Back in May Yahoo! opened up their SearchMonkey platform, and kicked off a competition in which developers could put SearchMonkey through its paces.
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The flurry of attention around yesterday's Microsoft/ Powerset news set me thinking once more about UK-based True Knowledge, which has been compared with Microsoft's latest acquisition.TechCrunch UK's Mike Butcher reported last month that nameless venture capital firms were valuing True Knowledge at about £20million ($40million), and circling to invest.
The Calais team over at ThomsonReuters reported the release of Calais version 2.1 earlier today, adding some new entity types, enhanced relevance ranking, integration with Yahoo!
Well, it appears that the rumours were true. Powerset and Microsoft are both announcing the deal this evening, with VentureBeat also weighing in on the story.
Recent podcast subject Kingsley Idehen opened the Linked Data Planet conference in New York yesterday morning, demonstrating the evolution of thought and practice from the world of big databases toward the Semantic Web; a journey that he and his company are well positioned to describe.Kingsley began by pointing to some of the well-understood trends that made Web 2.
May's Semantic Web Gang spoke with Powerset CTO Barney Pell in the week of their big launch last month.The company has followed up on that work, unveiling an iPhone-friendly version of their enhanced Wikipedia search.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee took to the stage in New York City last night, to deliver the final keynote of the day at JupiterMedia's new semantic web event, Linked Data Planet.The ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel was certainly busier than earlier in the day, as a smattering of Press and members of the New York Semantic Web Meetup joined delegates at the two day conference to hear Berners-Lee speak.
In April this year, New York-based Hakia announced an enhancement to their beta web search that focussed upon providing timely and accurate health information to consumers;"For the first time, users will start to get credibility-stamped search results in full view, instead of just popularity-ranked results.Health related searches on the Web are always important, and can even be a matter of life and death.
On 11 June, Rennsaelaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is hosting a debate to explore the views of luminaries in the evolving Semantic Web. Somewhat unusually, the questions that panellists face will be influenced by "the collective wisdom of Web users from around the world.
In a press release to coincide with this week's Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, Thomson Reuters subsidiary ClearForest has announced a major upgrade to their OpenCalais web service; Calais 2.0.