Ontologies describe complex world knowledge in that they con-sist of hierarchical relations, such as is-a, which can be expressed by quantifiers or sets, and various binary relations, which can be expressed by links or networks. Should hierarchical relations be distinguished from other binary relations as essentially different ones in building cognitively accessible systems of ontologies? In this study, two kinds of ontology visualizations, a network-based visualization (SOVA) and a set-based visualization (concept dia-grams), are empirically compared in the case of consistency checking. Participants were presented with one diagram and then asked to answer the question of whether the meaning of the diagram was contradictory. Our results showed that SOVA is more effective than concept diagrams, suggesting that to represent hierarchical and binary relations of ontologies in a way based on networks suits human cognition when checking ontologies' consistencies.
|Title of host publication||The 10th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction|
|Place of Publication||New York, NY|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2017|
|Event||The 10th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction - Bangkok, Thailand, 14-16 August, 2017|
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …
|Conference||The 10th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction|
|Period||1/01/17 → …|
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