This page describes an experimental node-centric approach to RDF
graph visualization. We use a search over literals to choose potential
starting nodes and then browse via an interactive display which
shows the area one arc back and two arcs forward from a selected node.
In cases where a wider view is desired we sort and display nodes based
on the number of incoming and outgoing arcs.
Here's an example screenshot showing the display after selecting the
node "rdf:list" in the RDF Schema. During the real visualization all
displayed nodes and arcs are live links which the user may follow.
For further information please see technical report HPL-2004-60.
The software used for our experimental implementation is available
under an open-source license. Please note that this was never
intended to be of production quality. It was written quickly because
we needed an internal solution and is being open-sourced in the hope
that others might find the approach useful. We are unfortunately not
able to offer any support for this experimental code but would be
delighted to hear of any situations where you find it helpful.
Here's the raw source code: visualizer1.zip.
To compile and run the code you'll also need a Java development environment (we used
Java 1.4.1), the Jena RDF
library (we used version 2.1), and the Jetty HTTP Server (we used version
To view the visualizations you'll need support for
Scalable Vector Graphics (we used version 3.0 of the Adobe plugin for Internet
Explorer on Windows).
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