Layer2 knowledge management suite for SharePoint

The Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite makes it as easy as possible to import, export, update and deploy SharePoint managed metadata in term sets, to enrich terms with content classification rules, to automatically assign consistent and accurate metadata to documents and items in real-time or via bulk-tagging, and to make use of assigned managed metadata for additional search-driven navigations, better content discovery and findability of both, SharePoint internal and external data or documents.


This suite contains seven components, which are best used together: Taxonomy Manager, Tag Suggester, Auto Tagger, Tag Directory Web Part, Tag Navigation Web Part, Tag Cloud Web Part, and Related Content Web Part.

The Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite is available for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, 2013, and 2016. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Online is currently not supported.

Features and benefits


Better manage Term Sets in SharePoint

Add Term Set export, import, update, and deployment to SharePoint using SKOS. Manage content classification rules directly in the Term Store.


Assign Managed Metadata automatically

Auto-classify your content in real-time during upload or edit, or via bulk-tagging after content migration. Assign highly accurate and consistent subject metadata automatically.


Add subject index, glossary and more

Any technical book has a subject index - why not your SharePoint portal? Improve your corporate language and understanding by providing a linked glossary.


Display Related Content automatically

Provide Related Content, such as related contacts, documents, downloads, similar news, further links automatically based on managed metadata as known from

How it works

Case studies and research reports

Forrester Research: Microsoft partners can plug the gaps

As Forrester Research found, Microsoft partners can plug taxonomy gaps in SharePoint. Learn more about Layer2 ranking compared to competitors in this Forrester Research Report.

Gartner Research: Layer2 can plug shortcomings in SharePoint

This GARTNER report identifies gaps in six key areas in Microsoft SharePoint and profiles vendors of tools that can plug them. Layer2 is ranked in the field of taxonomy and content classification.

Layer2 KMS enhances NATO military effectiveness

"The metadata management and the advanced tagging capabilities of Layer2’s SharePoint KMS help power the new NATO Information Portal (NIP) to enhance military effectiveness", as noted by V. Melkote, Operations Director @ CITI US.


Why do I need the Layer2 KMS?

SharePoint comes with a great API for content classification and metadata search - but the default UI is very limited. The Layer2 KMS bridges this gap and enables those features for end users to make it as easy as possible to use SharePoint for corporate Knowledge Management.

Do I really need content classification rules?

No. If no content classification rule is available, automatically the term label and also synonyms are taken for classification, such as unique product numbers, customer IDs, or others. This is enough for many use cases, depending on subject and requirements.

What's the difference compared to competitors?

Some competitors are using external databases, indexes and search engines (like Apache Lucene) to adapt legacy KM tools to SharePoint. Others are sending user documents to the vendor's cloud for processing. The Layer2 KMS is 100% based on and written for SharePoint on-premises. It all runs under your full control locally.

Is the KMS already available for SharePoint Online?

Not yet. Just a few components are already available in the SharePoint App Store for SharePoint Online on Office 365, such as the Layer2 Term Set Glossary App to render a search-driven A-Z subject index based on managed metadata with flexible linking.


Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite used by OBS to fully leverage SharePoint search features

Online Business Systems (OBS), a Calgary (Alberta, Canada) based company, can now enable business users to better find list items and documents in SharePoint. The Layer2 KMS is used to apply accurate and consistent managed metadata to SharePoint content automatically as well as to navigate the corporate knowledge via additional navigations like glossary or subject index.

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