Visualizing ontologies: A case study

John Howse*, Gem Stapleton, Kerry Taylor, Peter Chapman

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    Concept diagrams were introduced for precisely specifying ontologies in a manner more readily accessible to developers and other stakeholders than symbolic notations. In this paper, we present a case study on the use of concept diagrams in visually specifying the Semantic Sensor Networks (SSN) ontology. The SSN ontology was originally developed by an Incubator Group of the W3C. In the ontology, a sensor is a physical object that implements sensing and an observation is observed by a single sensor. These, and other, roles and concepts are captured visually, but precisely, by concept diagrams. We consider the lessons learnt from developing this visual model and show how to convert description logic axioms into concept diagrams. We also demonstrate how to merge simple concept diagram axioms into more complex axioms, whilst ensuring that diagrams remain relatively uncluttered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web, ISWC 2011 - 10th International Semantic Web Conference, Proceedings
    Number of pages16
    EditionPART 1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event10th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2011 - Bonn, Germany
    Duration: 23 Oct 201127 Oct 2011

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    NumberPART 1
    Volume7031 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference10th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2011


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