Administrator

Administrator

Our consulting firm (Information Age for I.T. Consultations) received a number of international  awards:

Most Innovative Big Data Analytics Consulting Firm - Kuwait 2018

 Social Media Analytics - Firm of the Year - Kuwait

Data Innovation - Firm of the Year - Kuwait



 

We have implemented an Arabic Spell checking API. The API is currently available as a cloud-based web service and it is currently hosted on Amazon Web Services Cloud. This Web API provides suggestions for spelling corrections for selected text taking care of common orthographic and phonological misspelling errors using phonological/orthographic rules. The API uses a huge electronic dictionary of modern standard Arabic containing lexicon of 9 million words driven from modern electronic corpora using Finite State Transducers technique. Finite State Transducers is a technique widely used in the field of Computer Science and Natural Language Processing.   The lexicon of modern standard Arabic contains words currently used by Arab speakers and writers in books, , newspapers, and other media. Our dictionary of Modern standard Arabic includes many words that are not available in the Traditional Standard Arabic. These include words related to politics and science in addition to newly coined terms. The lexicon contains the possible morphological forms (inflections and derivations) for the Modern Standard Arabic words (Example: كتب، ويكتبان، كتبوا، سيكتبن، كاتب، المكتوب).  The lexicon is associated with the feature of suggesting spelling corrections for common orthographic and phonological misspelling errors using context sensitive phonological and orthographic rules. The rules cover a wide range of phonological and orthographic errors. These rules take care of common typos and common errors cussed by the impact if local dialects. For example, our rules cover errors caused by incorrect phonological alternates like changing the correct form تضاعف  to the misspelled form تظاعف  . The rules also deal with errors caused by orthographic typos like changing مسائلto مساءل. Besides, they handle errors caused by the impact of local dialects like and changing خسائر  to خساير.

This Rest API can be used to implement customized spell-checking strategy for a web interface or for a database. It supports two output types: XML and JSON. It can also be used in search components of  web and mobile applications by allowing for the detection of common misspelled queries and the suggestion of correct words. In this case for instance, if the user enters to the web application a misspelled query, the API allows the system to search for the nearest correct spelling word form that has a record in the database of that web application.  Moreover, this API can be utilized in Text Analytics applications to handle Arabic Language.

 

Our Arabic Spell checker system has been recently purchased by Webspellcheker, U.S. company based in Seattle. Our system is integrated now in Webspellchecker spell checking products. This is a demo page featuring our system:

http://information-age-consulting.com/spell

 

Our I.T. consultation firm (Information Age Consulting) represented by its social media analytics arm (Social Intelligence) implemented a Sentiment Analysis System for Modern Standard Arabic and Kuwaiti dialect. The system is built using Finite State Transducers which is a technique widely used in the field of Computer Science and Computational Linguistics for Language processing. The system is available as an API (Application Programming Interface) which utilizes Repustate Sentiment Analysis Engine (repustate.com). This API can be used as a cloud-based web service and can be integrated with any social media analytics platform or application to provide sentiment analysis functionality for Modern Standard Arabic and Kuwaiti Dialect. The API produces its output in JSON format. Our Kuwaiti dialect lexicon contains 450000 words with their sentiment polarity (Positive, Negative, and Neutral). Our Modern  Standard Arabic Lexicon contains around 8 million words in Modern Standard Arabic with their sentiment polarity.  Our electronic lexicon of modern standard Arabic is driven from modern electronic corpora and it contains words currently used by Arab speakers and writers in books, newspapers, and other media. This lexicon contains many words that are not available in the Traditional Standard Arabic dictionary. These include words related to politics and science in addition to newly coined terms. The lexicon contains the possible morphological forms (inflections and derivations) for the Modern Standard Arabic words (Examples: كتب، ويكتبان، كتبوا، سيكتبن، كاتب، المكتوب).  Our Modern Standard Arabic and Kuwait dialect lexicons also encode the Morpho-Syntactic features of words using the ISO Standard Lexical Markab Language. Our lexicon of Modern Standard Arabic is one of the largest lexicons in the industry for modern Standard Arabic in terms of size, coverage, and updated word forms. Besides, there is no sentiment lexicon available in the industry for the Kuwaiti Dialect, which make our Kuwaiti dialect lexicon the first of its kind terms of size and coverage.  Our Kuwaiti dialect lexicon contains the possible morphological forms (inflections and derivations) of Kuwaiti Dialect words (Examples: ريال ، ريالين، رياييل). These words are the Kuwaiti dialect counterparts of the standard Arabic words :   رجل ، رجلان، رجال respectively. Kuwaiti dialect also uses some standard Arabic words that are identical to words available Modern Standard Arabic. These standard words are available in our Modern Standard Arabic lexicon. Our Kuwaiti dialect lexicon undergoes continuous updates. We are updating it with more words driven from social media channels using corpus processing and Natural Language Processing applications. Besides, our sentiment analysis API recognizes emoticons and emoji symbols and give them high weight in the overall sentiment score.

