Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Franz Inc. named to KMWorld Magazine's 2016 "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management"


As knowledge management evolves, so does their list of 100 Companies That Matter in KM. Featuring basic imaging technology when it was first published years ago, the list has expanded to include a galaxy of technologies and capabilities to meet the knowledge needs of a mobile workforce. Whether the designated companies specialize in collaborative, cloud or cognitive computing or a host of other categories, their solutions represent the best in innovation, creativity and functionality.
As the definition of knowledge management has changed over the years, so too has the list, including both familiar companies that have appeared multiple times and first-time recipients of the coveted designation. New or well known, all the companies offer solutions designed to help users and customers find what they need whenever and wherever they need it... and what they need is the ability to access, analyze and share crucial knowledge.
Read the full article here.

Monday, February 29, 2016

#AllegroGraph News - February 2016




In this issue

AllegroGraph 6.0 Now Available
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New Features Include:

  • Query Engine Optimizations:
    • Improved SPARQL Processing Efficiency, SPARQL Endpoints, and SPARQL Magic Properties
    • More efficient use of temporary disk space
    • Improved handling of very large result sets
  • Storage Layer Operations:
    • New Style2 Indices (optimizing point queries). See Style2Indices
    • Reduced I/O of some data types
    • Improved handling when out of disk space conditions exist
  • Enhanced Auditing (see Auditing)
  • Enhanced Online Backup and Restore (see Backup and Restore)
  • Improved operations with freetext indices (see Full-text Indices)
  • Python3 Client
  • Updated Sesame (2.7.11) and Jena (2.11.1), both clients that support Java 1.6.

