The web services of the KIM Application Programming Interface (API) represent an interoperability layer for accessing the server functionality. They allow web access and language-independence. KIM users have successfully implemented clients in C#, Perl, Ruby and, of course, Java. All other languages with stable and mature SOAP implementation also work well.
The web service API consists of five services:
- Semantic Repository API web service – for querying and modifying the underlying semantic repository.
- Document Repository API web service – for querying, retrieving and modifying the stored documents. Support for CORE queries is provided as well.
- Semantic Annotation API web service – for annotating documents
- Entity API web service – contains methods that serve as an abstraction layer over the semantic repository and allow direct manipulations with entities.
- Query API web service – contains methods that serve as an abstraction layer over the semantic and document repositories and allow combined queries.
The web services are designed to be compliant to the SOAP 1.2 standard. They also conform to the WS-IBasic Profile 1.0 specification. This is the only specification supported by the Microsoft.NET framework 1.1 and is a must for satisfactory interoperability with such clients. The web services are developed with Apache Axis 1.4, which is certified by the W3C web service implementation.
By default, the web services expect that the KIM Server is running on localhost:1099. See the configuration instructions for details.