OntoWiki – A Tool for Social, Semantic Collaboration

  • Sören Auer
  • Sebastian Dietzold
  • Thomas Riechert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4273)


We present OntoWiki, a tool providing support for agile, distributed knowledge engineering scenarios. OntoWiki facilitates the visual presentation of a knowledge base as an information map, with different views on instance data. It enables intuitive authoring of semantic content, with an inline editing mode for editing RDF content, similar to WYSIWYG for text documents. It fosters social collaboration aspects by keeping track of changes, allowing to comment and discuss every single part of a knowledge base, enabling to rate and measure the popularity of content and honoring the activity of users. Ontowiki enhances the browsing and retrieval by offering semantic enhanced search strategies. All these techniques are applied with the ultimate goal of decreasing the entrance barrier for projects and domain experts to collaborate using semantic technologies. In the spirit of the Web 2.0 OntoWiki implements an ”architecture of participation” that allows users to add value to the application as they use it. It is available as open-source software and a demonstration platform can be accessed at


Knowledge Base Semantic Search Individual View IEEE Intelligent System Social Collaboration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sören Auer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sebastian Dietzold
    • 2
  • Thomas Riechert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information ScienceUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Institut für InformatikUniversität LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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