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comment: fun with circles-and-arrows visualization of NDW's SKOS taxonomy

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2005 10:37:04 -0500
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org
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At XTech 2005, I missed the SKOS talk*.  Bummer.
While walking to the tram, I asked DanBri about a "hello world"
use of SKOS, and he told me about blog categories and
the skos:narrower term. I was starting to swap it
in, but still lacked a working knowledge of SKOS.

Then I saw that Norm re-did his blog concept
hierarchy in SKOS...
  http://norman.walsh.name/2005/06/01/skos

 --> http://norman.walsh.name/knows/taxonomy

and my way of learning things is to hack; i.e. to
check my understanding by seeing if I can communicate
it to the computer.

So I took my circles-and-arrows tools
  http://www.w3.org/2001/02pd/

and made a rule-based stylesheet for SKOS... or at
least for skos:narrower and skos:prefLabel
 http://www.w3.org/2005/06/skosgram/skosgram.n3

mix per the Makefile in http://www.w3.org/2005/06/skosgram/
and out comes...
 http://www.w3.org/2005/06/skosgram/ndwtax.svg
 http://www.w3.org/2005/06/skosgram/ndwtax.png

OK, kinda boring, but a little bit fun, no?

I still haven't read the SKOS docs carefully, but
I'm starting to understand how it works, and I thought
you'd appreciate the experience report, even if it isn't
directly a comment on the text of the docs.

* paper seems to be
 SKOS: A language to describe simple knowledge structures for the web
 http://idealliance.org/proceedings/xtech05/papers/03-04-01/

I don't see slides nor an entry in the conference wiki.
Hmm.


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