Stanbol and Refinder: Semantic Enrichment for Your Cloud Content

Gnowsis, the company behind the Refinder product and technology suite, has recently joined the IKS Early Adopters Programme. This means that Gnowsis will actively contribute to the development and adoption of IKS’ project results; most notably, the Apache Stanbol toolkit.

In the course of this programme, Gnowsis will implement Apache Stanbol software components for the purpose of automated tagging of content items (files, documents, notes, Web pages, etc.) stored in the Refinder platform. The objective is to disburden the user from the load of manual tagging efforts on the one hand, and on the other hand to make search and retrieval operations more easy for the end user.

In particular, Apache Stanbol will be deployed within two products of the Refinder suite:

  • Refinder for Teams is a Web-based tool that allows users to collect and manage information that is of importance to the social contexts they are working in (e.g., project teams, student groups, management boards, etc.). Refinder brings the data and activities from cloud apps like Dropbox, Google Apps, Box, Basecamp, etc. into one place, where it can be efficiently shared, filtered, searched, and discussed.
  • Refinder Cloud Search is a service that can be integrated into Web and mobile applications, allowing developers to easily integrate search functionality across different cloud sources into their applications. It disburdens the developers from having to set up their own crawling, indexing, and search infrastructure.

Both products will be extended with Apache Stanbol functionality for auto-tagging, index enrichment, and entity recognition. A first running version will be made available midst of November 2012; the final integration will be ready by the end of November.

For more information on Refinder or the planned Stanbol integration please contact us at The full adoption and validation proposal is available here.

Author: Wernher

Wernher Behrendt is senior researcher at Salzburg Research and the coordinator of the IKS project

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