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Re: Visual represantion of OWL ontology

From: Elisa F. Kendall <ekendall@sandsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 09:34:23 -0700
Message-ID: <446DF38F.3080802@sandsoft.com>
To: semantic-web@w3.org

Hi Aija,

Sandpiper Software provides an ontology modeling tool that is an add-in 
to IBM Rational Rose.
The visualization capabilities are based on a UML profile that is 
similar to, though not yet
completely compliant with, the Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM) 
profile for RDF
and OWL.  We are working towards complete compliance, and are migrating 
from Rose to
Eclipse/EMF/GMF/Java. The new version of the tool will be available in 
several UML tools,
including IBM RSA/RSM and No Magic's Magic Draw.  All of the diagrams 
are exportable
in several formats, including .jpeg, .png, and so forth.  Exported OWL 
is compliant with
Protege, Swoop, Pellet, RacerPro, etc. 

We provide some custom utilities for creating your own diagrams, either 
at the ontology
level or from a particular class perspective, and allow you to choose 
which relationships
you want to see on a diagram, both within and across ontology 
components.  The
selection dialog is a little hokey at this point, but the results are 
fairly effective -- through
check boxes you pick what you want to see and we generate the diagrams.  
You can create
as many of these as you want, with no impact on the underlying model.  
Rose is not a
great drawing tool, so we're looking forward to providing more 
flexibility and better
visualization once we've completed the migration to GMF, hopefully 
towards the end of
the summer.

The add-in is only available in the US at this point, but we are 
considering releasing
some of it as an open source project once we've completed the Java 
migration.  Feel
free to contact me directly if you are interested.



mrmls wrote:

> Hello,
> I`m looking for tools that allow to visualize OWL ontology.
> Particulary now I`m interested in neat representation of classes and
> their properties.
> In addition, export to some image formats would be nice.
> So far visual tools (like Protege plug-in Jambalaya) are kinda
> interactive, that is, a standalone picture cannot give overall view
> about ontology (or is this just configuration question?).
> Although I have found 2 tools that partly satisfies mentioned conditions:
> GrOWL, but doesn`t export images
> SemTalk2 that is MS Visio plug-in.
> What tools are you using for visual representation?
> Thanks in advance
> Aija
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