Re: Showing the Semantic Web

Jeroen van der Ham wrote:
> I think your topic is spot on. The Semantic Web should be shown more in 
> a literal sense! There should be better tools to visualize RDF.
> Currently we have IsaViz. The graphs it produces from moderately sized 
> RDF files are awe inspiring and make it seem very complicated.
> They are improving things with GSS, but I think we need to go further. 
> Fresnel seems promising, but I haven't seen much happening there.

IsaViz [1] is not actually aimed at showing Semantic Web data to anybody 
in the "real world". Its representation is too low-level for that. You 
are right when you say GSS tries to improve this, but even with GSS [2], 
IsaViz is still aimed at people who want to get an understanding of the 
structure of their RDF model, and get a more graphical, node-link 
diagram-based representation of their data. That is mostly RDF *developers*.

For applications that try to present Semantic Web data and reach a 
broader audience, take a look at the various tools developed within the 
Simile project [3] such as Longwell and Piggy bank.  Other interesting 
tools out there include Haystack [4], mSpace [5] and Noadster [6].


Emmanuel Pietriga
INRIA Futurs - Projet In Situ    tel : +33 1 69 15 34 66
Bat 490, Université Paris-Sud    fax : +33 1 69 15 65 86
91405 ORSAY Cedex FRANCE

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