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Alexopoulos P.,iSOCO Inc | Mylonas P.,Ionian University
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

Ontology evaluation has been recognized for a long time now as an important part of the ontology development lifecycle, and several methods, processes and metrics have been developed for that purpose. Nevertheless, vagueness is a quality dimension that has been neglected from most current approaches. Vagueness is a common human knowledge and linguistic phenomenon, typically manifested by terms and concepts that lack clear applicability conditions and boundaries such as high, expert, bad, near etc. As such, the existence of vague terminology in an ontology may hamper the latter's quality, primarily in terms of shareability and meaning explicitness. With that in mind, in this short paper we argue for the need of including vagueness in the ontology evaluation activity and propose a set of metrics to be used towards that goal. © 2014 Springer International Publishing.

Alexopoulos P.,iSOCO Inc | Villazon-Terrazas B.,iSOCO Inc | Pan J.Z.,University of Aberdeen
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2013

The emergence in recent years of initiatives like the Linked Open Data (LOD) has led to a significant increase in the amount of structured semantic data on the Web. In this paper we argue that the shareability and wider reuse of such data can very often be hampered by the existence of vagueness within it, as this makes the data's meaning less explicit. Moreover, as a way to reduce this problem, we propose a vagueness metaontology that may represent in an explicit way the nature and characteristics of vague elements within semantic data.

Rico M.,Technical University of Madrid | Corcho O.,iSOCO Inc | Mendez V.,Technical University of Madrid | Gomez-Perez J.M.,Technical University of Madrid
IEEE Internet Computing | Year: 2011

The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol lets users share multimedia content across devices and display it in multimedia renderers in home-based LANs. However, UPnP doesn't support sharing this content between homes (for example, with friends, relatives, or workmates), and content can be difficult to find. A UPnP extension provides uniform access to multimedia content belonging to different homes, such as content from a user's Facebook friends. In addition, an extended UPnP control point lets users add semantic annotations to their multimedia resources and link them to the linked data cloud to facilitate their discovery by others. © 2011 IEEE.

Alexopoulos P.,iSOCO Inc | Wallace M.,University of Peloponnese
Proceedings - 2012 7th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization, SMAP 2012 | Year: 2012

Semantic tagging of a textual document involves identifying and assigning to it appropriate entities that best summarize its content, i.e. entities that constitute a representative description of what the document is specifically about. The effective automation of this process requires from the system to be able to distinguish between the entities that play a central role to the documents's meaning and those that are just complementary to it. For example, a news article might make reference to many politicians even when its primary subject is only one of them. To that end, various approaches have utilized ontologies as a means to narrow down the meaning of a document and infer appropriate tags, including a recent contribution of ours regarding a tagging framework that exploits ontological relations. In this work we revise and extend this framework so as to be able to exploit also fuzzy ontological information. Experiments in different domains show that this exploitation manages to improve the effectiveness of the tagging process. © 2012 IEEE.

Minarro-Gimenez J.A.,University of Murcia | Egana Aranguren M.,Technical University of Madrid | Villazon-Terrazas B.,iSOCO Inc | Villazon-Terrazas B.,Technical University of Madrid | Fernandez Breis J.T.,University of Murcia
Semantic Web | Year: 2014

OGOLOD is a Linked Open Data dataset derived from different biomedical resources by an automated pipeline, using a tailored ontology as a scaffold. The key contribution of OGOLOD is that it links, in new RDF triples, genetic human diseases and orthologous genes, paving the way for a more efficient translational biomedical research exploiting the Linked Open Data cloud. © 2014 - IOS Press and the authors.

