New Release - metaphactory 3.2

November 15, 2019 - metaphactory empowers customers to build and manage their own knowledge graphs, extract the most value out of their data, and reach smarter business decisions. It supports knowledge graph management, rapid application development and end-user oriented interaction, and covers the entire lifecycle of dealing with knowledge graphs. Today, we are pleased to announce the release of metaphactory 3.2.

What's new in metaphactory 3.2

GraphScope Updates

  • Default packaging/configuration for various distributions and databases
  • Improved graph layout and result visualization
  • New and more scalable indexing strategies with optional restriction to named graphs
  • Optimized querying strategies for specific databases
  • Configurable type property

Improved Setup and Administration of the Platform

  • Log Browser
  • Deployment of apps via zip files; support for drag & drop deployments
  • Ability to restart the platform from the admin area

New Deployment Modes

  • Restructuring of docker-compose deployments, incl. templates for deploying the platform with Stardog
  • Ability to run the platform in OpenShift
  • Extended AWS offerings: https://metaphacts.com/aws-marketplace
  • Advanced container memory handling

Other Updates

  • Various improvements to the documentation, the search framework, Sputniq - our graph exploration, visualization and diagramming component, and error handlings in multiple places.

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

Building Biodiversity Knowledge Graphs

November 11, 2019 - A recent paper published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and presented at Biodiversity Next 2019 describes how metaphactory and Wikidata are implemented to build an Integrated Flora of Canada and create a community space for collaboration and discussion. The resulting knowledge graph integrates information from multiple data sources, such as Flora of North America and Flora of Manitoba. It can be accessed through the metaphactory end-user interface, which provides built-in templates, visual exploration, graph exploration and faceted filtering capabilities, as well as complex query mechanisms.

Read the paper here »

Materials Science Knowledge Graph at Bosch

November 6, 2019 - Aiming to support engineers in developing and introducing new materials for production, Bosch is building a knowledge graph that exposes material science knowledge and supplies high-quality answers about existing materials in a timely manner. In a recent paper presented at the ISWC 2019 Industry Track, Bosch describes how the knowledge graph integrates information stored across multiple sources, and how metaphactory is used to satisfy complex query needs through a user-friendly interface for standard keyword search and semantic-based faceted search.

Read the paper here »

metaphacts at ISWC 2019

ISWC 2019October 23, 2019 - For the 5th consecutive year, metaphacts is a Gold sponsor of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), taking place October 26-30 in Auckland, New Zealand. ISWC is the premier international forum for the Semantic Web and Linked Data Community.

metaphacts Presence at ISWC 2019

  • On Monday, Oct 28 at 11:40 am, metaphacts will be holding an Industry Track presentation on Hybrid Enterprise Knowledge Graphs. The presentation will be followed by a demo during the Demos & Posters session taking place at 6:00 pm.
  • metaphacts CEO Peter Haase will be participating in the Industry Panel on Monday, Oct 28 at 3:20 pm. The panelists will be discussing industry use cases where semantic technologies have been successfully applied.
  • metaphacts will be present at the Job Fair taking place on Wednesday, Oct 30 at 12:40 pm.

For more details about ISWC and the conference program please visit iswc2019.semanticweb.org »

metaphacts acquires VISmart and enriches metaphactory with Sputniq, the commercial version of Ontodia

September 3, 2019 - metaphacts, creator of the leading knowledge graph platform metaphactory, today announced the acquisition of VISmart Ltd. VISmart is the company behind Ontodia, an open-source platform for exploration and visualization of graph-based data. Prior to the acquisition, metaphacts integrated Sputniq, the commercial version of Ontodia, into the metaphactory platform. The VISmart team has joined metaphacts to strengthen its software engineering team and to support the expansion of consulting and support services worldwide.

Sputniq – an integral part of metaphactory

Through the VISmart acquisition and the transfer of intellectual property of Sputniq and Ontodia, metaphacts is strategically expanding its metaphactory platform with innovative data exploration, data analytics, data authoring and knowledge sharing functionalities. metaphacts and VISmart customers will benefit from an enhanced portfolio for creating and managing knowledge graphs.

"Sputniq delivers ground-breaking innovations in the area of graph data exploration, visualization and authoring. It has been fully integrated into the metaphactory knowledge graph platform as of the 3.0 release. We are excited about the opportunity to shape the Sputniq component to meet our customers’ demands and offer it as an integral part of the platform. We are happy to have the VISmart team join forces with metaphacts and drive our solutions further", commented Dr. Peter Haase, CEO at metaphacts.

