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Gilbane Advisor 11-30-22 — DIY knowledge graph, KM modeling, fediverse

This week we feature articles by Tony Seale, Dan McCreary, and Jon Udell.

Additional reading from Sayash Kapoor & Arvind Narayanan, Tim Bray, Steven Levy, and Anastasia Prokhorova.

News comes from Squirro & Semantic Web Company, Datadobi, Acquia, and Drupal.

If you’ve missed any of the past 65 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.

👉 We don’t usually publish in December. Though for some reason we made an exception last year and published three issues, so who knows?


Opinion / Analysis

Building your own schema.org

Data integration is rarely easy for any organization, but is a functional requirement that grows in complexity and cost as data and data applications ineluctably increase. Tony Seale explains how you can manage both these problems by inverting the data integration problem within your organization with a model inspired by schema.org. Seale, who has been building decentralized knowledge graphs for years and is currently doing so at UBS, packs a lot into this post at (8 min).

https://medium.com/@Tonyseale/building-your-own-schema-org-7600a90e690a

Systems thinking for knowledge management

We have recommended a number of articles by Dan McCreary on enterprise knowledge graphs. In this post McCreary looks at

… how we can use Systems Thinking to understand the dynamics of building your organization’s collective intelligence. We will review the key Causal Loop Diagrams (CLDs) as models we use to understand organizational knowledge capture and retention. Then we describe how we can use these models… (12 min).

https://towardsdatascience.com/systems-thinking-for-knowledge-management-dff03829cf5c

Autonomy, packet size, friction, fanout, and velocity

Interesting framing on the fediverse from Jon Udell (<2 min).

Nostalgia is a dangerous drug and it’s always risky to wallow in it. So those of us who fondly remember the early blogosphere, and now want to draw parallels to the fediverse, should do so carefully. But we do want to learn from history. Here’s one way to compare five generations of social software along the five dimensions named in the title of this post. 

https://blog.jonudell.net/2022/11/28/autonomy-packet-size-friction-fanout-and-velocity/

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Content technology news

Squirro partners with the Semantic Web Company

Joint proposition combines NLP and ML with knowledge graphs to intelligently augment enterprise decision-making.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/squirro-partners-with-the-semantic-web-company/

Acquia readies support for Drupal 10

Acquia has contributed all updates required to make Acquia CMS compatible with Drupal 10 back to the Drupal community.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/acquia-readies-support-for-drupal-10/

Datadobi introduces StorageMAP 6.3

Enables companies to archive, pipeline, and replicate unstructured data to object storage on-premises or in the cloud without lock-in.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/datadobi-introduces-storagemap-6-3/

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Squirro partners with the Semantic Web Company

Squirro, an Augmented Intelligence solutions provider, announced a global partnership with knowledge graph provider the Semantic Web Company, creating a “Composite AI” proposition. The new Composite AI solution delivers Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and knowledge graph technology, and marries content with a user’s intent and context to intelligently augment decision-making.

ML creates and identifies signals but doesn’t take into account the representation of knowledge and reasoning behind it. The full picture – expanded queries and results – gives a greater understanding. The Semantic Web Company and Squirro partnership expands the scope and quality of AI applications by delivering that deeper understanding.

Squirro’s Insight Engine provides NLP and ML to classify the content on a sentence level according to the user’s intent. It provides a user-friendly interface and learns from the interaction what the user is looking for and the context of their search. This is aligned with the Semantic Web Company’s knowledge graph technology – known as PoolParty – which connects people and intent with data. This enriches content with domain knowledge and serves as a context engine. It contextualizes concepts from the content and links them to other meaningful concepts and contents to extend the search results.

https://squirro.comhttp://www.poolparty.biz

Acquia readies support for Drupal 10

Digital experience company Acquia announced it is set to support Drupal 10 when the open source community releases it on December 14. Acquia’s products ready for the newest version of the open source framework for building digital experience include: Acquia Code Studio and Cloud IDE developer tools, low-code Acquia Site Studio and Site Factory solutions for building and managing experiences, Acquia CMS and Acquia DAM for managing and publishing content, and Acquia Personalization for one-to-one experiences. Many customers are already beta testing Drupal 10 on Acquia Cloud Platform. They can also begin upgrading their sites on their Acquia Cloud Enterprise or Acquia Cloud Next development environments.

Acquia is the largest contributor to Drupal 10, and has contributed all updates required to make Acquia CMS compatible with Drupal 10 back to the Drupal community. After Drupal 10’s release, companies will have 11 months to update their applications from Drupal 9 to 10 to avoid potential unmaintained third-party dependencies. A timely upgrade reduces this risk, and allows their technical and marketing teams to take advantage of the innovative features that the open source community has contributed to Drupal 10.

https://acquia.comhttps://www.drupal.org

Gilbane Advisor 11-16-22 — Future browsers, federated future

This week we feature articles by Amber Case, and Jeff Jarvis.

Additional reading from Vera Smirnoff, Ellane W, and Jeremie Pineau.

News comes from Expert.ai, Bloomreach, Optimizely, and Neo4j.

If you’ve missed any of the past 64 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.

NoteWe will most likely not publish next week.


Opinion / Analysis

Browsers reimagined

Browsers are the lens through which we see the web. And considering how much the content of the web has changed over the past few decades … it sometimes feels a little strange that the browser experience has remained more or less the same.

