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RE: Visual Rendering of OWL ontologies?

From: Kashyap, Vipul <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 07:22:53 -0500
Message-ID: <DBA3C02EAD0DC14BBB667C345EE2D124010F0898@PHSXMB20.partners.org>
To: "Anne Cregan" <Anne.Cregan@nicta.com.au>, <public-owl-wg@w3.org>
Cc: "Alexander Garcia Castro" <alexgarciac@gmail.com>, <jflynn12@verizon.net>, <ewallace@nist.gov>

I think this is a great suggestion and I see that you have Cc'ed Evan Wallace
in this list.

In general it would bd great to have some "UML-like" graphical representation.
TopBraid Composer supports this to some extent.

So, in some sense, if the functional syntax and the English syntax is part of
the specification
(which I am not sure if they are... still nto familiar with W3C Process issues)
then it would
make sense to have a specification for graphical notations for OWL 1.1

The tricky issue of course it that this would result in increasing the scope of
work for this group.
So I guess it would depend on the feedback of the group members and how the WG
Chairs make a call
on this?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-owl-wg-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-owl-wg-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Anne Cregan
> Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 4:47 AM
> To: public-owl-wg@w3.org
> Cc: Alexander Garcia Castro; jflynn12@verizon.net; ewallace@nist.gov
> Subject: Visual Rendering of OWL ontologies?
> 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,
> Anne
> 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
> http://mysite.verizon.net/jflynn12/VisioOWL/VisioOWL.htm
> > 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
> http://www.omg.org/ontology/

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