BioData World Congress 2021

KMworld Drill Down Interview with Sebastian SchmidtOctober 13, 2021 - We're looking forward to the BioData World Congress, coming up on November 2-4 in Basel, Switzerland, where metaphacts is a Silver sponsor! BioData World is Europe's largest congress covering big data in pharmaceutical development and healthcare. To learn more about the event please visit the conference website »

metaphacts Contribution at BioData World Congress 2021

  • On-site booth: You will find us on the event floor at booth 14 where we look forward to speaking with you, learning more about your use cases and discussing how Knowledge Graphs could help accelerate your initiatives.
  • On-site presentation: On Tuesday, November 2 at 12:00 pm CET, metaphacts CEO Sebastian Schmidt will be giving a presentation on collaborative knowledge management in Pharma and Life Sciences. In his session, Sebastian will demonstrate how customers can use our Knowledge Graph platform metaphactory to quickly build flexible Knowledge Graph applications that drive knowledge democratization across the enterprise, and help streamline processes from R&D to clinical trials to manufacturing, fast-track drug discovery, reduce research costs and align strategic efforts.

Use our VIP Guest Pass to apply for a conference pass and join our session "Beyond FAIR Data: Collaborative Knowledge Management" »

KMworld Drill Down Interview with Sebastian Schmidt

KMworld Drill Down Interview with Sebastian Schmidt October 11, 2021 - Today, organizations need to make information accessible to all their users, not just a select few. But getting information to the people in an organization who need it, when they need it, continues to be a widespread challenge. In a recent KMWorld Drill Down Video Interview, metaphacts CEO Sebastian Schmidt explained how CDOs can set up their organizations to empower knowledge workers to gain direct access to actionable knowledge for faster, more informed decision making.

In the first part of this video interview, Sebastian speaks about the promise of knowledge democratization and knowledge empowerment for more users and the challenges that have prevented that from happening. In the second part of the interview, Sebastian discusses the approach that metaphacts takes with customers to help them make knowledge democratization a reality and explains the role that knowledge graphs play in the process.

Access the interview here »

Knowledge Espresso

Knowledge Graph Conference October 7, 2021 - On October 28, metaphacts CEO Sebastian Schmidt and metaphacts Solutions & Sales Director Kai Preuss will be participating in a Knowledge Espresso organized by The Knowledge Graph Conference. In this virtual session, Sebastian and Kai will be chatting with Ellie Young about making Knowledge Graphs tangible and empowering organisations to drive Knowledge Graph democratization.

Learn more & register for this KGC Knowledge Espresso »

Knowledge Graph Forum 2021

Ontotext Knowledge Graph Forum October 4, 2021 - We're honored to be a part of the Knowledge Graph Forum, organized by our partner Ontotext and are looking forward to showing how our low-code platform metaphactory can help customers accelerate their Knowledge Graph journey on top of GraphDB!

The Knowledge Graph Forum will take place on October 26-27 as a free, virtual and real-time event where some of the most advanced adopters of the Knowledge Graph technology stack will share their experience and use cases across Life Sciences, Financial Services, Publishing, Government organizations and Industry. The main goal of the Knowledge Graph Forum is to introduce advanced and potential adopters of the technology to Ontotext's partner ecosystem and to create new avenues of networking and opportunities.

metaphacts Contribution at the Knowledge Graph Forum 2021

During our session "Collaborative graph management and exploration using metaphactory's low-code approach" on October 27 at 3:30 pm CET, metaphacts CEO Sebastian Schmidt will demonstrate how metaphactory can be leveraged to quickly build flexible Knowledge Graph applications that make data machine- and human-understandable, drive knowledge democratization and improve data literacy through intuitive exploration, search and visualization interfaces.

Have a look at the full agenda and make sure to register for the event »

metaphactory 4.3 delivers new pathfinding interface for investigative knowledge graph exploration & targeted problem solving

Introducing metaphactory 4.3 September 30, 2021 - We're happy to announce the release of metaphactory 4.3 which comes with a new, intuitive pathfinding interface that supports end users both in exploratively investigating relations between nodes in a graph as well as finding targeted solutions to concrete problems.

