Martin Kaltenböck

How the PoolParty Semantic Suite is learning to speak 40+ languages

Business is becoming more and more globalised, and enterprises and organisations are acting in several different regions and thus facing more challenges of different cultural aspects as well as respective language barriers. Looking at the European market, we even see 24 working languages in EU28, which make cross-border services considerably complicated. As a result, powerful language technology is needed, and intense efforts have already been taken in the EU to deal with this situation and enable the vision of a multilingual digital single market (a priority area of the European Commission this year, see:


Here at the Semantic Web Company we also witness fast-growing demands for language-independent and/or specific-language and cross-language solutions to enable business cases like cross-lingual search or multilingual data management approaches. To provide such solutions, a multilingual metadata and data management approach is needed, and this is where PoolParty Semantic Suite comes into the game: as PoolParty follows W3C semantic web standards like SKOS, we have language-independent-based technologies in place and our customers already benefit from them. However, as regards text analysis and text extraction, the ability to process multilingual information and data is key for success – which means that the systems need to speak as many languages as possible.

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Jana Herwig

Cuil looks good, but does it know German?

After publishing the first Cuil post this morning and adding it to my list of semantic search engines, I realized that I hadn’t checked its foreign language abilities. German is the only language I can assess as a native, so I searched for a few popular German terms like Fernsehprogramm (TV guide), Thomas Godoj (German winner of Pop idol) and Bauchtanz (belly dance). Turns out foreign languages might (yet) be its Achilles heel…

First off: Cuil (not quite understandably!) does not know Thomas Godoj, it doesn’t even recommend it as a popular search. Not even his official homepage is listed. Cuil promises to respect privacy – which might mean that it doesn’t even track IPs because the single quality search result it offers is the Thomas Godoj entry in the ENGLISH wikipedia. The selected pictures show pop singer James Blunt and the World Cup Trophy (from 2006 – i.e. before Thomas’ reign) and most search results actually link to video pages where Cuil probably found the most relevant tags as the links read:

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