SemWiki - Semantic Wiki Research

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Semantic Wikis try to combine the strengths of two technologies: Semantic Web and Wiki.

Semantic Web strengths:
  1. machine processable

  2. data integration

  3. complex queries

Wiki strengths:
  1. easy to use and contribute,

  2. strongly interconnected

  3. collaborativeness

Goals are diverse and include:
  • simple annotations of existing Wiki content;

  • tools that guide users from informal knowledge contained in texts to more formal structures;

  • full-fledged tools for ontology editing where the text is no longer in the focus of the system.

In the future, Semantic Wiki systems might play an important role for "knowledge acquisition", enabling non-technical users to contribute to the Semantic Web.

Semantic Wiki Interest Group

The Semantic Wiki Interest Group (swikig) focuses on the development of semantically-enhanced wikis. Interested developers, researchers, and users of semantic wikis are invited to subscribe to the "swikig mailing list. Ca. 200 subscribed readers.

"swikig" is also a nice tag for flickr, delicious and even Google, as it currently has only very few hits. Bibsonomy lists ca. 50 semantic wiki papers at

Events 2006-2010


May 31, 2010: Fifth Workshop on Semantic Wikis: Linking Data and People [SemWiki2010] at the 7th Annual Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2010) in Crete, Greece → Proceedings open access


July 13, 2009: WIKIAI09: User-contributed Knowledge And Artificial Intelligence: An Evolving Synergy. IJCAI 2009 Workshop, Pasadena, CA


June 1, 2009: Fourth Workshop on Semantic Wikis: The Semantic Wiki Web [SemWiki2009] at the 6th Annual European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2009) in Crete, Greece → Proceedings open access

Online Event

December 11, 2008: "Semantic Wiki" mini-series: 3rd session on Semantic MediaWiki and extensions (Online Event)

Online Event

November 20, 2008: "Semantic Wiki" mini-series: 2nd session on Wiki Engines (Online Event)


October 26, 2008: SemWiki Birds of a Feather Meeting at ISWC 2008, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Online Event

October 22, 2008: Start of "Semantic Wiki" mini-series (Online Event)


June 2nd, 2008: Third Workshop on Semantic Wikis: The Wiki Way of Semantics [SemWiki2008 at the 5th Annual European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2008) in Tenerife, Spain → Proceedings open access


18.05.2007: SemanticWiki workshop held at the RoCoCoCamp Montreal 2007


August 2006: Second Workshop on Semantic Wikis: Wiki-based Knowledge-Engineering [WibKe2006]; at the WikiSym 2006 in Odense, Denmark. → Proceedings open access


June, 12th 2006: First Workshop on Semantic Wikis: From Wiki to Semantics [SemWiki2006] as a full-day workshop at the 3rd Annual European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2006) in Budva, Montenrego. Attendance about 50-60 people. → Proceedings open access