Ontology Visualization: An Overview

  • Nassira AchichEmail author
  • Bassem Bouaziz
  • Alsayed Algergawy
  • Faiez Gargouri
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 736)


As the main way for knowledge representation for the purpose of completely machine understanding, ontologies are widely used in different application domains. This full machine understanding makes them harder to be easily understood by a human. This necessitates the need to develop ontology visualization tools, which results in the existence of a large number of approaches and visualization tools. Along with this development direction, the number of published research papers related to ontology visualization is largely increasing. To this end, in this paper, we introduce a systemic review on different directions related to ontology visualization. In particular, we start by describing different application domains that make use of ontology visualization. Then, we propose a generic visualization pipeline that incorporates main steps in ontology visualization that could be later used as main criteria during comparing and discussing different visualization tools. By this review, we aim to introduce a general visualization pipeline that is useful when comparing ontology visualization tools and when developing a new visualization technique. Finally, the paper moves into the description of future trends and research issues that still need to be addressed.



This work was supported by the DAAD funding through the BioDialog project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nassira Achich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bassem Bouaziz
    • 1
  • Alsayed Algergawy
    • 2
  • Faiez Gargouri
    • 1
  1. 1.Higher Institute of computer science and MultimediaUniversity of SfaxSfaxTunisia
  2. 2.Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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