Atramhasis is an online SKOS editor. It allows a user to create and edit an online thesaurus or vocabulary adhering to the SKOS specification through a simple web interface. This allows any user with access to a web browser to consult the thesauri and if so wanted, to edit them.

Atramhasis is also intended to be one of the focal points in a Service Oriented Architecture. It exposes as much of its functionalities as possible through REST services. Both reading from and writing to concept schemes is possible with Atramhasis.

Atramhasis tries to stick as closely as possible to the SKOS specification. Where this was not possible, we tried to follow other standards such as SKOS-THES.

Atramhasis is being developed by the Flanders Heritage Agency, an agency of the Flemish Government that deals with Archaeology, Monuments and Landscapes. As such, we mainly intend to use it with vocabularies and thesauri that are related to cultural heritage. We generally construct our own thesauri, specific to our own applications, but while always keeping an eye on other thesauri in the larger field of cultural heritage such as the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).

If you have questions about the project, want to help out, want to report a bug or just want to have a conversation with us, please get in touch. For general conversations, you can use our Google Group. If you have encountered a bug in Atramhasis or it’s documentation, or if you want to ask us to consider implementing a feature, feel free to use our issue tracker.

If you are using this software in and want to reference it, please cite the following article in the Journal of Open Source Software:

Koen Van Daele, Tinne Cahy, Wim De Clercq, Jonas Geuens, Bram Goessens, Jonathan Piraux, Bart Saelen, Maarten Taeymans, & Cedrik Vanderhaegen, 2023: Atramhasis: an online skos vocabulary editor. Journal of Open Source Software, 8(83), p. 5040, doi:10.21105/joss.05040.