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TurtleEditor: A web-based RDF editor to support distributed ontology development on repository hosting platforms

: Petersen, Niklas; Similea, Alexandra; Lange, Christoph; Lohmann, Steffen; Bansal, Srividya; Chaves-Gattaz, Cristiane; Mertens, Robert; Persia, Fabio; Pilato, Giovanni; Zhang, Guigang


International journal of semantic computing : IJSC 11 (2017), No.3, pp.311-324
ISSN: 1793-351X
ISSN: 1793-7108
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAIS ()

Ontologies are increasingly being developed on web-based repository hosting platforms such as GitHub. Accordingly, there is a demand for ontology editors which can be easily connected to the hosted repositories. TurtleEditor is a web-based RDF editor that provides this capability and supports the distributed development of ontologies on repository hosting platforms. It offers features such as syntax checking, syntax highlighting, and auto completion, along with a SPARQL endpoint to query the ontology. Furthermore, TurtleEditor integrates a visual editing view that allows for the graphical manipulation of the RDF graph and includes some basic clustering functionality. The text and graph views are constantly synchronized so that all changes to the ontology are immediately propagated and the views are updated accordingly. The results of a user study and performance tests show that TurtleEditor can indeed be effectively used to support the distributed development of ontologies on repository hosting platforms.