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Dow Jones Enhances Product Line with Semantic Innovation

Dow Jones has incorporated a powerful new semantic technology into its product line—RDFox, from Oxford Semantic Technologies.

Dow Jones has incorporated a powerful new semantic technology into its product line—RDFox, from Oxford Semantic Technologies.

Dow Jones has incorporated a powerful new semantic technology into its product line. RDFox from Oxford Semantic Technologies is the world’s most performant knowledge graph and semantic reasoner, and will enhance the scope and capability of various Dow Jones products, from The Wall Street Journal to competitor listings in the S&P 500 index.

“RDFox has pushed the boundaries of performance, often 10x'ing comparable graph databases, in some cases even 1000x faster or more. RDFox allows us to deploy recommendation use cases that we previously assumed were impossible, but thanks to the performance we are seeing over the competing graphs, now we can do the impossible.”
— Dylan Roy, Engineering Director at Dow Jones

The motivation for change was an expansive vision and a need for increased speed and reliability. Throughout the vetting process, dubbed the "graph showdown”, RDFox consistently outperformed alternatives by orders of magnitude, resulting in its excited adoption. The unique in-memory approach of RDFox, in combination with its industry leading reasoning abilities, meant it was the only candidate capable of delivering advanced insights into the publication data, providing complex recommendations surrounding content suitability and competitor relevance.

“We were looking for a graph database with powerful reasoning and querying. We checked out a number of them and they all had similar performance or worse compared to our previous vendor, but RDFox 10x’ed the others. There were probably 20 that didn’t meet our criteria.  
“Without RDFox we would spend multiple days backloading about 1 billion triples, a big risk to disaster recovery, and spending 10 minutes on queries that we would frequently use. Now we are able to reload our whole graph database in less than an hour. Those queries that took so long we’d go to make a coffee to pass the time, now return results in milliseconds.”
— Dylan Roy

Dow Jones and RDFox will be working together to find new opportunities in Dow Jones’ data that can only now be imagined and unlocked thanks to the performance of RDFox.

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Dow Jones is a global provider of news, data, and intelligence solutions, specializing in financial and business information. After 130 years leading the sector and as one of the World’s largest news distributions, they are inarguable an institutional bedrock, offering inaugural publications and products including the flagship Wall Street Journal, the United States’ largest newspaper by paid circulation; Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Financial News, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, and Dow Jones Newswires. Dow Jones is a division of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV).

Oxford Semantic Technologies is an Oxford University spin-out, founded by leaders in the field as the culmination of decades of cutting-edge research in semantic web technologies. The company is backed by Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Oxford Sciences Enterprises, and Oxford University Innovation.

The founders started working on RDFox in 2011 at the Computer Science Department of the University of Oxford with the conviction that flexible and high-performance reasoning was a possibility for data extensive applications without jeopardizing the correctness of the results. RDFox provides unparalleled insights into the questions that matter, with speed, reliability, scale, and correctness.

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To get in touch with Oxford Semantic Technologies regarding Dow Jones or RDFox, reach out to info@oxfordsemantic.tech. Alternatively, contact Oxford Semantic Technology directly through the OST website where you can also find out more about RDFox or even try it for yourself.

Finally, Oxford Semantic Technologies are always available on LinkedIn and Twitter, should you wish to follow this partnership as it grows.

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The Team and Resources

The team behind Oxford Semantic Technologies started working on RDFox in 2011 at the Computer Science Department of the University of Oxford with the conviction that flexible and high-performance reasoning was a possibility for data-intensive applications without jeopardising the correctness of the results. RDFox is the first market-ready knowledge graph designed from the ground up with reasoning in mind. Oxford Semantic Technologies is a spin-out of the University of Oxford and is backed by leading investors including Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC), Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) and Oxford University’s investment arm (OUI). The author is proud to be a member of this team.