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Name of the tool: Rhizomer
Home page: http://rhizomik.net/rhizomer/
Date of latest release: 2013-03-18 (verify)
Programming language(s) that can be used with the tool: Java, Javascript
Relevant semantic web technologies: RDF, SPARQL, SKOS, RDFa
Categories: Special Browser, RDF or OWL Browser
See also: http://code.google.com/p/rhizomer/
Public mailing list:
Preferred project URI: http://rhizomik.net/rhizomer/
DOAP reference:
Company or institution: Universitat de Lleida

(Tool description last modified on 2013-03-18.)


Rhizomer is a faceted browser that also provides a pivoting operation that allows no-experts to build complex semantic queries. It can be deployed on top of existing stores (Virtuoso, Jena, Sesame/OWLIM) and builds a user interface that provides Information Architecture components that facilitate fulfilling typical data exploration:

  • Overview: global and local navigation menus are generated based on the classes instantiated by the dataset being published and also the SKOS concepts being subjects of the dataset resources.
  • Zoom and Filter: when loading the dataset for the first time, it is analysed so it is possible to generated faceted views for all classes. Facets allow filtering using common values, searching for specific facet values and pivoting. The pivot operation allows switching from a particular faceted view, e.g. directors born in New Zealand, to faceted views of the sets related to the current resource set through one of the current facets, e.g. the faceted view of the films directed by the directors born in New Zaeland.
  • Details on Demand: the RDF descriptions for the selected resources are rendered using an RDF2HTML+RDFa transformation. Moreover, it is also possible to use specialised visualisations like maps or timelines.

Demo: http://rhizomik.net/linkedmdb/