OntoKai solves many previously intractable problems in data integration for commercial and public sector organisations. It was born out of a need to make data understanding more accessible to all stakeholders, and to make data integration more effective and efficient.
The UK Government's Innovation Agency agrees. In 2022, it awarded us a £350,000 Innovate UK Smart Grant to support a £500,000 investment in developing the OntoKai technology.
OntoKai is a new kind of software tool for envisioning, managing, translating and merging detailed knowledge representations such as ontologies and data models. It lets you identify data gaps and overlaps both within and between organisations.
OntoKai reduces the time and cost of modelling data. It increases data quality in system integrations. It reduces data rework. Outputs include open, standards-compliant data structures that can be used in a variety of governance, storage and data management systems.
Partners and end-clients use OntoKai as part of a three-stage process that we offer.
Organisations have an ever-increasing amount of data, which is often of poor quality. This data is often held in different systems and is accessible to different groups of people. Those people will have varying levels of expertise and comfort in handling and manipulating data - which is one of the factors determining the extent to which the data is useful, usable and used. Often, there is confusion about what data exists, where it is, what is missing and who has control and responsibility for changing it. To cap it all, much of this data is of questionable quality.
To help improve the outcomes of data projects that suffer in these ways, OntoKai gives you:
At-a-glance denotation of trustworthiness, completeness and conformance, or the combination that is most important to you. Automated rearrangement of complex networks of interrelated entities (entities which are represented in multiple systems) into memorable, navigable, human-friendly maps.
Visual weighting by data asset value, information need, carbon-embodiment, whole-life cost, social value, or any other value metric you can provide.
Move horizontally between systems (e.g. highways-to-rail; appointing party to supplier). Move vertically from top-level ontology, to domain-ontology, to data-model or reference schema. Transform forwards and back in time between data classified with an old version of a schema.
OntoKai brings several key benefits to large commercial and public sector organisations:
The consultancy services* we provide alongside the OntoKai software help answer the following questions:
|Phase||Key questions we can answer|
|Mapping the knowledge space|
|Mapping the information-demand space|
|Conceptual data model (or ontology), a description of the data that makes sense to (different) people|
|A plan to migrate from the jumble to a common model based on demand|
|Data which is useful, usable and used|
OntoKai is licensed as a per-user SaaS tool on a minimum 12-month contract and a minimum five users. Terms and conditions apply.
By arrangement, we can install OntoKai on a client’s own cloud infrastructure.
OntoKai enjoys the support of Innovate UK, and has been partly developed with grant funding.