We have also developed a social media analysis application “Social Intelligence Analyzer” which allows governmental and private sector entities to analyze dialogues and activities on social media through analyzing the linguistic content of what is being said about a specific word, phrase, or brand. This system works as an add-on to Pulsar Social Media Monitoring Systemand  Brandwatch Analytics System in order to analyze the Arabic posts retrieved by Pulsar Social Media Monitoring System and Brandwatch Analytics system using the techniques of Text Mining, Data Analysis, Computational Linguistics, and Natural Language Processing. The system is optimized to understand and analyze posts written in Standard Arabic Language and Kuwaiti Dialect and it can detect the important insights and indicators from posts after eliminating noisy data through recognizing and distinguishing between noisy Arabic words and relevant/important words. To apply this, our system uses an advanced Morphological Analysis system for Arabic language. In this respect, the system detects the Top Words, Top Bigrams (two successive words), Top Trigrams (three successive words), Top Quadgrams (four successive words). The system also provides sentiment analysis for the analyzed posts through integrating with our Arabic Sentiment Analysis API. This system is currently used by the Kuwaiti Parliament to analyze Twitter dialogues and acquire insights and indicators about public opinion and public trends regarding the parliament issues and performance. More information about our social media analysis system can be found on this page:

http://intelligence.social/siteENG/index.php/advanced-analytics

 

You can have more information about our social media analytics services by visiting the web site of our social media analytics arm (Social Intelligence):

http://intelligence.social/siteENG

We are currently working on an Arabic Taxonomy and Sentiment Analysis project in collaboration with SAS (sas.com). The project aims at building the Arabic language processing capabilities that will allow SAS Social Media Analytics System to use Modern Standard Arabic and Kuwaiti dialect for Sentiment Analysis by developing Standard Arabic and Kuwaiti dialect taxonomies. The taxonomies are built using Finite State Transducers a widely used technique in the field of Computer Science and Computational Linguistics for Language processing. 

 

On the 13th of May 2015, we have been licensed by the Public Authority of Applied Learning to open Information Age Training Institute. The institute is specialized in providing training in the field of Information Technology. The institute is the training arm of our I.T. consultation firm.  You can learn more about our training programs by visiting our E-Training Portal:

www.elearn-now.com/etraining

 

 

Information Age Consulting is SAS business partner in Kuwait. We are also SAS development partner.  In this regard, we are currently working with SAS to enhance the Arabic language processing capabilities of their text mining systems. SAS text mining systems are widely used for text analytics worldwide.Our 14 years experience in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language processing is utilized in this field.

SAS is the world leader in business analytics software and services. SAS transforms data into insights that give organizations a fresh perspective on their business. SAS helps organizations turn large amounts of data into knowledge they can use. SAS products include SAS Social Media Analytics and SAS Visual Analyser. SAS is used at more than 70,000 sites in 139 countries, including 91 of the top 100 companies on the 2013 Fortune Global 500® list.

 

 

 www.sas.com

 

We are  a business partners with Microsoft working together in the field of supplying Cloud Computing services to the governmental sector. We work with Microsoft to implement their cloud services (like Office 365 for Education) in the educational filed.


