Big data can so often come with big problems – particularly for understanding data in context, and how one individual item within it relates to another. Supply chain networks and airline companies analyze vast transportation networks with innumerable components and variables in order to calculate shortest path and partitioning to optimize routes for speed, efficiency, and cost. Oil and gas companies need to account for hidden and pervasive risks associated with myriad factors including types of equipment, tools, manufacturers, locations, operating conditions, personnel, and more. And in a world of ever-growing e-commerce, marketplaces and financial institutions need to be able to identify behaviors that might indicate fraudulent or unlawful activity connected to any of the countless transactions they oversee in a day – and they need to do it quickly.
For problems of this scale and intricacy, having the ability to create knowledge graphs and conduct graph analysis, or investigations, is essential. Graph analysis consolidates data from multiple different sources (think anything from e-commerce transactions to social media posts) and creates a network of relationships between different entities that can reveal patterns we might not otherwise be able to see. And for the first time, Esri is offering a knowledge graph tool that can be implemented directly into any existing ArcGIS Enterprise environment: the all-new ArcGIS Knowledge User Type Extension.
What are knowledge graphs?
So, what is a knowledge graph? A knowledge graph is comprised of people, places, or other types of entities and the relationships that connect them in a graph network, allowing users to see data in context and reveal patterns and relationships that may have previously been unknown.
ArcGIS Knowledge connects ArcGIS Pro to the enterprise graph store, enabling users to explore and analyze spatial, nonspatial, unstructured, and structured data to accelerate decision-making. ArcGIS Knowledge enables analysts to create, edit, interrogate, and analyze knowledge graphs to assist in investigations within industries ranging from AEC, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Government.
What are the benefits of ArcGIS Knowledge?
ArcGIS Knowledge is a new User Type Extension that connects ArcGIS Pro to the enterprise graph store, enabling users to explore and analyze spatial, nonspatial, unstructured, and structured data to accelerate decision-making. Key features include:
- Data discovery analysis: Discover, connect, and contribute to data from a shared graph store to reveal entities and the relationships that connect them. ArcGIS Knowledge makes it easier for multiple independent analysts to contribute data to be easily discovered by other analysts. All information in the graph is connected during the data creation process. With the data connected, analysts can see any data in context of the whole organization’s data.
- Turnkey graph data management: ArcGIS Knowledge provides a turnkey graph store that is fully integrated with your existing ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise investment and optimizes storage and retrieval of relationships between entities.
- Flexible deployment: As a user type extension to ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Knowledge provides a cost-effective and flexible way to add enterprise knowledge graph analytics to your existing ArcGIS investment without adding new vendor technology.
ArcGIS Knowledge will be available with the release of Enterprise 10.9.1 in November 2021. Be the first to know when it’s available – sign up for product announcements to get notified and stay informed of the latest news about ArcGIS Knowledge.