Ontotext awards young talents in the IT development area

Ontotext values and encourages young talents in the IT development area and gave additional awards to the winners of the National Informatics Olympiad for students held in Varna on 25-28th April, 2014.

The event was hosted by the Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” and was organised with the support of the Regional Inspectorate of Education in Varna. 

Hristo Venev from Sofia, SMG, 10th grade, the winner and the leader of the national informatics team received one-day visit to our office. It will give him а chance to meet professionals and a firsthand experience of how things work in a successful software development company.

2nd place – Encho Ivanov Mishinev, Yambol, MG “Atanas Radev”, 9th grade, got a G-shock watch.

3rd place – Momtchil Pavlinov Peytchev, Varna, MG “D-r Petar Beron”, 12th grade, was awarded an Amazon voucher.

Our team wishes them the best of luck in their future professional endeavours!

A good name is hard to obtain and easy to lose. Every day we see how information and news influence each level of our society – company stocks, state debts, politics. But how moch of that is actually true? A European research project, called Pheme, aims to find out by a new platform that can calculate the authenticity of rumors in different media, languages and networks.
The project is co-financed under European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for R&D in the field of information and communication technologies.
The initiative, whose first meeting took place only several days ago, will last for three years. It will be carried out by a consortium that includes nine partners from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Kenya, Spain, Switzerland, and The UK. Bulgarian semantic software vendor Ontotext, which is part of Sirma Group, will have a key role in it.
Within Pheme, the consortium will create a news software that will be able to automatically discover information and check its authenticity on a global scale. This software will allow for better understanding of the influence of rumors in the Internet – where they start from, how they spread, who makes and spreads them.
Using data from huge banks of public information, combined with content from social networks and media web sites, the Pheme project will lead to the development of a technology that will be able to automatically assess the authenticity of content. This can only be done by an interdisciplinary team including experts on social media analyses, language technologies, web sciences, big data and data visualization.

A good name is hard to obtain and easy to lose. Every day we see how information and news influence each level of our society – company stocks, state debts, politics. But how moch of that is actually true? A European research project, called Pheme, aims to find out by a new platform that can calculate the authenticity of rumors in different media, languages and networks. The project is co-financed under European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for R&D in the field of information and communication technologies.

The initiative, whose first meeting took place only several days ago, will last for three years. It will be carried out by a consortium that includes nine partners from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Kenya, Spain, Switzerland, and The UK. Bulgarian semantic software company Ontotext, which is part of Sirma Group, will have a key role in it.

Within Pheme, the consortium will create a news software that will be able to automatically discover information and check its authenticity on a global scale. This software will allow for better understanding of the influence of rumors in the Internet – where they start from, how they spread, who makes and spreads them.

Using data from huge banks of public information, combined with content from social networks and media web sites, the Pheme project will lead to the development of a technology that will be able to automatically assess the authenticity of content. This can only be done by an interdisciplinary team including experts on social media analyses, language technologies, web sciences, big data and data visualization.

Levski was among the three most frequently searched words in 2013 in European cultural heritage virtual database Europeana. It was set up by the EU to gather digital copies of various documents, images, monuments, and information related to them. This was announced by Bulgarian semantic software company Ontotext, whose semantic database OWLIM is used in Europeana (data.europeana.eu). The digital database allows Internet users from all over the world to explore the digital resources of thousands of European galleries, museums, libraries, archives, and audio-visual collections.
Ontotext, which is part of Sirma Group, has also had other projects in the sphere of cultural heritage, such as the web sites of The National Archives of the UK, the British Museum, the Polish Digital National Museum, etc.

Levski was among the three most frequently searched words in 2013 in European cultural heritage virtual database Europeana, which was set up by the EU to gather digital copies of various documents, images, monuments, and information related to them.

This was announced by Bulgarian semantic software company Ontotext, whose semantic database OWLIM is used in Europeana (data.europeana.eu). The digital database allows Internet users from all over the world to explore the digital resources of thousands of European galleries, museums, libraries, archives, and audio-visual collections.