The Pathfinder component provides great customization flexibility and allows application engineers to tailor the configuration for specific use cases. For example, they may set up the pathfinding interface to allow end users to discover interesting relations between two entities in the graph over a user-defined number of hops and by excluding certain relations that are not relevant, or they may configure the component to find the shortest path and to only consider certain kinds of edges. To learn more about the new pathfinding interface, have a look at our latest blog post »

Other features and improvements in metaphactory 4.3

  • Extensions to the semantic form component allowing for the creation and modification of native RDF list structures
  • Enhancements to user interaction and experience in search interfaces
  • Multiple extensions and improvements to the application building process, including support for composable ACL role fragments, new front-end templating helper functions, comprehensive documentation of events, enhancements to the configuration wizards, and improved default configuration for query and connection timeouts, alongside major improvements to the resilience and scalability of the federation engine
  • Improved auto-layouting for larger Ontodia-based graph visualizations
  • Various improvements including fixes to several rendering and browser compatibility issues in the visual ontology editor, and improved support for RDFox

Have a look at the release notes or contact us to learn more about this release.

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metaphacts at ISWC 2021

September 27, 2021 - For the 7th consecutive year, metaphacts is a sponsor of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), taking place October 24-28 as a virtual conference. ISWC is the premier international forum for the Semantic Web and Linked Data Community.

On Tuesday, October 26, Nicolas Heist and Peter Haase will be holding a presentation on "Flexible and Extensible Competency Management with Knowledge Graphs", as part of the ISWC Industry Track. The presentation will introduce a generic competency ontology that can be used to describe competencies of people and organizational structures in the AI domain. It will cover a number of concrete application scenarios and will demonstrate how organizations can leverage a Competency Knowledge Graph to quickly identify experts for upcoming projects, allocate resources based on relevant know-how, identify knowledge gaps, and foster the reuse of existing knowledge.

For more details about ISWC and to register for the conference please click here »

Upcoming Webinar: Graph path search with GraphDB 9.9 and metaphactory 4.3

metaphactory & GraphDB September 7, 2021 - We're happy to announce our next joint webinar with Ontotext where Tomas Kovachev (Software Developer, Ontotext) will provide a hands-on tutorial on how GraphDB supports exploring paths between nodes and Sebastian Schmidt (CEO, metaphacts) will demonstrate how the new graph path search algorithm available in GraphDB 9.9 can be exposed to end users with the upcoming metaphactory 4.3 release.

In this webinar, we will explain why graph path search is a computationally expensive task and will present the graph path search implementation in GraphDB. Tomas will compare how the different RDF and property graph databases implement it and will dive into how GraphDB extends the SPARQL 1.1 standard to fully support all significant graph path search use cases.

In the second part of the webinar, we will demonstrate how metaphactory uses the new graph path search algorithm available in GraphDB 9.9 in a specific use case taken from the clinical trial domain. Sebastian will show how a researcher can find connections between study investigators and various other resources, like targets and diseases, which will allow them to further investigate discovered studies or medications.

The webinar will be hosted by Ontotext and will take place on September 16, 2021 at 5 pm CET. Here you can learn more about this webinar »

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Mid-year metaphacts Customer Advisory Board Meeting

July 19, 2021 - The metaphacts Customer Advisory Board (CAB) met in a virtual setting on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their commitment as CAB members and for once again making our CAB meeting such a fruitful event! Our discussion this time was focused on the very intriguing topic of data catalogs and how dataset assets can be connected to other Knowledge Graph assets such as ontologies and vocabularies, and made available to diverse user groups. We look forward to leveraging these insights in future metaphactory releases to shape solutions that support our customers in driving their digital transformation strategy.

What is the metaphacts Customer Advisory Board?

At metaphacts, we value our customers greatly and are committed to shaping our product and services to support their business vision and match their needs and expectations. With the metaphacts Customer Advisory Board, our goal is to broaden our understanding of our customers' strategic goals, business use cases and technology requirements, and provide them with a platform where they can voice their ideas, drive innovation and learn about the latest developments in technology.

