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Visual Rendering of OWL ontologies?

From: Anne Cregan <Anne.Cregan@nicta.com.au>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 20:47:25 +1100
To: public-owl-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <47357E2D.8050301@nicta.com.au>
CC: Alexander Garcia Castro <alexgarciac@gmail.com>, jflynn12@verizon.net, ewallace@nist.gov

Hi everyone,

I have lately seen several approaches to visual rendering of ontologies 
(see details below).

I'm wondering how the group feel about the visual representation of 
ontologies as diagrams
independent of any ontology editor:
- do working group members have any strong feeling about a preferred way 
to do it?
- do we want to discuss the approaches and perhaps consider moving 
towards a recommended approach?

We already have a task force working an English syntax for OWL1.1, 
perhaps we might want to consider
a task force working towards agreeing on a visual representation as well.

Thoughts and comments invited.

Best Regards,

Posting today on CG list from Alexander Garcia Castro <alexgarciac@gmail.com
> We have developed a new tool that facilitates the generation of
> ontologies in  graphical way. The tool is a plug-in for Protege, it
> uses all of Protege OWL plug in in order to facilitate the direct
> manipulation of OWL constructs. In this way domain experts are able to
> build ontologies in a simple and intuitive manner, the plug-in also
> allows users to load pre-existing ontologies and edit them by using
> the same graphical features. The tool is available at
> http://map2owl.sourceforge.net/, initially our web site is only in
> Spanish, an English version is on the pipe.

There's also a tool called VisioOWL

> VisioOWL is a Microsoft Visio application to support the use of Visio 
> for creating graphical representations of OWL ontologies. This 
> implementation is intended to provide, as close as possible, a direct 
> one-to-one mapping between the OWL language constructs and their 
> graphical representation. The graphical representation of an OWL 
> ontology may provide, for some developers and users, a more 
> comprehensive insight into overall class and property relationships 
> than could be garnered from the OWL markup alone.
The contact listed is John Flynn jflynn12@verizon.net

I believe there's also a UML-aligned approach as developed as part of the OMG Ontology Metamodel
led by Evan Wallace ewallace@nist.gov

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