Ontotext, which is part of Sirma Group, has also had other projects in the sphere of cultural heritage, such as the web sites of The National Archives of the UK, the British Museum, the Polish Digital National Museum, etc.

On 13th and 14th December 2013 at the Mirror Hall of the Sofia University took place the 12th edition of Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT) Workshop as part of the Third Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities. The Bulgarian semantic technologies company Ontotext co-organized the event.
The Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories aims at building a tighter collaboration between people working in various areas of the Humanities – such as literature, philology, history etc. and the research community involved in developing, using and making annotated corpora accessible.

On 13th and 14th December 2013 at the Mirror Hall of the Sofia University took place the 12th edition of Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT) Workshop as part of the Third Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities. The Bulgarian semantic technologies company Ontotext, part of Sirma Group co-organized the event.

The Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories aims at building a tighter collaboration between people working in various areas of the Humanities – such as literature, philology, history etc. and the research community involved in developing, using and making annotated corpora accessible.

Bulgarian company for semantic software Ontotext, which is part of Sirma Group, has a solution to access the information in European virtual library Europeana – a large-scale project of the European Union for digitizing European cultural heritage. Ontotext’s semantic data base OWLIM allows for the content in data.europeana.eu about the cultural heritage of Europe to be used easily by different external applications and offers a lot of different and creative ways to use it. The project is accessible at www.europeana.ontotext.com/sparql.
Semantic technologies, which are what Ontotext is specialized in, are one of the most innovative spheres in the IT sector and are turning into a high priority for some of the largest publishing and software companies in the world.
OWLIM is a family of semantic repositories based on the RDF (Resource Description Framework) standard and SPARQL 1.1 (SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language). The solutions virtually turns europeana.ontotext.com into the first large-scale public project of its type using the SPARQL 1.1 technology.
Ontotext’s software has also been implemented at the UK National Archives and the Polish Digital National Museum, as well as within projects CHARISMA, 3D-COFORM, and MOLTO under the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU.

Bulgarian company for semantic software Ontotext, which is part of Sirma Group, has a solution to access the information in European virtual library Europeana – a large-scale project of the European Union for digitizing European cultural heritage. Ontotext’s semantic data base OWLIM allows for the content in data.europeana.eu about the cultural heritage of Europe to be used easily by different external applications and offers a lot of different and creative ways to use it. The project is accessible at www.europeana.ontotext.com/sparql.

Semantic technologies, which are what Ontotext is specialized in, are one of the most innovative spheres in the IT sector and are turning into a high priority for some of the largest publishing and software companies in the world.

OWLIM is a family of semantic repositories based on the RDF (Resource Description Framework) standard and SPARQL 1.1 (SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language). The solutions virtually turns europeana.ontotext.com into the first large-scale public project of its type using the SPARQL 1.1 technology. Ontotext’s software has also been implemented at the UK National Archives and the Polish Digital National Museum, as well as within projects CHARISMA, 3D-COFORM, and MOLTO under the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU.

Ontotext is pleased to announce the release of YAGAJOBS: the UK Jobs Data API. The service provides access to millions of live job vacancies gathered from more than 355 UK job boards, normalized and constantly refreshed in a single highly comprehensive database.
We believe that yagajobs.co.uk will add value to your business by providing:
A broader perspective on the day-to-day demands of the UK jobs market in human readable or machine form
A day-to-day monitoring the demands of specific sectors of the recruitment market
An ability to search and classify information by: Job title, Location, Salary Range, Publication date, Vacancy Type and Hours, Advertiser Type and Name
An ability to integrate data via API in your software application and business process
Support for various formats (hr-xml, json, simple xml)
Play with our user-friendly interface to browse and find data, especially for non API-aware users. If you are tech savvy, you may also copy and use the generated API call in your software application.
For example applications and usage, check our use cases to see examples of how YAGAJOBS can empower your business by utilizing the API and the underlying database.

Ontotext is pleased to announce the release of YAGAJOBS: the UK Jobs Data API. The service provides access to millions of live job vacancies gathered from more than 355 UK job boards, normalized and constantly refreshed in a single highly comprehensive database.

