Ontology editors

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If a data publishers cannot find a relevant vocabulary, or existing vocabularies are not good enough/suitable for the use case, they can make their own ontology. They can be helped by editors, such as:

This requires considerable efforts and requires some guidelines. Here are best practices:


Protégé

Description: ontology editor (popular, pluggable).

Available at: http://protege.stanford.edu/

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NeOn Toolkit

Description: is another ontology editor with many pluggins available. It is especially suited for heavy-weight projects (e.g., multi-modular ontologies, multi-lingual, ontology integration, etc).

Available at: http://neon-toolkit.org/

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SWOOP

Description: is a small and simple ontology editor.

Available at: http://www.mindswap.org/2004/SWOOP/

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Neologism

Description: is an online vocabulary editor and publishing platform.

Available at: http://neologism.deri.ie/

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TopBraid Composer

Description: is a multipurpose Semantic Web editor.

Available at: http://www.topquadrant.com/products/TB_Composer.html

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Vitro

Description: is an Integrated Ontology Editor and Semantic Web Application.

Available at: http://vitro.mannlib.cornell.edu/

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Knoodl

Description: is a community-oriented ontology and knowledge base editor.

Available at: http://www.knoodl.com/

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Anzo for Excel

Description: will generate an initial ontology based on spreadsheet data and structure.

Available at: http://www.cambridgesemantics.com/products/anzo_for_excel

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OWLGrEd

Description: a graphical ontology editor for OWL.

Available at: http://owlgred.lumii.lv/

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Fluent Editor

Description: a comprehensive tool for editing and manipulating complex ontologies that uses Controlled Natural Language.

Available at: http://www.cognitum.eu/Semantics/FluentEditor/

Unique strength: instant natural language representation of OWL/SWRL boosts productivity and makes much easier to read and understand edited ontologies.

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