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AxiomVis: An Axiom-Oriented Ontology Visualization Tool

  • Jian Zhou
  • Xin WangEmail author
  • Zhiyong Feng
Conference paper
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Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 480)

Abstract

With the continuous growth of ontologies in size, the amount of ontology axioms is steadily increasing. To help users understand ontologies with a large number of axioms, we devise a novel ontology visualization tool, called AxiomVis, which defines a mapping from DL axioms to the directed acyclic graph (DAG). We give a recursive procedure to generate the target DAG and then propose a new axiom-aware layout algorithm to display the DAG elements using the characteristics of the expression tree. The distinguishing feature of our tool is that it visualizes ontologies from the axiom viewpoint. This paper demonstrates comparison of different layouts, which exhibits the advantages of our layout on ontology visualization.

Keywords

Ontology Axioms Visualization Layout 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61100049), the Graduate English Course Construction Project of Tianjin University (S216E003), and the National High-tech R&D Program of China (863 Program) (2013AA013204).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer Science and TechnologyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Tianjin Key Laboratory of Cognitive Computing and ApplicationTianjinChina

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