Semantic Bank

Semantic Bank is the server companion of Piggy Bank that lets you persist, share and publish data collected by individuals, groups or communities. In the past it was a standalone project but now comes bundled with Longwell as a Longwell configuration.

What can I do with this?

A Semantic Bank allows you to:

  • persist your information remotely on a server. This is useful, for example, if you want to share data between two of your computers or to avoid losing it due to mistakes or failure.
  • share information with other people. The ability to tag resources creates a powerful serendipitous categorization (as proven by things like or Flickr).
  • lets you publish your information, both in the "pure" RDF form (for those who know how to make use of it) or to regular web pages, with the usual Longwell faceted browsing view of it

Are there live Semantic Banks I can use?

See the list of banks.

What do I need to run it?

As Semantic Bank is now a configuration of Longwell, read the Longwell requirements.

Where do I download it?

It's part of Longwell, so read the Longwell download instructions.

There are older, deprecated versions of Semantic Bank that we no longer support available at the old download site.

Where can I find some documentation?

For now, the Longwell documentation is all we have for users. As it notes, Semantic Bank can be run by calling Longwell as follows, depending on the operating system:

  • [unix] ./longwell -c semantic-bank
  • [windows] longwell /c semantic-bank

For developers who would like to extend Semantic Bank, see the documentation on Longwell configurations and extending them.

For developers who would like to use Semantic Bank without Piggy Bank, see the bank API documentation.

Legal, licensing, credits

See Longwell.