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Information Age Consulting is a Face Group (UK) partner. Face Group is the producer of Pulsar Social Media Monitoring system. Pulsar TRAC is the most advanced audience intelligence platform on the market, combining keyword, audience and content tracking. Pulsar TRAC allows you to access open and premium data sources to get the most complete view of an audience or an entire market. Face Group is a U.K.  based company working on using qualitative consultancy, social media and innovation techniques to generate transformative ideas about the new consumer and what this means for brands. This field is known as  socially intelligent research. We work with Face Group to deliver social media analytics capabilities to our clients. In this respect, we implemented “Social Intelligence Analyzer” which works as an add-on to Pulsar Social Media Monitoring System in order to analyze the Arabic posts retrieved by Pulsar Social Media Monitoring System using the techniques of Text Mining, Data Analysis, Computational Linguistics, and Natural Language Processing.

Our Natural Language Processing efforts have been featured in a case study published in September 2016 on Pulsar web site. The study highlighted our system (Social Intelligence Analyzer) which offers content analysis and sentiment analysis functionalities for Standard Arabic and Kuwaiti dialect. The system works as an add-on to Pulsar Social Media Analytics System.  The study also featured how Pulsar and Social Intelligence Analyzer have been used by the Kuwaiti Parliament and the Kuwait TV to analyze public trends. You can read this study on this link.

 

www.pulsarplatform.com

 

Information Age is a Klipfolio partner. You can find us in Klipfolio’s partner directory on this page. Klipfolio is a Canadian company specialized in data visualization and customized dashboards. We work with Klipfolio to provide our clients with data visualization and interactive dashboards services for their analytics applications.

 


www.klipfolio.com

 

Information Age is a Hootsuite partner. You can find us in Hootsuite’s Academy directory on this page. Hootsuite is a Canadian company specialized in Social Media Management software. We work with Hootsuite to provide our clients with social media management capabilities.

 

 

www.hootsuite.com

 

Information Age Consulting is Trendsmap business partner in Kuwait. Trendsmap.com is a social media analytics and monitoring vendor. It provides real-time mapping of Twitter trends and visualizations across the world. We work with Trendsmap to market and customize Trendsmap’s solutions in the local market

 

 

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Information Age Consulting is an authorized educational partner with Metastock for their Metastock and accompanying data products. We are authorized to deliver training courses related to Metastock Pro, Metastock Xenith, Metastock add-ons, and all products products located at www.metastock.com. Metastock is the leasing software for financial market analysis snide the 80s.

 

 

 

 www.metastock.com/alnajem

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Web Analytics
  • Social Medial Analytics
  • Social Media Strategies
  • Text Analytics
  • Big Data
  • Financial Markets Analytics
  • E-Learning
  • I.T. Consultation
  • Training

Information Age Consulting is a consultation firm specialized in I.T. consultations. Since its establishment, Information Age Consulting understood the role of following I.T. market trends. Information Age Consulting focuses on the recent I.T. market trends including: Natural Language Processing, Social Media Analytics, Text Analytics, Web Analytics,  Big Data, Social Media Strategies, E-Learning, and Financial Market Analytics. Besides, training and consultation remain as standard lines of business offered to our clients.

Forrester Research highlighted our efforts in the field of Natural Language Processing, Big Data, and Text Analytics for Arabic language in a report published on November 2015 entitled "The Gulf Cooperative Council's Big Data Opportunity". You can download this report from this link.

Our Natural Language Processing efforts have been featured in a case study published in September 2016 on Pulsar web site. The study highlighted our system (Social Intelligence Analyzer) which offers content analysis and sentiment analysis functionalities for Standard Arabic and Kuwaiti dialect. The system works as an add-on to Pulsar Social Media Analytics System.  The study also featured how Pulsar and Social Intelligence Analyzer have been used by the Kuwaiti Parliament and the Kuwait TV to analyze public trends. You can read this study on this link.

