Semantic search engines

Semantic search engines for the arts and humanities, a list

DeepDyve is a professional research tool available for free for the general public. It lets you access expert content from the the part of the Internet that is not indexed by traditional search engines.

A community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make this information available on the Web.

SwoogleInbenta Simile
Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments
SIMILE is focused on developing open source tools to empower users to access, manage, visualize and reuse digital assets.

SWSE Semantic Web Search Engine

A general purpose semantic search engine. Hakia search results are organized in tabs: Web results, credible sites, images and news. Credible sites refer to results from sites that have been vetted by librarians and other information professionals
The ResearchSpace project is developing a collaborative environment for humanities and cultural heritage research using knowledge representation and Semantic Web technologies. The project includes work to: Provide accessible methods for utilising the CIDOC CRM standard and official extensions; Integrate heterogeneous data without losing meaning or perspective;  Create a Contextual Search System and other collaborative tools

A web search engine that summarizes search results into one concise digest on a topic of query. The search engine attempts to understand what the result pages are about.


Search based on a semantic map of the English language. It is used in support of business analytics, machine translation, document search, context search and more.

Semantic Web Organizations, Projects and Articles *

Arches Project
Arches is an open source immovable cultural heritage inventory platform that was built from the ground up using the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model as the framework for its overall data structure. Arches is designed to take advantage of the CIDOC CRM’s approach to create meaningful data relationships between heritage resources and groups, activities, actors, events, and information media.

ICOM International Council of Museums
CIDOC: Supporting Museum Documentation. Documentation is essential to all aspects of a museums activities. Collections without adequate documentation are not true “museum” collections. CIDOC, ICOM’s International Committee for Documentation, provides the museum community with advice on good practice and developments in museum documentation.

LIDO Lightweight Information Describing Objects
LIDO, specified as XML Schema, is the result of a joint effort of the CDWA Lite, museumdat, SPECTRUM and CIDOC CRM. Under suitable choice of terminology, LIDO maps to a CIDOC CRM compatible form.

The Semantic Web
(Scientific American article) by Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila—one of the best introductions to the topic, by the creator of the original world wide

Wikipedia entry on the Semantic Web.

W3C Semantic Web Activity

Semantic Web Interest Group IRC channel
The Semantic Web community wiki, including descriptions of many related tools, events and ontologies.

W3C Linking Open Data
A community project attempting to publish and interlink various open data sources.


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