Interesting stuff from the veeeb developer team

veeeb geht in Serie! :-)

5. November 12 / 09:35

veeeb in TV: Have a look! -> veep :-)

What do you think – do they need a semantic editor in the white house?

veeeb in ontonaut

9. February 12 / 18:31

veeeb uses Ontonaut as its semantic extraction provider now. Ontonaut is a new service developed by Top 21 GmbH and Attensity which ultimate goal it is to make the WWW more valuable by improving content linking.

Ontonaut provides a API for recognizing and extracting names, cities, companies and more from your text. Different from other services like Ontonaut not only supports the German language but is also best in it! One reason for that is that the technologie behind Ontonaut has been supported by the German government (Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie – BMWi) :-)

If you want to know more about Ontonaut you can visit them on the THESEUS-Congress in Berlin next week!  ( 13.2.-15.2. )

Have fun using veeeb and Ontonaut!

SMILA conference 29.6.2011

27. June 11 / 12:04

On Wednesday I will attend the SMILA (Semantic Information Logistics Architecture) conference in Berlin.

SMILA is a java framework which allows you to  access and search unstructured information.

Example: The WebCrawlerPipelet extracts content from a website and the LuceneIndexPipelet stores the content in a specified lucene index. Via the http-requests you can access and search the index instantly – (have a look at the “5 Minutes to Success” article).

As the name  ”pipelet” implies, you can assemble various pipelets in one pipeline (using BPEL). For me that’s the key feature of SMILA: assemble different services to enrich your content. That’s how we are currently exploring SMILA for veeeb.
As you may know, we are currently getting information about extracted topics (or entities) in veeeb via – for example we get freebase information about the person Heidi Klum. freebase has a lot of topics and a lot of information about them. But its all in english and its only one repository.

Via SMILA we will be able to aggregate information in other sources like wikipedia and even custom repositories for example about persons in your company and provide the author with this information. This new service we are developing is not only useful in veeeb but will also be useful in other applications.

I am looking forward to the conference to see how others are using SMILA.

Have a look at SMILA.


Great new features in May

10. May 11 / 11:31

It´s been quite a while since we last updated our veeeb editor. We were working on some pretty cool new features for you.
We´ve added a few usability enhancements as well as a great new view to work with.
In the past you got only a little tooltip for extracted topics, now there is a complete view for that. You get the description of the topic, an image (if available) and the information from freebase about that displayed topic.

But thats not all. You will find this view very similar to the image detail view, where you can get detailed information about a found image. As with the image view you can cycle through the topics without closing the view.
On some extracted topics from your text there are multiple possible matches from freebase, like for instance you have the word “Obama” in your text. For this you can find several terms on freebase, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama or Barack Obama Sr. You can access those terms directly on the extracted topics with all their information.

Now that we have the basics covered, let´s digg in to the cool stuff.
If you have people in your text and those people have a Twitter account, you can view their last tweets right in the editor, to see what they were up to in the last time.
With that you can enrich your text with on the minute information about your subject.

But thats not all. For locations like cities or countries we have included a Google Maps view. (To use this feature in your blog you have to get a Google Maps API Key for the domain you are running your blog on. Follow to signup)

All New veeeb Editor

3. February 11 / 12:19

The new veeeb semantic editor has a new Look&Feel: tidied up, clearer and more effective.

The feedback of our customers is very important to us. Based on their remarks we completely redesigned the Look&Feel of the first editor. The result is very appealing as we might say.

The veeeb semantic editor is now much more adjusted to redactional work. Writing an article on a bright background is a lot more fun. Semantic topcis of the text are now much better organized and easier to use. Searching for media is better seperated from writing but always in an easy access.

Just try it on

veeeb semantic editor in new Look&Feel

veeeb semantic editor in new Look&Feel

2011 and Interesting Links

14. January 11 / 08:15

Happy New Year to everybody!

in 2011 we will be changing a lot. The veeeb editor will get a new elegant and userfriendly design and will be implemented in a very promising portal around writing and selling articles. I would not tell to much, but there will be more information in february, so stay tuned :-)

Until then have a look at these interesting links, which will keep you busy until the release of the new veeeb editor:

    still beta – your personal web timeline: view and share your entire online life in one place
    a very interessting semantic API which extracts expressions of opinions
  • semanticengineland article
    “The Big List: 168 Marketing Trends, Predictions & Resolutions For 2011” on

Have a nice start in 2011.

New plugins for veeeb´s wordpress editor

5. November 10 / 15:32

We have a few goodies for the weekend for you.

With the new Amazon plugin you can search for products to buy from You can add them to your text by drag&drop and they are displayed as links so that your readers can also by them.

To give you the full range of providers for high quality Royalty-Free images we have added the service of to our plugin repository. Now you can browse another 9,500,000 images, buy the ones you like and add them to your blog posts.

We have also made quiet a big change in how you work with our editor. The known veeeb tab is still there, but when you click it, you´re in for a treat. To use our editor in its full glory, we´ve expanded it over the complete page so that you can concentrate on writing your post and enrich it with the images you like. With that change your are now able to switch between the veeeb editor and the standard editors back and forth, without having to relead the veeeb editor like before.

Thats it for the week.


New features in our WordPress plugin

28. October 10 / 15:33

This week we´ve added two new plugins. Both to search Google. One lets you search through Google News and the other one delivers the same results as the Google web search.

To fully utilize these two new plugins we´ve included a new feature into the editor. It is now possible to convert a selected word into a hyperlink. Kind of like in the WordPress editor. Plus you can drag&drop your found results from the Google plugins directly into your text. So no more copy&paste a link from your browsers adressline into the text.

You can of course edit your links afterwards. To do so, position the cursor over a link that you want to edit and click the button “Create/Edit Link” displayed under the link.

The following window lets you enter your link destination, set the open method and test out your link.

As always you can grab the plugin from the wordpress page or you can use the update function in the “Plugins” section of your blog.

Update of the veeebeditor WordPress plugin

15. October 10 / 10:11

Exciting news from the veeeb editor.

We have updated the WordPress plugin and added the ability to search the media library from your blog! This makes it incredibly easy to add your own images to the text you are writing.

Just click the WordPress logo in the veeebeditor to activate it, if it isn´t already. Now you can search your library and simply drag the images into your text. Super fast and easy, right?

To get the latest version, go to our plugin page and download the new version, or if you have already installed the veeebeditor you can update it directly in your blog.

entity extraction comparison tool – opencalais, alchemyAPI, evri

20. September 10 / 12:57

The veeeb semantic editor currently uses the opencalais API to extract entities from a written text. But opencalais is not the only API out there. In fact there are different entity extraction API’s and a comparison can be very usefull.  Every API has some features another one doesn’t.

I really liked Rob DiCiucci‘s article about the current different semantic services. He covers more than just entity extraction in his article, e.g. the API of freebase, which veeeb is using as well or zemanta, which is more a API for suggesting relevant content directly (interessting, though…)

Regarding entity extraction the best known free API services right now seem to be

In order to evaluate the services it is usefull to have the results on one screen directly. Thats why we build an easy Flex GUI where you can just do that.  It provides 2 lists of text – english and german. Doubleclicking an entry will execute the semantic services with the text of random news articles I found, but you can also type or copy&paste your own text.

Try it here:

entity extraction services comparison

entity extraction comparison tool

Remark: opencalais does not work with german text right now. So we have to proxy the requests via Google Translate to get some results. So do not blame opencalais for disturbing results for german text. But anyway – it works pretty good :-)

I will post about the results of our comparison soon.

If you have any suggestions – let me know.

Happy extracting!

Christoph Diefenthal

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