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We need to select an RDF Visualization tool for:

The topic is well-developed. I've collected a bunch of links in half an hour.

  • Fresnel and GSS are graph stylesheet and selection languages. We need the flexibility to configure what is displayed in the graph
  • Many use graphviz dot, which is a well-known graph layout tool by AT&T and Vlado has a lot of experience with
  • There's a bunch of Protege plugins

Fresnel & GSS are more promising since they allow flexibility in selecting what to display
Fresnel is most promising since it can visualize not only as a graph, but also as HTML (which we currently do with RForms)


TODO Vlado: post Fresnel notes from my PC

Someone should research tools in depth:

  • reorganize the sections in a logical way
    • include a shot per tool (the most interesting one)
    • write a paragraph of impressions/annotation
  • try out the most promising tools
  • chase more links and gather more tools
  • select the most appropriate tool
  • visualize the RDF of the Susanna painting
    • using Jana's Sample RDF Graph as example.
      This is only an example, talk to Vlado re different options


Fresnel-based RDF Browsers

Fresnel is a simple, browser-independent vocabulary for specifying how RDF graphs are presented.


IsaViz is a visual environment for browsing and authoring RDF models represented as graphs.


Longwell (SIMILE Project) is a web-based highly-configurable faceted browser for RDF datasets.


Welkin (SIMILE Project) is a graphical graph visualizer powered by RDF data and capable of displaying graphs with a real-time interactive visualization.


LENA enables viewing RDF data in your web browser, rendered according to the lens descriptions you provide.


OAT (OpenLink AJAX Toolkit) is a JavaScript-based toolkit for browser-independent Rich Internet Application development.

Fresnel Editor

Fresnel Editor allows the user to visualize RDF data using W3C Fresnel vocabulary.


GSS-based RDF Browsers

GSS (Graph Style Sheets) is an RDF (Resource Description Framework) vocabulaty for representation of data in a model of labeled directed graph.

Protege Plugins

Protege is a free, open source ontology editor and knowledge-base framework.


Visual OWL editor


OWL visualization tool


Uses Shrimp to visualize Frames and OWL ontologies.


NavigOWL is a visualization tool which is specially designed to explore ontologies.


Interactive navigation of relationships in OWL ontologies


Visualize ontologies with AT&T's highly sophisticated Graphviz graph drawing software

OWL-S Editor

Visualize OWL-S services.


UML style graphical editor for OWL


Graphical presentation of OWL object properties


Class hierarchies in an OWL ontology can be viewed and incrementally navigated, allowing comparison of the asserted class hierarchy and the inferred class hierarchy.


Visualize differences between two versions of an ontology.


Simple Ontology Visualization API: full ontology visualization


Visualize ontologies using TouchGraph library.

Other Tools

A lot of the Protege plugins can visualize OWL ontologies

Revelytix Semantic Modeling Notation

Revelytix Semantic Modeling Notation
visualization of OWL2 ontologies, work sponsored by Department of Defence


Prefuse is a set of software tools for creating rich interactive data visualizations. The original prefuse toolkit provides a visualization framework for the Java programming language. Prefuse supports a rich set of features for data modeling, visualization, and interaction. It provides optimized data structures for tables, graphs, and trees, a host of layout and visual encoding techniques, and support for animation, dynamic queries, integrated search, and database connectivity.

  • open source on git hub
  • sparse updates, little development

  1. An interactive visualization applet, with a graphical annotation for the currently selected comment. The visualization is a stacked time-series visualization of the U.S. labor force, broken down by gender. Here the percentage of the work force in military jobs is shown.
  2. A set of graphical annotation tools.
  3. A bookmark trail of saved views.
  4. Text-entry field for adding comments. Bookmarks can be dragged onto the text field to add a link to that view in the comment.
  5. Threaded comments attached to the current view.
  6. URL for the current state of the application. The URL is updated automatically as the visualization state changes.
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