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The Gilbane Advisor is curated by Frank Gilbane for content technology, computing, and digital experience professionals. The focus is on strategic technologies. We publish weekly via email and on our blog except for August and December.

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Gilbane Advisor 9-28-22 — MLOps or no, Tabu search, practical NLP

This week we feature an article from Lak Lakshmanan.

Additional reading comes from Adam Langley, Fabio Chiusano, and Jing Huang, Mingang Fu, & Minghui Liu.

News comes from Apptek & expert.ai, Fivetran, Cloudflare, and Stardog & Databricks.

If you’ve missed any of the past 57 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

No, you don’t need MLOps

Well you might. But either way Lak Lakshmanan provides lots to think, or re-think, about. (14 min).

MLOps started from a straightforward problem statement — that the technical debt associated with ML models becomes intolerable if the models are not adjusted over time to account for changes in the environment. Since that 2015 observation, ML models and frameworks have been built that make it relatively easy to avoid the most glaring potholes in the way of the ML practitioner. However, in the past year or so, the MLOps buzzword has taken on a life of its own. At this point, most things sold as MLOps are overkill and unnecessary for most teams.

https://lakshmanok.medium.com/no-you-dont-need-mlops-5e1ce9fdaa4b

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Stardog joins Databricks Partner Connect

The integration means organizations can add a unified semantic layer atop Databricks to accelerate data analytics for more data-informed decisions.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/stardog-joins-databricks-partner-connect/

Fivetran introduces Metadata API

Customers can integrate with governance and observability tools to give data teams more control over who has access to what data.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/fivetran-introduces-metadata-api/

Apptek and expert.ai announce strategic partnership

To help companies augment intelligent automation by extending AI-based text analytics to audio content, even across multiple languages.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/apptek-and-expert-ai-announce-strategic-partnership/

Cloudflare launches Data Localization Suite in Asia

To help businesses comply with data localization obligations by using Cloudflare to set rules and controls on data storage ad access.
.https://gilbane.com/2022/09/cloudflare-launches-data-localization-suite-in-asia/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-21-22 — Emergence in LLMs, SVG

This week we feature articles from Ben Dickson and Kurt Cagle.

Additional reading comes from Jack FitzGerald, Ignacio de Gregorio, and the IAB.

News comes from Adobe & Figma, Progress, Acquia, and Santa Cruz Software.

If you’ve missed any of the past 56 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

AI scientists are studying the “emergent” abilities of large language models

I was fascinated with emergent properties in grad school, and argued for their relevance and value when “big data” became a thing. It’s good to see a disciplined look at emergence in large language models. Ben Dickson’s useful summary of a new study includes helpful background links. (6 min).

https://bdtechtalks.com/2022/08/22/llm-emergent-abilities/

Imaging the web with Scalable Vector Graphics

Being a good data visualization artist does not necessarily require strong artistic skills, but it does depend upon understanding the tools and technologies that are out there. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is becoming an essential technology in the data space, useful for building maps and charts that can work well on the web, creating detailed diagrams with rich metadata, and even laying the foundation for effective data presentations to clients or customers. SVG really is the foundation for intelligent graphics.

SVG has been around for a long time, but as Kurt Cagle points out in this excellent piece, it is still unknown to many and under-utilized. (11 min).

https://www.datasciencecentral.com/imaging-the-web-with-scalable-vector-graphics/

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Adobe to acquire Figma

Figma’s web-based, multi-player capabilities to accelerate the delivery and collaboration of Adobe’s Creative Cloud technologies on the web.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/adobe-to-acquire-figma/

LinkrUI adds DAM syncing for Microsoft Office

LinkrUI for synchronizing digital assets stored in a DAM system now compatible for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Excel.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/linkrui-adds-dam-syncing-for-microsoft-office/

Acquia adds new Channel Portals capabilities to Acquia DAM

Channel Portals allow businesses to create and share branded, secure, and up-to-date digital product catalogs with individual partners.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/acquia-adds-new-channel-portals-capabilities-to-acquia-dam/

Progress updates developer tools

The new release of UI developer tools includes new components and enhancements for Blazor, .NET MAUI, Angular, React.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/progress-updates-developer-tools/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-14-22 — The Merge, Internet Archive, PyTorch

Hello Reader:

This week we feature articles from Nitish Pahwa & Emma Wallenbrock, and Fred Wilson.

Additional reading: Edin Kapić, Mike Wheatley, and Webb Wright

News: Ontotext, Algolia, Optimizely, and Brave.

