DISQOVER version 3.0 is launched
We are very excited to announce the release of version 3.0 of our DISQOVER platform. After introducing federation in versions 2.x, we succeeded in unlocking a whole new dimension of semantic data in this 3.0 version with the typed links. But wait, there is more! We have also greatly increased usability and flexibility in areas such as discovery management, exporting and dashboards. Can't wait to learn more? Read on!
Data types on dashboard
The most visible change will hit you right at the beginning of your search: the redesigned search dashboard. The cool part of DISQOVER is that it is a semantic tool: it knows what you are looking for. Such disambiguation is, in fact, lacking in a search tool like Google which just gives you lists of results. DISQOVER, however, presents its search results in categories which we call ‘data types’.
Up until now we displayed a kind of hybrid between semantic and list-like search: the user was presented the data type tiles at the top of the page as well as a list of results. We noticed, however, that new users were conditioned to go quickly to the list(s) of results, thus bypassing the data type tiles, which actually contain the real power of semantic search. So we decided to change this philosophy: we are now going for the full semantic Monty! From now on, we present the users with only the data type tiles and automatically guide them on the semantic path.
The start of a semantic path. When you enter a search term (e.g. malaria), DISQOVER immediately shows you the relevant data type tiles where the search term is found in the content, and highlights (in green) if the term is recognized as a specific data type.
We have also added a huge amount of extra flexibility when you want to export data from DISQOVER. You can now select which fields need to be exported while the export limit is increased dramatically.
By default, all your searches in DISQOVER are saved under the ‘Discoveries’ button. However, for an enthusiastic user, finding a specific search back in DISQOVER later on could become a daunting task. To facilitate things, we have changed the interface and have vastly increased the number of functionalities. Instead of data tiles, we have opted for a handy tabular view. You can now:
- Sort by the relevant columns.
- Get more information about sharing.
- Page through the results.
- Filter the list on search text or annotations that you have added.
- Select several discoveries to remove or share them in one click.
In short: discovery management has become a more mature tool.
But the corner piece of this major upgrade is, no doubt, the typed links. Up to now you could crawl the data graph with no restriction, jumping from result set to result set via their links. However, DISQOVER lacked some specificity on which links to follow.
For example, the links between genes and diseases: is a gene causing or suppressing a disease? Or is it playing some other role altogether? DISQOVER did not tell you… up until now that is! What’s more: we have added different levels of detail giving you even more information about the relationship right away.
First of all: the links are backwards compatible. There is no need to change all your data, you can add extra information gradually. You’re still able to follow all unspecified links.
The next level is following a specific relationship type. Relationship types are specified by the data scientist.
But you can add even more detail: each relationship can be viewed as an individual object or instance, which has facets that you can filter on and properties that can be visualized. For the example of a link between a gene and a disease: which publication(s) support the relationship? Was it manually curated? What is the confidence score? All this and more can be shown in the data relationship dashboard which enables the user to really drill down into the available data.
To conclude, typed links truly unlock the semantic potential of your data.
We hope you are as thrilled as we are about the upcoming version 3.0. In this blog, we have just given you a helicopter view of the major changes. We will take a deeper dive in subsequent blog entries.
If you’re new to DISQOVER, you can sign up for the free version.