Transforming Data into Knowledge

TenForce overhauls, links and enriches your data to improve and extend its usability. We are a team of content experts with background in history, arts and linguistics or brainy knowledge engineers and data scientists with academic ties and strong interest in innovation, tech experiments and research projects.
We combine over 15 years of experience in the field of Semantic Technologies, Big Data and Machine Learning with a boundless interest for new technologies to ensure your data reaches its full potential.

What We Do

Interoperability and Data Integration

Our multi-disciplinary team will harmonize content from different repositories, including multilingual ones, by establishing connections and applying standards to create a single point of entry for content users.

Vocabulary And Taxonomy Management

Search technology, automatic classification and thesaurus, taxonomies and ontologies.
You have a big volume of data, but not the right structure to it? We are particularly experienced in classifying sets of information with different kind of relations between the concepts. We will grow your taxonomy tree strong as an oak!

Content Creation

Our multidisciplinary, multilingual team creates, enriches, improves and publishes multi-format content for thesauri, taxonomies, and policies that can be translated into technology.

Linked Open Data

Design and implementation of tools and methodologies to better exploit the Web as a platform for data and information sharing and integration.

Publishing

We aggregate and enrich content from multiple sources of information, and feed it into a portal or another platform for consultation.

Data Science and Cognitive Computing

Knowledge Extraction And Cognitive Search

Semantic search platforms can help organizations and professionals search for and find the information they need to successfully do their jobs. TenForce has the capability of building highly scalable platforms to analyze the world’s largest unstructured data sets identifying the relationships between word, phrases, and categories without the need for human intervention.

TenForce provides conceptually and contextually relevant search to users all while actively learning and dynamically adapting to new content.

Big Data

Every second massive streams of unstructured data are generated from emails, social media sites, smartphones, sensors, wearable electronics, and many other sources. The magnitude, variety, and velocity of unstructured data is staggering. Trying to make sense of all the input and find the right information feels rather like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Machine Learning

Using algorithms that iteratively learn from data, machine learning allows computers to find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look. Artificial intelligence and machine learning-powered platforms make it possible to quickly and automatically produce models that can analyze bigger, more complex data and deliver faster, more accurate results. The result? High-value predictions that can guide better decisions and smart actions in real time without human intervention.

Cognitive Analytics

Cognitive technologies have been around for years; what’s new is the advancement in processing power that makes applying these technologies more feasible for quickly answering complex questions. A cognitive system can provide real-time answers to questions posed in natural language by searching through massive amounts of information that have been entered into its knowledge base, making sense of context, and computing the most likely answer. As developers and users “train” the system, answers become more reliable and increasingly precise over time.

Data is useful only if you use it intelligently.

TenForce delivers services in a pragmatic manner. We are technology agnostic, experts in open source software and develop custom implementations that fit into our clients’ business landscape.

Research And Innovation

In order to build advanced, sustainable solutions TenForce operates in close collaboration with the academic world and related research institutions. These offer new valuable insights and innovative technology. In the past this collaboration was informal; the last couple of years this collaboration materialized in actual research projects. TenForce is considered a valuable consortium partner bringing business challenges and expertise as a software integrator to the consortiums.

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Big Data Europe: Integrating Big Data, software & communities for addressing Europe’s societal challenges

Large amounts of data are being produced permanently, and when these are analyzed and interlinked they have the potential to create new knowledge and intelligent solutions for economy and society. Big Data can make important contributions to the technical progress in our societal key sectors and help shape business. Big Data Europe undertakes the foundational work for enabling European companies to build innovative multilingual products and services based on semantically interoperable, large-scale, multi-lingual data assets and knowledge, available under a variety of licenses and business models.

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Your Data Stories

YourDataStories wants to develop the required software stack that will enable the Open Government Data (OGD) to reach citizens in their everyday online life, inside the digital social interaction they are already familiar with, acquiring a significant role in citizen’s social activity.

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LOD2: Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data

TenForce is an active partner in the LOD 2 initiative. The goal of the LOD2 project is to develop infrastructure technology and best practices that fill the chasm between structured-linked-data and applied model logic & reasoning, en route redefining the Web as we know it. In doing so, LOD2 will integrate and syndicate linked data with large-scale existing applications and showcase the benefits in three application scenarios including Media & Publishing, Corporate Data Intranets and eGovernment.

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SPECIAL

SPECIAL is part of a series of research activities funded through the EC Horizon 2020 to investigate diverse aspects of innovative technologies like big data. Other members of the research partnership include Proximus, Deutsche Telekom, Thomson Reuters and leading universities from France, Germany and Austria.

The SPECIAL project will address the tension between Big Data innovation and privacy-aware data protection by proposing a technical solution that makes both of these goals realistic.

