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dynamic SVG representations

From: Ivor Tillier <ivor@ivor.net>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 20:38:01 +0100
To: <semantic-web@w3.org>

Dear All,

I have another query.

Since, the SVG based tool used in foafnaut (http://www.foafnaut.org/) is a
good way of depicting relationships, I can't quite see why it isn't (doesn't
appear to be?) used much elsehwere.

e.g. It would be really handy to explore relationships between entities in
project management.  Something like MS Project can link tasks with
resources, but the links are explicit and without semantic value.  Little
reasoning or inferencing is possible within the software.

I am exploring the use of semantic technologies to support larger
do-it-yourself building projects where there is a question of managing task
sequencing and resources (including online sourcing of materials).  This
could be represented visually to explore dependencies between tasks and
dependencies on resources.  So giving a visual model of the project where
one could click on say the activity "Build shed" that 'sprouts' sub-tasks
which can be clicked to not only further refine tasks, but also to describe
resources and conditions required.  Something along the lines of (this is
very simplistic) http://www.ivor.net/foundations_graphs.gif

I understand that foafnaut is quite a complex implementation but surely
there is value in what I am suggesting? or have I missed something?

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