LMI, showcasing its OpenPolicy™ tool, won the most innovative technology award in the government category at Destination Innovation 2014. The event and award was the culmination of a months-long competition sponsored by the Northern Virginia Technology Council and The Washington Post. OpenPolicy is LMI’s solution to a growing problem—massive amounts of data and knowledge locked away within countless pages of unstructured written prose.
“We are thrilled to be recognized at Destination Innovation for OpenPolicy’s innovative, state-of-the-art use of semantic web standards, and are excited to continue making accessible the knowledge found within the millions of pages of government policy and regulation,” said project leader Gus Creedon, a program manager at LMI.
If today’s rudimentary search engines and file search tools are able to procure just 20 percent of the knowledge that’s out there, then extracting the remaining 80 percent is a critical requirement for those who need that information. OpenPolicy, with its groundbreaking use of existing Worldwide Web (W3C) semantic web standards, is that tool for revealing this hidden knowledge.
OpenPolicy is built by combining a blend of open source semantic software with a semantic triple-store database and custom application code. Instead of returning document names and their file locations, it innovates by returning complete paragraphs (semantic chunks) within documents. It searches hundreds of documents simultaneously. And the search uncovers synonyms, acronyms, and other concepts related to the search. You then expand the paragraph to view it in context within the document. Currently, OpenPolicy can index thousands of terms, phrases, and their variations, across tens of thousands of pages of text spread among scores of documents.
OpenPolicy is fast, flexible, and scalable. It enables intuitive semantic searching and filtered, “guided navigation” based on real subject matter vocabularies and concepts. By adding a new vocabulary and different documents, the same software service that allows a person to search the U.S. tax code can also be implemented for Shakespeare’s entire body of work or your car’s owner’s manual. For public sector managers, affected citizens, and academics, OpenPolicy is a critical tool for gaining full access and transparency within documents.