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CENtree Ontology Manager

Build the foundations for data sharing with our collaborative ontology management platform

SciBite’s ontology management platform CENtree provides a centralised, enterprise-ready resource for ontology management and transforms the experience of maintaining and releasing ontologies for research-led businesses. CENtree combines ease of use with cutting-edge artificial intelligence techniques to assist users, for example, by suggesting possible relationship connections for a given ontology class.

CENtree leverages machine learning techniques to support ontology management by suggesting parent classes, synonyms and relationship connections when adding new terms are being added. This, along with CENtree’s flexibility to introduce customized changes, that can be annotated to communicate edits across teams, is vital in producing ontologies that meet your needs. Download the CENtree datasheet or watch our webinar on Mastering Enterprise Level Ontologies for People and Applications.

Key benefits of CENtree

Centralising Ontology Management

At SciBite, we’re an advocate of FAIR data. CENtree uses open standards ensuring there is no ‘lock in’ to proprietary language or formats when managing ontologies. Users can upload locally-stored ontology files from public repositories and can specify if an entire ontology or a more specific subset should be imported.

When working with ontologies, version control is critically important. In CENtree, if users edit public ontologies, the changes can be reconciled with new releases. A merged view of the combined ontology highlights any conflicts, enabling curators to focus on things that need to be addressed.

Simplifying visualisation and curation

As with most visualisation techniques, there is no single ‘best’ way to view an ontology that fits all users and all applications. Some applications benefit from a tree view, while views providing an easily digestible high-level summary, such as heat maps or bubble diagrams will make more sense for others.

Tools that presents multi-relational ontologies in an easily consumable format have proved elusive. CENtree provides a simple interface to navigate and make common changes to ontologies, lowering the barrier for users to contribute to editing and reducing the bottleneck of having to rely on ontology experts.

We’ve designed a highly intuitive interface that allows users to easily add, replace or remove an ontology class, change its location in a hierarchy to reflect a new sub-class relationship, and enrich it with new metadata such as synonyms or text definitions.

Facilitating collaboration and integration

Ontologies by their mere definition should be around ‘shared knowledge’. In a global, multi-location business, collaboration it’s important as it’s a challenge to manage effectively. Therefore it’s increasingly common for there to be multiple contributors. However, ontologies are often managed in applications that lack traceability, which hinders collaborative working. From the outset, CENtree was built from the perspective of a multi-user environment.

Governance and provenance are an intrinsic part of the editing process. CENtree provides organisations with the ability to manage permissions by assigning roles and issues with the same term being edited by two different people simultaneously can be prevented.

Employing a Git-like approach, CENtree manages change with our custom versioning engine, empowering an organisation to keep current with the latest public versions, whilst internally adding new content such as extending with new classes or fixing errors.

We’ve designed a highly intuitive interface founded on a flexible API which can be directly integrated into existing systems. Combining ontology management and semantic analytics capabilities of SciBite’s platform offers a unique approach in managing scientific information in the journey to clean data.

As a Software-as-Service (SaaS) solution, CENtree is secure and simple to deploy, includes seamless product upgrades, along with expanded infrastructure support and Professional Services to support integrations and ontology curation and advice. For more details take a look at our SaaS FAQs.

Latest features of CENtree

The latest CENtree 2.0 release enables fine-grained controls for managing different types of synonym and mapping properties, as well as the ability to add even more metadata to individual annotation values in the form of “Annotation Tags”.

These enhancements also give greater control over how ontologies are converted to VOCabs for deployment into TERMite. The latest features in CENtree 2.0 include:

  • Add an extra level of metadata to annotation properties with annotation tags
  • Differentiate between synonym and mappings by adding custom annotation properties such as broader, narrower synonyms and exact and related mappings
  • Bulk refactor Primary ID’s to align the base URI for any historic and new edits
  • Resolve all conflicts in bulk with the latest version of the ontology when solving conflicts between two files
  • Include parent ontology metadata, along with ancestors of a class when building an application ontology
  • View metadata information about the ontology in the metadata properties such as description of ontology, and update this on the S3 bucket without forcing a reload of the ontology
  • TERMite global directives can be set in CENtree and exported to TERMite using the SKOS format to preserve the hierarchy
  • Use Annotation tags to add TERMite switches to synonyms

Learn more about our previous release in the CENtree 2.0.1 blog post.

Get in touch with the team to learn more about CENtree.

Download the CENtree datasheet or watch our webinar on Mastering Enterprise Level Ontologies for People and Applications.

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Key product highlights

  • Collaborative


    Democratises ontology editing so that ontology users can easily contribute, rather than rely solely on ontology experts, as well as browse and search the platform

  • Comprehensive


    Centralises and controls the process of consuming and editing external and internal ontology resources over time

  • Extensible


    Rich API simplifies integration with search and data capture applications, transforming the way you manage internal data to empower downstream insights through data mining and machine learning

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