Wikulu – Self-Organizing Wikis

Project Goals

The importance of web-based collaboration systems called Wikis has grown tremendously over the last years, e.g. Wikipedia, corporate wikis. As the usability of a wiki is initially very high, the amount of content grows very fast. A common drawback of wikis is however that the usability decreases with the increased content amount. The Wikulu – Self-Organizing Wikis project at the UKP Lab employs the latest Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies to manage unstructured information, i.e. to structure the content in corporate Wikis. The objective of the project is thus to implement intelligent approaches to assist the user while creating, editing, or searching content. Wikulu should relieve the user of manual information management, leaving more room for productive work. Why is it called Wikulu? Kukulu is Hawaiian for to organize!


  • Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych, Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Torsten Zesch, Project Coordinator
  • Daniel Bär, Doctoral Researcher
  • Nicolai Erbs, Doctoral Researcher

We are always looking for students who are interested in Wikulu and want to help us with our programming and research tasks. Please contact us if you want to know more!

Related Projects

The Wikulu project builds upon cutting-edge fundamental NLP technologies developed at UKP Lab to solve real-life knowledge management problems. It builds upon several successful projects ongoing at the UKP Lab, such as:

  • WiWeb funded by the Förderinitiative Interdisziplinäre Forschung: Utilizing Web Knowledge: Language Technologies and Psychological Processes
  • SIR 1+2 funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG): Ext semantic knowledge from wiki-based web 2.0 sources such as Wikipedia and Wiktionary and integrating contextually-aware semantic relatedness into information retrieval and keyphrase extraction
  • DKPro funded by UIMA 2007 Innovation Award and by two UIA 2008 Innovation Awards from IBM: Integrating NLP components in a repository of semantic information management software based on an industrial strength IBM’s Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) frameworkracting structured lexical


The Wikulu – Self-Organizing Wikis project is funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.