Dr. Salah Al-Najem the Founder and CEO of Information Age Consulting won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize 2017 in the E-Learning Category. The award is offered by the United Nations through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Dr. Alnajem received the prize on the 13th of June 2017 from the International Telecommunication Union Secretary General Houlin Zhao in the award ceremony held in Geneva during the WSIS forum organized by the ITU in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Development Program (UNDP). Dr. Alnajem’s project (E-Learning and Virtual Classroom) is a learning-management system (LMS) integrated with a virtual classroom functionality using advanced e-collaboration and video conferencing technology. The virtual classroom functionality allows students and other users to join live and recorded lectures/webinars delivered by Dr Salah Alnajem at Kuwait University. The system allows students to participate and interact online in university lectures using video conferencing and e-collaboration technology, through real-time HD audio and video.

Dr. Alnajem receives the prize on the 13th of June 2017 from the International Telecommunication Union Secretary General Houlin Zhao

A group photo for the winners of WISIS Prize 2019

 

     

 

Click here to read read the press release. Click here to watch a TV interview with the the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Click here to watch Kuwait TV's coverage of the news of winning the award

Click here to read WSIS Prize Official Publication "WSIS Success Stories 2017"

 

Social Intelligence, the social media analytics project of Dr. Salah Al-Najem, the founder and CEO of Information Age Consulting, has been selected as WISIS Prizes 2019 Champion by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during WSIS Prizes 2019 event at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2019 organized by the International Telecommunication Union which was held in Geneva from 8 to 12 April 2019. Dr. Salah Al-Najem received the WSIS Prizes 2019 Champion certificate from ITU Secretary General Mr. Houlin Zhao. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) forum is held yearly by the International Telecommunication Union in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) And the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The project was selected by the WSIS Prizes jury committee this year among the top five projects in the category of "Local E-Content". These five projects received the largest number of votes during the voting period for the projects submitted to the prizes contest. The number of submitted votes reached more than 2 million votes submitted electronically by governmental organizations, private sector entities, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and individuals register with the ITU as WSIS Stakeholders. The five projects have been selected as champions according to the number of votes they received an according to the evaluation of jury committee. Dr. Salah’s project was selected as WSIS Prizes 2019 Champion from 1,062 projects in the field of information and communication technology, which were submitted to WSIS Prizes contest this year from various countries and included projects submitted by ministries, government agencies, private sector entities, non-profit organizations, and international universities. Click here to read the project description published on WSIS Prizes web site.  Click here to read the press release quoted by Kuwait News Agency KUNA (Arabic). Click here to read Kuwait News Agency's press release (Arabic) on the congratulations of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Dr. Salah Al-Najem for winning the certificate. Click here to read Kuwait News Agency's press release (Arabic) on congratulating the Speaker of the National Assembly Mr. Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim to Dr. Salah Al-Najem for winning the certificate.

 

Dr. Alnajem receives the WSIS Prizes 2019 Champion on the 9th of April 2019 from the International Telecommunication Union Secretary General Houlin Zhao

 

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Kuwait TV:

 

Our products and services have been use to generate reports broadcasted in the news segment on Kuwait TV.

 

Ministry of Information:

 

1- Providing consultations in the field of social media analytics.

2- Providing consultations in the field of social media strategies and policies.

 

Kuwait International Law School (Private College)

·      Designing and implementing a Web Content Management System used for designing the colleges site.

·      Designing and implementing a Learning Management System

·      Designing and Implementing an E-Collaboration and E-Messaging system using Office 365 for Education  applications.

·       Big Data Analysis and Visualization for the data related to faculty members and the educational process using data analysis and visualization systems.

·      Designing real-time and historic analytics dashboards used to monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and analyze data trends related faculty members and about the educational process.

·      Designing and implementing online surveys in addition to processing and analyzing the data obtained from those surveys using Business Intelligence Systems to retrieve Indicators and recognize data trends in addition to performing data Benchmarking. These surveys and systems have been used for academic measurement and evaluation through designing and implementing surveys that benefit the educational process and the teaching performance through analyzing and the results obtained from those surveys.

·      Designing and implementing electronic test banks and providing consultations regarding their implementation.

·      Providing consultation and training regarding E-Learning and its applications.

·      Providing consultations and training regarding Office 365 for Education applications.

·      Providing consultations and implementation in the field of social media analytics.

·      Providing consultations and implementation in the field of Web Analytics

 

In addition, during his work as a consultant in a number of governmental organizations, he delivered the following consultative tasks in the field of Information Technology:

 

The Amiri Diwan (Royal Court):

1- Designing and implementing a number of web applications used in the work of the Office of Consultative Studies and Research at the Amiri Diwan.