Our Latest Work

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Westtoer

Westtoer is a public agency supporting the tourism sector in the coastal area of Belgium. It manages and creates new tourist products such as hiking trails and cycling routes.

It supports local communities in their activities and drives the marketing and web presence for the coastal area.

Westtoer has set up a central data hub containing tourist information used in several applications. Today not all data providers of the relevant data supply high quality data access service. The data hub centralizes and hence simplifies access to the data for the applications, while also guaranteeing a better quality of service (data quality and access quality). Westtoer selected Linked Data as the data integration and publication technology to achieve this objective.

In 2015 TenForce was selected as the partner to further professionalize the data hub architecture and lead it towards a full self-sustainable system. Its combined experience of Linked Data modeling and open source (Linked Data) technology, together with the ability to deliver a professional service were the key decision factors to its selection.

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Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is a global information services and publishing company, which provides expert legal content to legal practitioners in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe through their Wolters Kluwer portals. The European Wolters Kluwer solution platform includes official and specialist law-related data. In Europe it serves as a gateway for official European Union publications. Wolters Kluwer Global needed a solution to manage the publishing process in a European context, feeding a multitude of portals and publications, and sourcing from central and decentralized data sets alike.
From 2008 to 2011 TenForce built a multilingual publishing solution based on semantic concepts and techniques, such as application of semantic data exchange standards for the European portals and integration of the legal content metadata.
Thanks to the metadata-based design that TenForce implemented, end users can now search the content irrespective of their language as it is indexed across countries and languages. The solution also allows for cross-linking of content published on different portals, which increases the value of the user’s search results.
In 2013 TenForce developed a solution for Wolters Kluwer Deutschland (WKD) to manage the metadata in a separate repository. This way WKD could link and enrich their metadata with external and internal vocabularies. The metadata was stored in a Virtuoso triple store.
In a next phase TenForce built an API to the WKD production system to ingest the rich legal content and metadata from the Publications Office of the EU.

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European Commission: ESCO
Improving workforce mobility throughout the EU

The European Skills, Competences and Occupations (ESCO) taxonomy is a key element in the policy to considerably improve the matching of jobs with vacancies throughout Europe.
Within this project Dacota One is designing, developing and managing a multilingual taxonomy of European skills, competences, qualifications and occupations to help DG EMPL foster labour mobility across EU member states.

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EUROSTAT

To measure inflation across E.U., various National Statistical Institutes (NSI) across Europe compile scanner data generated by point-of-sales terminals in retail shops.
These NSIs define their own methodologies for linking scanner data to ECOICOP (European Classification of Individual Consumption according to Purpose) and identifying product replacements (i.e. “relaunches”). The objective of the project is to offer a common and multilingual methodology to NSIs currently not using scanner data to streamline and increase the volume of processed data. The result should improve the quality level for HCIP output.

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NATO

TenForce participated in a NATO NCIA research project investigating solutions to facilitate information sharing among NATO information systems. Within this objective NATO NCIA applies semantic technologies to support mapping of information semi-automatically between their data sharing protocols. Dacota One contributed in the design of the specification language for this mapping.

Technologies

We use cutting-edge technologies, both open source and closed source. Our projects can be completely built using open source. Our experienced engineers are eager to innovate, they use the industry’s best practices and tools. We build products that matter and last.

Programming

JAVA, Ruby, Javascript, Python, PHP, Spring, EmberJS, ES6, XSLT, Rails, Phoenix

Data & Formats

RDF+XML, Turtle, HTML5, CSS3, XML, RDFa, Schema.org, JSON, LD+JSON, JSON-API, SPARQL

Deployment

Ubuntu Linux, Suse, Windows, Docker

Ontologies

OWL, RDFS, SKOS, Dublin Core, FOAF, DCAT, VOID, Data Cube, SWRL

Tools

EDCAT, VAADIN, Mondeca Virtuoso Universal Server

Team

We are a dedicated group of intellectually curious people on a mission to change the way our clients interact with data.

Jan Van den Nieuwenhof
Chief Executive Officer

Uros Milosevic
Semantic Technology Architect & Product Manager

A devoted Semantic Technology Architect, Product Manager, Project Manager, Consultant to the European Commission and the Council of the European Union at TenForce. A member of the Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) Group. An occasional public speaker.

Jonathan Langens
Semantic Technology Dev Team Lead & Technical Lead
Bert Van Nuffelen
Senior Semantic Technologies and Open Data Architect
Johan Delaure
Program Manager
Julia Dubois
Chief Operating Officer
Bastiaan Deblieck
Chief Commercial Officer
Wouter
Nathaniel
Vincent
Arnaud
Andriy
Diedrik
Ward