If you’ve missed any of the past 55 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

Could the Internet Archive go out like Napster?

You may recall the lawsuit for “willful mass copyright infringement” filed against the Internet Archive for its National Emergency Library by a number of major publishers in early 2020 (Hachette v. Internet Archive). This was/is a case where it is difficult to find a true villain. A number of authors, who had the most to lose have dropped support for the suit, which is still active. Nitish Pahwa & Emma Wallenbrock provide a useful update, with enough background for anyone who needs it. Their title is to grab your attention, but they acknowledge such a fear may be overblown. (9 min).

https://slate.com/technology/2022/09/internet-archive-national-emergency-library-lawsuit.html

The Merge

The, apparently imminent, Ethereum merge that is. To the extent we cover crypto our focus is on the potential of blockchains for platform and enterprise applications rather than fintech or fads. The Ethereum merge is important for crypto in general. AVC’s Fred Wilson has a short explanation of why the merge is so important. As a VC whose family and company “have large holdings in ETH and other crypto assets”, he is both knowledgeable and an interested party. (In terms of disclosure, I have a truly minuscule amount of ETH.) (< 3 min).

https://avc.com/2022/08/the-merge/

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Ontotext announces Metadata Studio

To help enterprises orchestrate content tagging and evaluate text analysis services to get the best results and maintain metadata quality.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/ontotext-announces-metadata-studio/

Algolia acquires Search.io

Algolia will combine its keyword search and Search.io’s Neuralsearch into a single API-First Search and Discovery platform.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/algolia-acquires-search-io/

Brave integration deepens support for Unstoppable Domains

Creators can build decentralized content with a domain that they fully own and control, hosted on the InterPlanetary File System (IFPS).
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/brave-integration-deepens-support-for-unstoppable-domains/

Optimizely experimentation platform on Google Cloud Marketplace

Optimizely’s experimentation solutions ease creation of personalized, meaningful engagements through data to improve customer experience (CX).
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/optimizely-experimentation-platform-on-google-cloud-marketplace/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-7-22 — Knowledge portals, Stable Diffusion, AR glasses

Hello Reader:

This week we feature articles from Kurt Cagle, Simon Willison, and Jean-Louis Gassée.

Additional reading comes from Katariina Kari, and Daniel Tunkelang.

News comes from Apollo GraphQL & MongoDB, Umbraco, TransPerfect, and Joomla.

If you’ve missed any of the past 54 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all older issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

From knowledge graphs to knowledge portals

Whether you’re contemplating, planning, implementing, or looking to better utilize either of these, you should read Kurt Cagle’s thought-provoking post. (7 min).

https://www.datasciencecentral.com/from-knowledge-graphs-to-knowledge-portals/

Stable Diffusion is a really big deal

Stable diffusion was released a couple of weeks ago and has generated a lot of excitement as an alternative to DALL·E and other image generation tools. The main reasons for the enthusiasm are that it is completely open source, you can run it on a PC, and you can run it on a cloud for just a few dollars a month without being technical. Simon Willison has more details. (5 min).

https://simonwillison.net/2022/Aug/29/stable-diffusion/

Apple AR glasses: a next big thing?

Apple Augmented Reality (AR) glasses are a good candidate to be Apple’s ‘next big thing’. But it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll learn much more about them at tomorrow’s Apple event. Jean-Louis Gassée is skeptical they’ll be coming anytime soon and explains why. (5 min).

https://mondaynote.com/apple-ar-glasses-a-next-big-thing-candidate-bfe2b3e9d32b

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Content technology news

Umbraco launches US data hosting option

The U.S. regional hosting option for improved performance and easier compliance with stringent data policies and privacy requirements.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/umbraco-launches-us-data-hosting-option/

Apollo GraphQL & MongoDB create stack for app developers

MongoDB’s database paired with the GraphQL query language allows developers to work with the database in the language of their choice.
https://gilbane.com/2022/08/apollo-graphql-mongodb-create-stack-for-app-developers/

TransPerfect acquires Sterling Technology

Sterling’s VDR (virtual data room) solutions enable file sharing and content collaboration among all participants to increase productivity.
https://gilbane.com/2022/08/transperfect-acquires-sterling-technology/

Joomla 4.2 and 3.10.11 released

The new version of the CMS includes new and improved features for bloggers and authors, web designers, extension developers and web agencies.
https://gilbane.com/2022/08/joomla-4-2-and-3-10-11-released/

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Gilbane Advisor 7-27-22 — Databricks vs. Snowflake, Apple futures

Hello Reader:

This week we feature articles from Tony Baer, and the CB Insights team.

