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Snowflake launches Unistore

Snowflake announced the launch of Unistore, a new workload that expands the capabilities of Snowflake and delivers a modern approach to working with transactional and analytical data together in a single platform. Unistore extends the Snowflake Data Cloud to streamline and simplify the development of transactional applications, while providing consistent governance, performance, and scale to customers.

Transactional and analytical data have typically been siloed, creating complexities when moving data between systems and hindering the speed required for modern development. With Unistore, teams can expand the Data Cloud to include transactional use cases such as application state and data serving. As a part of Unistore, Snowflake is introducing Hybrid Tables, which offer fast single-row operations and allow customers to build transactional business applications directly on Snowflake. Hybrid Tables, currently in private preview, enable customers to perform swift analytics on transactional data for immediate context, and join Hybrid Tables with existing Snowflake Tables for a holistic view across all data. Unistore and Hybrid Tables enable customers to build transactional applications with the same simplicity and performance they’re used to with Snowflake, and a unified approach to data governance and security.

Adobe announces new Adobe Analytics services

Adobe announced new services in Adobe Analytics, delivering a single workspace for brands to unify data and insights across all media types. Adobe also introduced a new service to transition data from other analytics products while preserving historical compliance with regulations such as Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Streaming media: Adobe is introducing new capabilities for brands to understand how streaming fits into the overall customer journey. Through Customer Journey Analytics (CJA), teams can tie digital media consumption to engagement on other channels like social media, websites and offline channels.

Seamlessly bring data together: With the bulk data insertion API now available, teams can move or activate any volume of historical data into Adobe Analytics. It covers any online or offline channel, allowing brands to transition data sources from point-of-sale devices, CRM systems and mobile applications.

Intelligent data mapping: Adobe Analytics is providing flexibility for brands to bypass the data migration preparation work while avoiding data destruction. As data comes through, Adobe Analytics preserves the underlying structure, and also suggests new ways to measure the customer journey. Brands can also retroactively apply dimensions to historical data, such as new attribution models.

Canto unveils Media Delivery Cloud

Canto, a provider of digital asset management (DAM) software, released Media Delivery Cloud, a new solution that enables customers to directly connect images from their Canto library to their website, e-commerce platform and other content distribution platforms. With Media Delivery Cloud, companies can deliver images in real time at a global scale – reducing duplicate work between creative and web teams, eliminating the need to create and store duplicate assets, while optimizing web load times.

By publishing assets directly to e-commerce and web, Media Delivery Cloud enables brands to accelerate their digital asset supply chain and ensure consistency across markets. Media Delivery Cloud enables brands to:

  • Automate publication of digital assets directly from your Canto library to your website or e-commerce platform
  • View locally hosted content from servers close to users, with faster page load times and a better end-user experience
  • Remove duplication and cut down on storage costs by displaying a single asset in different formats
  • Auto-resize and crop imagery in the formats needed, removing the burden on creative teams

CAI releases digital content provenance tools

The Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) released a suite of open-source developer tools – implementing the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) specification released earlier this year to enable a broad developer community to integrate content provenance across web, desktop, or mobile projects, regardless of their location or level of technical depth with the comprehensive C2PA technical specification. The three tools are:

  • JavaScript SDK – This UI toolkit includes everything developers need to create rich, browser-based experiences displaying content credentials.
  • C2PA Tool – Developers can install this utility to create, verify, and explore content credentials on their command line, or wrap it into a service to quickly equip their processes to interact with content provenance.
  • Rust SDK – Developers can build custom applications across desktop, mobile, and services that create, verify, and display content credentials directly via our powerful Rust library.

CAI Releases Suite of Open-Source Tools to Advance Digital Content Provenance

Umbraco teams with Microsoft

Umbraco announced a strategic agreement with Microsoft to extend the reach of Umbraco’s flexible and open source content management system (CMS) built on Microsoft .NET and strengthen its position in the Azure Marketplace, an online store built around Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

Listed on the Azure marketplace are Umbraco Cloud and Umbraco Heartcore, the company’s headless CMS. These technologies are at the core of Umbraco’s composable digital experience platform (DXP), which lets companies integrate best-of-breed applications or tools with the CMS to design the digital experiences that fit their organization’s needs instead of deploying a monolithic suite comprised of multiple MarTech technologies all integrated into one suite purchased from one vendor. As a composable DXP, the solutions, including Umbraco Cloud, work together via APIs to flexibly deliver content and customized digital experiences to customers.

