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

Join us at the Pistoia Alliance Spring Conference!

Pistoia Alliance Spring Conference April 13, 2021 - We're excited to be a sponsor and presenter at this year's Pistoia Alliance Spring Conference taking place in a virtual setting on April 20-21 & 23. Pistoia Alliance is a global, not-for-profit members' organization working to lower barriers to innovation in life science and healthcare R&D through pre-competitive collaboration. The Pistoia Alliance Spring Conference will be an interactive virtual conference where the community comes together to collaborate on solving common problems and driving innovation across the ever-changing life sciences ecosystem.

metaphacts Presentation at the Pistoia Alliance Spring Conference

Beyond FAIR Data: Consumable Knowledge for R&D Innovation
Sebastian Schmidt, Co-CEO at metaphacts
Wed., April 21, 13:05 pm EST

This talk will summarize Pfizer's Knowledge Graph journey and highlight their lessons learned. By leveraging Knowledge Graph technology to make R&D data FAIR, Pfizer can surface actionable and meaningful insights and make knowledge accessible to and consumable by domain users. Built on top of metaphactory - a low-code Knowledge Graph platform, Pfizer's SCAI Dash (Science & Clinical Analytics and Informatics Dashboard) helps accelerate R&D data discovery and understanding. It supports data scientists, researchers, scientists, and clinical and project leads in bringing medicine to the market faster.

Here you can download the conference agenda and register for the event »

Upcoming Webinar: Accelerated R&D with a FAIR Data Fabric in Life Sciences

metaphactory & GraphDB April 12, 2021 - We're looking forward to this joint metaphacts and Ontotext webinar where Sebastian Schmidt (Co-CEO, metaphacts), Todor Primov (Head of Research and Innovation, Ontotext) and Ilian Uzunov (Sales Director Life Sciences and Healthcare, Ontotext) will highlight the benefits of Knowledge Graphs and FAIR Data for driving digital transformation in Life Sciences and Pharma.

In this webinar we will present our modular approach to R&D data discovery and knowledge consumption using metaphactory and GraphDB and will discuss how Life Sciences and Pharma companies can move towards data fabrics built on FAIR Data to address topics such as precision medicine, full DNA sequencing or digital therapeutics. For this webinar, we will use examples from a pre-clinical knowledge graph built entirely from publicly available datasets and capturing OMICs data (genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics) together with information about pathways, tissues, drugs and diseases.

The webinar will be hosted by Ontotext and will take place on April 14, 2021 at 5 pm CET. Here you can learn more about this webinar »

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Third metaphacts Customer Advisory Board meeting

March 23, 2021 - The metaphacts Customer Advisory Board (CAB) met for the third time in a virtual setting on Thursday, March 18, 2021. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their commitment as CAB members and for making this CAB meeting such an inspiring and insightful event!

Our discussions ranged from topics such as the role of the data steward and how this "unicorn" can bridge the gap between IT (semantic experts) and business (domain experts), to the future of application building on top of Knowledge Graphs and the importance of ontology modelling, taxonomy management, data catalogs and a low-code approach.

We look forward to leveraging these insights in the next metaphactory releases to shape solutions that support our customers in driving their digital transformation strategy with Knowledge Graphs.

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 »

Upcoming Webinar: Generate Value from Your Knowledge Graph in Days

metaphactory & GraphDB February 23, 2021 - We're looking forward to this joint metaphacts and Ontotext webinar where Sebastian Schmidt, Co-CEO at metaphacts and Todor Primov, Head of Research and Innovation at Ontotext will discuss our proven approach that can help you accelerate your Knowledge Graph journey and generate value from your Knowledge Graph within a matter of days.

While the benefits of Knowledge Graphs have become clear, the road to implementation has often been long and complex, and success has relied on the involvement of seasoned knowledge graph experts. In this webinar, we'll use a clinical trial scoping example to highlight how combining GraphDB and metaphactory brings together curated and open datasets, data virtualization, visual knowledge graph modeling, and a low-code approach for building user-friendly search, exploration, visualization, and data editing interfaces. This will demonstrate how our approach can help you transform your Knowledge Graph into a strategic tool to drive digital transformation.

The webinar will be hosted by Ontotext and will take place on March 4, 2021 at 5 pm CET. Here you can learn more about this webinar »

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metaphactory 4.0 Introduces Visual Ontology Modeling for Domain Experts and Business Users

Visual Ontology Modeling with metaphactory February 17, 2021 - We are extremely pleased to announce the release of metaphactory 4.0 - a major release that delivers groundbreaking Knowledge Graph Asset Management capabilities with particular focus on ontologies. Knowledge Graph Asset Management refers to 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.

