In 2005, Morpheus was involved in some projects (with the Dutch tax office and Police amongst others) which required additional functionality from Ontopia. We decided to develop tools on top of Ontopia, specifically for editing topic maps. Inspired by web 3.0 and the web development technique Ajax, the editor became interactive with a smaller footprint.
Around the same time, the Ontopia people started developing their Topic Maps editor called Ontopoly. For both editors a meta-ontology was developed to drive the editors, using different approaches. The Ontopoly editor is now included in the Ontopia build, while our generic Topic Maps editor was the start of a new product.
The first customer application combining the Ontopia engine and our own editor was built in 2006. Since then, several other projects have lead to more ideas and further development of the application. In 2010/11, the idea of a cloud-application emerged and our product received its current name: Kamala Cloud. Hosting Kamala ourselves allowed us to make it more interactive, user-friendly and easy to get started with. Installation and configuration of Ontopia are no longer required and we can use the latest technologies to improve the user experience.
Ontopia itself, the engine of Kamala Cloud, is an open source project since 2009. Morpheus developers are now the main contributors to the project. This gives us the possibility to maintain and improve on Ontopia when needed for Kamala, our customers and the Ontopia community.
Today, Kamala Cloud contains smart suggestions and semantic filtering, a visualization tool and a bookmarker for integration with the web. Being a cloud application, topic maps can be shared with other users to collaborate on knowledge. We continue to improve Kamala with a monthly release cycle. Next on our list is a user-friendly ontology editor.