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A Web application for collaborative editing of ontologies
Image of the project OWLIE
Short Description: An user-friendly, web-based application that provides collaborative editing for OWL ontologies, using classic and graphical notations
Coordinator: MarcoColombetti (colombet@elet.polimi.it)
Tutor: DavidLaniado (david.laniado@gmail.com), MarioArrigoni ()
Students: FabioGrassani (fabio.grassani@mail.polimi.it)
Research Area: Social Software and Semantic Web
Research Topic: Description Logics
Start: 2009/06/01
Status: Active
Level: Ms
Type: Thesis

Project overview

This project aims to develop an user-friendly web application for collaborative editing of OWL ontologies.

Current OWL editors, such as Protégé, provide a rich set of authoring tools for OWL ontologies, but they are usually designed for trained users or semantic web experts, since they use specific notations or a very complex user interface to represent the resources forming the knowledge base and their relationships. With this assumptions, the main goal of the project is to produce an application that implements a simple user interface (understandable by users with little or no experience in semantic web) without sacrificing the great expressivity of description logics.

Since ontologies are the product of the work of more people, a collaborative approach has to be followed and the resulting application must implement a set of functionalities that allows multiple users to simultaneously work on the same ontology and communicate each other.

The product of this project is OWLIE (OWL Web-based Lightweight Interactive Editor), an application that provides such features using an AJAX web interface.

Project documentation