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Supporting Collaborative Ontology Development in Protege

Supporting Collaborative Ontology Development in Protege

This video was recorded at 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Karlsruhe 2008. Ontologies are becoming so large in their coverage that no single person or a small group of people can develop them effectively and ontology development becomes a community-based enterprise. We present Collaborative Protégé—an extension of the Protégé ontology editor that we have designed specifically to support the collaboration process for a community of users. During the ontology-development process, Collaborative Protégé allows users to hold discussions about the ontology components and changes using typed annotations; it tracks the change history of the ontology entities; it provides a chat and search functionality. Users edit simultaneously an ontology stored in a common repository. All changes made by a user are seen immediately by other users. Collaborative Protégé is open source and distributed with the full installation of Protégé.

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