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denn at suffolk.lib.ny.us
Fri Oct 10 22:54:14 PDT 2003
Survey of Ontology Building Tools
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
3. Version: - the latest software release identifier.
4. Release Date: - the date the current version became
5. Modeling Features/Limitations: - the representational and
logical qualities that can be expressed in the built
6. Base Language: - the native or primary language used to
encode the ontology.
7. Web Support: - support for Web-compliant ontologies (e.g.,
8. Web Use: - use of the software over the Web (e.g., browser
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
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
** 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.
denn at suffolk.lib.ny.us.
631 757 2426
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