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November 21 2014
We’ve just merged a new template for CKAN extensions. Whenever you create a new CKAN extension using the
paster --plugin=ckan create -t ckanext ... command (as documented in the writing extensions tutorial) it’ll now use the new template, which gives you:
- PyPI integration –
MANIFEST.infiles are automatically generated for your extension, ready for publishing to PyPI
- A tests directory including stub tests for you to get started writing tests for your extension
- Travis CI integration – automatically run your tests in a clean environment each time you push a new commit to GitHub. A
.travis.ymlfile and build and run scripts are automatically generated for your extension, you still need to log in to Travis and click the switch to turn on Travis for your extension though.
- Coveralls.io integration – track the code coverage of your tests. A
.coveragercfile is automatically generated for your extension. Again, you still need to login to Coveralls and turn it on.
LICENSEfile (uses the GNU AGPL by default)
- A reStructuredText
READMEfile with a skeleton documentation structure including generated installation and configuration instructions, how to run the tests, etc
- Travis, Coveralls and pypip.in README badges! Show the world that you have continuous integration, good test coverage, PyPI downloads, and your extension’s supported Python version, development status and license.
For an example of an extension built using this template, look at ckanext-deadoralive.
What we’re trying to do with this new template is:
- Save ourselves time, by not having to manually create all of this boilerplate every time we roll a new CKAN extension
- Help improve the quality of CKAN extensions by encouraging developers to write good tests and documentation, and to use services PyPI, Travis and Coveralls
More to come. If you have any ideas for things to add to the CKAN extension template, let us know on ckan-dev
November 20 2014
We are happy to announce GERBIL – a General Entity Annotation Benchmark Framework, a demo can be found at! With GERBIL, we aim to establish a highly available, easy quotable and liable focal point for Named Entity Recognition and Named Entity Disambiguation (Entity Linking) evaluations:
- GERBIL provides persistent URLs for experimental settings. By these means, GERBIL also addresses the problem of archiving experimental results.
- The results of GERBIL are published in a human-readable as well as a machine-readable format. By these means, we also tackle the problem of reproducibility.
- GERBIL provides 11 different datasets and 9 different entity annotators. Please talk to us if you want to add yours.
To ensure that the GERBIL framework is useful to both end users and tool developers, its architecture and interface were designed with the following principles in mind:
- Easy integration of annotators: We provide a web-based interface that allows annotators to be evaluated via their NIF-based REST interface. We provide a small NIF library for an easy implementation of the interface.
- Easy integration of datasets: We also provide means to gather datasets for evaluation directly from data services such as DataHub.
- Extensibility: GERBIL is provided as an open-source platform that can be extended by members of the community both to new tasks and different purposes.
- Diagnostics: The interface of the tool was designed to provide developers with means to easily detect aspects in which their tool(s) need(s) to be improved.
- Portability of results: We generate human- and machine-readable results to ensure maximum usefulness and portability of the results generated by our framework.
We are looking for your feedback!
Ricardo Usbeck for The GERBIL Team
November 19 2014
Bad Bots might be great villains in sci-fi, but they certainly don’t belong in our clients’ content amplification campaigns
As a Content DSP, Zemanta brings programmatic to native-content advertising. Since launching our first content marketing solution in 2007, the Zemanta Editorial Network, we have worked diligently to ensure our clients campaigns are free of fraud. We now bring that same diligence to our first-of-a-kind Content DSP, where we help brands promote their content across virtually the entire paid content ecosystem.
As a DSP, our first step in ensuring quality traffic is to work with quality networks and platforms working with leaders like Yahoo!, Outbrain, Adiant, IAC/nRelate and AOL/Gravity. But we know that fraud is out there, so we don’t stop there.
Today we are happy to announce we are partnering with Distil Networks, a leader in ad fraud protection, to take the next step in ensuring bad actors play no role in our clients’ content campaigns. We chose to partner and integrate Distil’s anti-fraud technology into our content advertising platform because we were impressed by Distil’s core product experience, which has been used across hundreds of millions of impressions and dozens of publishers. Together, we are determined to keep fraudsters and their bots out of the content marketing business. “Distil is excited to extend its solution further into the online marketing and advertising industry by working with Zemanta, a market leader in content marketing promotion & distribution, to ensure that advertisers are not paying for bot views and bot clicks – just humans”, said Charlie Minesinger, Distil’s Director of Channel Partners.
