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The TopBraid platform can be used to build all kinds of applications and solutions. We’ve recently noticed one particular area where more and more customers needed help, and where semantic technology and our tools were a great fit: the management of multiple connected vocabularies spread out across an enterprise. To meet this need, we’ve created TopBraid Enterprise Vocabulary Net (EVN), a solution that works out of the box while having all the power of TopBraid Suite behind its customization capabilities.

The EVN product page has a long list of its features, which provide everything you need to manage taxonomies and thesaurii (and even create simple ontologies) in multi-user environments. The ability to review proposed changes before rolling them into production, with a choice of reports and other options for analyzing those changes and their potential impact, will be especially useful in larger organizations.

The use of EVN requires no knowledge of SKOS, RDF, or the related W3C standards, but the use of these standards behind EVN’s graphical user interface is what makes EVN both flexible and scalable. The use of public standards for data, models, and application logic makes it much easier to integrate EVN with other systems than any other vocabulary management solutions we’ve seen in the marketplace. They also make it easier for EVN to let you set up an environment where different vocabularies in different parts of a large organization can work cooperatively with no need to merge those vocabularies into a single large, central vocabulary.

EVN is included in TopBraid Composer Maestro Edition release 3.4, which is now in beta, so you can try it without purchasing a separate product. For a quick overview of the features and what the product looks like, start with thescreenshot tour, or jump right in to the tutorial included with EVN’s documentation.