Re: [Bulk] Re: Longwell, Semantic Bank, Fresnel

From: Ryan Lee <>
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 17:14:57 -0500

Zak Mc Kracken wrote:
> Ryan Lee wrote:
>> Editing is on our to do list.
> Good news!

(To set your expectations, we have a two year project plan - see the
Project Roadmap link under the logo on and look in the
appendix - and delivering editing is slated for the end of that roadmap.
  Right now we're near the beginning of the roadmap).

>> I'm not clear on your direction in regards to being less dependent on
>> class type. What would you rely on? I'll confess immediately that I
>> haven't looked at your ontology. If not having that reliance is going
>> to be essential to your application, Longwell itself may not be the
>> best engine for your needs. It's directed at the more general level
>> of RDF graph browsing, not necessarily at specific application
>> domains. I don't know how easy it would be to adapt.
> Well, maybe I haven't explained well. Mainly the problem is in the
> visualizazion model. Longwell or Semantic Bank seem to have a fixed
> layout: a list of classes, a box with a list of properties and a search
> box. In some cases I need something different, even if the paradigm is
> still "Class instance (individual) --> properties --> values". For
> instance in some case I could need to present a chart that is computable
> from the current individual and its properties. In this case I would
> remove boxes like the search box. I cannot understand well if Longwell
> or SemBank are flexible enough to let me do such things.

You may want to look at our ISWC2005 installation of Semantic Bank.

There you can switch views between the list, a geographic map, a
calendar, and a graph view of the data. I imagine it's possible to make
some changes regarding how individual results get processed to the point
where you could make a chart instead. You could pass the results from
Longwell on to another RESTful servlet that generates charts.

>> If it's not a problem, Semantic Bank may be a good place for you to
>> start. SemBank has add/delete capabilities built in already. It
>> seems to fit much of what you're looking for, as long as you're
>> willing to make the changes you need yourself. Velocity templates and
>> the code are there for you to make adjustments.
> Thanks, I'll check it well, when I tried some days ago It seem that
> SemBank allows the user to add an URI and not much else. But probably I
> should investigate more...

You deposit information into the bank by providing the location where
it's found. You can also delete information.

Ryan Lee       
W3C Research Engineer    +1.617.253.5327
Received on Wed Mar 01 2006 - 22:13:47 EST

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