Swoop: A Web Ontology Editing Browser

Aditya Kalyanpur, Bijan Parsia, Evren Sirin, Bernardo Cuenca Grau, James Hendler


In this paper, we describe Swoop, a hypermedia inspired Ontology Browser and Editor based on OWL, the recently standardized Web-oriented ontology language. After discussing the design rationale and architecture of Swoop, we focus mainly on its features, using illustrative examples to highlight its use. We demonstrate that with its web-metaphor, adherence to OWL recommendations and key unique features such as Collaborative Annotation using Annotea, Swoop acts as a useful and efficient web ontology development tool. We conclude with a list of future plans for Swoop, that should further increase its overall appeal and accessibility.

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