We’re happy to be working with Distil to stop the bad bots from ruining great content ad campaigns and we are desperately waiting for an R2 unit to help with the evening commute. To learn more about how Zemanta can help you succeed with content marketing you can read more here or drop us a line at email@example.com.
November 17 2014
The Awards Went To The Following Teams
Task 2a (Large-scale biomedical semantic indexing):
- Fudan University (China)
- NCBI (USA)
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and atypon.com (USA)
Task 2b (Biomedical semantic question answering):
- Fudan University (China)
- NCBI (USA)
- University of Alberta (Canada)
- Seoul National University (South Korea)
- Toyota Technological Institute (Japan)
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and atypon.com (USA)
Best Overall Contribution:
- NCBI (USA)
November 13 2014
At the industrial Big Data Conference Big Data Minds in Berlin, Prof. Sonja Zillner presented "The Potential of Big Data Applications for the Healthcare Sector". With the presentation of the BIG Data Public Private Forum discussed the challenges of BIG Data and the emerging Data Economy for the Healthcare Sector. In particular, the results of the BIG user needs and requisites study for the Big Data applications in the Healthcare Sector were introduced. The study shows that Big Data technologies can be used to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery. However, the realization of Big Data applications in the healthcare sector is challenging. In order to take advantage of the promising opportunities of Big Data technologies, a clear understanding of driver and constraints, user needs and requirements is needed.
The feedback of the audience was very good and several participants of the conference requested the access of the BIG Requirements Study.
November 09 2014
November 04 2014
We are happy to announce the new CKAN Extensions Registry which lists available CKAN Extensions:
CKAN Extensions are a way to extend and alter the functionality of the base CKAN platform using the numerous extension points provided by CKAN. CKAN Extensions provide limitless possibilities from altering the site look and feel to adding site pages, from new validation methods to modifying or adding APIs.
There are currently 100 extensions already listed in the registry based on an initial survey of the extensions available “in the wild” (on github etc), and we will be adding more going forward.
Add Your Extension
Instructions for adding your extension to the registry are here:
All About Extensions
CKAN Extensions are a way to extend the functionality of the base CKAN platform using the numerous extension points provided by CKAN.
Support for creating CKAN Extensions was first introduced in Autumn 2010 and has been extended multiple times ever since. Until now we have collected lists of extensions on the wiki but with the growing number of Extensions it is useful to have a proper registry (an Extension registry was one of the most requested items in the Roadmap consultation).
- Geospatial Extension that adds geospatial capabilities to CKAN
- DCAT Extension to add a DCAT compliant metadata API to CKAN
- Custom Schemas Extension to provide easy, shareable custom schemas
- Commenting Extension to provide comments on Dataset pages using Disqus
At present, the Registry is confined to “functional” extensions which add new functionality to CKAN and are not specific to a given site.
We are considering adding a section for theme oriented and site-specific extensions (e.g. support for metadata specific to a given site) since these extensions may be useful as inspiration and instruction to others even if they are not likely to be directly installed.
November 03 2014
The Semantic Web Company (SWC) is a leading provider of software and services in the areas of Semantic Information Management and Linked Data technologies. SWC’s renowned PoolParty Software Platform is used in large enterprises, Government Organizations, NPOs and NGOs around the globe to extract meaning from big data.
We are looking for a technical consultant working at the interface between customer projects and product development. Expertise in some of the following areas is required: data science, data mining, text mining, knowledge engineering, taxonomy management, semantic web, semantic search, computer linguistics and/or linked data. Our consultants are an integral part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, output-focussed team of semantic technology experts.
Semantic Web Company values loyality, intelligence and innovation and rewards strong performance with increased responsibility and growth opportunities. We offer great work-life balance and a culture that is cutting-edge, collaborative and fun. If you are interested in making an immediate impact in a growing company, we invite you to apply today.
- Requirements engineering for customer projects
- Project management of customer and / or R&D projects
- Collaborating with information professionals to initiate customer projects
- Data and knowledge engineering mainly based on our core product PoolParty Semantic Suite (http://www.poolparty.biz/)
- Conceptual assistance to the product development team
- Conceptual assistance to the business development team
- Supporting the R&D efforts of the Semantic Web Company
- Profound expertise with some knowledge technologies like graph databases, text mining, ontology engineering, machine learning etc.
