[BangPypers] Open Calais ? Bellenix meeting

Arvind Jamuna Dixit ardsrk at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 16:54:45 CEST 2009

The demo given by Anand on semantic search of feeds using OpenCalais was
very interesting.
The fact that his app essentially did something that
Feedly<http://www.feedly.com/>( based on Google Reader ) does piqued
my interest.

Feedly too uses OpenCalais to get semantic information on a blog post and
for search.
If you use Google Reader as a RSS reader then you have to check out Feedly.

Anand used python-calais <http://code.google.com/p/python-calais/> for
communicating to the OpenCalais
Anand then showed how OpenCalais categorized the input text into entities,
topics and relations.
With every entity OpenCalais attached a percentage that indicated how sure
it was on the element being the entity
whose identity was given by a URL. For instance, there is a URL identiying
the entity "Android" as a product.

Open Calais is exciting new technology that has made information gathering
applications like Feedly and Klezio <http://www.klezio.com/> possible.
Another application is Tagaroo <http://tagaroo.opencalais.com/> a wordpress
plugin that automatically generates tags as you type your blog post.

In the meetup Anand said that the current state-of-the-art of semantic web
is not even 5% of its potential. A quick search of the term
imagine semantic
ReadWriteWeb shows that a lot of businesses and visionaries are
big on semantic web and know that
it has a lot of potential.

On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 11:17 AM, Anand Balachandran Pillai <
abpillai at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 9:30 PM, Sriram Narayanan <sriramnrn at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 8:52 PM, Noufal Ibrahim <noufal at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >  I had some stuff to take care of and was too tired to attend the
>> > meeting. How did it go? Any tidbits that the list might benefit from?
>> >
>> The opencalais session was good. I'm going to tell my colleagues about
>> this, and they'd surely explore it more.
>> Anand and Ramdas have asked that we have sessions again with more
>> detail. I agree, since the scant amount of ZFS that I showcased today
>> was in itself radically different from what we all know from other
>> file systems.
>> I request feedback from other attendees on today's ZFS session. Please
>> let me know what else you'd have liked me to cover at an introduction
>> level.
> We had a good meeting. There were some initial hiccups with the
> projector but moving to a separate meeting room solved it.
> I presented a brief introduction to semantic web and showcased the
> OpenCalais API using python-calais. I showed how to extract semantic
> concepts (categories) from existing data using the API.
> I went on to demo my application which listens to a couple of mobile
> phone news feeds and uses semantic information returned by OpenCalais
> to provide specific natural language queries (not exactly NLP there yet,
> but I am simulating NLP like queries) which return specific answers.
> The demo showed making a query on "cost of motorola android" and
> this returning the specific data requested on the price of the most
> recent motorola android mobile phones.
> I will wait for some other attendee for their feedback on how good
> this was rather than making the comment myself :)
> This was followed by a very good session by Sriram and Moinak on
> the capabilities of ZFS. I don't want to get into details, but I was blown
> away by the capabilities of ZFS. I had only read about it before and never
> seen it in action, so when Sriram showed how to increase the storage
> of an existing volume by adding another device and just adding it to
> the volume using "zfs add" it was just too good to believe. ZFS
> makes those actions which could take hours using Linux ext3
> look trivial and done within seconds...!
> We started the ZFS session a bit late i.e around 5.30 pm so there
> was not much time to showcase all the bits planned. We dispersed
> around 6.10 pm.
> We were 7 attendees in total.
>> -- Sriram
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