With its visual ontology editor, metaphactory 4.0 transforms ontology modeling into a streamlined, end-to-end experience. It allows all relevant stakeholders - from knowledge graph experts and ontology engineers to domain experts and business users - to equally contribute to the ontology engineering process, while eliminating obstacles such as external expert tools, media-breaks, or synchronization issues. The visual ontology editor lowers the overall cost of knowledge graph creation and significantly accelerates the adoption of Knowledge Graphs as a strategic tool to drive digital transformation.

Ontology Modeling & Management

*New* Visual Ontology Modeling

The visual ontology editor delivers a user-friendly environment for ontology exploration, visualization, editing and documentation, based on a visual language. The visual language translates to core elements of OWL and SHACL and results in an ontology based on open modelling and validation language W3C standards. With a single click the ontology can be used to validate the knowledge graph data or to drive the logic of business applications.

The visual language supports an agile and iterative process in which all stakeholders can work together to define and continuously improve ontologies. This approach to ontology modeling does not only significantly accelerate the modeling process, but it also improves the quality of models and ensures early buy-in from the relevant stakeholders who are later expected to contribute data to or consume data from the Knowledge Graph.

In this blog post you can learn more about ontology modeling in metaphactory 4.0 »

*New* Ontology Versioning

Ontologies and changes to the ontology can be versioned through Git integration. This enables the seamless embedding of ontology modeling into governance and CI/CD processes.

*New* Ontology Catalog

The Ontology Catalog features capabilities to import, create, manage metadata for, and search ontologies. The catalog improves access to ontologies across the organization, fosters reuse and helps to build governance processes that scale across individual projects in an organization.

Other metaphactory 4.0 Highlights

  • Improved integration with GraphDB and Stardog - This allows Knowledge Graph experts and data stewards to invoke database native SHACL validation, while data validation reports can be managed, visualized and inspected in metaphactory.
  • Improved low-code template editor - This supports application developers and is based on a modern, state-of-the art code editor (Monaco editor, which also drives Visual Studio Code). It provides a smoother editing experience with intelligent features such as on-hover information, auto-completion, and syntax validation. It also provides an outlook on upcoming new features, such as component diagnostics and code formatting (currently experimental).
  • Major update of frontend libraries - This provides developers access to latest features and styles from React Bootstrap and Bootstrap version 4.

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

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KompAKI Project Kickoff Meeting

December 15, 2020 - The "Competence Center for Work and Artificial Intelligence in the Rhine-Main Area" (Kompetenzzentrum für Arbeit und künstliche Intelligenz im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – KompAKI), met in a virtual setting on December 1, 2020 for its official project kick-off meeting. The Competence Center is researching new potential for human-centered AI applications and their business models.

metaphacts is involved in central issues within the joint project, focusing on "cooperative artificial intelligence". The main characteristics of the cooperative AI is that it should be possible for users without knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) to train learning systems ("Automated AI") but also that learning systems can explain themselves ("Explainable AI") and adapt through interaction with the user ("Interactive AI"). Specifically, metaphacts' goal is to develop methods for cooperative AI using knowledge graphs to provide explanation components and to create new interfaces for non-expert users to interact with knowledge-based intelligent systems.

The knowledge gained at the Competence Center will be validated in pilot projects with partner companies mainly from the production sector. All project results will be made available to the regional working world and university education through various information and transfer formats during the project period.

Funding

The joint project "Competence Center for Work and Artificial Intelligence in the Rhine-Main Area" is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 10.75 million euros over five years. The competence center includes a total of 11 research partners at universities, eight companies, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and other associated partners.

Attend our presentation at Knowledge Connexions 2020!

Knowledge Connexions Conference 2020 November 25, 2020 - We are excited to be a Gold sponsor and presenter at this year’s Knowledge Connexions Conference (KnowCon 2020). KnowCon 2020 will take place in a virtual setting between Nov. 30 and Dec 2 and will feature a multitude of insightful workshops, masterclasses and presentations around Knowledge Graphs, Graph AI, Graph Databases and Semantic Technologies.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 pm CET, metaphacts Co-CEO Sebastian Schmidt will be holding a presentation on driving digital transformation with Knowledge Graphs. In his talk, Sebastian will focus on agile data management and governance with Knowledge Graphs and will highlight our lessons learned and best practices for building a Knowledge Graph-driven FAIR data platform.

Haven’t registered yet? Contact us to obtain a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and book your ticket here »

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