Ontology editor

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Ontology editors are applications designed to assist in the creation or manipulation of ontologies. They often express ontologies in one of many ontology languages. Some provide export to other ontology languages however.


[edit] Decision criteria for software choice

Among the most relevant criteria for choosing an ontology editor are the degree to which the editor abstracts from the actual ontology representation language used for persistence and the visual navigation possibilities within the knowledge model. Next come built-in inference engines and information extraction facilities, and the support of upper ontologies such as OWL-S, Dublin Core, etc. Another important feature is the ability to import & export foreign knowledge representation languages for ontology matching.

[edit] Example editors

  • Protégé (Java-based, downloadable, open source, many sample ontologies, from Stanford University)
  • Semantic Turkey (Firefox extension - also based on Java - for managing ontologies and acquiring new knowledge from the Web; developed at University of Rome, Tor Vergata )
  • Swoop (Java-based, downloadable, open source, OWL Ontology browser and editor from the University of Maryland)
  • OBO-Edit (Java-based, downloadable, open source, developed by the Gene Ontology Consortium for editing biological ontologies)
  • Synaptica (Ontology, taxonomy and thesaurus management software available from Factiva from Dow Jones. Web based, supports OWL and SKOS.)
  • Knoodl (Free web application/service that is an ontology editor, wiki, and ontology registry. Supports creation of communities where members can collaboratively import, create, discuss, document and publish ontologies. Supports OWL, RDF, RDFS, and SPARQL queries. Available since early Nov 2006 from Revelytix, Inc..)
  • TopBraid Composer (Eclipse-based, downloadable, full support for RDFS and OWL, built-in inference engine, SWRL editor and SPARQL queries, visualization, import of XML and UML, from TopQuadrant)
  • NeOn Toolkit (Eclipse-based, open source, OWL support, several import mechanisms, support for reuse and management of networked ontologies, visualization, etc…from NeOn Project)
  • Java Ontology Editor (JOE) (1998)
  • Model Futures OWL Editor (Free) Extensive import and export capabilities (inc. UML, Thesaurus Descriptor, MS Word, CA ERwin Data Modeler, CSV, etc.)
  • Ontolingua (Web service offered by Stanford University)
  • Chimaera (Other web service by Stanford)
  • OntoEdit (Web service offered by the University of Karlsruhe)
  • myWeb (Java-based, mySQL connection, bundled with applet that allows online browsing of ontologies (including OBO))
  • OilEd (Java-based, downloadable, GPL, many users, from the University of Manchester, no longer maintained)
  • ScholOnto (net-centric representations of research)
  • WebODE (Web service offered by the Technical University of Madrid)
  • KAON (single user and server based solutions possible, open source, from IPE Karlsruhe)
  • KMgen (Ontology editor for the KM language. KM: The Knowledge Machine)
  • LinKFactory Java-Based Commercial Ontology editor, collaborative multi-user support, highly scalable (several millions of knowledge objects), full support for OWL, minimal processing time, allows a multilingual approach, from Language and Computing
  • DOME (DERI Ontology Management Environment), Eclipse-based, open-source
  • CMapTools (Java based ontology editor from University of Florida. Supports numerous formats)
  • Transinsight (The editor is especially designed for text mining ontologies)
  • Be Informed Suite (Commercial tool for building large ontology based applications. Includes visual editors, inference engines, export to standard formats)

[edit] See also

Ontology Warehouse

[edit] External links

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