Application Programming Interface (API)

An API (application programming interface) is a way for programs to talk to each other. KnowledgeOwl’s API allows you to use code to perform many of the actions that you normally do through the interface. For example, you can use the API to create and edit articles.



Active mostly during low-light periods such as dusk and dawn.


hard refresh

Hard refresh

A hard refresh clears your browser cache for a specific page, which forces it to load the most recent version of that page, including new scripts, styles, or features.

There are operating system- and browser-specific ways to hard refresh:

  • Hold down the Shift key and click on the browser's refresh icon (should work across all browsers and operating systems)
  • Windows: Ctrl + F5
  • Macs: Cmd + Shift + R



Identity Provider (IdP)

Identity Provider (IdP), sometimes called an Identity Service Provider or Identity Assertion Provider, is an online service or website that authenticates users on the Internet by means of security tokens. In this case, via SAML 2.0.



Active mostly during the darkest parts of the night.

Nocturnal Owl

Active mostly during the darkest parts of the night. Many owls are nocturnal and are equipped with large, sensitive eyes to make the most of what little light may be available. The keen hearing is another important sense for nocturnal owls, and their hearing can be so sensitive that they can hear the scuffling of prey from great distances, even when their prey is covered with leaves, snow, or other muffling material.



Service Provider (SP)

Service provider (SP) is the term used for a 3rd party application that consumes login information from identity providers.

In this case, KnowledgeOwl acts as the SP which allows users / readers to log in via an outside system such as Okta.