metaphacts sponsors ESWC 2020

ESWC 2020 May 26, 2020 - This is a challenging time for the entire world as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps spreading across countries. It has taught us a lot about flexibility and adjusting to a changing environment. It is great to see that conferences such as The Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) are also embracing this flexibility and offering virtual events. We are proud to be an ESWC 2020 Bronze sponsor for the 5th consecutive year and are looking forward to a successful virtual conference!

The ESWC is a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations around semantic technologies. Building on its past success, ESWC is seeking to broaden its focus to span other relevant related research areas in which Web semantics plays an important role. ESWC 2020 will be a virtual conference and is going to take place between June 2 – 4, 2020.

To learn more about ESWC please visit the conference website »
Register here for the virtual event.

metaphacts Achieves Amazon Linux 2 Ready Designation

AWS Service Ready April 21, 2020 - We are proud to announce that metaphacts has achieved the Amazon Linux 2 Ready designation, part of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Ready Program, and was included as an official Amazon Linux 2 Launch Partner. This designation recognizes that metaphactory has been validated to run on and support Amazon Linux 2. 

Achieving the Amazon Linux 2 Ready designation differentiates metaphacts as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member with a generally available product that runs on Amazon Linux 2 and is fully supported for AWS customers. 

"We are proud to achieve AWS Service Ready status," said Sebastian Schmidt, VP Product & Business Development at metaphacts. "We are confident that the AWS Service Ready status will help us support customers in driving and achieving their technology goals around data management by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides."

Read the metaphacts press release or check out the announcement on the APN Blog »

metaphactory 3.4 Reduces the Time to Market for Knowledge Graph Applications

April 7, 2020 - We are excited to announce the release of metaphactory 3.4 featuring multiple extensions and revamps to reduce the time to market for Knowledge Graph applications, increase performance and stability, and deliver a more end-user friendly experience.

Streamlined App Extension Mechanism and Best Practices

With version 3.4 we are pushing our app extension mechanism to the next level to make it even easier for application developers to develop, test and deploy apps using a streamlined and efficient process. This includes extended documentation and best practices, various examples for backend and frontend extensions (e.g., angular), as well as new functionalities such as helper functions to build multilingual application interfaces. Examples and build scripts can be found in our public Git repository: https://github.com/metaphacts/sample-apps

Federation Revamp

metaphactory 3.4 delivers a complete, but fully downward-compatible revamp of the core of our federation engine Ephedra for better performance, stability, error handling and including different optimisation strategies. In addition, we added transparent SPARQL federation, i.e., the ability to federate over SPARQL repositories without explicitly specifying the location of the data.

Other metaphactory 3.4 Highlights

  • Ontodia, our main graph visualization and interaction component, is now fully composable. This means that application developers can now easily nest, layout and configure the various toolbars and interaction elements within the graph canvas space, to deliver a domain or project specific user experience.
  • A new tree visualization component (semantic-lazy-tree) is now included to enable end users to efficiently browse and search through large, hierarchical data structures.
  • Various enhancements to authoring forms and visual graph authoring have been made to deliver a more end-user friendly experience.
  • With this version, knowledge graph experts and domain end users benefit from new visualizations to explore SKOS Schemes and Concepts.
  • We added an initial version of a keyword lookup and reconciliation component to allow data scientists to connect, for example, from OpenRefine to the platform and perform entity reconciliation.
  • Support for Tableau has been upgraded to allow data scientists to connect to the platform from Tableau Desktop version 2019.4 or later.

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

AWS Marketplace lists metaphactory as first Graph Data Management Solution and references joint success story at Siemens Gas and Power

AWS Marketplace - Siemens Solution Page March 27, 2020 - We are excited to announce that metaphactory is now available as the first solution for graph data management on AWS Marketplace. On the solution page you can learn about our joint metaphactory and Amazon Neptune success story at Siemens Gas and Power. The gas turbines of Siemens Gas and Power are used worldwide in different environments and with customer specific configurations. Managing a broad variety of spare parts and configurations for each turbine is a challenge. metaphactory and Amazon Neptune enabled Siemens Gas and Power to rapidly build a Turbine Knowledge Graph and visualize the connections between similar parts across the entire fleet. With metaphactory, we enabled them to identify and manage spare parts efficiently, saving up to 1500 hours of manual effort per year.

"The key advantage of metaphactory was that we could easily visualize our data during development for early feedback from the business allowing data quality improvements, and fast and target-focused development of our data model and application," says Paul Zolnowski, Section Lead - Post Documentation, Siemens Gas and Power.

Go to the solution page on AWS Marketplace »

New Release - metaphactory 3.3

December 27, 2019 - We are excited to announce the release of metaphactory 3.3. This release comes with multiple user interface and security extensions that will tremendously improve customer day-to-day operations and enhance customer experience.

What's new in metaphactory 3.3

  • Platform-wide display name generation: Aligned ranking of different label properties and languages in Sputniq to other components; Improved processing and performance in central label service; Synchronous fetching of labels in tables for improved client-side sorting and filtering on labels
  • Advanced credential handling using keepass password safe, environment variables or property files
  • Visual editor to create, compose and maintain Access Control List (ACLs) permissions
  • Support of IAM Authentication for AWS Amazon Neptune
  • Visual ontology authoring based on Named Graphs (beta version)

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

VISmart Logo 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 »

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