Carbone F.,iSOCO Inc | Contreras J.,Denodo C Alejandro Rodriguez | Hernandez J.Z.,Technical University of Madrid | Gomez-Perez J.M.,iSOCO Inc
Expert Systems with Applications | Year: 2012

Nowadays, especially after the recent financial downturn, companies are looking for much more efficient and creative business processes. They need to place better solutions in the market in a less time with less cost. There is a general intuition that communication and collaboration, especially mixed with Web 2.0 approach within companies and ecosystems, can boost the innovation process with positive impacts on business indicators. Open Innovation within an Enterprise 2.0 context is a one of the most chosen paradigm for improving the innovation processes of enterprises, based on the collaborative creation and development of ideas and products. The key feature of this new paradigm is that the knowledge is exploited in a collaborative way flowing not only among internal sources, i.e. R&D departments, but also among external ones as other employees, customers, partners, etc. In this paper we show how an ontology-based analysis of plain text can provide a semantic contextualization of content support tasks, such as finding semantic distance between contents, and can help in creating relations between people with shared knowledge and interests. Along this paper we will present the results obtained by the adoption of this technology in a large corporate environment like Bankinter, a financial institution, Telefonica I+D, an international telecommunication firm and Repsol, a major oil company in Spain. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Alexopoulos P.,iSOCO Inc | Villazon-Terrazas B.,iSOCO Inc | Gomez-Perez J.-M.,iSOCO Inc
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2013

Knowledge Tagger performs Named Entity Resolution (NER) in texts using relevant domain ontologies and semantic data as background knowledge. Its distinguishing characteristic is its disambiguation-related customization capabilities as it allows users to define and apply custom disambiguation evidence models, based on their knowledge about the domain(s) and expected content of the texts to be analyzed. In this demo we explain the structure and content of such evidence models and we demonstrate how, given a concrete resolution scenario, one may use our system to define and apply them to texts pertaining to this scenario.

Vila-Suero D.,Technical University of Madrid | Villazon-Terrazas B.,iSOCO Inc | Gomez-Perez A.,Technical University of Madrid
Semantic Web | Year: 2013

We describe the library dataset. The dataset makes available the authority and bibliography catalogue from the Biblioteca Nacional de Espana (BNE, National Library of Spain) as Linked Data. The catalogue contains around 7 million authority and bibliographic records. The records in MARC 21 format were transformed to RDF and modelled using IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) ontologies and other well-established vocabularies such as RDA (Resource Description and Access) or the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set. A tool named MARiMbA automatized the RDF generation process and the data linkage to DBpedia and other library linked data resources such as VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) or GND (Gemeinsame Normdatei, the authority dataset from the German National Library). © 2012 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.

