Thomas Thurner

Bruno Eugster: ‘How to bring already pre-filtered information to the employee’s desk’

0adf38aa6.11669486,3In recent years, PoolParty team has not only worked on the major release PoolParty 4. It also developed a network of experts as its partner organizations, which deliver services for system integration (e.g. SharePoint, FirstSpirit, IntraFind etc.), taxonomy and thesaurus management, and to develop infrastructure for the corporate semantic web. DTI AG is one of those partners which are acting globally as an interface between PoolParty team and the customers. Andreas Blumauer talked with Bruno Eugster, CEO at DTI AG, based in Switzerland.

Blumauer: How do semantic technologies fit into your overall strategy, do you believe they are ‘the next big thing’?

Eugster: DTI AG focuses on projects to improve information access and search, where semantic technologies play an ever important role. In this respect, semantic technologies are one of the next “big things”. Only if computers will understand crawled content, as well as the needs of the information seeker, the user will be able to get the right information in time. This is the key challenge which semantic technology will help to meet.

Blumauer: Which kind of projects in the field of semantic technologies do you mainly support? What are the business cases in such projects?

Eugster: Everywhere where information workers drive customer’s business, semantic technologies are of great help to get precise hits in time. This is the case for DTI’s projects in the sectors of enterprise search, knowledge management, eDiscovery, legal investigations as well as in government, pharma, finance, and insurance industry.

Blumauer: How do your customers benefit from PoolParty technologies? Why did you decide to develop a partnership with Semantic Web Company?

Eugster: In our days, where loads of information dislocated in countless data silos, it’s enormously important to bring already pre-filtered information to the employee’s desk. As each employee has it’s own requirements to given information – depending on his role and job. PoolParty allows to enrich the information with these contexts. At DTI AG,  we have found a dynamic and innovative technology partner with PoolParty, to achieve customer demands in information access and search.


Bruno Eugster is founder of DTI AG which is an independent solution provider in the field of intelligent information search and retrieval. Their target markets are media, financial, life sciences and government.

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Andreas Blumauer

Webinar: Semantic Web for Developers

GotoWebinar, March 20: Semantic Web for Developers – building semantic applications with PoolParty

This webinar gives insights into software development based on semantic web standards. We will give a short overview over frequently used standards (SPARQL, SKOS and RDF), application scenarios and technologies (OpenRDF, Virtuoso, Solr/Lucene) and we will give live-demos on how to make use of PoolParty technologies to build a variety of semantic applications.

Part 1 (15min):
Short introduction to semantic web and linked data standards, overview over typical application scenarios

Part 2 (30min):
PoolParty architecture, components and APIs: making use of the linked data front end, Sparql endpoint, PoolParty reports, thesaurus API (PPT API), extractor API (PPX API) and semantic search API (PPS API) -  for each API, an example will be shown (incl. returned formats and how to make use of it in a programming language like PHP)

Part 3 (10min):
Putting the pieces together: Combine the APIs to build

- a semantic search engine
- a content recommender
- a linked data mashup

Part 4 (min. 5min):
Questions and answering

Register now:

Andreas Blumauer


Today PoolParty Team has announced the first official release of the PoolParty SKOS API.

This API can be installed in addition to a PoolParty Thesaurus Server 3.2 and offers an easy way to programmatically access data of a SKOS thesaurus via RESTful services. The SKOS API can be used without any knowledge about SPARQL .

This first release of the API offers web services to access thesaurus projects, concept schemes, concepts and SPARQL lists. In addition to basic SKOS querying, the API also supports the import of RDF data, SPARQL update and a service to push candidate terms into a thesaurus project triggered by any kind of application (like a CMS or a wiki).

Learn more about the PoolParty SKOS API.

Andreas Blumauer

PoolParty PowerTagging – bringing semantics to enterprises

PoolParty PowerTagging (PPP) is on its way: By extending Confluence´s label management, new application scenarios which make use of content recommendation and semantic indexing will be supported soon. PPP will be published at this year´s Atlassian Summit and at SemTechBiz in San Francisco at the beginning of June.

The Problem: weak semantics

Tagging is still not a very popular task, especially in corporate environments. Many users don´t see the benefit of creating metadata to describe the actual content. A typical counter-argument to social tagging is that there are too many words for the same thing. “Even if I am tagging very hard my colleagues won´t find necessarily my pages  because they will use different words to search for the content. I don´t have enough time to insert ‘New York City’, ‘NYC’, ‘Big Apple’ etc. as labels”.

The result: Tagging facilities of enterprise software platforms like Confluence are rarely used and don´t help to index content at all. Search is mostly based on classical full-text indexing. Semantic search as seen more and more on the WWW has still not entered the enterprise realm.

The Solution: thesaurus based indexing

W3C´s Semantic Web technology stack provides means to define controlled vocabularies like thesauri which results into more and more tools and data which make use of standards like SKOS. Tagging based on thesauri means that concepts are attached to pages & documents rather than putting labels on them. Labels like ‘New York City’, ‘NYC’ and ‘Big Apple’ refer to the same concept, thus it should be sufficient if one of the various terms is used for labeling, all the other names of this certain concept should be attached automatically.

PoolParty PowerTagging is able to analyse each Confluence page and to insert concepts from a thesaurus and all of their names automatically. Users can curate all suggested tags or they can also index their spaces automically resulting in a semantic index which makes search more comfortable than ever before.

Usage: enhanced collaboration with enterprise knowledge models

There are two main application scenarios which can be realised on top of Confluence and its PowerTagging extension:

  • Semantic Search: Fully integrated with Confluence´s built-in Lucene based search facility, users no longer have to type in search phrases literally: Even if only ‘New York City’ is mentioned on a page on a word-by-word basis, it´s sufficient to search for ‘Big Apple’ or ‘NYC’ and results will be generated. This feature is especially interesting for domains in which a lot of technical terms or abbreviations are commonly used or for enterprises in multi-lingual environments.
  • Content recommendation: Identifying similar and semantically matching contents especially in larger Confluence instances is a crucial task: Imagine you´re working for a recruiting company and you would like to match a new open position with all people in your applicant database. Or: Imagine you´re working on technical documentation and you can provide your customers automatically with further readings. Or: Imagine you´re working on a slidedeck and you´ll see instantly if some of your colleagues have worked on similar issues recently.

Don´t re-invent the wheel again and again. Save time and money. PPP will help to fulfill these tasks when creating rich contents more efficiently than ever before. You can link similar contents within Confluence automatically and you can fetch further readings even from the WWW like from Wikipedia.

If you are interested in trying out PowerTagging, please drop us a note and we will be happy to support you!