Synaptica Named One of the 100 Companies That Matter in KM

March 1st 2012: Synaptica is named one of the 100 Companies that Matter by KMWorld Magazine. 


‘There is a group of vendors who stand out from the crowd and make enough of an impact to qualify as part of an elite group -- the KMWorld "100 Companies That Matter." Our editors have spent countless hours in conference-, interview-, and investigative-mode to discern the unique organizations and the most meaningful contributors to the knowledge management industry. This is how we recognize those contributions and how we thank them for their great work.’ KMWorld Magazine.  More...

Synaptica Innovation Award
On September 1st. 2011 KM World Magazine announced the award of its Trend-setting Products of the Year.
For two years running Synaptica has been selected for an award by KM World's editorial staff, analysts, system integrators, vendors, line-of-business managers, and users. This prestigious ranking highlights Synaptica’s role as an innovation leader in the delivery of software solutions that help streamline and automate the building and deploying of taxonomies.
Taxonomy Warehouse Reborn
Taxonomy Warehouse (TW) is a leading online resource for information about taxonomies.  Since its inception it has answered millions of enquiries. In 2011 the site was deconstructed and re-engineered as a dynamic ontology. With lots of fresh content and a rich ontology of semantic relationships TW is the Go To website for everything you need to know about taxonomy. 
During 2011 the website was deconstructed and then rebuilt as an ontology. This has allowed us to expand the types of content provided on the website, and build rich interconnections that let users explore more and more information.

Enjoy the new site. We look forward to helping more people learn all about taxonomy.
During 2011 the website was deconstructed and then rebuilt as an ontology. This has allowed us to expand the types of content provided on the website, and build rich interconnections that let users explore more and more information.

Enjoy the new site. We look forward to helping more people learn all about taxonomy.
The 8th annual Taxonomy Boot Camp conference will be held in Washington DC on October 16th and 17th. TBC has a packed program of presentations and panels discussing the latest developments in taxonomy software and taxonomy best practices. Synaptica has been a Platinum Sponsor of Taxonomy Bootcamp since the conference was started. 

Visit www.taxonomybootcamp.com/2012 for the full program, and remember that Synaptica customers are entitled to a discount on the conference fees.

Also, why not read some of our 'Takeaway' ideas and links to presentations from last year's event at www.synapticacentral.com.
Non-proprietary open standards
Synaptica embraces open industry standards both in the business rules for building controlled vocabularies and in the exchange of data with external systems such as the W3C's SKOS and OWL formats for semantic search.
Preparing your organization for the semantic web
The semantic web may be about to dwarf the social media revolution as a disruptive technology that will change the way people and computers relate to each other. 

Your websites, product catalogs, databases, publications and internal information assets can be optimized for the semantic web by adding taxonomies and semantic metadata.

Are you ready? 
Preparing your organization for the semantic web
The semantic web may be about to dwarf the social media revolution as a disruptive technology that will change the way people and computers relate to each other. With semantic search, people can find the things and ideas they are looking for, regardless of whether the words they use match the text on the page.

Your websites, product catalogs, databases, publications and internal information assets can be optimized for semantic search by adding taxonomies and semantic metadata.
Synaptica in a nutshell
Synaptica is an innovation leader in taxonomy 
management  
and ontology software. Our product delivers key differentiators that enable clients to:
  • reduce noisy search results caused by ambiguous language
  • increase relevance by providing a synonym-rich indexing vocabulary
  • support information discovery with browsable hierarchies and association links
  • enable parametric searching and facetted navigation
  • visualize taxonomies in a variety of textual and graphical formats
Our software is a robust and scalable
 application that is based upon numerous open standards that make enterprise integration fast and reliable.

