Conzilla — A Conceptual Interface to the Semantic Web

  • Matthias Palmér
  • Ambjörn Naeve
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3596)


This paper describes our approach to managing the complexity of semantic web-based information by creating conceptual information landscapes (context-maps) and connecting them into a structure called a knowledge patch. The aim is to support the creation of overview and clarity by providing mechanisms for presenting and hiding information in flexible ways. Moreover, we present our concept browser Conzilla as a knowledge management tool for navigating and editing knowledge patches, and we show how it provides a way to link the human-semantic and the machine-semantic perspectives.


Resource Description Framework Contextual Neighbourhood Information Layer Presentation Layer Resource Description Framework Graph 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Palmér
    • 1
  • Ambjörn Naeve
    • 1
  1. 1.KMR group at NADA/KTH (Royal Institute of Technology)StockholmSweden

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