Bloomreach partners with Spryker to expand composable commerce

Bloomreach, a platform fueling e-commerce experiences, today announced their partnership with Spryker, a composable commerce platform for sophisticated use cases in B2B Commerce, Enterprise Marketplaces, and Thing Commerce. With the partnership, Bloomreach users will be able to leverage Spryker’s composable, API based functionalities to constantly improve their digital and marketplace experience. From content management and product discovery […]

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Gilbane Advisor 11-29-23 — LLM overkill, knowledge graph not

This week we feature articles from Kurt Cagle, and Mike Dillinger. Additional reading comes from Michael Parekh, Jeremy Arancio, Sam Shedden, and Mike Loukides. News comes from Neoj4, Acquia, Ontotext, and Fivetran. Reminder: We don’t usually publish in December. We’ll be back in January. Hope you all have healthy and happy holidays!  All previous issues are […]

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Neo4j collaborating with AWS to enhance generative AI results

Neo4j announced a multi-year Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable enterprises to achieve better generative artificial intelligence (AI) outcomes through a combination of knowledge graphs and native vector search that reduces generative AI hallucinations while making results more accurate, transparent, and explainable. Neo4j also anncounced a new integration with Amazon […]

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Querying for labels

bobdc.blog - Sun, 2023-11-19 16:20
The normal way and the wikibase:label service way
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Ontotext and TopQuadrant partner to accelerate adoption of graph and semantic technologies

Ontotext, a semantic data and knowledge graph technology provider, and TopQuadrant, a provider of software tools for data governance and semantics, announced a partnership to bring advantages to their shared customer base. With TopQuadrant, Ontotext clients gain a knowledge graph creation and curation tool that enables new data governance use cases, while TopQuadrant clients benefit from improved scalability, usability, […]

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Fivetran deepens relationship with Microsoft; adds new data lake destinations

Fivetran announced its support for Microsoft OneLake through integration with Microsoft Fabric as a new data lake destination, and that Fivetran has been named a Microsoft Fabric Interoperability Partner. Together with support for Delta Lake on Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2, also announced today, Fivetran customers now have two Microsoft data lake destinations to […]

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Acquia Site Studio introduces capabilities to create Drupal and headless applications from a single platform

Acquia announced new capabilities for Acquia Site Studio, the low-code Drupal website builder. Now, developers and marketers can create and manage digital experiences for traditional Drupal websites and headless applications using the same content. This allows marketers to create engaging digital experiences across digital channels from a single content platform, reducing demands on development and […]

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Gilbane Advisor 11-15-23 — CMSs & ESUS, creative remixing

This week we feature articles from Michael Andrews and Mike Loukides. Additional reading comes from Alan Morrison, Cobus Greyling, Thomas Macaulay, and Nicholas Megaw. News comes from Transperfect & Sitecore, OpenAI, Brightcove & Socialive, and Elastic. Note: We’ll be off next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. All previous issues are available at https://gilbane.com/gilbane-advisor-index Opinion / Analysis […]

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Gilbane Advisor 11-8-23 — OpenAI dashboard, knowledge graph representations

This week we feature articles from Cobus Greyling, and Julia Cohen, Ana Iglesias-Molina, Kian Ahrabian, Filip Ilievski, Jay Pujara & Oscar Corcho. Additional reading comes from Michael Parekh, Caroline Mimbs Nyce, and Ethan Zuckerman. News comes from DataStax, Cloudera & Pinecone, SnapLogic & Acolad, and Fivetran. All previous issues are available at https://gilbane.com/gilbane-advisor-index Opinion / Analysis […]

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Elastic unveils Elasticsearch Query Language (ES|QL)

Elastic the company behind Elasticsearch, today announced Elasticsearch Query Language (ES|QL), its new piped query language designed to transform, enrich and simplify data investigation with concurrent processing. ES|QL enables site reliability engineers (SREs), developers and security professionals to perform data aggregation and analysis across a variety of data sources from a single query.  Over the […]

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Brightcove and Socialive partner

