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Seven APIs have been added to the directory including 4 recent Twinword natural language processing offerings. Also added were 2 new libraries for the National Weather Service.
MarkLogic 8 focuses on developer experience, semantics, and bitemporal data management in latest upgrade.
A growing number of companies are using NLP (Natural Language Processing) to analyze and enrich their data. NLP helps companies take their data and begin to understand and monetize it. This article looks at leading Natural Language Processing providers that offer API integration.
Earlier this year, ProgrammableWeb reported that Expert System, a leading semantic software company, had released the Cogito Intelligence API which allows semantic processing and analysis functionality to be integrated with government, intelligence, law enforcement and other types of security software systems and applications. Expert System has just announced the launch of a "freemium" version of the Cogito Intelligence API which is available on Mashape, the cloud API Marketplace.
If you have created a powerful API-as-product, do you automatically have a business model you can monetize? German startup Webknox aims to answer this question and is worth following to see how they turn a powerful data product into an investable commodity. ProgrammableWeb caught up with Dr David Urbansky at the recent API World conference to talk about the very early days of this new API enterprise and to discuss the road to success that may lay ahead.
Expert System Releases Cogito Intelligence API Helping Analysts Quickly and Accurately Evaluate Intelligence Data
Expert System, a leading semantic technology company and developer of Cogito semantic technology, has announced the release of the Cogito Intelligence API which allows semantic processing and analysis functionality to be integrated with government, intelligence, law enforcement and other types of security software systems and applications.
In February, Morgan and Claypool Publishers released a 54-page unfinished work by Aaron Swartz on A Programmable Web. It begins with a focus on the architecture of the web, and moves on to "what it means to build a program on top of the web."
It’s not hard to see why Government Computer News named Science.gov Mobile one of the top 10 federal mobile apps. You can use the Android app to search scientific databases from 12 federal agencies, including NASA, the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency, with data going back to 1990. The Science.gov API allows any developer to tap into those same resources.
Our API directory now includes 111 semantic APIs. The newest is the RACAI Linguistic API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the MusicBrainz API. We list 29 MusicBrainz mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of semantic APIs.
Roistr is a project that’s smaller than our typical API feature. It shows the falling barrier to entry in the API world even in a the demanding academic area of natural language processing and semantic analysis. The primary Roistr API function is a “best match” engine. It offers an interesting use case to demonstrate the relevance of the service: take a Twitter username and use tweets from this account to find content most relevant to the user’s interests.
The new Yahoo Content Analysis API capitalizes on the success of its term extraction API while adding new functionality. The reborn implementation not only extracts terms and entities but ranks them based on perceived importance within the article. Peter Levinson, product manager for Yahoo Content Analysis, says “The new API gives developers actionable metadata about their content. By extracting and then ranking terms on the page, the API separates signal from noise in unstructured content.”
Diffbot has come out of beta announcing the APIs ability to extract content from sites that fit into two page-types: article and front page. The Diffbot engine can determine, just by rendering and looking at a page, what type of page it is. Is it an article or a front page news site? Maybe it's a profile page from a social network. Diffbot’s artificial brain has been literally trained to know the difference. Developers can make 50,000 calls to the Diffbot API per month for free with additional calls available for fractions of a cent. This pricing should encourage wide adoption and experimentation.
Viralheat seeks to bring understanding to large enterprises and small businesses alike through their shockingly affordable social media analytics services.
Semantinet’s slogan, “Information into knowledge” aptly describes their work. Semantinet is building a giant information graph of people, places and concepts linked together by whichever relationships are detected from both structured and unstructured data sources on the web. It’s a simple thing to describe, but the implications are profound. This type of information technology is so much more powerful than a collection of articles that can be searched by keyword. What we have here resembles how we imagine information and memories are stored in our own minds, and its available to be used in your own project through the Semantinet Knowledge Graph API.
Saplo is a Swedish incarnation of semantic analysis. Born out of academia, the Saplo API is built on computer science and applied mathematics. This company is effectively commercializing academic research topics. What makes Saplo stand out immediately as an API provider is its list of active customers which includes two Nordic news sites. This shows that they are serious about the business behind the Saplo API and also successful at convincing experienced media players that semantic analysis is a tool that they should employ.
Syllabs is a Paris-based semantic processing service. This company likely has academic roots, based on the number of public research laboratories with whom it partners. The impression presented on the website is that the Syllabs API offering will continue to grow and change as its consulting business thrives. The company even offers to develop custom private APIs to fill the particular language processing need that you may have. Clearly Syllabs sees its API as a key component of running a consulting business. It’s a little ‘try before you buy’ strategy.
Diffbot is one of the coolest new ideas on the internet. The service brings monitoring to the web in a new and interesting way. The company is just about to release a whole slew of projects built on its collection of Diffbot APIs for following changes to web pages and RSS, as well as extracting clean text from websites.