Read the press release here for more details »

metaphacts 3.1 Released

September 2, 2019 - metaphactory empowers customers to build and manage their own knowledge graphs, extract the most value out of their data, and reach smarter business decisions. It supports knowledge graph management, rapid application development and end-user oriented interaction, and covers the entire lifecycle of dealing with knowledge graphs. Today, we are pleased to announce the release of metaphactory 3.1.

Try metaphactory with your own data on AWS Marketplace »

What's new in metaphactory 3.1

  • Support and best practice for Kubernetes
  • Query hints for Ephedra to control the order of executions in a query
  • A lightweight event-system to update html nodes and (re)render parameterized html template elements without reloading the entire page
  • Checkboxes, radio buttons and boolean checkboxes included as new input elements for forms; Ability to switch between different nested/composite forms
  • Initial version of a GIT storage; commit and simple push; ability to read versioned objects
  • Timeline component to support automatic detection of xsd:time and xsd:dateTime data values and make other non-proprietary data/time format parsing configurable
  • Simplified repository turtle templates
  • Enhanced validation of platform configuration parameters
  • Improved documentation to work with assumeRole instead of key / secrets for S3 Storage
  • Improved documentation for docker and docker-compose, platform operations, troubleshooting, and Data Quality / SHACL features
  • Updated and auto-generate ACL permissions documentation
Have a look at the release notes or contact us to learn more about this release.

Interview with Peter Haase for SEMANTiCS 2019: Just Start Working On Your Knowledge Graph

metaphacts SEMANTiCS 2019August 9, 2019 - In this interview with the SEMANTiCS 2019 team, metaphacts CEO Peter Haase talks about his career and fascinating experiences, as well as about metaphacts' mission to make knowledge graphs a technology available for everyone. Read the interview here »

metaphacts is a Gold Sponsor of this year's SEMANTiCS Conference taking place September 9-12 in Karlsruhe, Germany. SEMANTiCS is an established knowledge hub where technology professionals, industry experts, researchers and decision-makers can learn about new technologies, innovations and enterprise implementations in the fields of Linked Data and Semantic AI. Learn more about SEMANTiCS »

metaphactory 3.0 lowers the entry barrier to gaining value from knowledge graphs

May 21, 2019 - At metaphacts we continuously strive to deliver the best software solutions to meet our customers' requirements for building, managing and interacting with enterprise knowledge graphs. Today, we are excited to announce metaphactory 3.0, a major platform update featuring new visual interaction functionalities aimed at lowering the entry barrier to knowledge graphs.

metaphactory 3.0 Highlights

Enhanced usability, visualization, and diagramming functionalities
  • Native integration of GraphScope into the search framework
  • Close integration of Sputniq Explorer (former Ontodia)
  • Sputniq Explorer RelationshipFinder integration to allow for automatic and visual expansion of paths between nodes in a graph
  • Bird's-eye view with Sputniq Explorer
  • Beta support for visual graph authoring with Sputniq Explorer
  • Easier and non-disruptive configuration of federation on multiple data sources, incl. Ephedra configuration UI, runtime repository and federation changes, support for Bearer-token authentication, and timeout handling in Ephedra SQL service
Ability to distribute, back up and manage platform customizations
  • Enhanced app deployment functionalities, incl. full-app lifecycle, non-binary persistency, and deployment of all app artefacts
  • Clear separation of default, runtime, and domain-specific artefacts
  • Support for ZIP exports of all runtime configurations
  • Initial support for file-based volumes and object storages (Amazon S3)
  • Ability to serve app contents from Amazon S3
Other enhancements
  • Improved platform lifecycle management to allow for seamless updates
  • Enhanced access-control management, incl. fine-granular ACLs for pages and support for permissions on individual SPARQL repositories
  • Improved visualization options through additional handlebar.js helper functions for number formatting, as well as documentation and examples for more sophisticated chart styling
  • Ability to upload files in forms and to runtime app storages (beta version)
Contact us to learn more about this release »

metaphacts Keynote at ESWC 2019

metaphacts Keynote at ESWC 2019May 17, 2019 - metaphacts CEO Peter Haase is a Keynote Speaker at this year's Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), taking place June 2-6 in Portoroz, Slovenia. In his keynote talk on June 4, Peter will provide a perspective on the history, current state, and trends of Knowledge Graphs. The talk will be presented as a knowledge graph itself - with real-life data and examples to be interactively explored, allowing the audience to see what is possible with knowledge graph technology today.