Siteimprove launches Prepublish

Siteimprove, announced the launch of Siteimprove Prepublish, technology that provides digital marketers with data and analytics to help ensure website content is error-free, optimized for SEO and accessibility, and aligned with brand standards. Bringing these together on a single platform as a CMS plugin or an API, Prepublish protects the quality of a brand’s website content before it goes live.

The Siteimprove Platform includes three solutions that support marketing departments, web teams and CMOs to deliver optimized content performance across marketing channel:

  • Marketing Performance. Intelligent insights are served daily across organic and paid search (SEO and ad insights, simplified Quality Score analysis, structured budget optimization, website speed) to ensure visibility and growth. Workflow integration with CMS/DXPs provides a seamless experience for marketing teams. Siteimprove works integrates with Optimizely, Adobe Experience Manager, Drupal, Tridion, Sitecore and Sitefinity.
  • Digital Inclusivity. Siteimprove Prepublish provides instant insights into accessibility issues and actionable recommendations in a single view, ensuring a brand’s content is in line with accessibility guidelines and regulations.
  • Content Experience. On-page SEO diagnostics pinpoint where brands can fine-tune their content with recommendations for SEO success. Customizable company policies give instant visibility into any violations of brand guidelines for a stronger brand presence.

Gilbane Advisor 6-8-22 — knowledge graphs and graphics, CSS 2022

This week we feature a paper by Michael E. Deagen, Jamie P. McCusker, Tolulomo Fateye, Samuel Stouffer, L. Cate Brinson, Deborah L. McGuinness & Linda S. Schadler, and an article by Adam Argyle.

Additional reading comes from Maria Stasimioti, Jon Udell, and Colin Morris.

News comes from Stardog, Algolia, MariaDB & MindsDB, and Access Innovations & SiteFusion.

Opinion / Analysis

FAIR and interactive data graphics from a scientific knowledge graph

Very interesting paper. H/T: @storyneedle (22 min)

Graph databases capture richly linked domain knowledge by integrating heterogeneous data and metadata into a unified representation. Here, we present the use of bespoke, interactive data graphics (bar charts, scatter plots, etc.) for visual exploration of a knowledge graph. By modeling a chart as a set of metadata that describes semantic context (SPARQL query) separately from visual context (Vega-Lite specification), we leverage the high-level, declarative nature of the SPARQL and Vega-Lite grammars to concisely specify web-based, interactive data graphics synchronized to a knowledge graph.

State of CSS 2022

Browser developers have been working together to reduce incompatibilities that drive web developers, as well as marketers, crazy. Adam Argyle reports on progress made and what is coming. His article is a text version of his presentation at Google IO 2022, which you can also watch. A good resource. (29 min – but handy TOC links to each feature).

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Stardog updates enterprise knowledge graph platform

Stardog 8.0’s new capabilities eliminate the need for specialized skills when querying a reusable, flexible semantic data layer.

Access Innovations and SiteFusion ProConsult to deliver content management solutions

SiteFusion’s content management system for publishers will leverage the taxonomy management and semantic metadata enrichment capabilities of Data Harmony.

Algolia launches additional AI models in Algolia Recommend

Coupled with Algolia’s indexing capabilities, customers are able to immediately put relevant and up to date content into motion for end-users.

MariaDB and MindsDB collaborate on machine learning

Collaboration focus to make in-database machine learning predictions more accessible to all business users with MariaDB SkySQL.

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MongoDB unveils vision for a developer data platform

MongoDB, Inc. unveiled its developer data platform vision with new capabilities, helping development teams with a wider set of use cases, servicing more of the data lifecycle, optimizing for modern architectures, and implementing sophisticated levels of data encryption. MongoDB 6.0 has extended its approach of working with data beyond operational and transactional use cases to serve search and analytics use cases within a unified platform and consistent developer experience to reduce the complexity of data infrastructure required for modern applications. Upcoming capabilities include:

  • Making it easier for developers to leverage in-app analytics. Column Store Indexes will enable users to create and maintain a purpose-built index that speeds up many analytical queries without requiring changes to the document structure. 
  • Time series collections will support secondary indexes on measurements, and feature read performance improvements and optimizations for sorting time-based data more quickly.
  • With Search Facets, developers are able to rapidly build search experiences that allow end users to more seamlessly browse, narrow down or refine their results.

MongoDB also announced new products and capabilities that enable development teams to better analyze, transform, and move their data in Atlas while reducing reliance on batch processes and ETL jobs.

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