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WikiProfessional (Wiki for Professionals) was an attempt to create a web-based research environment for semantic searching, providing an intuitive tool for analyzing and relating concepts.[1][2][3][4]

When data is entered, the system semantically analyzed and recognized co-occurrences between different entities. The results were visualized through a "Knowlet,"[5] which is a visual representation of semantic distance between associated entities. This Knowlet is then used to notify persons that have subscribed to these entities, enabling a rapid data interchange between collaborators.

The major focus was proteins, using a portal named WikiProteins.[6][7] It contained over a hundred million entries, "melding some of the key biomedical databases into a single information resource". Sources included:

The project never passed the open beta test phase. It was operated by Knewco and led by initiator Barend Mons, a bioinformatician at the Erasmus MC and Leiden University Medical Centre. Knewco was intending to profit from WikiProfessionals by charging some users (such as drug firms) for "premium services", for example incorporating a private version of the system with in-house data.

After the project disappeared, a group called the Concept Web Alliance[8] formed to try to rebuild a similarly linked database. This became ConceptWiki[9][10] and the Nanopublication metadata format.[11]


  1. ^ Jim Giles (2007-02-15). "Key biology databases go wiki". Nature. 445 (7129): 691. Bibcode:2007Natur.445..691G. doi:10.1038/445691a. PMID 17301755.
  2. ^ John Timmer (2007-02-15). "Meet the uber-wiki". ars technica. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  3. ^ Meskó, Bertalan (2007-04-06). "Web 3.0 and medicine". Archived from the original on 2007-12-23.
  4. ^ Meskó, Bertalan (2007-09-05). "WikiProfessional Alpha Testing: a wiki of web 3.0". Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  5. ^ US abandoned 20090217179, Albert Mons; Nickolas Barris & Christine Chichester et al., "System and method for knowledge navigation and discovery utilizing a graphical user interface", published 2009-08-27, assigned to Knewco Inc/Wiki Professional 
  6. ^ "WikiProteins - ConceptWiki". 2012-09-07. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07.
  7. ^ Mons, Barend; Ashburner, Michael; Chichester, Christine; van Mulligen, Erik; Weeber, Marc; et al. (2008). "Calling on a million minds for community annotation in WikiProteins". Genome Biology. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 9 (5): R89. doi:10.1186/gb-2008-9-5-r89. ISSN 1465-6906. PMC 2441475. PMID 18507872.
  8. ^ "Declaration Concept Web Alliance". NBIC. 2009-05-08.
  9. ^ "conceptwiki". NBIC Development Project Environment. 2013-09-17.
  10. ^ Ekins, Sean; Hupcey, Maggie A. Z.; Williams, Antony J. (August 4, 2011). Collaborative Computational Technologies for Biomedical Research. John Wiley & Sons. p. 436. ISBN 978-1-118-02602-1.
  11. ^ Groth, Paul; Gibson, Andrew; Velterop, Jan (2010-01-01). "The anatomy of a nanopublication". Information Services & Use. 30 (1–2): 51–56. doi:10.3233/ISU-2010-0613. ISSN 0167-5265.