Towards a Visual Notation for OWL: A Brief Summary of VOWL

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33245-1_15

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9557)
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Lohmann S., Haag F., Negru S. (2016) Towards a Visual Notation for OWL: A Brief Summary of VOWL. In: Tamma V., Dragoni M., Gonçalves R., Ławrynowicz A. (eds) Ontology Engineering. OWLED 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9557. Springer, Cham


The Web Ontology Language (OWL) has no standardized visual notation in contrast to related modeling languages. However, the visual representation of individual and combined OWL elements as well as complete OWL ontologies can be very useful in many cases. We have developed the Visual Notation for OWL (VOWL) that defines graphical representations for most of the OWL language constructs. In contrast to related work, VOWL aims at a complete and well-specified notation that is easy to understand and implement. This paper reports on the current state of development and briefly describes the main design principles and considerations. At OWLED 2015, we conducted a special session to gather feedback on how to further improve the visual notation and to collect requirements for its future development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS)University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer ScienceAlexandru Ioan Cuza UniversityIasiRomania

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