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Re: SW Graphical Notation

From: Stephen D. Williams <sdw@lig.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 02:19:56 -0700
Message-ID: <51CD553C.1090501@lig.net>
To: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfpschneider@gmail.com>
CC: Renato Iannella <ri@semanticidentity.com>, "semantic-web@w3.org Web" <semantic-web@w3.org>
I've been thinking and working on this for a while.  Current methods fall far short of what we need and what we can do.  We need to 
try a lot of different innovative ideas before standardizing on the best methods.  However, I suspect that some aspects of something 
like standardization may come into play as soon as something works well.  More in the sharing and promoting the best ideas sense 
than in confining what people do.

I have some ideas in this area, but I'm not ready to put them out there yet.  Soon I think.

Who's interested in working on this or reviewing prototypes?


On 6/27/13 9:39 PM, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
> I'm having trouble understanding the purpose of having a common/accepted visual representation of an ontology.  Would this 
> representation help in standardizing ontologies?  Would it help in transmitting ontologies?  Would tools be required to consume it?
> This is not to say that there is not a pressing need for more ontology visualization tools.  On the contrary, every time I look at 
> ontologies of any size, I become depressed at how bad ontology visualization tools are.  (Of course, what I want is to see just 
> what I need to see, arranged in just the way that makes it easiest for me to understand aspects of the ontology that I 
> understand.)  This seems to point out a need for research, not standardization, however.
> Peter F. Patel-Schneider
> On Jun 27, 2013, at 8:39 PM, Renato Iannella <ri@semanticidentity.com <mailto:ri@semanticidentity.com>> wrote:
>> RDF/OWL have well-defined technical encodings (xml, turtle, etc) but there is no such common/accepted representation for a 
>> graphical notation.
>> That is, a visual representation of an ontology that captures (graphically) all the semantics of RDF/OWL.
>> I have collected a few examples of various graphical notations here: http://www.w3.org/wiki/SemWebGraphicalNotation
>> Is there any interest from members of the SWIG to look at this in more detail, and potentially propose such graphical notation 
>> for RDF/OWL?
>> (This could be via this IG or a new Community Group.)
>> Cheers...
>> Renato Iannella
>> Semantic Identity
>> http://semanticidentity.com <http://semanticidentity.com/>
>> Mobile: +61 4 1313 2206
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