We believe that yagajobs.co.uk will add value to your business by providing:

- A broader perspective on the day-to-day demands of the UK jobs market in human readable or machine form

- A day-to-day monitoring the demands of specific sectors of the recruitment market

- An ability to search and classify information by: Job title, Location, Salary Range, Publication date, Vacancy Type and Hours, Advertiser Type and Name

- An ability to integrate data via API in your software application and business process

- Support for various formats (hr-xml, json, simple xml)

Play with our user-friendly interface to browse and find data, especially for non API-aware users. If you are tech savvy, you may also copy and use the generated API call in your software application.

For example applications and usage, check our use cases to see examples of how YAGAJOBS can empower your business by utilizing the API and the underlying database.

Bulgarian students won seven medals – 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze at the 11th International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO), held in Manchester, UK, from July 22nd to 27th, 2013. Thirty-five teams from twenty-six countries competed to solve problems on diverse languages.
Ontotext, together with the Ministry of Education and the America for Bulgaria Foundation, supported the Bulgarian participants. They formed two teams, consisting of 4 students and two leaders:
The team leaders were Alexander Velinov and Valentina Momchilova.
The winners are:
Gold medal – Iva Gumnishka (Spanish Secondary School “Miguel de Cervantes”, Sofia).
Silver medals – Boriana Hadzhiyska (1st English Language School, Sofia) and Yuliya Markova (High school of Mathematics “Dr Petar Beron”, Varna)
Bronze medals – Vesko Milev (OMG “Acad. Kiril Popov”, Plovdiv), Marin Ivanov (Spanish Secondary School “Miguel de Cervantes”, Sofia), Ivan Lyutskanov (First Language School, Varna) and Milena Velikova (High school of Mathematics “Dr Petar Beron”, Varna).
Team 1: Iva Gumnishka, Vesko Milev, Rada Atanasova and Boriana Hadzhiyska
Team 2: Yuliya Markova, Milena Velikova,Ivan Lyutskanov and Marin Ivanov

Bulgarian students won seven medals – 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze at the 11th International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO), held in Manchester, UK, from July 22nd to 27th, 2013. Thirty-five teams from twenty-six countries competed to solve problems on diverse languages.

Ontotext, together with the Ministry of Education and the America for Bulgaria Foundation, supported the Bulgarian participants. They formed two teams, consisting of 4 students and two leaders:

The team leaders were Alexander Velinov and Valentina Momchilova.

The winners are:

Gold medal – Iva Gumnishka (Spanish Secondary School “Miguel de Cervantes”, Sofia).
Silver medals – Boriana Hadzhiyska (1st English Language School, Sofia) and Yuliya Markova (High school of Mathematics “Dr Petar Beron”, Varna)
Bronze medals – Vesko Milev (OMG “Acad. Kiril Popov”, Plovdiv), Marin Ivanov (Spanish Secondary School “Miguel de Cervantes”, Sofia), Ivan Lyutskanov (First Language School, Varna) and Milena Velikova (High school of Mathematics “Dr Petar Beron”, Varna).
Team 1: Iva Gumnishka, Vesko Milev, Rada Atanasova and Boriana HadzhiyskaTeam 2: Yuliya Markova, Milena Velikova,Ivan Lyutskanov and Marin Ivanov

The BBC Sports and Olympics 2012 web sites of UK media group BBC, which are going to start covering the Olympic games in London within days, are based on the semantic technologies of Bulgarian software company Ontotext, part of Sirma Group Holding. This confirms the success of the firm in the sphere of media content semantic processing, which was achieved with the development of the web site of BBC for FIFA World Cup 2010.

The architecture of the dedicated Olympic web site of BBC uses the OWLIM semantic warehouse by Ontotext, as well as the company’s Concept Extraction Service (CES). Ontotext is among the leading enterprises in the world that work in the innovative sphere of semantic technologies, which let computers much better understand the requests that people make. Because of that, semantic systems are thought of as the future of Internet search engines, for they let machines search not only by key terms but by meaning too. The BBC Olympics web site is a good example of the abilities of the semantic web and of the solutions of the Bulgarian firm in this sphere. This type of software lets users find much richer and better matching content about the sports event.

