Posts Tagged ‘Ontorion’

Cognitum Points To Use Cases For Semantic Knowledge Engineering

fl24Cognitum’s year got off to a good start, with an investment from the Giza Polish Ventures Fund, and it plans to apply some of that funding to building its sales and development teams, demonstrating the approaches to and benefits of semantic knowledge engineering, and focusing on big implementations for recognizable customers. The company’s products include Fluent Editor 2 for editing and manipulating complex ontologies via controlled natural language (CNL) tools, and its NLP-fronted Ontorion Distributed Knowledge Management System for managing large ontologies in a distributed fashion (both systems are discussed in more detail in our story here). “The idea here is to open up semantic technologies more widely,” says CEO Pawel Zarzycki.

To whom? Zarzycki says the company currently has pilot projects underway in the banking sector, which see opportunities to leverage ontologies and semantic management frameworks that provide a more natural way for sharing and reusing knowledge and expressing business rules for purposes such as lead generation and market intelligence. In the telco sector, another pilot project is underway to support asset management and impact assessment efforts, and in the legal arena, the Poland-based company is working with the Polish branch of international legal company Eversheds on applying semantics to legal self-assessment issues. Having a semantic knowledge base can make it possible to automate the tasks behind assessing a legal issue, he says, and so it opens the door to outsourcing this job directly to the entity pursuing the case, with the lawyer stepping in mostly at the review stage. That saves a lot of time and money.

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An Easier Approach To Ontology Editing

It’s probably not news to most people that not everyone is expert at using OWL for authoring or editing ontologies. Domain experts who don’t find the XML-based syntax for OWL particularly user-friendly need a hand, and that’s where Controlled Natural Language (CNL) tools come in.

One such tool for editing and manipulating ontologies is Fluent Editor from Cognitum. The major product from the vendor, now in Version 2, lets users edit ontologies, expressed with CNL, that are compatible with OWL 2 and SWRL (Semantic Web Rule Language). When the company debuted Version 1 a couple of years back, it discovered that “there are a lot of people interested in semantic technology,” says CEO Pawel Zarzycki. That includes business analysts and other domain experts who would like to express some business rules and to leverage a semantic system for the computer as a supporting tool.

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