News Article | March 5, 2014

With 75,000 mobile enthusiasts from around the world descending into Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress, the chance to showcase and promote local startups and innovators is an unprecedented opportunity for the state of Catalonia. On July 11, 2011, Barcelona was named Mobile World Capital for the seven-year period from 2012 to 2018, with support from the industry association GSMA and local government agencies. The city has formed partnerships with other European countries to promote smart cities and regional innovation, and global ties to develop digitally-enhanced transportation, health and education. The m4all Programme aims to leverage mobiles to improve quality of life for all citizens despite their disabilities or their risk of social exclusion. Catalonia has a strong consumer electronics presence, a competitive software development sector and a large industrial concentration. Government agencies such as Accio promote business growth, drive innovation, internationalisation and attract inward investment. Innovative projects created include the Personal Health Folder for the health sector, Sonar+D for creative industries and apparkB in the mobility & parking area. A number of startups from Catalonia exhibited at MWC 2014; here is my pick of the more notable apps and products this year (see also my earlier reviews of startup showcases from Spain and South Korea). AppsZoom was recently declared a winner in the ‘Best Mobile App Review Site’ category at the Readers’ Choice Awards 2013. Its editorial team reviews thousands of apps, with recommendations as well as support in app promotion and distribution. AppsZoom is available for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers through native apps or web layouts. Sixtemia specializes in developing apps for iOS and Android. Launched in 2008, it has helped major companies enter the mobile apps market. The company has designed over 150 apps for companies such as Zara (Inditex), FlaixFM, TV3, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Pepe&Jeans, David Villa and Rosa Clará. More recent offerings include the Mobappi software platform and the SmartSales app for a corporate sales force. InQbarna is a leading provider of mobile music apps. These include Splyce, promoted by Apple; Riffer, the micromusic network with over two million downloads; and Deej, the DJ mixing table for professionals. With the aim of empowering social music abilities, Inqbarna is working on its Social Music Apps project. Fiabee provides a Cloud mobile collaboration platform for service providers, as well as a mobile device management (MDM) tool for handling documents. It operates in a B2B model on a range of platforms. iSOCO was founded by five researchers in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence Research (IIIA) of the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). It provides collaboration platforms for enhancing processes with semantic technology. La Factoria provides a host of multimedia developments tools for app development, native OS programming, educational digital content, gamification, simulation and virtual reality. Related offerings include authoring tools and services for the publishing industry. Soundkik is the old-fashioned jukebox on the latest smartphones. It creates a new way to interact with music by allowing users to choose what they want to listen to in their favourite venues. It also acts as a social network stay tuned to music trends and discovers new places, songs and people. CompeGPS creates applications for outdoor trip management such as hiking, mountain biking, 4×4, paragliding and hang gliding. It has a comprehensive catalogue of topographic maps from around the world. TwoNav software combines all the standard functions of road navigators and traditional off-road capabilities. AiscadMobile develops and distributes mobility products that provide bidirectional access between mobile devices and corporate servers. The platform allows users to consult and edit field data in real time. Features include positioning control, instant messaging and augmented reality, some available in a SaaS model. Captio is a comprehensive solution for automating the management of business travel expenses. It eliminates time-wasting paperwork and improves the control and visibility of team expenses. As an expense reduction manager, it automatically transforms expense receipts into information the company can use to save money. Effilogics Technologies has developed a technological platform for smart management of energy efficiency in buildings, including real-time energy and water control. With the effiMAP platform, managing operating costs by facilities managers is faster, easier and less complex. It combines Internet of Things with mobility. Execus is a major player in social selling. It offers a platform to transform traditional sales teams into a mobile social sales force. Working together with corporate business development VPs and directors, the company develops world-class best practices, deploy them and train their sales teams to sell more using social networks. Good Deal Solutions has developed offerings for digitising retailers’ loyalty programs and efficiently using promotional tactics to shoppers. Information is delivered and accessed via point-of-sale interactive kiosks, tablet-kiosks, apps and web interfaces. The multichannel platform also yields a wealth of statistics on shoppers. IntesisHome is a service in the Cloud that provides a home control experience for users anywhere, anytime on their devices or browsers. Users can turn the air conditioning on before they arrive home, turn it off if they forget to do so after leaving home, set up a timer schedule, check energy consumption, receive alerts, and check past data. MAGAZAPP is an online platform for retailers, publishers and other businesses to create their own digital magazines and brochures. Existing PDFs can also be converted into apps for smartphones, or websites. This can be a new way for retailers to distribute commercial catalogues on mobile platforms, without having to pick up too much technical knowledge. Mobile High Security address corporate concerns of preventing information leaks and protecting data confidentiality. C-level executives can rely on a range of a robust, consistent solutions ranging from data to voice encryption solution. Solutions are designed for custom requirements of businesses and government. OnTheBus helps transit riders plan trips and get to their destination as quickly as possible. The app goes far beyond timetables to offer real time departure and arrival information, trip planning and point-to-point navigation across public transit options (bus, tram, metro). By combining transit data from public sources (like transit authorities) with live inputs from the crowd, OnTheBus gives a complete real-time snapshot of what the trip will be like so users can save time. Some apps are designed for even visually impaired persons to use. Many of the app startups in Barcelona are supported by the Catalonia Apps Association, a non-profit association of professionals who design, develop, publish and promote mobile apps. The association’s activities include product quality, staff training and visibility of the industry. The city innovation agency Neàpolis works as a living lab ecosystem to facilitate and connect innovation through Public-Private-People Partnerships (PPPP) for user-driven open innovation. Its strategic projects are focused on mobile, creative industries, social innovation, civic engagement, smart cities and startup ecosystems. Participants include companies, social entrepreneurs, communities and research centres, who can co-create their solutions to user-driven environment needs.

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