and technologists from Wolters Kluwer business units across the globe. It was again an inspiring event and the various speakers testified to how much and how fast the information industry has changed, how this unavoidably influences our customers’ expectations, and how we are addressing this. Read further >
In order to create better research systems the first step is to analyze the, usually short and concise, information that users enter into the system through keywords in text boxes, metadata in forms, or browsing tables of content or taxonomies. Nowadays full text search is the default way to look for information in a database, representing between 60% and 80% of the cases. Read further >
As major search services like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Bing, compete in the area of local search, professional publishers should be watching how these different approaches to local search might be used in the context of professional research. In the context of major consumer search services “local search” means taking geographically-constrained searches (e.g., “hotels in Boston” or “Mexican restaurants in Austin”), running those searches against a structured database of local business listings, and displaying results with the aid of maps, directions, and other location-specific aids. The issues surrounding local search are similar to those encountered in professional research when processing jurisdiction-specific searches. So, do the current approaches to local search present a model for jurisdiction-specific search? Read further >
In her keynote at last week’s I-Semantics conference in Graz (Austria), Lora Aroyo was talking about how vague central concepts like ‘object’ and ‘event’ can actually be modeled from a scientific point of view. She showed an introductory slide, in which an event in contrast to an object is mainly defined by its temporal dimension. An event has therefore a beginning and an end – and a lot of developments and changes in between. According to this definition, I immediately thought: Wow, I am an event as well!
Last week, I was fortunate to attend the eBook & Mobility conference together with over 150 inspiring colleagues from around the world. We engaged in passionate discussions and exchanged best practices and successes in the area of mobile. The 2012 edition of the conference centered around mobility as a service fueled by the tailored content from Wolters Kluwer. What where my take-aways? Screens, Voice and Environments. Read further >
We see the word “semantic” gain more and more prominence in the technology world and in professional publishing, too. Looking at this blog, for example, 30 posts from different contributors are retrieved if we search for “semantic.” I’d like to add some thoughts on this topic to the discussion. Read further >
As I indicated on this blog in March, the HL7 Infobutton standard was included in the proposed rule for the 2014 EHR certification criteria. In the proposed rule, the use of this standard was required for both linked referential clinical decision support (CDS) and patient-specific education resources. Read further >