Amber Case has some suggestions for future browsers / versions. (13 min).

https://caseorganic.medium.com/browsers-reimagined-2b53caca1114

Hope for a Post-Musk Net. A federated future and suggestions for citizens and institutions

Jeff Jarvis is not leaving Twitter. But he is also now happily on Mastodon, rooting for Bluesky, a fan of protocols over platforms, and owning your own presence and content. Having your own website and using platforms for additional distribution, as I do, is the way to go if you can, but protocols can help everyone get back some control. (8 min).

https://medium.com/whither-news/hope-for-a-post-musk-net-f156d0cdf431

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Content technology news

Bloomreach joins the MACH Alliance

The MACH Alliance certifies that Bloomreach meets the MACH standard of being Microservices based, API-first, Cloud-native SaaS, and Headless.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/bloomreach-joins-the-mach-alliance/

Optimizely launches digital experience platform on Azure

Their content management system (CMS), and commerce, and personalization solutions are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/optimizely-launches-digital-experience-platform-on-azure/

Expert.ai enhances hybrid AI platform

New capabilities fortify knowledge models, deliver new solutions for Life Science, harness language understanding for intelligent automation.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/expert-ai-enhances-hybrid-ai-platform/

Neo4j releases Neoj4 5 graph database

Neo4j 5 improves query performance, and eases Fabric database creation, autonomous clustering, and operations and administration.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/neo4j-releases-neoj4-5-graph-database/

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Datadobi introduces StorageMAP 6.3

Datadobi, provider of an unstructured data management platform, announced enhancements to its multi-vendor, multi-cloud unstructured data management platform StorageMAP. The 6.3 release introduces the ability to copy file data to any S3-compatible object storage system. The new file-to-object copy functionality adds to StorageMAP’s ability to help IT leaders archive, pipeline, and replicate file data to S3.

Unstructured data makes up 80% or more of enterprise data and is growing by 55% to 65% per year, making it difficult for companies to keep up with unstructured data management efforts. The complexity of today’s heterogeneous storage environments has caused organizations to cite the need to manage unstructured data as a problem for their business.

With StorageMAP 6.3, companies can create a copy of file data on a cost-effective object storage server or service within different geographies, tech stacks, or networking providers. This enables organizations to archive aging and/or redundant, obsolete, and/or trivial (ROT) data to less expensive storage, pipeline data to the cloud for running cloud-native analytics and AI/ML applications against the data, or maintain a safe copy of data on heterogeneous storage operating systems (OS) helping protect against OS specific bugs or hacks.

https://datadobi.com

Optimizely launches digital experience platform on Azure

Optimizely, a digital experience platform (DXP) provider enabling Boundless Digital Invention, announced its content management, commerce, and personalization solutions are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Optimizely DXP offers personalization features, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and benefitting from the scalability, reliability, performance, and security of Azure.

Optimizely DXP is an advanced Content Management System (CMS) offered in a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model, built on Microsoft .NET 5/6, and natively designed to run on Azure, enabling customers to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure for ease of use, reduced complexity, and cost-effective technology consumption. This launch allows customers to benefit from the latest release of Optimizely Content Management Version 12 and B2C Commerce Version 14, which is Optimizely’s first version built on ASP.NET Core. It also comes on the heels of the recent release of the .NET Upgrade Assistant to make it easier for customers to move to .NET 5/6.

https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/episerver.optimizely_customer-centric_digital_experience

Neo4j releases Neoj4 5 graph database

Neo4j announced the Neoj4 version 5 graph database is now available. with greater performance, scale, and ability to run Neo4j databases anywhere you want. Neo4j 5 includes updates to:

Query performance. Runtime optimizations by Neo4j engineers have made K-Hop queries faster. The Cypher clauses CONTAINS and ENDS WITH are widely used for filtering results by text properties. The new TEXT indexes implementation in Neo4j 5, based on trigrams, makes them much faster.

Sharding and Fabric. Since version 4, Neo4j has made it possible to read from your database shards as if they were a single graph, using Fabric. In Neo4j 5, you can instantaneously create a Fabric database using Cypher’s Composite database command. Fabric also comes in handy when you want to create queries that span across multiple databases to bust the silos that hide insights and hinder collaboration.

Autonomous Clustering in Neo4j 5 shifts the administrative burden from the operator to the software. All you have to do is declare how many primary or secondary copies you need and how you want those copies managed in the cluster, and your wish is Neo4j’s Cypher command.

https://neo4j.com/blog/announcing-neo4j-5-graph-database/

Expert.ai enhances hybrid AI platform

Expert.ai updated its natural language (NL) platform. Combining machine learning (ML) and symbolic knowledge representation (Hybrid AI), the updated platform facilitates the design, development and deployment of language models, and accelerates production of enterprise applications, through accurate language understanding. Upgrades include:

  • Knowledge models fortified: Built in pre-trained rules-based models contain expanded industry, role and use-case concepts, and relationships to improve the accuracy of natural language (NL) projects. Other model enhancements include updated environmental, social, governance (ESG) classification and sentiment, and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) extraction.
  • New solutions for pharma & life science: Additional knowledge models support solutions for drug discovery, clinical trial insights, opinion leader identification, and scientific publication insight analysis. A new preclinical report analysis solution speeds up the quality control check process of reports prior to their submission to regulatory bodies.
  • AI-driven Robotic Process Automation (RPA): The NL, hybrid platform integrates with UiPath, Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere, expert.ai supercharges bots with NL capabilities by merging different AI techniques. This expands the scope of intelligent process automation across tasks.
  • Expanded deployment options: The expert.ai Platform now supports on-premise deployments of NL workflows for.
  • New operational monitoring dashboard: Delivers improved visibility to operational metrics associated with language operations (LangOps).

https://www.expert.ai

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