Charles Ivie

Charles Ivie is a Sr Graph Architect in the Amazon Neptune graph database group. Charles was part of the team that built the knowledge graph platform for the BBC’s London Olympics 2012 content. Before joining AWS in 2020, he ran a consultancy to help other organisations realise their own ambitions with Knowledge Graph technologies, delivering projects for many different industries and use-cases.

2021 Talk: A knowledge graph is more than just a graph database

Customer adoption of graph databases is growing rapidly and has attracted many vendors and products. Graphs, as an abstraction, are a simple and intuitive way to model information about the world. Despite this, the learning curve for building a graph-based application remains steep and daunting, as it requires the use of tooling and processes that may seem unfamiliar, even to experienced data practitioners. Most importantly, there are components other than a graph database that are needed for a knowledge graph architecture. In this presentation we discuss these components, the tooling one needs to succeed in building a knowledge graph -driven application, and we present the idea of a “data value chain”: data flowing from legacy sources, through various manipulation steps, to a graph representation, ready to be consumed.