Ontotext has been developing semantic software for more than ten years now. Its product portfolio includes semantic annotations platform KIM, the fastest OWL warehouse in the world OWLIM, web analyzes and search system WMF, biomedicine semantic products Semantic Biomedical Tagger and LinkedLifeData, as well as the FastForge platform. The company’s clients include BBC, UK’s National Archive, Press Association, AstraZeneca, The British Museum, Basel Institute on Governance, Raytheon, and Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” among others.

Bulgarian company for semantic technologies Ontotext, which is part of Sirma Group Holding, announced to open 15 vacancies for IT experts. Thus the number of the staff is going to reach 70 people in the offices in Sofia, Varna and USA. The decision comes at a time when many technological companies in the country reduce the number of employees or seek to preserve existing jobs, and is indicative for the good performance of the company. At the moment Ontotext is in the process of recruiting new programmers who are expected to contribute for the development of the company decisions on semantic technologies: semantic database, semantic annotations and search and retrieval of data from text, development of ontologies, extracting of knowledge from web sites. More information is available at: http://www.ontotext.com/jobs.

Despite the unfavorable economic circumstances in the recent years Ontotext managed to develop their products and to attract significant new clients including:

  • National Archives of Great Britain
  • BBC Media group. A typical example of the benefits of semantic technologies is that BBC replaced their technological architecture MySQL with Ontotext semantic database OWLIM Enterprise. It is used by the website dedicated to the World Cup 2010 and will be used for the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
  • AstraZeneca Global pharmaceutical company
  • KT Korean telecom and media giant, etc.

Bulgarian company is among the world’s leading providers in the innovative area of semantic technologies and registers considerable success:

  • Attracted investment from NEVEQ venture equity in 2008
  • The most successful Bulgarian participant in the Framework Programmes for Research and Development (IST FP5, FP6, FP7), that won Pythagoras award in 2010
  • Significant new customers
  • Established partnerships with leading universities and institutions, including the International Institute for Semantic Technologies; University of Sheffield, developing the most popular platform for GATE natural language processing; etc.

Ontotext development is a good example of Bulgarian software branch potential, which can take leading positions at the extraordinary innovative areas of knowledge, offering solutions with high added value.

“Semantic technologies have the potential to solve many problems existing today for the integration of data (“data silos”) and change the way we seek and use the data. They are the basis of so-called. Web 3.0, which is a network of globally related and structured data. Our experience and expertise of many years in this sector enables us to successfully develop and recruit new specialists at a time when many other companies discharge people and to offer these professionals favorable conditions for their growth in a very innovative field. Besides interesting job and stable salary, we offer exceptional career opportunities within the best European universities – said Atanas Kiriakov, head of Ontotext.

Bulgarian Semantic Technology Company Ontotext, a part of Sirma Group Holding, took part into a “study day” event called “Cultural heritage and the semantic web”. The event took place on 13th January at the BritishMuseum in London. Ontotext CEO Atanas Kiryakov delivered a lecture on the challenges related to Linked data management and access.

The Forum presented the way modern cultural and social organizations use the internet, namely the growing role of semantic technologies in cultural heritage preservation and making it easily accessible. The event brought together world leading specialists, practitioners and semantic solution providers, as well as students who shared information on latest trends, experiences and achievements in the field. Bulgarian company Ontotext is among the world leaders in semantic technology development and her clients include Great Britain National Archive and BBC Media Group. Company presentation at this large-scale international event proves its leading role in the field of semantic solutions use by cultural organizations.

Alongside Prof. Wendy Hall of Southampton University and Ken Hamma – consultant to the Yale Center for British Art, Ontotext CEO Atanas Kiryakov delivered the lecture “FactForge – the Fast Track to the Centre of the Data Web”. He presented the most recent around FactForge solution, which allows users to find sources and facts based on semantic linked data. The manager provided also examples related to the Modigliani test for the semantic web.

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