Ontotext announced the upcoming release of  its semantic database GraphDB version 8. The new release will create plenty of opportunities to transform and publish any type of data (table, xml, json, etc.) into so-called linked data, and will leverage the advantages of the latter. Thus, the owners of various data sets, can easily use them to create new linked data applications and publish thereafter as open data. Accordingly, many industries can gain significant benefits – for instance, research and publishing industry,  healthcare, education, public administration, business management, utility and infrastructure industry, traffic management and many others.

The linked data, standardize data integration paradigm, which makes them more convenient to use, owing to data links, flexible data structure and the options for smart queries. Importance of linked data has been increasing for years, and according to the latest research by leading analytical companies, the technology is reaching a mature level and optimum productivity.

The pre-release of the new GraphDB 8 came about the ODI Summit – one of Europe’s leading event for open and linked data, which took place on November 1, 2016 in London. It is organized by the Institute of Open Data in the UK, and Ontotext is a member since its inception. The summit is an important event for the new technologies development, that revolutionize the usage of data, either open or corporate, and has gathered more than 500 professionals, which discussed  key topics as linked data, good practices for publishing, re-usage and data analyses, presented by industry visionaries like Sir Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the web), Sir Nigel Shadbolt  and Baroness Martha Lane Fox.

Professionals from various industries presented the real benefits of using linked data. Mr. Michele Pasin from Springer Nature – one of the leading scientific publishers in the world,  that uses the product of “Ontotext” GraphDB, told the audience how the usage of linked data provides companies with a competitive advantage in the field of the scientific content management, and the data derived from it facilitates the reader when search relevant publications in the ocean of scientific literature. He also spoke about the development of such type of platforms, and shared valuable insights how to build cognitive models and data architectures, and what is the real value to place the available data on disposal of the scientific community and higher  audience, which can facilitate scientists to conduct their research.