KnowWE is a semantic wiki that provides the possibility to define and maintain ontologies together with strong problem-solving knowledge. Ontologies can be formulated using the RDF(S) or OWL standard: RDF(S) can be included by using the turtle markup, whereas the markup for OWL uses the Manchester syntax. Additionally, KnowWE provides markups for the formalization of the strong problem-solving methods of d3web-Core. This includes

  • Decision trees
  • Scoring and abstraction rules
  • Decision tables
  • Flowchart knowledge with DiaFlux models
  • Set-covering models

KnowWE offers a toolset for the entire knowledge engineering life cycle including

  • Testing and visually debugging knowledge bases
  • Refactoring of knowledge bases, e.g., rename question, rename solution, etc.
  • Evaluation of knowledge bases including the analysis of knowledge bases for anomalies
  • Continuous integration of knowledge by knowledge builds

Since, KnowWE provides a sophisticated plugin architecture, most of the features are included as plugins. New plugins can be easily introduced; see the developer How-Tos for more details.

System Requirements#

Installation of KnowWE requires the Java Platform, Standard Edition JDK 6 of higher.
For operating systems, the distribution runs with MS-Windows XP, Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 or higher.
Linux is not officially supported. We officially support Firefox 3.6 or higher, but most parts should also work with Google Chrome. Currently, the Internet Explorer is not officially supported.