VocBench Documentation

This documentation page is focused on VocBench 3, the new version of VocBench.

Documentation for the previous version of VocBench, VB2, can be found here.

A comparison of the two versions of the system is available here.

Requirements and Installation


VocBench 3 comes with a standalone distribution which includes:

so at least, for a simple use of the system, nothing else is necessary, except for Java 8.

We recommend use of a separate, dedicated triple store for storing the data, while adopting local repositories only for small projects and for quickly playing with the system.

Optionally, a separate http server can be used for hosting the web application.

More details for both options are provided in the system administrator manual.


Installation of the system is pretty immediate: unzip the standalone distribution and that's all!

More advanced installation options are described in the system administrator manual.

Running the system


Test Drive

Following the installation, if you are familiar with RDF editors, you may want to try immediately a quick Test Drive, and read the manual later for getting more details about the system


The user manual details all (well, all..we are always improving the application, and we hope to keep up with the docs!) the operations that users can perform on the application.

The system administrator manual deals with various installation options and all the advanced features related to system customization/reconfiguration that need to be performed under the hood

The developer manual provides behind-the-stage information for VB developers, third party developers and anybody interested in how VB works


Peter Winstanley (Scottish Government) is realizing a series of interesting videos on VocBench. They are being hosted on a dedicated youtube channel. Thanks Peter!

SKOS Development Pages

While not intended as a full SKOS guide, the SKOS Development pages provide insights on aspect of SKOS development which are usually less known, best practices and also typical modeling issues and how they are dealt with in VocBench.