Additional reading comes from Loraine Lawson, James Vincent, Zhengpeng Li, Jiansheng Wu, Jiawei Miao & Xinmiao Yu, and Anil Tilbe.

News comes from Access Innovations, IBM, Squarespace, and Botminds.

👉 We don’t usually publish the newsletter in August, though we sometimes can’t resist a post or tweet or two. We will return to our weekly schedule in September. In the meantime, if you’ve missed any of the past 53 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all older issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

Data chess game: Databricks vs. Snowflake

Tony Baer argues that MongoDB, Snowflake and Databricks are the hottest companies in position to own the enterprise cloud data platform market. In this post he focuses on the competition between Databricks and Snowflake in a useful comparison. In a follow-up post, not live yet as I write this, he will consider what more Databricks, MongoDB and Snowflake need to do to appeal to the broader enterprise. (6 min)

https://venturebeat.com/2022/07/25/data-chess-game-databricks-vs-snowflake-part-1/

Analyzing Apple’s growth strategy

From digital health to AI, we look at where Apple is acquiring, investing, and partnering. Discover the Apple strategy map.

The CB Insights team does such a great job of content marketing that I’ve been following them for years without becoming a client. I mean this as a compliment — they are smart, funny, generous with free research, and have grown quickly as a result. Oh, and they don’t pay me either. (6 min)

https://www.cbinsights.com/research/apple-strategy-map-investments-partnerships-acquisitions/

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Content technology news

Data Harmony suite Recommender released

To improve article and content searches with semantic fingerprinting; automatically displays items with the same semantic fingerprint nearby.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/data-harmony-suite-recommender-released/

The release of Deep Search for Scientific Discovery (DS4SD), is an open-source toolkit for scientific research and businesses.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/ibm-research-open-sources-toolkit-for-deep-search/

Squarespace launches Fluid Engine

Their next generation website design system makes it possible for beginners or pros to achieve professional designs for mobile and websites.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/squarespace-launches-fluid-engine/

Botminds Document AI now available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Botminds provides AI-powered solutions that read and understand documents, a search engine, document analytics, and document-based process automation.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/botminds-document-ai-now-available-in-microsoft-azure-marketplace/

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Gilbane Advisor 7-20-22 — BERTopic, Python NLP libraries

Hello Reader:

This week we feature articles from Moez Ali, and Dan Robinson.

Additional reading comes from Ingrid Lunden, Michael Eisenstein, and Denise-Marie Ordway.

News comes from Netlify, Intrep-ID, Sitecore, Kentico, and Elastic.

Reminder: If you’ve missed any recent issues you can see them here.


Opinion / Analysis

Is LDA topic modeling dead?

If you’re a topic modeling geek you’ll want to check out Dan Robinson’s deep dive on how BERTopic addresses a couple of the important limitations of LDA. (14 min)

https://towardsdatascience.com/is-lda-topic-modeling-dead-9543c18488fa

Natural language processing (NLP) Python libraries in 2022

Python has a growing ecosystem of open-source NLP libraries. This article lists down some of the really useful NLP libraries in Python in no particular order.

Moez Ali suggests the current top Python libraries are: Hugging Face Transformers, NLTK, spaCy, Gensim, and Flair. (4 min)

https://moez-62905.medium.com/top-natural-language-processing-nlp-python-libraries-in-2022-c8f77b56e442

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Content technology news

Introduction to Intrepids

A way to manage personal data. Individuals can manage and reuse their data efficiently while enhancing data privacy, and increasing data control.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/introduction-to-intrepids/

Sitecore releases Experience Manager Cloud (XM Cloud)

They have transitioned the core CMS solution including personalization and the content authoring experience, to a modern cloud architecture.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/sitecore-releases-experience-manager-cloud-xm-cloud/

Netlify announces investments for the Jamstack Innovation Fund

To support early-stage companies that are driving forward the modern web by arming developer teams with Jamstack-based tooling and practices.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/netlify-announces-investments-for-the-jamstack-innovation-fund/

Kentico to focus on CMS & DXP

Raised an investment of $40 million from Expedition Growth Capital and became a standalone enterprise. Kontent.ai is now a separate company.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/kentico-to-focus-on-cms-dxp/

Elastic enhances cross-cluster search and replication

Enables users to search across multiple clusters and visualize data in one view, and replicate data between clusters regardless of physical location.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/elastic-enhances-cross-cluster-search-and-replication/

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Gilbane Advisor 7-13-22 — The Datasaurus, harmful enough?

