VocBench is a web-based, multilingual, collaborative development platform for managing OWL ontologies, SKOS(/XL) thesauri, Ontolex-lemon lexicons and generic RDF datasets.

Designed to meet the needs of semantic web and linked data environments, VocBench development has also been driven by the feedback gathered from a community of users made of public organizations, companies and independent users looking for open source solutions for maintaining their ontologies, thesauri, code lists and authority resources.

VocBench business and data access layers are realized by Semantic Turkey, an open-source platform for Knowledge Acquisition and Management realized by the ART Research Group at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

VocBench versions

VocBench comes today in two versions: VocBench 2 and VocBench 3.

VocBench 3 (or, simply, VB3) offers a powerful editing environment, with facilities for management of OWL ontologies, SKOS/SKOS-XL thesauri, OntoLex lexicons and any sort of RDF dataset. It aims to set new standards for flexibility, openness and expressive power as a free and open source RDF modelling platform.

Funded by the European Commission ISA² programme, the development of Vocbench 3 (VB3) is managed by the Publications Office of the EU under the contract 10632 (Infeurope S.A.).

VocBench 2, developed by the ART Group in the context of a collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), offers a web environment for maintaining thesauri, code lists and authority resources, providing advanced collaboration features such as history, validation and a publication workflow, and multi-user management with role-based access control.

We provide a list of the features offered by VocBench 3 and a comparison between the two versions to show early adopters of VocBench which benefits they take from moving to VB3 and newcomers what they may find in the platform.

Which version to choose?

VocBench 3 has been released in Sept. 2017 and is already a mature platform.

If you are an organization already using VocBench 2 and with a very large user base, we recommend to setup a sandbox instance of VocBench 3 first, let the community get acquainted with it, assign roles to users experimenting VB3 and check that each user is experiencing analogous editing rights to what they have in their previous experience with VB2 and, when you feel the time is ready, swtich definitely to VB3.

In all other cases, we recommend to directly adopt VB3.

Download links for the sources and binaries of both versions of VocBench are available on the downloads page


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