The web genre corpus 2004 (Genre-KI-04) is designed for the evaluation of techniques for genre classification. It consists of 1239 web documents classified into 8 genres and basic meta data for each of the files.


You can access the Genre-KI-04 corpus on Zenodo.

If you use the dataset in your research, please send us a copy of your publication. We kindly ask you to cite the corpus via [bib]. If you additionally want to link to the dataset, please use the dataset's [doi] for a stable link.


The corpus consists of the HTML documents grouped into directories according to their respective genre. The first lines of each document contain the meta information for each document in a HTML comment. This information includes the URL the document was downloaded from as well as the document title and the parsed text.

A definition of the genres can be found in the paper [bib] [doi] [pdf] or in the corpus. The distribution of the documents among the genres is summarized in the table below.

GenreNumber of Documents
Articles 127 10.2%
Discussion 127 10.3%
Download 152 12.3%
Help 140 11.3%
Link lists 208 16.8%
Portrait (non private) 179 14.4%
Portrait (private) 131 10.6%
Shop 175 14.1%
Sum 1239 100%
Distribution of genres