Silk site


A Silk site consists of a number of pages. Pages can contain text, images and widgets. The information in a Silk site can be structured easily. This results in powerful search, navigation and visualizations. 

The data model

The pages on a Silk site together form an underlying data model, or database, which can be described as follows:

  • Each page has a name, which tells us what this page is about. For example "Barack Obama".
  • Each page can have a page category, which tells us what kind of page this is. "Barack Obama" is a "President". 
  • Each page can contain links, which point to a related page, such as "Michelle Obama".
  • Each page can contain tags, which represent a fact about the topic. On the "Barack Obama" page "4 August 1961" has been tagged with "Birth date". 
  • Each link can also be tagged, to specify the relation between these two pages. "Michelle Obama" can be tagged as the "Wife" of  "Barack Obama", for example. 

Read all about the how and why of tagging here

Search and navigation

All information in the text that has been tagged, can be displayed in the search bar. Therefore, the most powerful way to navigate a Silk site is by using the search bar

Visualizations and explore mode

The contents of a Silk site can be displayed in tableslistsmaps and other visualization types. Visitors of a Silk site can create these overviews themselves by going to explore mode

If you have your own Silk site, you can insert these visualizations on any page as widgets.

Private and public sites

Silk sites can be publicly viewable, or can be kept private. Add users to your site to give others the ability to create or edit pages. If your site is private, you need to do this as well to have others view your site. 


Each Silk site can also be accessed through our extensive read/write API

Create your own site

If you want to create your own Silk site, sign up for Silk