- Knowledge of Java
- Strong troubleshooting/problem-solving skills
- Exacting attention to detail and documentation
- Ownership of problems
- Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
- An inquiring mind, intense curiosity, interdisciplinary understanding and strong desire to innovate in the areas of Linked Data and Semantic Systems
- At least a Bachelor degree related to computer science or information science and 4+ years of working experience or
- a Master degree related to computer science or information science and 2+ years of working experience or
- Excellent skills in written and spoken English. Additional languages (German, French, Spanish) are not obligatory but advantageous
- Communication skills as well as experience in project management and requirements engineering
- Able to travel occasionally in US and Europe, if required
- Job Category: Technology Provider
- Career Level: Mid Career (2+ years of experience)
- Job Type: Full Time/Permanent
- Positions: 2
- Company Name: Semantic Web Company GmbH
- City: Vienna
- Country: Austria
- For Austria: Gross Salary EUR 41.160,- p.a. Possibility for overpayment is based on education and experience.
Send your full application to:
Semantic Web Company
c/o Andreas Blumauer
October 28 2014
Dear followers, 9 members of AKSW have been participating at the 13th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) at Riva del Garda, Italy. Next to listening to interesting talks, giving presentations or discussing with fellow Semantic Web researchers, AKSW won 4 significant prizes:
- Best Research Paper Award: AGDISTIS – Graph-Based Disambiguation of Named Entities using Linked Data Ricardo Usbeck, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, Michael Röder, Daniel Gerber, Sandro Athaide Coelho, Sören Auer and Andreas Both. More information on this project at http://aksw.org/projects/agdistis
- Outstanding Paper Award (The Semantic Web journal 2014): DBpedia – A Large-scale, Multilingual Knowledge Base Extracted from Wikipedia Jens Lehmann, Robert Isele, Max Jakob, Anja Jentzsch, Dimitris Kontokostas, Pablo N. Mendes, Sebastian Hellmann, Mohamed Morsey, Patrick van Kleef, Sören Auer, Christian Bizer. More info at http://dbpedia.org.
- Best Paper Award (Natural Language Interfaces for the Web of Data Workshop): SESSA – Keyword-Based Entity Search through Coloured Spreading Activation Denis Lukovnikov and Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo
- Nominated paper for the Journal of Data Semantics at the workshop Linked Data for Information Extraction: Cross-Document Coreference Resolution using Latent Features. Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, Michael Röder and Ricardo Usbeck. More info at http://github.com/AKSW/CoreferenceResolution
We do work on way more projects, which you can find at http://aksw.org/projects/. Cheers, Ricardo on behalf of the AKSW group
October 27 2014
October 23 2014
Recently, AKSW members were at the city of Dessau for an internal group meeting.
The meeting took place between 8th and 10th of October, in the modern university of architecture of Bauhaus where most team members also stayed the nights. Bauhaus is located in the city of Dessau, about one hour from Leipzig. Bauhaus operated from 1919 to 1933 and was famous for the approach to design that combined crafts and the fine arts. At that time the German term Bauhaus – literally “house of construction” – was understood as meaning “School of Building”. It was a perfect getaway and an awesome location for AKSWers to meet and “build” together the future steps of the group.
Wednesday was spent mostly in smaller group discussions on various ongoing projects. Over the next two days the AKSW PhD students presented their achievements, current status and future plans of their PhD projects. During the meeting, we had the pleasure to receive valuable feedback from AKSW leaders and project managers as Prof. Sören Auer, Dr. Jens Lehmann, Prof. Thomas Riechert and Dr. Michael Martin. The heads of AKSW gave their inputs and suggestions to the students in order to help them to improve, continue and or complete their PhDs. In addition, the current projects were also discussed so as to find possible synergies between them and to discuss further improvements and ideas.
However, we did find some time to enjoy the beautiful city of Dessau as well and learned a little bit more about the history of this wonderful city.
Overall, it was a productive and recreational trip not only to keep a track of each students progress but also to help them to improve their work. We are all thankful to Prof. Riechert and Dr. Lehmann who were responsible for organizing this amazing meeting.
October 22 2014
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