Brightcove announced today an expanded partnership with Socialive, a video content creation platform designed for enterprises, to provide customers additional remote video production capabilities. Enhancing Brightcove’s comprehensive and reliable live streaming solution with Socialive’s features provides customers greater control over the creation, management and distribution of live and on-demand internal video content. Through the integration, customers […]

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TransPerfect announces integrated translation solution for Sitecore XM Cloud

TransPerfect announced the launch of the first translation integration to support Sitecore XM Cloud, giving users the ability to create, manage, and deliver relevant multilingual content with an enterprise-ready CMS. GlobalLink for Sitecore XM Cloud is TransPerfect’s solution to initiate, automate, control, track, and complete all facets of the translation process within Sitecore’s user interface. By […]

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OpenAI introduces custom GPTs

From the OpenAI Blog… We’re rolling out custom versions of ChatGPT that you can create for a specific purpose—called GPTs. GPTs are a new way for anyone to create a tailored version of ChatGPT to be more helpful in their daily life, at specific tasks, at work, or at home, and then share that creation […]

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Every DITA topic should be able to fit anywhere. (Not really.)

Geekery - Sat, 2013-10-12 17:05

When I talk to writers about this, I state the case strongly: every topic should be able to fit anywhere. That always provokes some pushback, which is good. Of course it’s not really so, in practice. There are many combinations of topics that are just never going to happen. However, on a large scale, with hundreds or thousands of topics, there are many, many plausible combinations, some of them completely unexpected.

In fact, there are so many plausible combinations, you might as well not worry about the impossible ones. You might as well just go ahead and write each topic as if you had no idea what parent topic it was going to be pulled into.

That’s what we mean by “unleashing” your content with DITA. It’s the combinations of topics that bring the value, not the individual topics themselves. If you draft each individual topic so that it’s eligible for the largest possible number of combinations, you’ve multiplied the usefulness to the user (yes, and the ROI, and the technical efficiency) of the information in that topic. For any given topic, it’s true, there may be only three or four conceivable combinations in which it could make sense. For some, there might be hundreds. You’re not going to know unless you write for reuse in every case.

Once we’ve put this into action, we can go back to the managers and gurus and say, now you’ve really got ROI; now you’ve really got efficiency. Because we’ve given you something that is worth investing in, something that’s worth producing efficiently. Something that can delight readers with its usefulness and its elegance. This isn’t just content, this is writing.

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DITA makes it possible for any information set, no matter how complex and huge, to be represented with a single page.

Geekery - Tue, 2013-10-08 00:33

In any information set, every component should be able to roll up into what is ultimately a single top-level summary. We know most readers don’t come in through the front door, but in principle you can provide the reader with an entry point that fully sums up what’s in the information set. From there they can drill down into more and more detailed levels. (Readers can be very easily trained to do this, because they have learned from their previous reading to scan for summary-like information and use that to judge whether it’s worth reading on for more detail.)

If each level is itself a rolled-up collection of subordinate units, and so on in turn down the ranks, what you are offering is a set of pages in which each page is itself a table of contents. The content is the navigation and the navigation is the content.

Picture this single page sitting at the apex of a pyramid. It contains (describes) everything that is included in that pyramid. Not that many people are ever going to actually read that page, but we need it to be there, because it defines the pyramid.

The bigger the pyramid, the higher level the information in its top node is going to be. So, for a very large information set, that single page is going to be very general. Each of its immediate child pages will be a level more detailed, and each successive level is going to be more detailed, until you get to the bottom “leaf” level where a topic describes only itself.


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Modularity is what makes it fun to write with DITA.

Geekery - Tue, 2013-09-24 19:13

The most disorienting thing about learning structured writing is modularity. There are a lot of things we’ve learned about writing that we have to unlearn; this is the most fundamental of them. This is way bigger than deciding it’s OK to dangle a preposition.

Modularity means, in practice, conveying meaning in free-standing chunks instead of in a unified stream. Why is it so great to be free-standing? What does that get me, from a purely authoring perspective? (Remember, we’re still excluding managerial and technical perspectives from this conversation. You folks can come on back later.)

