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Seth Grimes

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog, which will focus on text analytics and other matters related to making sense of unstructured information sources in support of better enterprise decision making.

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Seth is a business intelligence and decision systems expert. He is founding chair of the Text Analytics Summit and principal consultant at Washington, D.C., based Alta Plana Corporation. Seth consults, writes, and speaks on information-systems strategy, data management and analysis systems, IT industry trends, and emerging analytical technologies. Seth chairs the Sentiment Analysis Symposium and the Text Analytics Summit.

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The Call for Speakers is open for the next Sentiment Analysis Symposium, slated for October 30, 2012 in San Francisco. Whether you're an experienced user or technologist, please consider proposing a presentation. Submit your proposal, by July 6, 2012 please, at sentimentsymposium.com/call-for-speakers.html. Choose from among the suggested topics listed there, or surprise us!

The San Francisco symposium will be the 5th, covering solutions that measure and exploit emotions, attitudes, and opinions in online, social, and enterprise sources. We'll have a new, special focus on signals -- on discovering and applying information with the greatest business value -- on sentiment data mashed-up with profiles, behaviors, transactions, and influence networks.

It'll be a great program. Given the timing, one week prior to the November presidential election, we're planning a Call the Election competition. Let me know if you'd like to take part!

Lastly, check out FREE videos of presentations and panels from prior symposiums via links at sentimentsymposium.com/contact.html. And consider taking advantage of the super-early registration discount, $300 off your symposium registration, good through July 12.

Posted June 28, 2012 5:23 AM
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This is a quick entry to tell you about three things --

- My free report, "Text/Content Analytics 2011: User Perspectives on Solutions and Providers," is out. Are you looking for business value in "unstructured" social, online, or enterprise sources? My report will provide background information and "wisdom of the crowds" guidance you can use. Download the report free via altaplana.com/TA2011.

- For a deeper dive into customer/market attitudes and opinions, check out the Sentiment Analysis Symposium, November 9 in San Francisco, sentimentsymposium.com. We have speakers lined up from Zynga, HP, Amazon, TripAdvisor, the Red Cross, and more. They'll talk about the role sentiment plays in customer experience, marketing, market research, quality, and other applications.  It'll be a great day for learning and networking!  (BeyeNETWORK & TechTarget community members should use the registration code BEYE for $100 off.)

If you're new to sentiment analysis, the optional, half-day Practical Sentiment Analysis tutorial, http://sentimentsymposium.com/tutorial.html, is for you. The tutorial precedes the symposium on Tuesday afternoon, November 8.

- If you'd like a broader view of the text analytics market -- technology, solutions, and applications, the Text Analytics Summit is for you. This year, 2011, we're going west, with a San Jose summit November 10-11. 

For a really rich experience in text, content, and sentiment analysis, why not join me at both conferences?

Please get in touch with any questions.

Seth, @sethgrimes

Posted October 4, 2011 7:52 AM
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Facebook, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, and Twitter -- social media -- are almost incidental, replaceable tomorrow if another platform proves more attractive, powerful, and agile. (Think AOL and MySpace.) It's content that is king, the message delivered via the blog/e-mail/news/forum medium, generated by corporations and individual producers, traveling a two-way street between them and information-consumer audiences, who in turn comment, repost, and remix at will. And it's Smart Content, the focus of a conference I'm organizing, that allows producers and consumers alike to find the greatest profit, however measured, in online and enterprise content.

The information governance concept, beloved by corporations and consultants, barely applies. It's a challenge creating standards and maintaining content-production rules, more a drag than a benefit, given the highly competitive, fast changing, almost chaotic content marketplace. It's semantic and analytical technologies, which help you find and exploit patterns relevant to your goals, whether expanding readership or automating sense-making, that allow content producers and consumers to keep up, to create findable, flexible, and reusable content and to generate business-linked insights.

Smart Content, the conference, is really just a next step in the BI/analytics/applications market education and match-making I've been doing for years. The opportunity is huge -- business and technical -- a consequence of the value content analytics can bring to news and social media and Web and enterprise content.

We'll cover a spectrum of approaches -- as applied in media & publishing, advertising & on-line commerce, marketing and PR, finance, research, and the Semantic Web -- enhancing the value of news and social media and Web and enterprise content -- with links to enterprise information management, content strategy, BI, text analytics, and search.

We'll start with Visionaries Panel with Dries Buytaert, CTO at Acquia and creator of Drupal, Natasha Fogel, EVP at Edelman StrategyOne, and Mark Stefik from XEROX PARC, followed by Jeff Fried of Microsoft explaining What Business Innovators Need to Know about Content Analytics.