For additional information, see here

Gruff v6.2 Available February 29
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New Features Include:
  • The command "Display | Display an Instance Node by Class Hierarchy" has been enhanced to work with predicates other than subClassOf. The initial choices are rdfs:subClassOf, skos:narrower, skos:broader, and rdfs:subPropertyOf, and you can specify custom predicates that work similarly. Multiple predicates can be browsed at the same time. The root nodes for each predicate of each store are saved into the options file so that they will come back up more quickly when re-opening the store. The predicate choices and the ones that are currently selected for each store will also be remembered. For efficiency, by default the dialog will no longer automatically gray out nodes when they have no subclasses or show a hollow arrow when they have no instances; instead, an explicit "Update Annotations" button will do that only when you want, or you can turn on the new options "Global Options | Class Outline | Automatically Indicate Childless Classes" and/or "Global Options | Class Outline | Automatically Indicate Instanceless Classes" to keep those annotations updated as before. When selecting an instance of a class, the pop-up menu is placed near the current mouse cursor position.
  • The new option "Visual Graph Options | Tree Layout Options | Minimum Leaves for Splitting Columns" reduces the overall breadth of a tree layout by placing some single-parent leaf nodes beside others.
  • SPARQL queries can now be interrupted on Mac and Linux (as was implemented on Windows recently).
  • A loaded SPARQL query should work even when it used global namespace abbreviations that were defined when it was saved but not when it is reloaded.
  • When multiple custom tooltip properties are specified with "Global Options | Node Label Predicates | Custom Predicates for Node Comments", multiple matches for a node will be concatenated in the tooltip. Previously only the first match that was found was displayed.
  • Some modal dialogs will show full URIs in the status bar as you move the mouse over choices, to differentiate nodes or predicates that use the same short label. This includes the dialogs that are shown by the commands "Global Options | Select Current Predicates", "Display | Display an Instance Node by Class Hierarchy" and "Link | Display Linked Nodes from an Outline". You can also type Control-C in any of those modal dialogs to copy the selected node or predicate.
  • The new option "Global Options | Miscellaneous | Cancel Linked Nodes Outline on Mouse Out" controls whether moving the mouse out of the dialog that's shown by "Link | Display Linked Nodes from an Outline" will cancel the dialog. That's a quick convenience that had always been enabled, but is now disabled by default because it may be more annoying than useful.
  • The two panes at the bottom of the query view that list nodes and predicates that are explicitly mentioned in the query have been removed by default, because they're usually not worth the space that they occupy. But you can get them back with the new option "Query Options | Show Explicit Nodes from Query". The pane on the right side that contained only help text has been removed entirely.
  • Tabbing back to the query text widget will leave the text cursor or selected text as it was, rather than selecting all text. The "Select All" button or its keyboard shortcut Alt-A will still select all text.
  • Fixed: Node label properties were not being employed on nodes when they are RDF string values like "Foo Bar"^^.
  • Predicate paths are handled better when generating a visual graph from query results, using a pseudo-predicate for the whole path, similar to the handling of transitive predicates like subClassOf+.
  • Fixed: Pasting a predicate into query text could miss employing a namespace abbreviation for it when that abbreviation is newly defined.
  • Fixed: On AG 3.3, the newly simpler store-opening dialog still proceeded if the user canceled the dialog.
  • It's easier to mouse on a very narrow node to select it without hitting the node corner icons on either side.
  • The store-opening dialog will remember the values that you last selected for the Warm Up the Store options for each store.
  • CONSTRUCT queries are now handled (though not with SPARQL endpoints). The constructed triples will be browsable as part of an ad hoc federation with the currently open store, and so the store is not modified.
  • On Windows, SPARQL queries in the query view can now be canceled (though not for SPARQL endpoints or on Agraph 3.3). The "Run Query" button turns into a "Cancel Query" button to indicate this.
  • The new command "Help | Activity Logging" can be used to generate debugging information to send to Franz, especially for actions that take too long or if a bad state arises in the graph view.
  • When using "Display | Display a Class Node by Class Hierarchy" or "Display | Display an Instance Node by Class Hierarchy", you can now select multiple classes to display them all or an instance of each one.
  • The command "Link | Display Linked Nodes for the Current Predicates" is now more interruptible (with Escape or Q as usual).
  • Fixed: A few commands could sometimes take a long time due to accidentally not limiting the number of triples that they fetch from the server. These commands include "Display | Display an Instance Node by Class Hierarchy", "Edit | Edit Node by Type" and selecting a predicate according to domain and range specifications. (This was discovered by using the new activity logging.) You can also cancel Edit Node by Type as usual with Escape or Q if it's still taking too long.
  • Fixed: The background pixmap in the graph view could get lost and no longer displayed because it pointed to a file in an earlier version of Gruff that you deleted.
  • The table view will now indicate when the displayed set of triples is incomplete due to "Global Options | General Triple-Fetching Limit".
  • Miscellaneous refinements to the new lisp evaluation view. You can also now change the fonts on the Evaluation Options menu.
  • Still more tweaks to the new tree layout algorithm for neatness and reduced link lengths.
  • Other small efficiency improvements.

For additional information, see the Gruff Documentation

Franz Recognized Among Top 10 Analytics Solution Providers 2016 by Pharma Tech Outlook
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Franz Inc. makes it to Pharma Tech Outlook's Top 10 Analytics Solution Providers list for its expertise in transforming data into knowledgeable insight.
The annual list showcases the Top 10 Analytics Solution Providers 2016. The positioning is based on evaluation of Franz Inc.'s specialties in providing high-performance, transactional, and highly scalable Graph Database that provides the solid storage layer for powerful enterprise grade NoSQL applications. The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of Pharma Tech Outlook's editorial board to recognize and promote Technology entrepreneurship.
Franz Inc. has been selected after being evaluated across a dozen quantitative and qualitative elements. Experts have made the decision by taking to consideration, company's experience, industry recognition, technical certifications, market presence and positive client reviews. The company continued to break new ground within the past year benefiting its customers.
To read more, see here

Franz awarded Corporate America's Best in Semantic Web Technology - USA & Leader in Graph Database Products
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Franz Inc., an early innovator in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology has been recognized As "Best in Semantic Web Technology - USA & Leader in Graph Database Products" by Corporate America Software and Technology.
"At Corporate America, it's our priority to showcase prominent professionals who are excelling in their industry and outperforming their competitors," said Hannah Stevenson, Managing Group Editor, AI Global Media. "Franz Inc. have a reputation for innovation, utilizing their expert knowledge to create complex and exciting Graph Database solutions. Franz's unique platforms offer highly scalable technologies for solving complex Big Data challenges."