In mature DITA writing, many topics are built up automatically from component topics. Done well, these composite topics look like you lovingly handcrafted them with sections, section titles, section detail, overview material, and so on. In fact, you threw them together on the fly from component topics that you happened to have lying around.

How good your built-up topics are depends on how good those component topics are. How good the components are is largely a function of how well each one delivers meaning on its own, without having to wait for any other component to its job.

A composite topic that looks and reads like a composite topic is a failed composite topic. It needs to look and read like it was specifically conceived for this particular user at this particular moment. We want its component topics to match, in tone and style and scope, so well that they look like they were all written at once for this specific collection.

You’re working on a building, from the roof down and from the foundation up at the same time. You know what you need your built-up composite topic to do, which influences how to you’ll define and select or draft its component topics. At the same time, as your component topics come into being, they’ll influence the scope, scale and ultimately the effectiveness of the composite topic you’re building from them. In my experience, it’s when this process gets rolling that you really start to feel like you’re doing interesting, useful writing. This is where the fun starts.

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Why is it that good writing feels like speech, but writing that’s transcribed from speech is usually bad writing?

Geekery - Thu, 2013-09-19 22:45

I’m reprising something I put up on this site about five years ago (lightly edited), because it still comes up in conversation occasionally and it’s fun stuff to talk about. Goes a little bit like this:

Writing has a tense, complicated relationship with speech. Good writing gives the illusion of resembling speech, or being derived from speech. But writing that is transcribed from speech is generally bad writing. It doesn’t feel like real speech. Some writing that does feel like real speech seems stilted when you read it out loud. The speech that writing evokes is imaginary speech, speech that takes place in your mind’s ear.

Often someone says something in a meeting that captures a thought perfectly. It may even seem elegant, like something that everyone knows but that hasn’t been expressed so well until now. Someone will say, “Get that down.” Later, at editing time, it turns out to make no sense at all. The context has changed, of course: what’s said in a meeting grows out of the experiences of everyone there, complete with unspoken assumptions, agreements and compromises. Text has little or no context. It appears out of nowhere, bearing all of its antecedents within itself. It has no hope of matching the immediacy of a spoken conversation. But we can rely on it to a degree that we can’t rely on our memory of speech.

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DITA can transform our writing, but only if we take control of it as writers.

Geekery - Mon, 2013-09-16 15:51

Let’s leave aside, for now, the whole technical thing. Let’s separate creating content from building deliverables, at least abstractly. Let’s just talk about how we can use DITA to create beautiful, thrilling texts.

The first thing to acknowledge is that DITA is not just an XML-based way of producing the same kinds of products we used to push out with Framemaker. (That would be DocBook.) DITA is so much more than that. It’s a new way of writing. It invites us to look at our writing in a completely different way.

When people talk about DITA they almost always talk from one of two overlapping perspectives: the technical guru or the publication manager. Writers have reason to care about some of the same things those two care about, but neither focuses on what really matters to tech writers.

  • To the technician, DITA is mainly about all the awesomely efficient processing and automation you can do. To a writer, efficiency is great as a means to get good writing in front of readers. It’s not an end in itself.

  • What sells DITA to a manager is the cost savings from reuse and processing efficiency. Writers care about saving money too — to hire more writers with, of course — but investment only matters to us if it’s in pursuit of better content.

I suspect that’s why there are a lot of DITA-based help sites out there that aren’t really much better than the old paper or PDF or Winhelp or Dreamweaver products that they replaced. Gurus and managers have reconfigured their thinking, but writers haven’t. We’re still trying to write the kind of stuff we grew up writing, and trying to jam it into a new kind of container. But this new container demands a new kind of content.

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The mobile future of content

Rich Media - Sat, 2010-03-20 04:20
There has been a steady stream of upbeat, expansive reports on the future of mobile marketing and advertising (most of which—if you track these sorts of predictions—tend to wildly overshoot their mark), coupled with prognostications that the internet as we... Astoria
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The publisher's gold mine

Rich Media - Wed, 2010-02-17 16:45
There appears to be a growing trend among content publishers of using targeting technologies to focus and solidify their relationships with their customers, rather than passing customer data to their ad network ecosystem. Although the benefits of this type of ... Astoria
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