An interactive ontology visualization approach for the networked home environment

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Abstract

Ontologies are broadly used in the context of
networked home environments. With ontologies it is possible to
define and store context information, as well as to model different
kinds of physical environments.
Ontologies are central to networked
home environments as they carry the meaning. However, ontologies
and the OWL language is complex.
Several ontology visualization
approaches have been developed to enhance the understanding of
ontologies.
The domain of networked home environments sets some
special requirements for the ontology visualization approach.
The visualization tool presented here, visualizes ontologies in a domainspecific
way. It represents effectively the physical structures and
spatial relationships of networked home environments. In addition, it
provides extensive interaction possibilities for editing and
manipulating the visualization.
The tool shortens the gap from beginner to intermediate OWL ontology reader by visualizing
instances in their actual locations and making OWL ontologies more
interesting and concrete, and above all easier to comprehend.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
JournalInternational Journal of computer and information science and engineering
Volume1
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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An interactive ontology visualization approach for the networked home environment. / Niskanen, Ilkka; Kalaoja, Jarmo; Kantorovitch, Julia; Piirainen, Toni.

In: International Journal of computer and information science and engineering, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2007, p. 102-107.

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