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Knoodl is a new kind of web application that combines wikis and semantic technology to enable anybody to create and manage domain-specific formal vocabularies. Plus, anybody with a browser can find and understand the vocabularies.

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Formal Vocabularies and Ontologies

Formal vocabularies and ontologies are descriptions of the concepts and the relationships between those concepts, represented in a way that computers can process and use them. Formal vocabularies are sometimes called "conceptual models" and are an important part of the Semantic Web, the purpose of which is to make information on the web be more machine processable by providing formal descriptions of the semantics (or meaning) of that information. Formal ontologies give computers a way to understand how the information being processed maps to the semantic concepts that people use.

What Makes Knoodl Different?

Knoodl doesn't use the tranditional approach to building these vocabularies and ontologies.

Simple, Easy ... and Fun!
Using Knoodl is simple and intuitive. It's a web application, there's nothing to install, and nothing to maintain. Also, browsing, searching and learning formal vocabularies is a cinch. Knoodl even makes it easy to create, document and share your own formal vocabulary - even if you're not an ontologist or a web developer. And, the instantaneous feedback you get from looking at what you've built makes the whole process, well, actually fun!

Collaborate
Creating formal vocabularies and ontologies is a naturally collaborative process that has to involve the right people and that requires some form of consensus. Some people will contribute a great deal, while other may only serve as a sounding board for ideas. Knoodl allows people with common interests and domains to form on-line communities that can create, discuss, and publish vocabularies for their domain.

Share
Find vocabularies that other communities have published or uploaded

Use
Use your vocabularies and ontologies in semantically-enabled applications. You can either download and save the OWL definition of an ontology, or let the application itself download and use the ontology.

Where Do I Start?

One of the best places to get begin is taking a tour or using the getting started page.

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