An interactive ontology visualization approach for the networked home environment

Ilkka Niskanen, Jarmo Kalaoja, Julia Kantorovitch, Toni Piirainen

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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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