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GRASP: Terminology Management and Linked Data in SharePoint

GRASP ("Graphs for SharePoint") is the SharePoint solution for information architects to improve terminology management and to introduce Semantic Web standards into SharePoint.

SharePoint without GRASP SharePoint with GRASP
Terminology import CSV-format monolingual CSV-Format monolingual,
TBX-format multilingual,
SKOS-format multilingual
Terminology export Not available Available with GRASP
Terminology update Not available Available with GRASP Existing tags are preserved.
Terminology backup and restore Not available Available with GRASP
Working copies of terminologies Not available Available with GRASP Users revise the working copy of a terminology directly in SharePoint before it replaces the original terminology in the TermStore.
Synonym search: generate the synonym search dictionary from the terminology Not available The dictionary is maintained in a text-file. Available with GRASP The dictionary is exported from the terminology.
Entity extraction: generate entity extraction-dictionaries from the terminology Not available The entity extraction dictionaries are maintained in multiple text-files. Available with GRASP The entity extraction dictionaries are exported from the terminology.
Poly-hierarchies Not available Available with GRASP Manage multiple parents per term without requiring duplications.
Associative relations between terms Not available Available with GRASP Create arbitrary associations between terms, i.e. relations that are not hierarchical links between terms.
Semantic Web Standards Not available Mit GRASP für 2010 verfügbar For GRASP 2010: import ontologies in various RDF-formats, e.g. NTriples, Turtle, Notation 3, RDF/XML, RDF/JSON and create "SPARQL 1.1"-queries directly in SharePoint.

How to proceed?

Support contract: please contact Daniel Hansch!

User manual: GRASP v1.6 manual.pdf

How to proceed?

1. Terminology management with "GRASP-TermManager" (available for SharePoint 2013 and 2010)

Terminology management features
  • Manage terminologies and taxonomies in a central library
  • Create "working copies" of terminologies: users can revise the working copy of a terminology directly in SharePoint before it replaces the original terminology in the TermStore
  • Poly-hierarchies: manage multiple parents per term without requiring duplications
  • Associative relations: you can create arbitrary associations between terms, i.e. relations that are not hierarchical links between terms. They appear as "Related Terms" in the "RelatedTerms"-webpart that comes with Semantic Search Webparts
  • TermTreeFilter web part and TermDetails web part: provide regular users with a terminology browser outside of the Term Store Management Tool
  • Tight integration of SharePoint search: generate the dictionaries needed for SharePoint Synonym Search and Custom Entity Extraction directly from the termstore.(*)
Re-use of existing terminologies
  • Compatible with terminology management applications that support the TBX-file format ("TermBase eXchange"), e.g. Across Language Server, flashterm, SDL MultiTerm and Termflow.
  • Compatible with terminology management applications that support the SKOS-file format, e.g. TopBraid EVN.
  • Export TermStore content in SKOS format, e.g. for backup purposes or for transferring from one SharePoint installation to another one.
  • Import and update terminologies in TermStore.
Automatic tagging of documents
  • Compatible with Auto Tagger from Layer2: users can enter and validate classification rules in the Term Store Management Tool.


Synonym search and custom entity extraction(*)
  • The synonym-dictionary that is needed to configure the SharePoint synonym-search, can be easily generated from the terminology and deployed into the SharePoint search application. This avoids to manage synonym dictionaires in csv-files.
  • The wordlists that are needed to configure the custom entity extraction, can be easily generated from the terminology and deployed into the SharePoint entity extraction framework. This avoids to manage the multiple extration-dictionaires in csv-files.

2. Semantic Web Features with "GRASP-SemanticWeb" (für SharePoint 2010 verfügbar)

GRASP-SemanticWeb requires SharePoint 2010.

Ontology management features
  • Manage ontologies in a central library
  • Upload ontologies into a SharePoint-ontology library in all common formats, e.g. RDF/XML, Turtle, RDF/JSON, NTriples
  • Automatic extraction of important ontology metadata. This data is stored as values in SharePoint fields.
  • Compatible with common ontology editors (e.g. TopBraid Composer, Protégé or NeOn Toolkit).
SPARQL query formulation
  • GRASP connects to any W3C compliant SPARQL 1.1-endpoint and is compatible with these RDF-stores:
    • Triplestore basic (from DIQA)
    • “Virtuoso Universal Server” (Openlink Software)
    • “Topbraid live” (Topquadrant)
  • Upload ontologies and terminologies into connected RDF-stores from within SharePoint
  • Formulate queries in SPARQL 1.1 against uploaded ontologies and the Linked Data provided by external RDF-stores
  • Make query results available in external lists (provided by the Business Data Connectivity BDC-Service)
Visualization of SPARQL results
  • Variety of result presentation formats for presenting query results in the SPARQL-web part, e.g. table, list, pie-, bar- or line diagrams, as well as GoogleMaps and Graphs.
  • Combine document metadata with SPARQL results: use the results of a SPARQL query to search for documents that have been annotated with terms that match the query result
Combine web parts to create complex dashboards
  • Combine filter web parts with web parts that display SPARQL results
  • Text filter web part: user enters strings to parametrize a SPARQL result web part.
  • TermTreeFilter web part: user selects a value from a taxonomy tree.
  • SPARQL result web part: can be used as filter web part, too.

* introduced with GRASP 1.6

How to proceed?

Produkt leaflet

How to proceed?


Contact us
Dr. Michael Erdmann

Michael Erdmann
Semantic Web Consultant, Projectmanager

Tel.: +49-721-609-517-24
erdmann@diqa-pm.com