A Visual Notation for the Integrated Representation of OWL Ontologies

Stefan Negru, Steffen Lohmann

Abstract

The paper presents a visual notation for the Web Ontology Language (OWL) providing an integrated view on the classes and individuals of ontologies. The classes are displayed as circles, with the size of each circle representing its connectivity in the ontology. The individuals are represented as sections in the circles so that it is immediately clear from the visualization how many individuals the classes contain. The notation can be used to visualize the property relations of either the classes (conceptual layer) or of selected individuals (integrated layer), while certain elements are always shown for a better understanding. It requires only a small number of graphical elements and the resulting visualizations are comparatively compact. Yet, the notation is comprehensive, as it defines graphical representations for all OWL elements that can be reasonably visualized. The applicability of the notation is illustrated by the example of the Friend of a Friend (FOAF) ontology.

References

  1. Baader, F., Calvanese, D., McGuinness, D. L., Nardi, D., and Patel-Schneider, P. F., editors (2003). The DeBach, B., Pietriga, E., Liccardi, I., and Legostaev, G. (2011). OntoTrix: a hybrid visualization for populated ontologies. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on World Wide Web (Companion Volume), WWW 7811, pages 177-180. ACM.
  2. Barzdins, J., Barzdins, G., Cerans, K., Liepins, R., and Sprogis, A. (2010). OWLGrEd: a uml style graphical notation and editor for OWL 2. In Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on OWL: Experiences and Directions, OWLED 7810. CEUR-WS.org, vol. 614.
  3. Bizer, C., Heath, T., and Berners-Lee, T. (2009). Linked data - the story so far. International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems, 5(3):1-22.
  4. Cranefield, S. (2001). UML and the semantic web. In Proceedings of 1st The first Semantic Web Working Symposium, SWWS 7801, pages 113-130. IOS press.
  5. Dadzie, A.-S. and Rowe, M. (2011). Approaches to visualizing linked data: A survey. Semantic Web, 2(2):89- 124.
  6. Geroimenko, V. and Chen, C. (2006). Visualizing the Semantic Web: Xml-Based Internet and Information Visualization. Second Edition. Springer.
  7. Guo, S. S. and Chan, C. W. (2011). A comparison and analysis of some ontology visualization tools. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Software Engineering & Knowledge Engineering, SEKE 7811, pages 357-362. Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School.
  8. Heim, P., Lohmann, S., and Stegemann, T. (2010). Interactive relationship discovery via the semantic web. In Proceedings of the 7th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 7810, pages 303-317. Springer.
  9. Hendler, J. (2001). Agents and the semantic web. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 16(2):30-37.
  10. Katifori, A., Halatsis, C., Lepouras, G., Vassilakis, C., and Giannopoulou, E. (2007). Ontology visualization methods a survey. ACM Computer Surveys, 39(4).
  11. Krivov, S., Williams, R., and Villa, F. (2007). GrOWL: A tool for visualization and editing of owl ontologies. Web Semantic, 5(2):54-57.
  12. Rudolph, S. (2011). Foundations of description logics. In Reasoning Web. Semantic Technologies for the Web of Data, pages 76-136. Springer.
  13. Stuckenschmidt, H., van Harmelen, F., de Waard, A., Scerri, T., Bhogal, R., van Buel, J., Crowlesmith, I., Fluit, C., Kampman, A., Broekstra, J., and van Mulligen, E. (2004). Exploring large document repositories with RDF technology: The DOPE project. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 19(3):34-40.
  14. Wang, T. D. and Parsia, B. (2006). Cropcircles: topology sensitive visualization of owl class hierarchies. In Proceedings of the 5th international conference on The Semantic Web, ISWC'06, pages 695-708. Springer.
Download


Paper Citation


in Harvard Style

Negru S. and Lohmann S. (2013). A Visual Notation for the Integrated Representation of OWL Ontologies . In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST, ISBN 978-989-8565-54-9, pages 308-315. DOI: 10.5220/0004373003080315


in Bibtex Style

@conference{webist13,
author={Stefan Negru and Steffen Lohmann},
title={A Visual Notation for the Integrated Representation of OWL Ontologies},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,},
year={2013},
pages={308-315},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004373003080315},
isbn={978-989-8565-54-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,
TI - A Visual Notation for the Integrated Representation of OWL Ontologies
SN - 978-989-8565-54-9
AU - Negru S.
AU - Lohmann S.
PY - 2013
SP - 308
EP - 315
DO - 10.5220/0004373003080315