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Re: [hcls] User interfaces for writing / querying RDF: Leeet

From: Eric Jain <Eric.Jain@isb-sib.ch>
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 18:28:29 +0200
Message-ID: <46E2CDAD.4040901@isb-sib.ch>
To: Matthias Samwald <samwald@gmx.at>
CC: public-semweb-lifesci <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Matthias Samwald wrote:
> The following is a prototype of a simple, easily deployable GUI based on
> Flash and Sparql endpoints:
> 
> http://neuroscientific.net/leeet/

Niiice!

> While the user is typing, the tool offers a list of auto-complete
> options, based on Sparql queries to one or more Sparql endpoints. Scroll
> down the page to find some examples and documentation.

Is there a debug mode where you can see what queries are sent in the 
background (without having to resort to Wireshark)? Pity that Firebug 
doesn't handle Flash...

> The tool uses a simple RDF syntax called 'Leeetspeak'. Here is an
> example of simple biological statements (two RDF triples):
> ----
> acetylcholine                 <http://example.org/rdf#ach
>   binds to                    <http://example.org/rdf#binds
>     acetylcholine receptor    <http://example.org/rdf#ach_receptor
>     acetylcholinesterase      <http://example.org/rdf#ache
> ----

I've also been thinking a lot about more "friendly" shorthand syntaxes; 
showing the URIs to one side is an interesting solution!

> The user face is deliberately focused on typing text instead of fancy
> graphics and menus, because this can speed up the creation of RDF
> tremendously. Rearranging / templating is just a matter of copying and
> pasting text.

That's a good point: The form-based nature of most such tools may be great 
for some uses, but makes them unpractical for people (such as our database 
curators) who have to enter and review lots of complex data all day long. 
They'd go mad with all the clicking they'd have to do e.g. in Protege :-)
Received on Saturday, 8 September 2007 16:29:10 GMT

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