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Q3-2018 Issue


A Note from TopQuadrant's CEO, Irene Polikoff

As 2018 comes to a close we took a look back at key topics that were of most interest in our conversations with customers, prospects and at the many industry events we attended throughout the year.

A very popular topic continues to be Knowledge Graphs. Looking ahead, we believe that the use of knowledge graphs in the enterprise will be substantially expanded in key areas including data relationship discovery and exploration, semantic interoperability, and especially data governance. Knowledge graphs are foundational to data governance because they catalog diverse enterprise data by capturing both the technical and business context, and meaning of the data through connections across all assets in the enterprise ecosystem.

On the more technical side, we continue to receive a lot of questions about SHACL and its importance to data management. SHACL, a W3C standard for graph data modeling and validation can be used to support many capabilities needed for data governance. I cover some examples in this blog post, “How does SHACL Support Data Governance?” With the addition of SHACL to the standards that support knowledge graphs, it is possible to ensure that the knowledge remains consistent against multiple viewpoints, retains a good quality, and supports the inference of new knowledge that is not explicitly stated in the data.

For these and other reasons I can't cover in this brief note, we believe knowledge graphs are an ideal and, arguably, the only viable foundation for bridging and connecting enterprise metadata silos. For more on TopQuadrant’s views on these topics, see the newly published DATAVERSITY article: “Achieving Data Governance 2.0 with Knowledge Graph Technology.”

TopBraid Release 6.1 Is Here!

TopBraid Enterprise Data Governance Release 6.1 includes extensive end user enhancements, and scalability improvements.

New features such as tabular editor inline edit, moveable columns, and basket make EDG even more flexible and user friendly.

Users will also see exciting improvements to the underlying SHACL and GraphQL technologies.

Key new features of TopBraid EDG 6.1 include:

End User Improvements
  • Improved editing for Reference Datasets and Taxonomies
  • Editable tables with movable columns
  • Dynamic rule inferencing
  • Self-configured "Search the EDG"
  • Configurable URI Construction Rules
  • New asset collection type: Data Graphs
General performance and scalability improvements
  • Time to load resource information forms
  • Faster initial schema creation for tabular editors
  • Added "simple search" mode for large graphs in the tabular editor
For a complete list of new and enhanced capabilities see: TopBraid 6.1 Release Notes.

The Dutch Police selected both the Vocabulary Management and Reference Data Management capabilities of TopBraid EDG to update and extend key information systems and infrastructure.

A global enterprise in life sciences and agriculture selected TopBraid EDG-Vocabulary Management, along with Business Glossaries and Customer Defined Asset Types, to support several solutions that require comprehensive terminology management and data curation.

An international information storage, protection and management company selected TopBraid EDG-Vocabulary Management to create and manage taxonomies and ontologies and to create a new, strategic solutions platform to manage their citations metadata, and global retention and disposition policies.

DATAVERSITY Article: December 5, 2018, TopQuadrant founders share their perspective on Knowledge Graph technology and how it fits with today’s Data Governance needs.Achieving Data Governance 2.0 with Knowledge Graph Technology

SEMANTiCS 2018 Conference, Sept. 10-14, Vienna. Ralph Hodgson, TopQuadrant's CTO conducted the tutorial
GraphQL for JSON and SHACL/RDF Interoperability

Taxonomy Bootcamp London, Oct. 16, 2018 Nuno Lopez, Senior Semantic Solution Architect, TopQuadrant, Portugal presented the talk "Bridging vocabulary silos with auto-generated crosswalks."

Taxonomy Bootcamp, Nov. 6, 2018 Wash., D.C. Jesse Lambert, Senior Semantic Solution Architect at TopQuadrant, presented the talk Semantic Search Enrichment.

RECORDED: "TopBraid GraphQL: Bringing the Worlds of JSON and RDF Together”.. This webinar introduced the new GraphQL capabilities of TopBraid 6.0, that combine rich, flexible W3C semantic technology standards with the simplicity of GraphQL for querying data.

RECORDED:“Navigating Data Lineage and its Impact with Interactive Visualization Maps”. This webinar discussed data lineage use cases and showed capabilities that support lineage models and their effective visualization.

UPCOMING: Jan. 17, 2019, 11:30 am ET, “What are Knowledge Graphs? Why Are They Key to Successful Data Governance?”. Join us to learn about knowledge graphs and and how they provide a powerful platform for integrated data management and governance.

Webinar Info and Registration

The recent launch of our Quick Grok video series has proven to be quite popular. The videos provide short, practical “how to” demos’ of TopBraid EDG capabilities.

You will find tutorials that support features from each of the EDG packages including: Navigating in TopBraid EDG, Search the EDG-Finding Information in TopBraid EDG, Creating a Glossary, Creating a Taxonomy, Creating a Reference Dataset, and Data Lineage.

See TopBraid EDG Videos for a complete list. Recently added videos include:
Introduction to Change Management Workflows in TopBraid EDG
Advanced Tutorial: Creating a Custom XML Importer for TopBraid EDG
Data Graphs – Managing Data based upon Customer Ontologies

TopBraid EDG Quick Grok Videos

TopQuadrant is a gold sponsor and exhibitor at Enterprise Data World 2019 in Boston, MA. Additionally, TopQuadrant’s CEO, Irene Polikoff, and CTO, Ralph Hodgson will give the presentation: Knowledge Graphs –A Strategic NoSQL Approach for Data Management and Governance on March 19 at 11:30am.

Our next newsletter will offer a preview of our next whitepaper which will focus on what is needed to provide support for modeling and visualizing data lineage within a comprehensive data governance environment.

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