Visualizing ontologies: a case study

HOWSE, JOHN, STAPLETON, GEM, Taylor, Kerry and CHAPMAN, PETER (2011) Visualizing ontologies: a case study In: Proceedings of the 10th International Semantic Web Conference, Part I, Bonn, Germany, October 23-27, 2011.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Subjects: G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences > G100 Mathematics
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1007/978-3-642-25073-6_17
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Visual Modelling
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 14:08
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 16:08
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9792

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