Saturday, September 24, 2016

Going to Bratislava!

At the end we made it! Pundit has been selected as one of the 16 finalists of the Innovation Radar Prize 2016!
My colleagues and I are about to leave for Bratislava, where we are going to pitch Pundit. Needless to say, we are very excited and we hope to be able to present our product to the widest possible audience. We are also demoing Pundit on Tuesday 27th, on the Innovation Booth, from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Besides, we are also very interested to participate to the ICT Proposers' Day 2016 where we hope to have a lot of chances to network with people from all over Europe. So, if you happen to be in Bratislava on the 26th and the 27th of September, don't hesitate to drop me an email to arrange a meeting.

Fingers crossed for Pundit!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Pundit selected for the Innovation Radar Prize 2016!

Just a very quick post (before leaving for the Summer vacation...) to report that Pundit was selected for the Innovation Radar Prize 2016, a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded projects.

Our project is one of the 40 short-listed EU-funded innovators. Now everybody is invited to vote, until August 31st, the top 16 innovators, who will compete in the Innovation Radar final, at the ICT proposers' day in Bratislava on 26 September 2016.

So, if you happen to see this post... please give your vote to Pundit here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The context for web annotation

As I wrote a few days ago, the final review of the StoM project was held on Tuesday June 21st. All went more than fine as the final assessment of the work states, for the quality of the results, that "…the actions have been performed very well and the project has achieved excellent progress"!

I'm very happy of course: the preparation of the review was a hard work. I prepared 5 presentations, most of which related to the work done in the project. One of them was the "Presentation of context: Web Annotations (& Pundit) during the StoM Project (May 2014 – Apr. 2016)".

The purpose was to introduce, at the beginning of the review, the context for the two main StoM products, the event management SaaS platform EventPlace and the Pundit Annotation System.

While my friend George Ioannidis introduced how the Event Industry is evolving and needs new tools to better engage attendees and exhibitors, I presented what has happened in the two years of the project in the context of web annotation. My talk was based on the presentation attached below.

Enjoy (and don't hesitate to provide feedbacks)!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Working on StoM final review

I'm preparing the slides for the StoM project final review, that will take place next Tuesday, June 21st, in Bruxelles.

Still a lot to adjust today and tomorrow, before taking the plane to Belgium on Monday morning. It was my first European project as a coordinator and despite some (inevitable) problems every now and then, I'm quite happy of this experience.

I'm especially happy of how, thanks also to StoM, Pundit, our web annotation platform, came out.

By the way, we made also some very cool videos to showcase Pundit. Have a look, download Pundit and... start annotating the web!

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Presentation at Italian Drupal Day

I'm just back from Bologna, where I attended with my colleagues the Italian Drupal Day conference. We at Net7 are working on several Drupal based projects (the latest I've managed being the website of Scuola Sant'Anna, one of the most prestigious universities in Italy).

We decided to do a presentation on the project, in which we exploited the semantic API of Dandelion to completely automatise the work of an editorial team. Software services fetch articles from more than 40 web sites (in Italian, English and French) and analyse their texts using Dandelion's Named Entity Extraction and Automatic Classification services. If the article matches with the topics of interest of the portal, it is automatically published, if not it gets discarded.

The site has been in production for several months now, publishing hundreds and hundreds of selected contents, in three languages, without a hiccup and without any manual intervention.

The Drupal Day slides follow (in Italian). Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

My Nerdie Bookshelf - "Linked Data - Structured data on the web" by David Wood, Marsha Zaidman, Luke Ruth and Michael Hausenblas

This book has been a bit of a disappointment to me, the first one I had from Manning Publications.

Despite being published in 2014 you have the impression that the information provided here are stale. Only in the final chapter ("The evolving Web") a comprehensive, well written and updated viewpoint on Linked Data (and the Semantic Web) is provided, although in concise form.

The foreword by Tim Berners-Lee and the collaboration with Michael Hausenblas lured me to blind purchase the book. In particular I was looking for insights in what, in my viewpoint, is a powerful use case for Linked Data which hasn't been addressed enough, that is Semantic Enterprise Data Integration, hoping to get, as it is common for Manning books, a lot of advanced technical information. In particular I was, and still am, looking for technical advice, integration patterns and product reviews that can guide me in using Semantics to effectively interconnect enterprise data silos.

The book on the other hand revolves around a different perspective, those of a data publisher, with little (if any) notion of the technology behind Linked Data. It presents therefore all the basic concepts at a quite simple level.
This is of course a legit editorial choice but what annoyed me the most was the fact that the information provided are often outdated. No mention on JSON-LD or to the Linked Data Platform principles; CKAN, a widely used platform for creating open data repositories, is just cited but only in connection to the DataHub site. Moreover, the motivations, advantages, pros and cons of working on Linked Data are presented in a very basic, if not superficial, way.

The mention of Callimachus, the "Linked Data application server" created by the authors, left me unimpressed as well, even if it is correct to say that it has been used in interesting projects.

I must admit that I am biased and might sound arrogant (sorry if this is the case): at the end of the day I've been working on these topics for 5 years. The fact is that this book could have been appealing to beginners if only could present more up-to-date information and more detailed use cases. Linked Data looks like it was written in 2010: it could make sense to publish it in 2011, not, as it was the case, in 2014.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Introducing Social Proxy

I've finally published on SlideShare the presentation of Social Proxy, a project I've been working on since 2010.

If you ask, "why this platform and not HootSuite or Radian6?", well I think it still has some strengths, despite our (huge!) competitors have received tons of VC funds over the years, while basically Social Proxy has been developed through a series of orders (some very small) from our customers. In fact:

1. Social Proxy offers, in a single SaaS offering, plenty of features that you can only get by acquiring multiple services. You can get Social Media management (à la Hootsuite) and Social Media Analysis (see Radian6). It is certainly less advanced respect these famous competitors but... it still performs more than nicely!

2. Social Proxy is a framework for Net7, that can be easily extended when a new, custom feature is needed by a customer. For example this Drupal web site, doesn't have an editorial team behind. It presents content automatically fetched and "cleaned" through the Social Proxy: dozens of RSS feeds are scanned, the linked pages retrieved and their content is extracted, keeping the main text and removing all the decoration parts. Through web services, the Drupal site fetches and publishes the curated content.
Of course competitors provide APIs but the amount of things that you can do with them is limited.

Anyway, here are the slides: enjoy the reading! Other information on Social Proxy (in Italian) can be read here.