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Michael Denny denn at suffolk.lib.ny.us
Fri Oct 10 22:54:14 PDT 2003


Survey of Ontology Building Tools
Michael Denny
Oct 10, 2003

Once again, I would like to thank those of you who participated in the
original survey of ontology editing tools conducted last Fall.  The
results of the survey published in Ontology Building: A Survey of
Editing Tools at http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/11/06/ontologies.html
are reportedly a useful resource for the ontology engineering
community.  Indeed, this article presently ranks as one of the top ten
"ontologies" pages in Google's Web Directory (dmoz).

We are conducting the next round of this survey to update those
current listings and add new listings.  The survey covers tools with
ontology editing capabilities that can be used to build ontology
schemas and/or instance data.  These ontology editors should be
available as standalone software, but not necessarily production level
software with complete functionality and user support.

Please update the listing of each tool from your organization
appearing in the original survey.  For ontology editing tools not
appearing in the survey, please complete the feature categories
included in the original survey results table at
http://www.xml.com/2002/11/06/Ontology_Editor_Survey.html.  Each tool
is to be described and compared succinctly in respect to its functions
and features using these categories as defined below.  Software
descriptions will be reviewed and edited to conform to the style and
detail of current listings.

Also, we are asking everyone to respond to the following additional
SURVEY QUESTION: What advancement in existing tools do you believe is
needed most to improve our ability to build useful ontologies?

The software description categories are:
1.  Source: - the company or organization producing or supplying 
    the software tool.
2.  Tool: - the product or other software offering for building 
    ontologies.
3.  Version: - the latest software release identifier.
4.  Release Date: - the date the current version became 
    available.
5.  Modeling Features/Limitations: - the representational and 
    logical qualities that can be expressed in the built 
    ontology.
6.  Base Language: - the native or primary language used to 
    encode the ontology.
7.  Web Support: - support for Web-compliant ontologies (e.g., 
    URI's).
8.  Web Use: - use of the software over the Web (e.g., browser 
    client).
9.  Import/Export Formats: - other languages the built ontology 
    can be serialized in.
10. Graph View: - the extent to which the built ontology can be 
    created, debugged, edited and/or compared directly in 
    graphic form.
11. Consistency Checks: - the degree to which the syntactic, 
    referential and/or logical correctness of the ontology can 
    be verified automatically.
12. Multi-user Support: - features that allow and facilitate 
    concurrent development of the built ontology.
13. Ontology Merging: - support for easily comparing and 
    merging independent built ontologies.
14. Lexical Support: - capabilities for lexical referencing of 
    ontology elements (e.g., synonyms) and processing lexical 
    content (e.g., searching/filtering ontology terms).
15. Information Extraction: - capabilities for ontology-directed 
    capture of target information from content and possibly 
    subsequent elaboration of the ontology.
16. Comments: - pertinent information about methodology, 
    availability and support, additional features, etc.
17. More Information: - product Web site (URL).
18. Contact: - contact person and/or e-mail address for 
    additional information.

**  Plus your answer to the survey question above.

Please reply as promptly as possible with new tool descriptions and
corrections and additions to existing descriptions.  Thank you for
your assistance with the survey.  We hope it will continue to benefit
the ontology engineering community at large.  Information on
publication of the results will be forwarded to you.

Regards,
Michael

Michael Denny
Northport, NY
denn at suffolk.lib.ny.us.
631 757 2426


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