Press Release

SD Unveils Enterprise-ready Version of the Open Semantic Framework


CORALVILLE, IA, January 20, 2014 -- After five years of development, the last twenty months in quiet mode supported by clients, Structured Dynamics (SD) today released a new enterprise-ready version of its open-source Open Semantic Framework (OSF). "This new version 3.0 finally establishes the baseline foundation we set for ourselves five years ago," said Frédérick Giasson, SD's CTO.

OSF is a turnkey platform targeted to enterprises to bring interoperability to their information assets, achieved via a layered architecture of semantic technologies. OSF can integrate information from documents to Web pages and standard databases. Its broad functions range from information ingest to tagging to search and data management to publishing.

Until today, the version available for download was OSF version 1.x. SD was hired by Healthdirect Australia (HDA) nearly two years ago to enhance OSF's capabilities and integrate it more closely with the Drupal open-source content management system, among other enterprise requirements. "Structured Dynamics proved an excellent partner able to challenge preconceived ideas while establishing a fantastic grounding for semantic enablement of our content platforms using their deep knowledge and thought leadership in content management, semantic organisation and search," said Bruce Haefele, Chief Architect, HDA.

The OSF from those developments -- the never-released version 2.0 specific to HDA -- has now been generalized for broader public use with today's public announcement of version 3.0.

A Complete Enterprise Platform

Enterprise requirements place a premium on performance, scalability and interoperability. Some changes made in OSF version 3.0 to achieve these objectives include:

  • A new security layer
  • A new revisioning system
  • Middleware integration and APIs
  • New, additional Web services, bringing the total number of current Web services to 27
  • New caching layer
  • Workflow integration
  • Multilingual support, and
  • A series of automated installation and command-line tools related to managing OSF installations, their data and datasets and ontologies.

Plus tighter integration with Drupal, including:

  • Upgrade to Drupal 7
  • Alternative Drupal data storage
  • Drupal connectors for certain common or core Drupal modules
  • Major updates to Drupal modules, and
  • Major updates to Drupal widgets.

In addition, OSF v 3.0 now has extended search capabilities:

  • A new query parser that provides the capability to change the ranking of search results
  • Reusable "search profiles," predefined queries that can populate various blocks on page templates, and
  • A new Query Builder for users to construct and save search profiles of any complexity.

"The Open Semantic Framework has evolved considerably since its inception," said Michael Bergman, SD's CEO. "In the release of 3.0 we have done much to clean up the terminology and nomenclature, especially on our 500 document technical wiki on OSF," he said. "It has been a pretty massive undertaking to update the code, documentation, and schematics with this new release, but it has been worth it. We believe the current offering finally meets enterprise standards."

To Learn More

OSF (and all of its tools) is freely available for download. To learn more, make sure and check out the re-organized OSF wiki. See specifically the list of all the OSF 3.0 features, and the list of all the new features to OSF 3.0. Also, for a complete soup-to-nuts view of what it takes to put up a new OSF installation, see the Users Guide. Lastly, for a broad overview of OSF, see its reference architecture and the overviews on its dedicated OSF Web site. Or, see additional details on the blogs of Fred Giasson or Mike Bergman.

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About Structured Dynamics LLC

Structured Dynamics assists enterprises and non-profit organizations to adopt Web-accessible and interoperable semantic data. The basic premise is that the data itself becomes the application. Via structured, linked data and a combination of semantic technologies and Web services, information in any form and from any source can now be integrated and made interoperable. The company Web site is at http://structureddynamics.com; it is headquartered in Coralville, IA.

Press Contacts:
Michael Bergman
Structured Dynamics LLC
Tel: 319-621-5225
Email: mike at structureddynamics dot com