SWRL Rule Editor - A Web Application as Rich as Desktop Business Rule Editors

João Paulo Orlando, Adriano Rívolli, Saeed Hassanpour, Martin J. O'Connor, Amar Das, Dilvan A. Moreira

Abstract

The Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) allows the combination of rules and ontology terms, defined using the Web Ontology Language (OWL), to increase the expressiveness of both. However, as rule sets grow, they become difficult to understand and error prone, especially when used and maintained by more than one person. If SWRL is to become a true web standard, it has to be able to handle big rule sets. To find answers to this problem, we first surveyed business rule systems and found the key features and interfaces they used and then, based on our finds, we proposed techniques and tools that use new visual representations to edit rules in a web application. They allow error detection, rule similarity analysis, rule clustering visualization and atom reuse between rules. These tools are implemented in the SWRL Editor, an open source plug-in for Web-Protégé (a web-based ontology editor) that leverages Web-Protégé’s collaborative tools to allow groups of users to not only view and edit rules but also comment and discuss about them. We evaluated our solution comparing it to the only two SWRL editor implementations openly available and showed that it implements more of the key features present in traditional rule systems.

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Paulo Orlando J., Rívolli A., Hassanpour S., J. O'Connor M., Das A. and A. Moreira D. (2012). SWRL Rule Editor - A Web Application as Rich as Desktop Business Rule Editors . In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-8565-11-2, pages 258-263. DOI: 10.5220/0003999402580263


in Bibtex Style

@conference{iceis12,
author={João Paulo Orlando and Adriano Rívolli and Saeed Hassanpour and Martin J. O'Connor and Amar Das and Dilvan A. Moreira},
title={SWRL Rule Editor - A Web Application as Rich as Desktop Business Rule Editors},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,},
year={2012},
pages={258-263},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003999402580263},
isbn={978-989-8565-11-2},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,
TI - SWRL Rule Editor - A Web Application as Rich as Desktop Business Rule Editors
SN - 978-989-8565-11-2
AU - Paulo Orlando J.
AU - Rívolli A.
AU - Hassanpour S.
AU - J. O'Connor M.
AU - Das A.
AU - A. Moreira D.
PY - 2012
SP - 258
EP - 263
DO - 10.5220/0003999402580263