strongsteam – an “AppStore for A.I. and data mining tools”

Kyran and I are starting work on a new project – strongsteam offers a web API with artificial intelligence and data mining tools. The goal is to make it easy for you to do things like:

  • get the text out of images using optical character recognition
  • determine whether two images look the same and if one object (e.g. a certain book or a can of coke) can be found in another
  • use natural language processing to analyse, cluster and compare text
  • extract text from audio (e.g. to pull out keywords from podcasts)
  • use machine learning on text to derive new data

If you’d like to join the closed alpha then visit strongsteam and add your email to the announce list on the homepage.

We’ve started with Python bindings which make it easy to talk to the strongsteam web service. Initially we’ll wrap open source tools that we’ve used along with lots of our own A.I. data mining tools from years of work in my Mor Consulting A.I. consultancy.

At EuroSciPy last week I demo’d using O.C.R. to extract the words from plant labels at Wakehurst Place gardens so you can lookup the plant on Wikipedia once you’ve taken a photo like this one:

Plant label for Ostrich Plume Fern at Wakehurst Place (Sussex)

Now we’re looking at applying O.C.R. to conference name-badges, this will be a bit of a mash-up from data used in our SocialTies conference app and Lanyrd.com‘s data. Next we’ll look at image matching and some text processing tools.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and in his Mor Consulting, sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London. He also founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.