While Bryan Yurcan of Bank Tech, reports on  financial institutions accumulating  unstructured data at an increasingly rapid pace, and George Wright reveals the ever increasing difficulties of machine traffic, organiser of the Open-data Cities ConferenceGreg Hadfield, gives his tips on emerging open-data technologies. Meanwhile, as GOOG +0.83% gives its Web-search formula a makeover, Amir Efrati defends Google's turf against traditional search rivals MSFTAAPL and Facebook Inc.


With Semantic Search, Google Eyes CompetitorsWall Street Journal

There are few semantic games around Google's search-engine changes: It must defend its turf against traditional search rivals such as Microsoft Corp., MSFT +0.24% new entrants including Apple Inc. AAPL -0.69% and possibly even Facebook Inc. Google's semantic-search effort could help it compete with Apple, which has jumped into voice-activated search with Siri. The software, loaded on Apple's iPhone 4S, takes verbal commands and questions and responds with answers using computer-generated speech, finding the answers with search engines like Google and Wolfram Alpha, which uses semantic technology.


Google Gives Search a RefreshWall Street Journal

Google Inc. GOOG +0.83% is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market share. Over the next few months, Google's search engine will begin spitting out more than a list of blue Web links. It will also present more facts and direct answers to queries at the top of the search-results page.


'Cities expect more from newspapers that are 'local' in name only'Journalism.co.uk

Connectivity – and the "connectedness" it engenders – will be the air we breathe. The world we inhabit will be an "internet of things", of which all kinds of objects – not just computers, tablets and phones – will be a part. Emerging technologies associated with a semantic web of data will power the innovative applications, services, and enterprises that will compete and combine to meet the needs of communities in the 21st century.


Machine traffic is a headache for site ownersIT Pro

Machine traffic, for want of a better term, is when the results of a request to a website or online service are not interpreted by a human. The web browser is our window to the web and its primary purpose is to render the various web technologies (HTML, Javascript, Flash etc) into a format which is designed for visual and audio interpretation by a human mind. The father of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee promotes the term "semantic web" to describe how we will move more towards the atomisation of knowledge, and linking between data contained in the document rather than just linking between the documents themselves. At the heart of the semantic web is that data in a webpage or document is tagged in a way that is not only suitable for humans but also software systems.


State Street’s Chief Scientist on How to Tame Big Data Using SemanticsBank Tech

Financial institutions are accumulating data at a rapid pace. Between massive amounts of internal information and an ever-growing pool of unstructured data to deal with, banks' data management and storage capabilities are being stretched thin. But relief may come in the form of semantic databases, which could be the next evolution in how banks manage big data, says David Saul, Chief Scientist for Boston-based State Street Corp.