2nd Workshop on Visualizing Information in
Knowledge Engineering (VIKE '04)

A workshop at the 7th International Protege Conference
July 6th, 2004

Knowledge engineering is often a complex area for end-user and engineer alike. This workshop explores cognitive issues in both knowledge engineering processes and tools. In the past few years, many tools have been developed to support people working with formal, complex knowledge models. These tools can be advanced visual interfaces like visualization tabs, or instance creation wizards, or simpler slot widgets that provide support in a specific area. Some of these tools include Ontoviz, Jambalaya, TGVizTab, EZ-Owl, the Instance Tree widget, and the Calendar widget.

Building on a successful session at KCAP 2003, VIKE2004 brings together researchers and developers of these tools with practitioners who have an interest in various aspects of cognitive support and problem solving in the Protégé environment, as well as other knowledge engineering environments. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual support for knowledge engineering processes
  • Visual query creation
  • Knowledge discovery through interactive exploration
  • Information Visualization and the Semantic Web
  • Scalability of visual representations of complex data

This is a half-day workshop approximately 3.5 hours in duration. The workshop format is a series of presentations followed by a general discussion. Presentations may be about particular visualization or user-support tools, or (equally important) problems and suggestions for future work. We are also considering tool demonstrations and how-tos with a common ontology.

We are particularly interested in comments and presentations from end-users. If you wish to make a presentation at the workshop, you should submit a two-page summary to Neil Ernst by e-mail no later than June 1, 2004. More details coming soon.


The workshop will consist of tool demonstrations followed by a discussion session on that tool. Participants are encouraged to download the tools and follow along. Nearly all the tools come included with the latest 'full' version of Protege 2.1.
At the end of the demonstrations, there will be a wrap-up discussion focussing on some key issues in this area.

1.30 - 2.00 OntoViz
2.00 - 2.30 Jambalaya
2.30 - 3.00 TGVizTab
3.00 - 3.30 break
3.30 - 4.00 SemNav/GenVan
4.00 - 4.30 GraphWidget
4.30 - 5.30 discussion

Also see the conference schedule.

This workshop is currently scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (July 6th).

Neil Ernst, U. Victoria, Canada
Harith Alani, U. Southampton, England
We invite short presentation papers, limited to 2-3 pages, which describe ongoing work or new ideas within the scope of the workshop. Papers may also be in the form of a position statement, indicating a writer's particular opinion on a subject related to the workshop. Thought-provoking papers are always welcome!

Submission procedure: Please email submissions, in PDF format only, to
nernst(at)cs.uvic.ca (note: spam protected) by midnight Pacific Daylight Time June 1st, 2004.
Submission format: Please use this Word template or the LaTex style sheet file (.sty) (an example .tex file). This template is based on the official ACM templates for proceedings.
  • Deadline for paper submissions: 0700 UTC June 1st, 2004
  • Notification: June 15th, 2004
  • Workshop: July 6th, 2004
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