Our Goal

is to revolutionize discovery of scientific knowledge. We are building a visual interface that dramatically increases the visibility of research findings for science and society alike. We are a non-profit organization and we believe that a better way to explore and discover scientific knowledge will benefit us all.

Let us change the way we discover research together


Get an overview of a research topic

Get an overview of a research topic: knowledge maps provide an instant overview of a topic by showing the main areas at a glance, and papers related to each area. This makes it possible to easily identify useful, pertinent information.

Identify relevant content

Separate the wheat from the chaff: we cluster similar papers together. This makes it easier to identify relevant content when you are searching for an ambiguous term, or when you would like to identify content from a single discipline in a multidisciplinary field.

Identify relevant concepts

Identify relevant concepts: one of the most difficult tasks when you are new in a research field is to learn the “language” of the field. Open Knowledge Maps makes it easier for you by labeling research areas with relevant concepts.

Find open content

Find open content: our knowledge maps include both closed and open access papers. However we highlight open access papers - and the majority of those papers can be read from within the interface. And if not, the fulltext is only a click away.

How it works


An Open Knowledge Maps visualization presents you with a topical overview for your search term. It is based on the 100 most relevant documents for your search term.


We use text similarity to create the knowledge maps. The algorithm groups those papers together that have many words in common.


The visualization is intended to give you a head start on your literature search. You can also use Open Knowledge Maps to stay up-to-date - just limit your search to the most recent papers in the options.

In the future...

... we want to turn discovery into an open and collaborative process. By sharing the results of our discoveries, we can save valuable time and build on top of each other's knowledge. Watch the video below to find out what this could look like:

In order to realize our vision we propose to fund Open Knowledge Maps in a collective effort. We invite organizations to become supporting members.

Or consider making a donation!

Our Supporting Members

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More information


Everyone should be able to benefit from scientific knowledge. Therefore we need open source non-profit discovery systems for an open science. Find out more in our roadmap and let us know what you think!

Supporting membership

We propose to fund Open Knowledge Maps in a collective effort. Organizations are invited to become supporting members and co-create the platform with us.

Training materials

Would you like to introduce Open Knowledge Maps to your community? We put together a workshop kit that makes it easy to introduce the tool to your peers.

Visualization framework

Check out or open source visualization framework Headstart on Github.

Journal article

Read our article in 027.7 Journal for Library Culture to find out more about how Open Knowledge Maps works.


Do you still have questions? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions section.