Recent Articles about Franz - AllegroGraph 


Recorded Webcast - "Enriching the Property Graph with Relationship Objects"
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In many graph applications we find the link between two nodes is actually a complex object in itself. Property Graph Databases (i.e. Neo4j) try to solve this by putting attribute/values on the edges between nodes but unfortunately this is far too limited as the values cannot be nodes themselves.
Semantic Graph Databases solve this by creating 'Relationship Objects' between nodes. In our presentation we will describe four use cases where the Property Graph“≥ shortcomings were solved by using Relationship Objects. An online banking application, a fraud detection application for a European tax office, a machine learning application in healthcare and the CrunchBase investment database.
Working with these 'Relationship Objects' is very efficient because we employed a new 'Super Graph' pattern that summarizes connections between nodes in such a way that even in graphs with large branching factors we still can perform super fast search.
Another advantage of the relationship objects is that it makes it far more straightforward to interactively explore large graph space in an aesthetically pleasing way in Gruff, Franz's advanced graph visualization tool.
View this recorded webcast here.

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Franz was named as one of 21 NoSQL Innovators to Look for in 2020, in a post on The Wikibon technology research and advisory website because of its flagship RDF and Graph Database product, AllegroGraph.


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Graph databases, like AllegroGraph, are one of the new technologies encouraging a rapid re-thinking of the analytics landscape. By tracking relationships - in a network of people, organizations, events and data - and applying reasoning (inference) to the data and connections, powerful new answers and insights are enabled...

Recorded Webcast - Haystax presents: Advanced Analytic Techniques for Insider Threat Detection
The Malaysian State of Sabah's Biodiversity Center's (SaBC)  is using AllegroGraph to run the Sabah Biodiversity Integrated Information System (SaBIIS) AllegroGraph is the centralized RDF database used to integrate and store biodiversity data coming from more than 20 organizations that collect specimen data in different formats and schemas.
Read the press release here.
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KRSTE.my (Knowledge Resource for Science and Technology Excellence, Malaysia) is an initiative, based on AllegroGraph, by MOSTI and spearheaded by MASTIC to address science and technology issues and challenges faced by the community, the ministry and the country. KRSTE.my is designed to be a Single Point Access Facilities (SPAF) providing intelligent collaborative knowledge management and learning services platform on Science and Technology and Innovation. More info here.
Information Management article - Why Data Lakes Require Semantics
Inside Analysis article - Events that Change the World