Why do we need taxonomies
Search alone will never deliver the best results. Typically, when you type in a search query you will get back some information you wanted, a lot of information you didn�t want, and you will not see an unknown quantity of relevant information that is missing.
Why do we need taxonomies
Textual searching alone will never deliver the best results. Typically, when you type in a search query you will get back some of the information you wanted and a lot of information you didn't want. Worst of all, you'll be missing an unknown amount of relevant information - perhaps that key product design specification, cutting edge research result, or specific compliance requirement that directly affect the success of your business.
The root cause of this is that language is elastic. One word can mean many things and one thing can be described by many words. Taxonomies, also known as controlled vocabularies, help computers resolve the elasticity of language and find the relevant information while filtering out the noise. Taxonomy visualization and facetted navigation also enable people to browse in a way that they discover related information they might not otherwise have known existed.
Customers & Applications
Synaptica taxonomy software is being used by some of the world’s most discerning organizations to solve some of the most demanding metadata management and information access applications. More...
Editing & Importing
Editing and importing taxonomies are core functions of any taxonomy software tool. Ease of use and speed of data entry are critical efficiency enablers. Synaptica supports a variety of editorial methods and modes of behavior. Synaptica includes a Data Import Tool which allows external taxonomies to be loaded into the system, or taxonomies previously created in Synaptica and exported to be reloaded. All edits or imports are parsed against the business rules for managing controlled vocabularies, ensuring that semantic and structural integrity is maintained.
Reporting & Exporting
Reporting and exporting are key components of a taxonomy management system. Synaptica provides an extensive range of presentation and data formats, and each report has a large number of user-configurable filters and output options. 

Complex reports can be created and then saved for one-click re-use, and reports can be scheduled to run automatically and to email alerts to specific users. Special editorial reports provide event log queries, statistics, and exceptions.
Integration within the enterprise
Making taxonomies useful requires that the centralized taxonomy management system be integrated with other IT components, including search, semantic search, facetted navigation, automatic or machine-aided indexing, content management and meta-tagging.
Synaptica has been integrated with numerous third-party applications. Integration methods include: database APIs; Web Services; XML file libraries; and an optional Synaptica component called Indexing Management System (IMS).
Synaptica Expedites Taxonomy Services for the US Federal Government

February 7th 2012: Synaptica is awarded US Government Services Administration (GSA) Contract number GS-35F-0186Y.


Synaptica has been in use at numerous federal agencies for over a decade.  The new GSA contract makes it fast and easy for federal and some state and local agencies to purchase and deploy taxonomy and ontology management software solutions and services.

Chaos-Control: Enterprise Management of Federated Taxonomies
Enterprise taxonomy is generally synonymous with centralized taxonomy just as federated taxonomy is generally synonymous with decentralized taxonomy. Each model has its pros and cons. What happens when an organization needs both the efficiency and cross-searchability associated with centralized taxonomy management and the autonomy and heterogeneity associated with decentralized taxonomy management? Hear Synaptica's Jim Sweeney presentation at Taxonomy Bootcamp in Washington DC on October 16thChaos-Control

Latest Product Release
Synaptica is currently shipping its V7.3. All Synaptica customers receive a complete annual update comprising all the latest features.
Synaptica SharePoint 2010 Integration
The Synaptica development team is pleased to announce our SharePoint Integration add-on module to allow controlled vocabularies being managed within Synaptica to be applied as meta-tags to content being stored in SharePoint document libraries, as well as allowing those same vocabularies to be used for search.
Visualization
Synaptica Visualization Suite is an exciting new addition to the product that offers users an array of easy-to-use graphical displays. The visualization suite lets users intuitively explore inter-related concepts. The technology used to deliver visualizations will work on any web browser and is data-dynamic, allowing fast browsing through extremely large datasets. More...
Taxonomy Visualization
Roles, permissions & collaboration
Synaptica supports multiple users who may participate in multiple project workspaces (called Taskviews).
Different user roles and permissions can be assigned to each individual user for each specific taxonomy and within each individual workspace. The result is a highly configurable system for supporting both compartmentalized and collaborative information access. 
User configuration
User configuration is one of Synaptica’s many strengths. The system can be configured within minutes to handle many common data structures such as hierarchical taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, thesauri, person name authority files, metadata management repositories, bibliographic catalogs, etc.
The tool allows users to add an unlimited number of customizable data elements to taxonomy data entry templates. The system also supports an unlimited number of custom relationship types, which can be designed to follow standard classes of semantic relationship rules. As relationships can span taxonomies, an entire ontology can be created.