Archive for January, 2010
David Newman, a Strategic Planning Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, gave a presentation on applications of “semantic technology” for financial services at a Meetup in San Francisco on January 14th, 2010. His presentation contradicted the stereotypes of financial institutions in general and of Wells Fargo in particular as being cautious, behind the times, and slow to adopt advanced information technology.
At the SF Freebase Meetup on January 13th, 2010, Jamie Taylor briefly described WordNet, the lexical database of words developed by George Miller and colleagues at Princeton. Jamie recently put WordNet 3.0 into Freebase, an open symantic database created by Metaweb Technologies. The aim of the Freebase project is to enlist a global community and to include much of the world’s knowledge in a relatively coherent and well-structured form in a huge database that everyone can access. The inclusion of WordNet is a powerful addition to the substantial body of information already in Freebase.