If you want to learn more about the metaphacts CAB, please follow this link »

metaphactory 4.2 lowers the barrier for Knowledge Graph application building with interactive wizards

Introducing metaphactory 4.2 July 12, 2021 - We're delighted to announce the release of metaphactory 4.2 which makes building Knowledge Graph applications easier than ever through interactive, no-code wizards for setting up and configuring search and authoring interfaces that cater to specific end-user information needs.

Interactive wizards for bootstrapping Knowledge Graph applications

The new wizards introduced in version 4.2 are one of the pillars of metaphactory's low-code approach for building knowledge graph applications. They allow application engineers to focus entirely on translating end-user information needs into intuitive, model-driven interfaces without getting caught up in the technical details of the semantic technologies stack.

Using the wizards application engineers identify and visually select classes, relations and attributes from the ontology that are required to capture the end-users’ information intent. The low-code HTML5 component configuration generated through the wizards can then be inserted into any application page. To incrementally advance the end-user application in an agile spirit, the configurations can be further tailored through metaphactory’s low-code approach, i.e., by refining the component logic through parameters, or the design and layout through HTML and CSS to meet the desired look-and-feel.

To learn more about metaphactory’s low-code application building approach and see the wizards in action, have a look at this blog post »

Other highlights in metaphactory 4.2

  • New Semantic Clipboard which is available as an out-of-the-box component and allows end users to create personalized information collections where they store and organize named sets of knowledge graph items for reuse. For example, individual items can be drag-and-dropped into searches or visual graphs for reuse.
  • Improved Semantic Forms which are now fully model-driven and support automated generation of markup.
  • Improved Keyword-type Search component to support inline disambiguation and allow end users to access search results directly from the search bar.
  • Improved SKOS Vocabulary Management to support term deprecation, as well as batch creation and import of vocabulary terms from string lists.
  • New "Getting Started" tutorial which guides end users through the initial steps of working with metaphactory and introduces them to basic operations such as loading data, searching a dataset, and exploring a dataset.
  • Various improvements to the ontology editing capabilities (e.g., performance, access to metadata and version information), the semantic table (e.g., selectable table, row numbers), simplified search framework configuration (e.g., facets for literals, inverse relations).

Have a look at the release notes or contact us to learn more about this release.

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metaphactory 4.1 extends knowledge modeling capabilities to include support for managing vocabularies

Introducing metaphactory 4.1 April 14, 2021 - We're happy to announce the release of metaphactory 4.1 which further bridges the gap between IT and business by providing essential tools for knowledge modeling and model-driven decision making.

SKOS Vocabulary Management

metaphactory 4.1 introduces support for SKOS vocabulary management and extends the platform’s Knowledge Graph Asset management capabilities by providing a tie-in between ontologies and vocabularies. Knowledge Graph experts and business users benefit from support creating and editing of SKOS vocabularies to capture business-relevant terms. They also benefit from enhanced vocabulary management support, such as cataloging, versioning, and metadata editing capabilities. These new features help in modeling domain-specific data in terms that business users understand and can use for analysis, and in answering critical business questions.

Knowledge Graphs and metadata-driven data management are two critical components of data fabric design. Knowledge Graphs and domain-specific taxonomies and ontologies can help tackle the disconnect between business teams (as use case owners) and IT (as important influencers and use case implementations partners) by fitting business data into a model optimized for the enterprise’s infrastructure while at the same time making data/knowledge usable and intuitive for business users. [1] metaphactory supports Knowledge Graph Asset Management as an integrated process, where all Knowledge Graph-related assets - ontologies, vocabularies, datasets, mappings, queries, rules and UI templates - and their relations are treated and managed within the Knowledge Graph itself.

Other metaphactory 4.1 Highlights

  • Model-driven Forms - Model-driven and enhanced configuration of authoring forms will significantly lower the effort and cost for application engineers to empower business users in the creation and management of instance data.
  • Further Enhancements to Ontology Visualization and Editing - With these enhancements, knowledge graph engineers and domain experts benefit from better layouting and improved resilience and performance for larger ontologies. This provides more flexibility when, for example, deleting standalone elements in an ontology.

Have a look at the release notes or contact us to learn more about this release.

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[1] Gartner Research Paper “Emerging Technologies: Data Fabric Is the Future of Data Management” by Sharat Menon, Ehtisham Zaidi and Mark Beyer


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