Semantics Manager - Standards and Metadata Management

Semantics Manager™ enables enterprises to define, find, understand, use, and exchange data by managing standards and metadata as organizational assets. It is built upon an industry-leading repository and governance platform that can support requirements through configuration, rather than hardcoded behavior requiring custom modification to adapt to changing requirements. Semantics Manager enables standards development organizations (SDO) to develop, manage, obtain and incorporate reviewer input, and distribute standards more efficiently. It also helps industry to implement standards faster and more effectively while automating and improving business processes.

Based on Object Management Group’s (OMG) Reusable Asset Specification (RAS), Semantics Manager’s metamodel definition infrastructure leverages the flexibility of declarative XML-based specifications to dynamically generate strongly-typed information models with full control over object type, object content and object-to-object associations. These generated models are presented to end users via a modern browser-based UI, giving them intuitive access to repository content organized in a format aligned with their user role.

Accompanying this highly flexible metamodel definition infrastructure, Semantics Manager provides a fully configurable governance process automation engine supporting the need for role-based control by object state. This engine gives repository administrators full control over object approval processes on a fine-grained basis, specifying type-specific processes with content cardinality rules (e.g., information is optional for an object in draft status and mandatory for an object in published status), inline validation policies (e.g., control over field value formats, conditional object content mandates based on associated content values) and role-based approval processes supporting any combination of parallel and sequential commenter and approver steps.

Semantics Manager addresses all of the following core issues around standards development and implementation efforts:

  • How to create, maintain, govern and use standards in a consistent manner
  • How to know what the impact of changes will be on other people, processes, or systems
  • How to get maximum reuse out of existing data assets
  • How to use standards to improve processes, rather than adding burden to them, and
  • How to know that the data exchanged with others is being used or interpreted correctly

Semantics Manager Capabilities

Semantics Manager enables organizations to efficiently govern their data standards through:

Standards-based, model driven content control:

  • Physical metamodel based on Object Management Group’s (OMG) Reusable Asset Specification (RAS)
  • Strongly typed, configurable content metamodel based on ISO 11179 standard for metadata registries
  • For BioPharma industry, base library that includes all CDISC Terminologies, CDASH 1.1, SDTM 1.2, BRIDG 3.1, and ISO 21090

Content creation, management and governance:

  • Build content based on standards and/or standards-based templates
  • Create content within context or as individual objects, including mapping and transformation logic
  • Configure role, asset, and state specific data entry forms
  • Define validations to enforce business rules & policies
  • Establish role-based approval processes supporting any combination of parallel and sequential commenter and approver steps
  • Govern content as individual objects and/or as a batch
  • Automate version control and auditing
  • Collaborate on content at any level, with notifications to stakeholders on activities that affect them

Impact assessment and change inheritance:

  • Evaluate content dependencies via visual dynamic diagrams depicting content relationships
  • Review impact via automated report detailing impact of changes attached to governance request
  • Automate task assignment to stewards of impacted content to determine whether or not to inherit changes

Content usage association:

  • Implement consumption-specific governance workflows
  • Create annotated consumption relationships showing business impact on approved content

Searching & Browsing:

  • Leverage standard and custom XPath-based searches that can be saved and reused
  • Configure the dynamic asset tree to navigate content via classification criteria
  • Navigate content within its context via the launchable relationship tree
  • Graphically search for content via configurable, interactive reference models

Federation & Integration:

  • Federate to other internal and external installations of Semantics Manager
  • Leverage multiple APIs, web services, and XML formats to integrate with other internal or external tools (e.g., terminology services, data warehouses, BI tools, etc.)

Import & Export:

  • Find and select data to export from UI via multiple standard import & export formats
  • Build custom importers and exporters
  • Import new content or changes to existing content through common mechanisms

Metrics & Reporting:

  • Take advantage of integrated open source reporting tools to view prebuilt and custom fully parameterized reports
  • Surface reports dynamically within or external to repository
  • Share reports via multiple report export formats

To learn more, register to download the SOA Software Semantics Manager Data Sheet and other resources.