This week we feature articles from Fabio Chiusano, and Jeff Jarvis.

Additional reading comes from Ivo Velitchkov & George Anadiotis, Siyuan Zhou, and Tanushree Shenwai.

News comes from Ontotext, Acquia, W3C, DataStax, and BigCommerce.

Reminder: If you’ve missed any recent issues you can see them here.


Opinion / Analysis

Are summary statistics enough when analyzing data?

Not really. Fabio Chiusano provides a fun and useful reminder why. (3 min).

https://medium.com/nlplanet/are-summary-statistics-enough-when-analyzing-data-4f3af59e3e7

How harmful is it?

As the UK gets ready to regulate harmful (including legal but harmful) speech online, the appointed regulator, Ofcom, released its annual survey of users. It’s informative to see just how concerned UK citizens seem to be about the internet… Not terribly.

Jeff Jarvis takes a critical look. (6 min).

https://medium.com/whither-news/how-harmful-is-it-dddcb5c63588

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Ontotext releases GraphDB 10

Includes smarter cluster architecture for better resilience, reduced infrastructure costs, faster graph analytics and enhanced search integration.
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/ontotext-releases-graphdb-10/

Acquia adds data subject deletion requests to Acquia CDP

To help organizations using Acquia Customer Data Platform (CDP) to comply with data subject requests and privacy laws in general.
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/acquia-adds-data-subject-deletion-requests-to-acquia-cdp/

W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization

By incorporating, W3C is replacing its original Hosted model while preserving and boosting its open web standards developing work.
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/w3c-to-become-a-public-interest-non-profit-organization/

DataStax’s Astra Streaming now supports for Kafka and RabbitMQ

A managed messaging and event streaming service built on Apache Pulsar, with built-in API support for Kafka, RabbitMQ and Java Message Service (JMS).
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/datastaxs-astra-streaming-now-supports-for-kafka-and-rabbitmq/

BigCommerce expands in Europe and South America

With the localized tech and agency partner ecosystem, BigCommerce will enable merchants to build and scale their online businesses.
https://gilbane.com/2022/07/bigcommerce-expands-in-europe-and-south-america/

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Gilbane Advisor 6-29-22 — invisible XML, invisible misinformation

This week we feature articles from Kurt Cagle, and Alberto Romero.

Additional reading comes from Elizabeth Gibney, Jason Cohen, and Melissa Heikkilä & Will Douglas Heaven.

News comes from Tellius, Sinequa, TransPerfect & Acrolinx, and the Content Authenticity Initiative.

Note: We’re taking next week off, so our next issue will be on July 13.

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Opinion / Analysis

The second coming of XML

When XML was first introduced, the W3C XML Working Group took a very unusual step: They created a language for transformations. This effort is now leading to a re-emergence of XML as the need for mapping between data representations becomes more and more pressing.

Kurt Cagle explains why this is the case. You don’t have to be a developer to understand the code samples, but even if you skip over them you should still see why he is right. (8 min, or 6 min if you skip over the code).

https://www.datasciencecentral.com/the-second-coming-of-xml/

AI has an invisible misinformation problem

Perhaps obvious, but Alberto Romero highly recommends reading until the end, and you should. (7 min).

https://thealgorithmicbridge.substack.com/p/ai-has-an-invisible-misinformation

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Content technology news

Tellius and Databricks partner to democratize data analysis

Customers get the ability to run Tellius natural language search queries and automated insights directly on Databricks’ Lakehouse Platform.
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/tellius-and-databricks-partner-to-democratize-data-analysis/

Sinequa adds neural search to Search Cloud

As an optional capability of Sinequa’s Enterpise Search Cloud platform, Neural Search uses four pre-trained deep learning language models.
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/sinequa-adds-neural-search-to-search-cloud/

TransPerfect GlobalLink CCMS upgrades Acrolinx Connector for Astoria

Astoria is an SaaS platform for building, managing, and publishing XML content, and Acrolinx is a platform for content quality optimization.
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/transperfect-globallink-ccms-upgrades-acrolinx-connector-for-astoria/

CAI releases digital content provenance tools

Enables developers to integrate digital content provenance across web, desktop, or mobile projects with the C2PA technical specification.
https://gilbane.com/2022/06/cai-releases-digital-content-provenance-tools/

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