AIC Seminar Series
Collaborative Visualization of Ontologies and Ontology Mappings
|Margaret-Anne Storey||University of Victoria||[Home Page]|
Notice: Hosted by Vinay Chaudhri.
Date: Wednesday, July 11th 2012 at 2:00pm
Location: EJ228 (SRI E building) (Directions)
Ontologies provide powerful and concise conceptualizations of domain
knowledge that must be machine-processable but also human-readable to
improve ease of use and also to ease communication across
stakeholders. To address the human-readable requirement, many
visualization tools have been designed for specific tasks such as
finding pertinent terms for data annotation or ontology alignment.
However, customizing these tools for other tasks is either impossible
or difficult to do without programming. Moreover, few of the existing
ontology visualization tools consider collaborative aspects and most
cannot be deployed easily over the web which may hamper their adoption
and collaboration opportunities. To address these shortcomings, we
designed a web-based collaborative ontology visualization tool called
BioMixer. BioMixer provides users with sharable workspaces and
embeddable visualizations that can be seamlessly inserted into
external websites. It provides a variety of customizable
visualization approaches that can be quickly combined and coordinated
for visualizing ontologies, ontology mappings and annotated data. In
this talk, I will first provide an historical perspective on ontology
visualization tools, the tasks they support and their limitations.
Next, I will demonstrate the BioMixer tool and review its underlying
requirements. Finally, I will present some preliminary feedback on
BioMixer and discuss remaining research challenges in the design of
cognitive and collaboration support for future ontology editors and
Bio for Margaret-Anne Storey||
Margaret-Anne Storey is a professor of Computer Science at the
University of Victoria, a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Centre for
Advanced Studies in Toronto, a Canada Research Chair in Human Computer
Interaction for Software Engineering and a principal investigator for
the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, US. Her research goal is
to understand how technology can help people explore, understand and
share complex information and knowledge. She applies and evaluates
techniques from knowledge engineering, social software and visual
interface design to applications such as biomedical ontology
development, collaborative software development and learning in
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