Ontology-based Information Visualisation (extended version)

Christiaan Fluit
Marta Sabou
Frank van Harmelen

The main contribution of this paper is to show how visual representations of information can be based on ontological classifications of that information. We first discuss the central role of ontologies on the Semantic Web. We subsequently outline our general approach to the construction of ontology-based visualisations of data. We discuss our "cluster map" visualisation, and the user interface that facilitates dynamic exploration of datasets. This is followed by three real-life case-studies in which visualisations play different roles. This leads to an analysis of how the cluster-map visualisation can support several user-tasks: analysis, search and navigation. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of related work.

This is an extended version of a workshop paper.

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  author =       "Christiaan Fluit and Marta Sabou and Frank van Harmelen",
  title =        "Ontology-based Information Visualisation",
  booktitle =    "Visualising the Semantic Web",
  year =         2002,
  publisher =    "Springer Verlag",
  editor =       "Vladimir Geroimenko",
  keywords = {Semantic Web},
  urlPaper = "http://www.cs.vu.nl/~frankh/postscript/VSW02.pdf"
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