Ontopia announced that Ontopoly, the new web-based tool for creating, populating and managing corporate ontologies, is now available as part of the Ontopia Knowledge Suite (OKS) 3.0 release and the OKS Samplers free download. Whether a corporation uses a taxonomy, a thesaurus or an ontology for its knowledge organization, Ontopoly can be used to define the underlying structure and populate the knowledge base. The knowledge base is then populated through a combination of automated processing and human intellectual effort. Using the Ontopia Knowledge Suite, integrators can aggregate content from databases, documents and web feeds. Additionaly, “tacit” knowledge and links to information resources (as required) can then be added manually using Ontopoly’s ontology-driven interface. Ontopoly is based on the ISO Topic Maps standard. It allows Ontopoly to support any kind of knowledge structure, ranging from simple indexes and taxonomies, through thesauri and glossaries, to full-blown ontologies. Ontologies built using Ontopoly can be used to organize portals, structure Content Management Systems, drive autoclassification of information, and underpin many other processes, thereby providing a foundation for knowledge management and publishing solutions based on semantic technology. Free versions of Ontopoly and Omnigator, Ontopia’s topic map browser, are now available for personal use via download as the OKS Samplers. The free download includes over 20 sample topic maps. Commercial licensing for corporate use is also available. http://www.ontopia.net
Content Management Professionals (CM Pros) announced that Mary Laplante and Scott Abel have been elected to the 2006-2007 CM Pros Board of Directors and that Janus Boye and Mollye Barrett have been elected to serve on the organization’s Management Committee as director of member relations and director of communications, respectively. Scott and Mary were elected to replace two outgoing Board members – me and Ann Rockley – whose terms expire this month. Seth Gottlieb, Erik Hartman, and Samantha Starmer remain on the Board until January 2007.
Over the past 15 months, the organization has grown to more than 600 members and continues to expand rapidly. It has been gratifying to see the organization grow, and a pleasure to work with the organization, which I will continue to do as a regular member. Congratulations to Scott, Janus, and Mollye, and especially to our own Mary Laplante! Also, congratulations to the other nominees for being willing (and very able) to serve, and for helping to make the organization strong by their participation in the election process.
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