SOURCE: Metatomix

March 07, 2006 14:56 ET

Metatomix Provides Free Semantic Toolkit for Eclipse Developers Worldwide

Wide Use of OWL and RDF Editors to Foster Growth of Semantic Technology

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2006 -- Metatomix, Inc., the leader in semantic composite applications, today announced the availability of its Semantic Toolkit free to Eclipse developers worldwide, enabling them to create and modify semantically enabled software solutions quickly, easily and reliably. The toolkit, developed and in current use at Metatomix, enables developers to take full advantage of the most advanced semantic technology standards approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The toolkit is being distributed to attendees at the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose, CA, this week, and is available for immediate download from the company's toolkit Web site,

"We built the semantic toolkit as a part of our MetaStudio™ capabilities, and found other semantic developers were looking for a simple and effective Eclipse based OWL & RDF editor," said Colin Britton, chief technology officer of Metatomix. "We packaged these components separate from MetaStudio so that other semantic developers can take advantage of our experience delivering semantic composite applications over the past five years. The world of semantic software will grow very rapidly over the next decade and the availability of standards-based toolkits will help accelerate that growth -- and that's good for everyone."

The Metatomix Semantic Toolkit is a set of standards-based plug-ins for the vendor-neutral, open-source Eclipse development framework that allows software engineers to create and modify semantic applications with a simple set of controls. Its two main features are:

A Web Ontology Language (OWL) Editor. OWL creates, maintains, and extends ontologies, the basic components of semantic software. OWL provides the structure for defining the shared meanings, associations, and knowledge about the uses of things between data elements in an ontology.

The Metatomix OWL Editor allows users to build complex, nested ontologies for describing a concept or a domain. Users can easily add classes, properties and constraints via selection boxes and text fields, as well as share ontologies among projects.

A Resource Definition Framework (RDF) Editor. RDF is an extension of XML and is a standard approach to describing individual instances of data and comparing it to the ontology defined in OWL. In this way, data can come from anywhere and be normalized into an ontological structure.

The Metatomix RDF Editor allows users to create and edit the RDF content in a project, and conveniently provides valuable RDF triples views and directed graph views.

The Semantic Toolkit is a component of Metatomix's MetaStudio™, an Eclipse-based development and execution environment for Metatomix's patented semantic composite applications. This powerful, unified development and administration environment provides a single view and control mechanism for the underlying heterogeneous architecture, and allows Metatomix, its partners, and customers to build and extend their own semantic composite applications, quickly developing solutions to enable real-time decisions.

Metatomix MetaStudio provides everything required to create, test, debug, deploy and maintain Metatomix semantic composite applications, including database mappers, a code repository, a processing chain editor, an RDF editor, an ontology editor and a business rules editor and debugger. MetaStudio can be deployed standalone or as a plug-in to any Eclipse-based development tool. Metatomix provides a forum for community-based support at the Metastudio Web site,

About Metatomix, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Metatomix is an innovative software company that has delivered the industry's first, commercialized semantic composite applications. The company is dedicated to delivering business value and high customer satisfaction through the creation of new, dynamic, intelligent solutions leveraging our customers' universe of applications, data, and services.

The company's market-proven solutions have been improving and strengthening our country's war on crime in both public safety and financial institutions since 2001, streamlining end-to-end enterprise processes in banking, finance, government and healthcare. For more information, visit the Metatomix Web site:

Metatomix is a trademark of Metatomix, Inc. Other brand names or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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