Re: Ontology documentation (Graphics)

Hi everyone,

I am usually not in favour of using any tool for generating ontology 
graphics. Mainly because I don't know of any that produces them with 
enough quality and provides flexibility to show only what you want to show.

Therefore, I always end up using some drawing program to make the graphics.

I attach a graphical visualization in Powerpoint of the current version 
of the SSN ontology as an alternative visualization to that produced by 
the COE tool.

In the graphics I have included the ontology modules, but they can be 
removed. Besides, different images could be created for each part of the 
ontology just selecting the relevant ontology components.

The format and the way of representing things is totally open for 
discussion, of course. I just wanted to propose an alternative to the 
current graphics.

The good thing with this approach is that, once we have this first 
version of the graphics, future changes in the ontology can be easily 
implemented. Unless there are major changes in the ontology, the effort 
to update the graphics could be similar to that of the 
modularization+graph-generation process described below.

What do you think?

P.S. In the ontology file (and propagated to the documentation of the 
ontology) there are some repeated classes: DetectionLimit, Drift, 
Precision, ResponseTime, and Selectivity.

El 25/08/10 13:17, escribió:
> Hi,
> Thanks to Payam for sending his attempt to render the ontology using
> OntoGraf.
> It confirmed what I suspected which is that it is not possible to get
> good graphics without reducing the ontology to the aimed subset.
> I have managed to use the segmentation (modularisation) program
> developed by Julian Seidenberg <> (CO-ODE project,
> University of Manchester)
> If you want to use SegmentationApp.jar, it is available here:
> (the trick is to add an xml:base declaration if it’s missing and to
> strip the URI prefixes of the classes to get a file with
> rdf:about=”#Something” names for the RDF resources)
> Then I have generated (and tweaked) the figures with COE
> and put them in the pages where the
> ontology documentation should be placed eventually.
> The pages for the different sections/modules are listed in this table:
> (
> If you want a list of all the figures I’ve made, then the most
> convenient page to access them is:
> (It’s also useful if you want to know if a file has been updated recently).
> Cheers
> Laurent
> PS: the names of the files correspond to the list of classes used to run
> the segmentation application (I also put some comments when I uploaded
> the file).


Dr. Raúl García Castro

Ontology Engineering Group (
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Campus de Montegancedo, s/n - Boadilla del Monte - 28660 Madrid
Phone: +34 91 336 36 70 - Fax: +34 91 352 48 19

Received on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 17:29:07 UTC