The Live OWL Documentation Environment: A Tool for the Automatic Generation of Ontology Documentation

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7603)


In this paper we introduce LODE, the Live OWL Documentation Environment, an online service that automatically generates a human-readable description of any OWL ontology (or, more generally, an RDF vocabulary), taking into account both ontological axioms and annotations, and ordering these with the appearance and functionality of a W3C Recommendations document. This documentation is presented to the user as an HTML page with embedded links for ease of browsing and navigation. We have tested LODE’s completeness and usability by recording the success of test users in completing tasks of ontology comprehension, and here present the results of that study.


LODE OWL ontologies Web tools ontology documentation user testing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of BolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of OxfordUK

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