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Semantic Wikipedia

  • Max Völkel, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Markus Krötzsch, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Denny Vrandecic, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Heiko Haller, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Rudi Studer, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

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Track: Semantic Web

Wikipedia is the world's largest collaboratively edited source of encyclopaedic knowledge. But in spite of its utility, its contents are barely machine-interpretable. Structural knowledge, e. g. about how concepts are interrelated, can neither be formally stated nor automatically processed. Also the wealth of numerical data is only available as plain text and thus can not be processed by its actual meaning.

We provide an extension to be integrated in Wikipedia, that allows the typing of links between articles and the specification of typed data inside the articles in an easy-to-use manner.

Enabling even casual users to participate in the creation of an open semantic knowledge base, Wikipedia has the chance to become a resource of semantic statements, hitherto unknown regarding size, scope, openness, and internationalisation. These semantic enhancements bring to Wikipedia benefits of today's semantic technologies: more specific ways of searching and browsing. Also, the RDF export, that gives direct access to the formalised knowledge, opens Wikipedia up to a wide range of external applications, that will be able to use it as a background knowledge base.

In this paper, we present the design, implementation, and possible uses of this extension.


Völkel, M., Krötzsch, M., Vrandecic, D., Haller, H., and Studer, R. 2006. Semantic Wikipedia. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on World Wide Web (Edinburgh, Scotland, May 23 - 26, 2006). WWW '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 585-594.
DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1135777.1135863

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