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OWLGrEd: a UML Style Graphical Notation and Editor for OWL 2

12/2009; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-16101-8_9

ABSTRACT There have been several attempts to visualize OWL ontologies with UML style diagrams. Unlike ODM approach of defining a UML profile for OWL, we propose an extension to UML class diagrams (hard extension) that allows a more compact OWL visualization. The compactness is achieved through the native power of UML class diagrams extended with optional Manchester encoding for class expressions thus avoiding many explicit anonymous classes typical in ODM. We have implemented the proposed compact visualization in a UML style graphical editor for OWL 2. The editor contains a rich set of graphical layout algorithms for automatic ontology visualization, search facilities, graphical refactoring and interoperability with Protégé 4.

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