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Re: dynamic SVG representations

From: Libby Miller <libby@asemantics.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 12:58:11 -0700 (PDT)
To: Ivor Tillier <ivor@ivor.net>
cc: semantic-web@w3.org
Message-ID: <20050522125028.S37083@skutsje.san.webweaving.org>

hi Ivor

On Sun, 22 May 2005, Ivor Tillier wrote:

> 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?

A few people (including Jim Ley, Morten Frederiksen and others) have
started a generic version of Foafnaut, based on Sparql queries:


Jim's also done some other *nauts, including a gedcom one:


the data is fetched using an XML format at the moment, on demand, so it's
not too difficult to hack together different data sources to use the same


> Ivor
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