Sophia Search Limited
|Headquarters||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Products||Business Intelligence, Semantic Search, Discovery, and Enterprise Search|
Sophia Search Limited is a software company, founded in 2007 in Northern Ireland.
Sophia builds contextually aware enterprise search solution products, that enable organisations to intelligently discover knowledge from unstructured content based on context so that it can be recovered, consolidated and optimised. (The information may be on the Internet, or stored privately in files in a company or database, or a combination of these.)
The technology works for a range of natural languages and so does not require reconfiguration. There is no external meta-data required: no ontology, no dictionary, no thesaurus, no Resource Description Framework augmenting and improving other search engines. Using a proprietary set of algorithms, the content enrichment process automatically creates semantic metadata for information.
Sophia began life as a campus company in the University of Ulster and Saint Petersburg State University currently maintaining offices in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and San Jose, California. It also has an R&D base in St Petersburg, Russia. It is privately funded; having raised the largest ever private investment round, via an Angel Investor(s), in Northern Ireland history.
The name Sophia is taken from the Greek word for Wisdom
The Company's mission is to improve the 'findability' of content within organisations.
Its core product, the Sophia Digital Librarian, automatically enriches each document with semantic metadata (such as Topic, concepts, document tags & semantic tags). This Metadata can then be leveraged by other tools, such as search and content management systems, to radically improve the findability of information. The tool has a key focus on discovery of new information. The Sophia Digital Librarian does not rely on Taxonomies, ontologies, thesauri or any type of background knowledge nor does it require any training. It is built on a model of Linguistics called Semiotics, which explains how humans understand the meaning of signs, symbols and text.
This knowledge can be used to in conjunction with existing search tools, such as MS FAST, Google Search Appliance and Lucene/Solr to search semantically and to significantly improve the findability of indexed content. It can also be used to enrich content held within Content Management Systems (CMS) such as SharePoint, Documentum, and MarkLogic.
The company has won a number of awards for its products including:
- Logica UK Global Innovation Partner – winner 2011
- KM World Magazine top trend setting – product 2010 & 2011
- Seedcorn Business Competition – all Ireland winner 2009
- Entrepreneurship award – Northern Ireland winner 2007, of Northern Ireland Science Park's £25K Entrepreneurship Award
- Semantic Tagging: OpenCalais and Sophia – Chrisjhorn's Blog 12 September 2011
- Trend-Setting Products of 2011 – KMWorld 1 September 2011
- Belfast search firm invited onto global IBM program – Silicon Republic 26 July 2011
- Sophia – Core Engine 1.0 – IBM 27 April 2011
- KMWorld 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management – KMWorld 1 March 2011
- Global Entrepreneur Program – IBM Webshpere cloudburst 18 February 2011
- A thoughtful search engine – Chrisjhorn's Blog 12 February 2011
- Halo score largest angel investment and first Northern Ireland syndicate – British Business Angel Association 22 September 2010
- KMWorld Trend-Setting Products of 2010 – KMWorld 1 September 2010
- University to Business – Tim Brundle Director of Innovation Spring 2010
- Spin-out company wins top business award – The Ulster Graduate Spring 2010
- Belfast Company Clinches Seedcorn Regional Winner Prize – Belfast Telegraph 13 November 2009
- Angel investors enable Search to pursue the American dream – Belfast Telegraph 5 July 2010
- University of Ulster team lift prize at 25k Awards – Belfast Telegraph 22 October 2007
- Sophia Search at a glance – InterTradeIreland
- InterTradeIreland – Wikipedia
- Semiotics for enterprise search – KMWorld 28 May 2011
- Sophia – finding the needle in the company haystack – Ulster Business 9 April 2011
- Organizing the unknown – applying taxonomy to discovery through Sophia Search – Earley & Associates 31 March 2011
- An Interview with David Patterson – Arnold IT 1 March 2011
- Three-dimensional search – KMWorld 27 October 2010
- New solution empowers organizations to intelligently discover knowledge from unstructured content for efficient discovery, recovery, consolidation and use while reducing the cost of managing information – Marketwire 22 September 2010
- Discover your unstructured content – discovery is a priority! – CMS Wire 22 September 2010
- Artificial Intelligence added to medloom clinical decision support system built on interSystems CACHÉ database – Marketwire 22 June 2010
- Innovation Nation – Ulster Business 19 January 2010
- Don’t just Search your Information, Understand it! – University of Ulster Autumn 2009