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Re: visual OWL #invaluable

From: Paola Di Maio <paoladimaio10@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:42:08 +0800
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To: Uldis Bojars <captsolo@gmail.com>
Cc: John Flynn <jflynn12@verizon.net>, SW-forum <semantic-web@w3.org>
Thank you John, Uldis
John, thank you for the early work and hopefully someone will pick up the
torch
from you - perhaps you could point out differences between the two?

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On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 3:44 AM Uldis Bojars <captsolo@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Another tool for visual representation of OWL ontologies is OwlGrEd:
> http://owlgred.lumii.lv
>
> Here is an example of its visualizations:
> http://owlgred.lumii.lv/online_visualization/koala.owl
>
> Best regards,
> Uldis Bojars
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, 20 Oct 2020 at 18:27, John <jflynn12@verizon.net> wrote:
>
>> Of course I am somewhat biased, but I developed the first visual
>> representation of OWL (VisioOWL) (1) as a follow on to my development of
>> VisioDAML (2). The DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) was the precursor to
>> OWL. As the project manager for the DAML integration effort I had a
>> difficult time explaining the concept of an ontology to potential user
>> communities. I would attempt to use examples using the XML syntax to get
>> the point across but that often didn’t work well. So I developed VisioDAML
>> as a way to visually explain both the overall concept of ontologies and
>> also to demonstrate specific domain ontologies to domain experts. When DAML
>> morphed into OWL I modified VisioDAML into VisioOWL and it continued to
>> help many understand the idea of ontologies. I also found that using
>> VisioOWL to graphically represent a specific OWL ontology resulted in the
>> discovery of errors in the original XML syntax. Mistakes that were hard to
>> recognize in the XML syntax became obvious in the VisioOWL representation.
>> I don’t have anything negative to say about VOWL. However, I do think
>> VisioOWL is still the most faithful graphical representation of the XML
>> syntax for an ontology and if development of features for VisioOWL had been
>> continued past 2003, when I retired,  it would be a better overall visual
>> representation approach.
>>
>>
>>
>> John Flynn
>>
>>
>>
>>    1. https://sites.google.com/site/semanticsimulations2/visioowl
>>    2. http://www.daml.org/visiodaml/
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@gmail.com>
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 20, 2020 1:25 AM
>> *To:* SW-forum <semantic-web@w3.org>
>> *Subject:* Fwd: visual OWL #invaluable
>>
>>
>>
>> Greetings
>>
>> I know, this list is now mostly used for announcements and rants but, was
>> this beautiful
>>
>> visual OWL suite of apps, especially the web app announced here?
>>
>>
>>
>> http://vowl.visualdataweb.org/
>>
>>
>>
>> If so,  I may have missed it
>>
>>
>>
>> Just found it, and very nice (and easy on the brain) to visualize OWL via
>> the browser
>>
>> Looks like the last release date is nov 19, which is very recent
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you!
>>
>>
>>
>> just discovered visual OWL!!
>>
>> ontologies are easier to visualize for humans if there are visuals
>>
>>
>>
>> I especially like the web app which does not require any download
>>
>>
>>
>> http://vowl.visualdataweb.org/
>>
>>
>>
>> (still trying to figure out how to import an owl file)
>>
>>
>>
>> Looks like very nice work
>>
>>
>>
>> #invaluable
>>
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