2- Designing and implementing a Documenat Management System using Microsoft Share Point platform which was used in the work of the Office of Consultative Studies and Research.

 

Kuwait National Assembly (The Kuwaiti Parliament):

1- Providing consultations and implementation in the field of social media analytics.

2- Providing consultations and implementation in the field of social media strategies and policies.

3- Implementing interactive dashboards for social media and YouTube analytics.

 

The Central Agency for Information Technology (Council of Ministers):

1- Participated in the implementation of the official portal of the State of Kuwait e.gov.kw (The Central Agency for Information Technology)

2- Supervised and participated in the implementation of a web based system used for the electronic submission and evaluation of IT projects. The system has been used for the submission and evaluation of IT projects which have been submitted to the in the second E-Government Award competition. The competition was organized during the second Gulf Countries Council E-Government conference which was held in November 2011(The Central Agency for Information Technology.

3- Participated in the execution of the ICT media awareness campaign (The Central Agency for Information Technology)

4- Provided consultations in the field of social media analytics and web analytics

5- Provided consultations in the field of social media strategies and policies.

 

United Nations (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia):

Worked as a consultant for the United Nations (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)  in 2013 to write the National I.T. Profile of the State of Kuwait. The report was published on the United Nations web site. You can download a copy of this report from this link:

http://information-age-consulting.com/pdf/Kuwait-2013-Ar.pdf

 

 

Dr. Salah Alnajem is the founder and CEO of Information Age for I.T. consultations (www.information-age-consulting.com). He is also an associate professor of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing at Kuwait University (from 1998 until present). He received his Master’s and PhD degrees in Computational Linguistics from Essex University in England. He worked as a consultant in the Ministry of Information (From 2016 until 2018). Dr. Salah also worked as a producer and host of Information Technology shows at Kuwait TV (from 2004 until present). He worked as a Consultant in the Office of Consultative Studies and Research at the Amiri Diwan (Royal Court) (from 2000 until 2015). He worked also as a Consultant in the Central Agency for Information Technology (from 2006 until 2015). Dr. Salah also worked as a consultant at the National Assembly (Kuwaiti Parliament) (From 2015 till 2017). He also worked as a consultant for the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kuwait University (from2004 till 2016and from 2013 till 2015). He is a consultant for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (from 2013 until 2014). Dr. Salah has 24 years of academic experience in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language processing. This experience forms a solid ground utilized in delivering our products and services.

Dr. Salah Al-Najem won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize 2017 in the E-Learning Category for his project (E-Learning and Virtual Classroom). The award is offered by the United Nations through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Dr. Alnajem received the prize on the 13th of June 2017 from the International Telecommunication Union Secretary General in the award ceremony held in Geneva during the WSIS forum organized by the ITU in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Development Program (UNDP).

 

During his work in the Central Agency for Information Technology, he worked as a member in a number of committees supervising a number of Information Technology and E-Government projects. These committees include: Steering Committee for Designing and Developing the Official Portal of Kuwait (e.gov.kw), Committee for Establishing and Administrating Comprehensive and Self Service Centers in Kuwait Governates, Committee for Refurbishing Personal Computers used in the Governmental Sector, and the Committee for Media Awareness and National Human Capacity Building in the Field of Information Technology.

 

He also worked as a member in a number of committees supervising the implementation of projects related to E-Learning. These committees include, Committee for Using Information and Communication Technology in Education (Ministry of Education), Academic Committee for E-Learning (Kuwait University) and the Committee for Establishing Smart Classes used in Applying E-Learning (Kuwait University).

 

His scientific interests and research papers are focused on the following main areas: Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Text Processing, Text Mining, Information Retrieval, E-Government, and E-Learning. One of his academic publications is a chapter in book about Arabic language processing:

 

 Information Age Consulting is a consultation firm specialized in I.T. consultation. Its main line of business include:

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Web Analytics
  • Social Medial Analytics
  •  Text Analytics
  • Financial Market Analytics
  •  E-Learning
  • Big Data