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Monday, November 2, 2015

#AllegroGraph News - November 2015



In this issue

#Gruff v6.0 Now Available
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New Features Include:
  • New Screen Layout Options
  • You can now quickly invoke certain commands by clicking the corners of nodes in the graph view. Small icons will appear for the commands to indicate when you're in the right spot. You can right-click a corner to globally assign a different command to that corner. See the new "Visual Graph Options | Node Corner Clicks" child menu.
  • For advanced users who are comfortable writing lisp code, there is a new view for evaluating lisp expressions to control Gruff programmatically. See View | Lisp Evaluation View.
  • Small improvements and fixes have been made to the new tree layout algorithm.
  • "Link | Display Linked Nodes from an Outline" (formerly "from a Tree") now positions its dialog beside the selected node. You can cancel the dialog quickly by moving the mouse cursor out of the dialog, and say OK quickly by right-clicking anywhere in the dialog.
  • The new command "Select | Reselect a Recent Node" lets you choose a recently-selected node from a pop-up menu to reselect it. This can be handy for then applying a command to it with a keyboard shortcut.
  • The query view's "Create Visual Graph" button finds more triples to display in queries that have UNION or OPTIONAL groups, in the default mode where "Query Options | Include More Triples in Visual Graphs" is not enabled.
  • Zooming with the mouse (when "Visual Graph Options | Layout Options | Mouse Wheel Zooms" is enabled) will now center the zooming around the mouse cursor position.
  • A few commands on the File menu have been moved onto a new Miscellaneous child menu.
  • When using "Link | Display a Linked Node from Menus" and choosing the All choice when selecting the predicate, triples for the rdfs:label predicate (or any custom label predicates) will no longer be added to the display, because the label is shown on the node itself already.
  • On the old 3.3 version of AllegroGraph, the store-opening dialog no longer has widgets for specifying a remote host and a port, because Gruff on AG 3.3 is normally used only with the server that's built into Gruff, and so those widgets were more confusing than useful.
  • When sorting query results by one of the columns, numeric values will now be sorted numerically rather than alphanumerically like other values.

For additional information, see the Gruff Documentation

Webcast - "Enriching the Property Graph with Relationship Objects" - November 18 - 10 AM Pacific
supergraph
In many graph applications we find the link between two nodes is actually a complex object in itself. Property Graph Databases (i.e. Neo4j) try to solve this by putting attribute/values on the edges between nodes but unfortunately this is far too limited as the values cannot be nodes themselves.
Semantic Graph Databases solve this by creating 'Relationship Objects' between nodes. In our presentation we will describe four use cases where the Property Graph“≥ shortcomings were solved by using Relationship Objects. An online banking application, a fraud detection application for a European tax office, a machine learning application in healthcare and the CrunchBase investment database.
Working with these 'Relationship Objects' is very efficient because we employed a new 'Super Graph' pattern that summarizes connections between nodes in such a way that even in graphs with large branching factors we still can perform super fast search.
Another advantage of the relationship objects is that it makes it far more straightforward to interactively explore large graph space in an aesthetically pleasing way in Gruff, Franz's advanced graph visualization tool.
Register for this webcast here.

CIOReview - AllegroGraph Named as Leading Database Solution
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Franz, Inc., the leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology technology has been named CIOReview Magazine's Top 20 Most Promising Database Technology Solution providers. The award comes on the heals of Franz's recent announcement of the first Semantic Data Lake (SDL) for Healthcare, which was created in collaboration with Montefiore Medical Center (the eighth largest hospital group in the U.S.), Intel, Cloudera and Cisco. The SDL for Healthcare is a scalable and extensible Healthcare platform designed for Accountable Care and Personalized Medicine initiatives...
To read more, see here

SmartData Conference Video - "Healthcare Analytics with a Smart Data Lake"
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Montefiore Medical Center in collaboration with Franz, Intel, Cloudera and Cisco created a scalable and extensible Learning Healthcare System platform for accountable care and precision medicine initiatives. We call the underlying Hadoop based big data platform a "Semantic Data Lake" (SDL).
The SDL integrates complex information and analytic requirements including:
  • Basic science
  • Clinical
  • Population
  • Community
  • Environmental
  • Behavioral
  • Wellness research data
The SDL links and fuses domain specific models (ontologies), biomedical terminologies and taxonomy systems, and other contextual metadata with ERP data, Electronic Medical Records, and medical device data in massive volumes. The SDL provides a uniform, semantically integrated, self-descriptive information repository based on graph representations of multi-source, heterogeneous data (including free text clinical narratives). We expect to grow this platform to 4 trillion edges at the end of 2015.
Montefiore uses this platform for scalable knowledge-based analytics for classification, pattern recognition, predictive modeling, and simulations. We will demonstrate how we can create smart applications for decision support, fraud detection, risk management, personalized care management, signal detection and notifications.
See here to watch the presentation video.
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Bloor Research Positions AllegroGraph as a "Champion"
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Franz, Inc., the leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology, announced its flagship product, AllegroGraph, has been named a Champion by Bloor Research in its recent Graph Database Market Update report. AllegroGraph is a high performance Semantic Graph Database that enables analytics by leveraging the W3C industry standards. Graph databases are skyrocketing in popularity and have grown by 400% in the past two years, according to a recent DBMS ranking by DB-Engines...

