As a multi-model database, MarkLogic combines the benefits of a document store and an RDF Triple Store. This approach is ideal for integrating and accessing all of your data. JSON and XML documents provide incredible flexibility for modeling entities, while RDF triples — the data format for semantic graph data — are ideal for storing relationships. MarkLogic Semantics is a great data format for storing metadata, improving data integration, and building applications using that integrated, highly connected data. Popular use cases leveraging MarkLogic Semantics include advanced search apps, recommendation engines, fraud detection, knowledge graphs, drug discovery, and network security.
Graph databases have risen quickly in popularity in recent years, and RDF Triple Stores—where semantic data is stored—are considered a type of graph database. When data starts to take on a graph structure in which entities (people, places, and things) and the relationships between them are the most important thing, it is better to use semantics, which provides better context for your data.
The standard way to represent semantic data is with RDF Triples (Resource Description Framework), and the standard query language is SPARQL. Triples are derived from subject-predicate-object constructions based on entities (people, places, or things) and their relationships. One example is, “John lives in London.” Another example is “London is in England.” Combining these two facts, inferences can be made, such as “John lives in England.”
In this way, simple facts can all be linked together to form a graph of hundreds of billions of facts and relationships. Such knowledge graphs power applications you use every day, including Google’s search and LinkedIn’s “people you may know” feature.
It’s simple. Because it adds context to your data, which improves data integration.
Triples have an advantage over relational databases for many use cases involving relationships — you don’t need to worry about foreign keys, nested queries, and complex joins.
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Documents + Data + Triples. MarkLogic natively stores documents, data, and triples together.
Why is the multi-model approach better? It unifies your data model, provides more flexibility, and better querying.
Not every use case requires the MarkLogic Semantics option. Sometimes, the document model alone will work just fine. But, when your data involves relationships that you need to store and query at scale, then Semantics provides a great addition. Here are some of the most popular use cases for MarkLogic Semantics.
MarkLogic Semantics acts as the glue for master data, providing an ideal model for reference data and metadata (provenance, lineage, etc.). MarkLogic stores entity data such as Customers and Orders as documents, and can store the relationships between those entities as RDF Triples. You can also describe metadata such as when a document was created, or how it relates to other documents using an ontology. With MarkLogic’s multi-model capabilities, these semantic relationships can be stored inside the documents themselves, or as standalone RDF Triples.
MarkLogic Semantics can help deliver personalized, real-time recommendations and intelligently expand search queries. Graphs are all about highly connected data, and with MarkLogic Semantics, you can leverage those relationships to suggest related people, products, questions, or anything else that is in the graph to help improve the front-end user experience. You can also intelligently expand searches based on semantic ontologies. Even if a document doesn’t mention that keyword you searched for, you still get an expanded set of results that are relevant. It’s a smarter way to build search apps.
MarkLogic Semantics makes it possible for financial services firms to examine relationships between parties and counterparties to uncover liability exposure or potential fraud. Or, for insurance companies, it makes it possible to uncover crime rings and fraudulent claims since there are usually connections that can be drawn between billing addresses, known associates, and historical records. Often these connections are lost in un-integrated or un-indexed data. Semantics brings it all to the surface — quickly.
Intelligence data can be significant in volume, complex in structure, and comes streaming in from multiple sources in different formats and types. To make sense of it all, it needs to be integrated. And, to analyze it all, you need to understand the relationships. MarkLogic Semantics enables you to connect data and visualize the relationships in order to draw conclusions. Whether it is a person of interest that the military is tracking, or police forces tracking neighborhood wrongdoing, MarkLogic Semantics makes it easier than ever before to use your data more intelligently.
MarkLogic Semantics makes it possible to leverage the trillions of triples available in the world that describe all sorts of things about the world. These facts are freely available — just see DBPedia, the CIO Factbook, and Geonames. Or, you can use your own. Either way, those triples can form the fabric of a knowledge graph to help improve search and discovery. For example, it may be helpful to surface facts about London when a user searches for London, or facts about who owns a company and what its subsidiaries are when a user searches for that company. There are limitless possibilities with the world of linked data.
MarkLogic Semantics helps manage IT assets across large organizations or really any asset. Most large organizations have hundreds, if not thousands of IT assets. They are valuable, but require lots of ongoing maintenance. Consider the racks and servers in a data center. With MarkLogic Semantics, you can store the data about that as triples, and run a simple query to say, “show me a list of all the Dell servers that are more than two years old” and get an instant result.