The ESWC is a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations around semantic technologies. metaphacts is a Bronze Sponsor of this year's ESWC.

Learn more about ESWC 2019 »

Smart Data for Firefighters, E-Commerce, and Governments at our next Meetup, March 22, 7PM

February 22, 2019 - Our next Smart Data Meetup will take place on March 22 at 7.00 pm at the econda office in Karlsruhe. Beside news and updates from both metaphacts and Stardog, we have three technical talks lined up.

Featured Talks

  • Smart Data for Smart Firefighters, Bart van Leeuwen, CEO at netage.nl
  • Building Successful Features for E-Commerce based on Machine Learning, Philipp Sorg, Personalization Team Leader at econda.de
  • Linked Open Data in Switzerland, Adrian Gschwend, Knowledge Architect at zazuko.com

Meetup Details at a Glance

  • 7.00 pm on Friday, March 22
  • @ econda GmbH, Zimmerstraße 6, 76137 Karlsruhe
  • Hosting and catering sponsored by econda

The event is open to everyone. We kindly ask you to sign up here »

The Rhein-Neckar Smart Data Meetup is an informal group of industry professionals and academics who regularly meet to discuss all issues relevant to data integration, Linked Data, extracting knowledge from data, with a particular emphasis on knowledge graphs, semantic technologies and graph databases.

Exploring Knowledge Graphs on Amazon Neptune using metaphactory

January 14, 2019 - In a new AWS blog post, users can learn how to get started with knowledge graphs using metaphactory and Amazon Neptune, and without any prior knowledge of RDF or SPARQL. The blog post explains how to:

  • deploy an Amazon Neptune stack with metaphactory as the client application in one step using a CloudFormation template,
  • load RDF datasets to Amazon Neptune using metaphactory,
  • explore the loaded data graph and interactively build graphical visualizations using metaphactory, and
  • query the knowledge graph, and save and organize searches for later use in metaphactory.

Read the blog post »

metaphactory 2.4 is here!

December 17, 2018 - We are excited to wrap up 2018 by announcing the latest metaphactory release. The 2.4 release comes with various extensions to our platform components, including: 

  • Single sign-on via SAML2 to allow for connecting to secure enterprise environments
  • Extended federation via Ephedra, incl. integration of new data sources using declarative SQL and REST connectors; improved configuration for federation over repositories managed by the metaphactory Repository Manager; and improved performance of Join operations
  • Improved integration with different RDF databases
  • Extended documentation for using declarative input forms within the search framework, and for advanced layouting using CSS grids and sidebars

The new release also includes various highlights for end users interacting with the metaphactory, such as:

  • Enhanced diagramming via Ontodia, incl. bulk selection, snap grids, styling, usability improvements
  • Visualization of spatial data incl. handling of various WKT geometries, clustering of markers, and coloring
  • Template-able tooltips in charts to enable drill-down charts

Learn more about metaphactory »

Industrial Knowledge Graph at Siemens

metaphacts covered by Online ThemenspecialDecember 14, 2018 - An article discussing the Siemens Industrial Knowledge Graph was recently included in the Online Themenspecial, a newsletter published by the German IT magazine OBJEKTspektrum.

Leveraging semantic technologies and the metaphactory platform, the Industrial Knowledge Graph has become an integral element in Siemens' strategy towards intelligent engineering and manufacturing. It powers various business use cases, including gas turbine maintenance, building automation, and internal R&D management, and generates business value in real-life applications by significantly increasing transparency, reducing redundancy, improving internal processes, and reducing the time required to find and analyze information and reach smart business decisions. 

Read full article »

metaphactory for data.world

September 24, 2018 - We are excited that metaphactory was recently featured in a blog post on data.world! The blog post explains how customers can easily use data.world together with metaphactory to rapidly build new applications. For this particular demonstration, the FIBO financial ontology on data.world was used to build a custom app which allows users to find connections between all transaction stakeholders and detect fraud and suspicious patterns.

Do you want to try it and see how it works? Register here to access the CloudFormation template and create your own metaphactory platform connected to a data.world dataset.

Read blog post »

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