TopBraid EDG – An Enterprise Knowledge Graph for Data Governance
  Irene Polikoff   Irene Polikoff
  Ralph Hodgson   Ralph Hodgson


Tuesday, October 15, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Level:  Product/Service Offering

In this talk, we will provide a brief history of knowledge graphs (in 90 seconds), show how they work, and demonstrate how we use them in TopBraid EDG to provide comprehensive, flexible and integrated support for data governance.

A knowledge graph is a special kind of graph that combines flexibility and evolvability with the following two additional qualities that make them “smart": 

  • Semantic – the meaning of the data is stored alongside the data in the graph, in the form of ontologies or semantic models. 
  • Intelligent – semantics of data are explicit and include formalisms for supporting inferencing and data validation.

Based on these capabilities, we will show knowledge graphs in action, supporting data governance use cases  including:

  • Providing common search for all types of stakeholders
  • Connecting business terms to data elements
  • Supporting regulatory compliance by tracing data lineage
  • Representing regulations as knowledge graphs (e.g., GDPR)
  • Inferring rules from data in knowledge graphs
  • Connecting public and private knowledge graphs
  • Creating enriched knowledge resources

Irene Polikoff, the CEO and co-founder of TopQuadrant, was a co-chair of the W3C SHACL Working Group and is now a co-chair of the W3C SHACL Community Group. She has more than two decades of experience in software development, management, consulting, and strategic planning. Since co-founding TopQuadrant in 2001, Irene has been involved in more than a dozen projects in government and commercial sectors. She has written strategy papers, trained customers on the use of the Semantic Web standards, developed ontology models, designed solution architectures, and defined deployment processes and guidance. Before co-founding TopQuadrant, Irene was a Principal in the national Knowledge, Content Management, and Portals Practice at IBM Global Services. Prior to that, she was a Senior Development Manager and a Project Executive for IBM Worldwide Consultant's tools and methods. Irene has a master's degree in Operations Research from Columbia University.

Ralph Hodgson is a co-founder and the CTO of TopQuadrant, Inc., a U.S.-based company that specializes in semantic technology solutions, tools, consulting, and training, focusing on data governance and lineage. He combines expertise in semantic technologies with over 30 years of experience in business application development and deployment, consulting, software development, and strategic planning. Prior to starting TopQuadrant in 2001, he held executive consulting positions at IBM Global Services where he was a founding member of Portal Practice and Object Technology Practice. Prior to IBM, he was European Technology Director, founder, and Managing Director of Interactive Development Environments, which was an international CASE tools vendor. Ralph is a published author and a frequent speaker at conferences. He has co-authored the books "Adaptive Information," published by John Wiley in 2004, and "Capability Cases: A Solution Envisioning Approach," published by Addison-Wesley in July 2005.