The long story so far...
This is how this page used to present Semantic Turkey a few yeards ago, when it had been developed as a "Semantic Bookmarking Platform"
Semantic Turkey is a free open-source platform for Semantic Bookmarking and Ontology Development realized by the ART Research Group at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata.
Semantic Turkey, developed as a Semantic Extension for the popular web browser Mozilla Firefox, aims at providing innovative solutions for browsing the web and for organizing the information which is observed during navigation.
It is debatable whether Firefox+Semantic Turkey should or should not be addressed as a “Semantic Web Browser”; surely it is to be intended as a personal desktop solution for organizing and managing – inside semantic web ontologies – the relevant information observed during web navigation, thus replacing past ordinary solutions like traditional bookmarks.
Its main paradigmatic innovation, from the sole perspective of pure bookmarking, resides in the fact that it defines a clear separation between knowledge data (the WHAT) and web links (the WHERE), so that the user can focus on organizing the annotated information according to his personal preferences; he can further enrich the objects of its domain with attributes and can interconnect them via relationships (This is the WHAT). At the same time, the user can, on a complete different perspective, keep its objects updated with pointers to the web resources WHERE they are mentioned.
Semantic Turkey offers the following features:
- Capturing information from web pages, both by considering the pages as a whole, as well as by annotating portions of their text
- Editing a personal ontology for categorization of the annotated information and, possibly, for exchanging data with other users.
- Navigating the structured information as an underlying semantic net through the links to the web sources where it has been annotated.
Semantic Turkey is not a replacement/alternative to existing ontology editing solutions such as Protege or Top Braid Composer. Though providing ontology editing functionalities, it stills has some limitations: it does not show unnamed classes (there is no need for them in such a scenario) and does not allow SPARQL queries (too technical for the average user). Though we plan to address many of these gaps in the near future, its main objective still resides in its combination of ontology development through semantic annotation, which makes it unique in its genre.
Well, lot has changed, and the turkey has grown fatter...:
- by first, it is no more (only) an extension for Firefox. Its backing framework is today adopted by other systems (such as VocBench, developed inside a collaboration with FAO, and others completely developed by third parties)
- its editing capabilities have improved, now it covers OWL SKOS and SKOS-XL editing. Still something to do (in the Firefox UI) for advanced OWL editing capabilities though (such as owl:Restrictions )
- there is a nice SPARQL frontend (available both in the Firefox UI and in VocBench)
- advanced graph management
- multiple (concurrent) project management capabilities
Why the **** (it was "hell", ya..) that name?
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