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Recorded Webcast: Maximizing New Multi-dimensional Indexing for Complex Location Aware Applications with AllegroGraph v5.0
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With the recent release of AllegroGraph v5.0's unique multi-dimensional indexing capabilities, Data Scientists are better able to answer complex, real world questions which today require the fusion of data in many dimensions.
AllegroGraph was the first Graph Database to offer advanced temporal and geospatial libraries. With this latest release, AllegroGraph again leads the industry in advanced event based data processing for customers in healthcare, telecom, agriculture, financial and intelligence applications. Although the industries are diverse, these AllegroGraph customers are driven by a common need to better answer complex, real world questions which today require the fusion of data in many dimensions.
Join us for this webcast to learn more about optimizing multidimensional queries like the following: 
Which geographic areas with an altitude greater than 500m and less than 2500m had a reduction in crop yield in August and which also had high humidity for at least 5 consecutive days in the month of April.
To watch this webinar, see here.

Allegro CL 10 - Meeting Demand for High Performance AI Applications
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October 7, 2015 - Franz Inc., an early innovator in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and leading supplier of Common Lisp (CL) development tools and Semantic Graph Database technology, today announced Allegro CL 10, which includes key performance enhancements now available within the most effective system for developing and deploying applications to solve the problems in the field of Artificial Intelligence. "Demand for faster, more intelligent and scalable applications is increasing with the Big Data onslaught that is impacting applications in traditional AI industries like National Defense, but also in Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Financial Analytics," said Dr. Jans Aasman, CEO of Franz Inc.

To read the full press release, see here.

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Big Data Quarterly article: How Semantics Can Take Graph Databases to New Levels The recent increase in the popularity of property graph databases is well-founded, as they fulfill a real need. But as usage continues to ramp up, the limitations of traditional property graph systems can become a roadblock. Read the full article here.
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Franz was named as one of 21 NoSQL Innovators to Look for in 2020, in a post on The Wikibon technology research and advisory website because of its flagship RDF and Graph Database product, AllegroGraph.


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Gartner Names Semantic Technologies To Its Top Technology Trends Impacting Information Infrastructure in 2013. Semantic technologies have made it to Gartner's list of the top technology trends that will impact information infrastructure this year. Read the full article here.
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Graph databases, like AllegroGraph, are one of the new technologies encouraging a rapid re-thinking of the analytics landscape. By tracking relationships - in a network of people, organizations, events and data - and applying reasoning (inference) to the data and connections, powerful new answers and insights are enabled...

Recorded Webcast - Haystax presents: Advanced Analytic Techniques for Insider Threat Detection
The Malaysian State of Sabah's Biodiversity Center's (SaBC)  is using AllegroGraph to run the Sabah Biodiversity Integrated Information System (SaBIIS) AllegroGraph is the centralized RDF database used to integrate and store biodiversity data coming from more than 20 organizations that collect specimen data in different formats and schemas.
Read the press release here.
krste
KRSTE.my (Knowledge Resource for Science and Technology Excellence, Malaysia) is an initiative, based on AllegroGraph, by MOSTI and spearheaded by MASTIC to address science and technology issues and challenges faced by the community, the ministry and the country. KRSTE.my is designed to be a Single Point Access Facilities (SPAF) providing intelligent collaborative knowledge management and learning services platform on Science and Technology and Innovation. More info here.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston presentation - Use of Natural Language Processing in Enterprise Terminology Development

Information Management article - Why Data Lakes Require Semantics
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