How to tell if your data would benefit from a different database

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Heard of graph databases but not exactly sure what they are? Or maybe you have but you’re not quite sure where they apply. You’re in the right place, we’re going to be looking at both in this post, and by the end of it, hopefully you’ll have those creative graph juices flowing! You can also check out this webinar after.

Originating from a branch of mathematics, a graph is a set of discrete objects, each of which may have a set of relationships with other objects. Graph theory has many important applications, such as route planning, finding dependencies and managing…

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Want to dabble in graphs with family and friends? Not quite sure where to start? How about a quick and dirty trick using Google Forms, Google Sheets and a Neo4j Sandbox?

Where Do I Start?

So you’ve heard about graphs, they sound like fun! Now, you’re wondering where to start. Maybe you’ve had a go with one use cases in the Neo4j Sandbox, but now you want to create some data. Perhaps you’re not feeling too confident about generating or importing large data sets just yet. Or are you seeking that graph-based ice breaker to show off your new skills?

I have a treat…

Explore your enterprise architecture assets with Neo4j. *Republished to Medium with updates for GDS*

There is a lot of potential benefit in importing and interrogating your enterprise architecture components in a graph database; you can easily do extensive analysis on dependencies, redundancies, what-if and root cause analysis. ArchiMate is a commonly-used framework for representing different architectures; it is well-defined and used by many organisations and templates are available in many diagramming packages.

There are a number of great blogs showing the power of doing just this in Neo4j, such as:

The Neo4j Online Developer Expo and Summit is back for the third year running on June 17, and we want to hear your graph story.

*UPDATED 26 March 2021**

Need some help?

What is NODES?

Neo4j Online Developer Expo and Summit (NODES) is our key developer conference. …

The write-up of the second part of our modelling and data loading revisit, we explore how asking new questions changes the data model.

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Here’s another super quick write-up of the second session we did on Twitch. Again, it’s a leisurely step through for those of you who want to visit this at your own pace. If you want a reminder of the first, part, check out the write up here.

Here’s the second stream, if you want to re-watch it for posterity (and observe how I’ve moved around in my study yet again!):

And here are all the links:

The write up from our Twitch session on Feb 8 2021 where we take a dataset suggested by a viewer and do walk through of the process.

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Here’s a super quick write-up of the session we did on Twitch. For those of you who are looking for the queries and a more leisurely step through, this is for you!

First of all, to re-watch the session in all it’s glory, here’s the video:

And here are all the links:


The Arrows modelling tool

The Sandbox (we used a blank…

The latest version of Neo4j Bloom is out. Let’s a look at the new features and improvements

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The latest version of Neo4j Bloom, 1.5, came out this month. In this release, we see some exciting new features, as well as improvements to functionality and performance. Let’s check them out!

New Features

The latest new features are:

  • A mini map for the scene.
  • New style rule to uniquely color nodes in a category based on distinct property values.
  • Choice of sampling data when generating or refreshing the perspective.

Let’s have a look at the mini map and the new style rule a bit more detail.

For this, I will be using the Northwind graph, available from Neo4j Browser. …

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Exploring New York’s Central Park with Neo4j Spatial, APOC, and Graph Data Science

The Neo4j sandboxes are a great way to experiment and work with Neo4j without needing to download, install and configure the database. We have a broad range of use-cases with preloaded datasets and a step-by-step guides to get you going, as well as blank sandboxes to import and work with your own data.

A sandbox lasts for three days, but can be extended to a maximum of 10 days. You’ll also find handy code snippets in various languages to connect to the sandbox from your favourite stack.

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See you soon, Summer of Nodes 2021!

Hello everybody!

(for those of you who are wondering what Summer of Nodes is — keep reading, you can find out more below!)

We hope you had as much fun over these past weeks of Summer of Nodes as we had. We really appreciate you joining us this summer, and hope you have picked up a new trick or two along the way :) Thank you for your brilliant answers; we really enjoyed seeing what you came up with, and were humbled by the positive feedback received. …

*Update! Now with hints and solution!*

Summer of Nodes: Final Week — Exploring the Area

Hello everybody!

Summer of Nodes 2020 is now over. If you’ve not had a chance to look at the challenges, you can always have a go at your leisure:

This week’s theme — exploring the area

Central Park in New York is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Last year, Central Park saw 42 million…

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Exploring the world of connected data

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