We'll have talks by Rachel Lovinger, content strategy lead at Razorfish, Darrell W. Gunter, EVP/CMO at Collexis, and Randall Snare & Elizabeth McGuane of iQ Content, Dublin -- preceded by a series of lightning talks that will help attendees learn about the gamut of innovative smart-content solutions -- and followed by five Application Spotlight talks. Then stick around for a networking reception.

Smart Content will take place Tuesday, October 19 at the Executive Conference Center at 48th & Broadway in Manhattan. Learn more, and register today, at smartcontentconference.com. Register by September 10 for a $200 early-bird discount.

As my colleague Laurel Earhart, Smart Content marketing director, puts it, Smart Content is designed for decision makers, implementers, solution providers, and also investors. We're expecting great things to happen!

Lastly, I'm quite happy and appreciative to have TechTarget and the BeyeNETWORK as a Smart Content media sponsor, and the support of other prominent media and solution providers in the content management and analytics space. I'd love to have TechTarget readers and community members join us for what is sure to be an excellent program, due of course to the quality and expertise of the Smart Content speakers.

Please visit smartcontentconference.com for more information and to register. (Early-bird rates run through September 10.) Thanks!

Posted September 8, 2010 8:58 AM
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IN-DEPTH: Alta Plana's Seth Grimes on how text analytics is expected to shape up in 2010
No single solution provider dominates text analytics. According to Seth Grimes, president, Alta Plana, no single provider dominates any significant text-analytics market segment.
"This is good news for current and prospective users," recently wrote Grimes, industry expert and Conference Chair at the upcoming 6th Annual Text Analytics Summit
In order to know more about the latest trends and issues, Text Analytics News' Ritesh Gupta recently spoke to Grimes. Excerpts: 
Publishers, media portals, social-network and forum sites: they all realise that intelligent content tagging and conceptual search and semantic integration -- capabilities supported by text analytics and related semantic technologies -- are key to information findability, to a rich and satisfying user experience.  Last year, you told me the use of these technologies is on a fast track, a major growth area for text analytics and semantics. How do you assess the situation as of today?
Seth Grimes:
There's strong uptake on the publishing side, where organisations seek to make their information more findable and usable (and profitable), and even stronger uptake on the consumer side, where organisations analyse and integrate content-extracted information for a gamut of business needs.
One of the most interesting developments on the publishing side is the emergence of a wide range of APIs, application programming interfaces, that allow functions such as tagging, topic classification, and content enrichment (with semantically associated information) to be included in publishing processes. 
And on the information-consumption side, yes, there's semantic search and also semantically supported content integration that allows real-time information aggregation, essentially information aggregation and analysis dashboards that range from "listening platforms" to interfaces for BI-style analyses of text-sourced data.

... continued at http://social.textanalyticsnews.com/news/examining-big-questions-facing-text-analytics-industry

Posted March 15, 2010 6:19 AM
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I recently gave a series of talks -- two live presentations and a webinar -- on Text Mining, Web 3.0 & the Semantic Web.  They were sponsored by a software publisher, Nstein, but other than focusing on Nstein's media & publishing sweet spot, my talks were vendor neutral and editorially independent.

I'm thrilled that a couple of attendees have blogged my talk, in particular, my June 18, 2009 London presentation.  John Welsh posted "Seth Grimes on the semantic web - but is B2B media ready to benefit?" and Peter Thomas's write-up was titled "Literary calculus?"  (I don't know why these two Brits are so enamored of question marks.) 

As an aside -- Peter had earlier posted a blog article, "A first for me...," noting that he "received my invitation to the event through Seth himself after having made contact with him on twitter.com."  I'm the first person Peter has met "IRL" -- you can surely guess what those letters stand for -- post our twitter contact.  I similarly met analyst Merv Adrian that way.  We became twitter friends through mutual real-life contacts.  Then one May morning he tweeted that he was in New York City for a meeting, near Penn Station.  It so happens that I was in New York to attend a different meeting, and I was staying near Penn Station.  Forty-five minutes later, Merv and I were sitting down to breakfast.  (For you foodies: We met at the Tick-Tock Diner at the corner of 34th St. and 8th Ave and both had the excellent corned-beef hash.)

Back to Text Mining, Web 3.0 & the Semantic Web -- If you'd like to listen to a recording of my Nstein webinar, please visit http://www.nstein.com/en/ondemand_webinars.php .  Let me know what you think!

Posted June 26, 2009 3:13 PM
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