Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Ontology Visual Querying

  • Sean BechhoferEmail author
  • Norman W. Paton
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_256


An ontology definition language provides constructs that can be used to describe concepts and the relationships in which they participate. Because such languages define the properties concepts can exhibit, they can be used to restrict the questions that can meaningfully be asked about the concepts. Given a specification of the questions that can legitimately be asked, a user interface can direct query construction tasks towards meaningful requests, which in turn are expected to yield non-empty answers. Thus ontology visual querying is the use of an ontology to direct interactive query construction. A related topic is faceted browsing, in which the incremental description of concepts of interest is closely integrated with retrieval, thereby providing information about the results of a request as it is being constructed.

Historical Background

The history of visual query languages is almost as long as that of textual query languages, with Query-by-Example [14] developed in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Catarci
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e GestionaleUniversita di RomaRomaItaly