Paper 26 (Research track)

A Method for Generating Schema Diagrams for OWL Ontologies

Author(s): Cogan Shimizu, Nazifa Karima, Adila Krisnadhi, Pascal Hitzler

Abstract: Interest in the Semantic Web is steadily increasing. In order to support ontology engineers and domain experts, it is necessary to provide to them robust tools for facilitating the engineering process. In many cases, the schema diagram is the single most important tool for quickly conveying the overall purpose of an ontology pattern or module. In this paper, we present a method for programmatically generating a schema diagram from an OWL file. We evaluate its ability to generate schema diagrams similar to existing schema diagrams and outperform the visualization tools, VOWL and OWLGrEd, for this purpose. In addition, we provide an implementation of this tool.

Keywords: schema diagram; tool; owl; ontologies

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