I would like to compile a list of ontology modelers, as of this writing a search on this site for "Modeling Tools" comes up dry. Do you know any modeling tools (ontology editors), good or bad, other than those I've listed? (limit answers to those utilizing one or more semantic web standards: OWL, RDFS, SKOS, etc.). (None that are seemingly inactive please)

Here's what I have:

Modeling Tools/Ontology Editors

I only have experience with the first two, but I prefer using Top Braid Composer.

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asked 23 Feb '11, 05:13

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To make things easier, you might want to start a community wiki with this as the answer for people to edit.

(23 Feb '11, 09:17) Jodi Schneider Jodi%20Schneider's gravatar image

See also http://www.semanticoverflow.com/questions/510/are-there-such-things-as-rdf-editors

(23 Feb '11, 09:49) zazi zazi's gravatar image

Fluent Editor is worth considering. It employs concept of editing ontologies with (controlled) natural language, is compliant with OWL2 and SWRL and allows to build complex scenarios with importing and referencing external ontlogies. There is a new version:


(20 Nov '12, 11:27) pawel pawel's gravatar image

I've compiled a list of ontology editors on a wikipage, to which anyone can contribute. For your convenience, I reproduce the current list here:

  • Protégé ontology editor (popular, pluggable).
  • WebProtégé is the online version of Protégé.
  • NeOn Toolkit is another ontology editor with many pluggins available. It is especially suited for heavy-weight projects (e.g., multi-modular ontologies, multi-lingual, ontology integration, etc);
  • SWOOP is a small and simple ontology editor;
  • Neologism is an online vocabulary editor and publishing platform;
  • TopBraid Composer is a multipurpose Semantic Web editor;
  • Vitro is an Integrated Ontology Editor and Semantic Web Application;
  • Knoodl is a community-oriented ontology and knowledge base editor.
  • Ontofly is a web-based ontology editor.
  • Altova OWL editor is another ontology editor.
  • PoolParty is a thesaurus management system and a SKOS editor.
  • IBM Integrated Ontology Development Toolkit An ontology toolkit for storage, manipulation, query, and inference of ontologies and corresponding instances, based on Eclipse.
  • Anzo for Excel will generate an initial ontology based on spreadsheet data and structure ('''is it an editor?''')
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answered 05 Mar '11, 06:25

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(I work for Cambridge Semantics, who sells the Anzo products.) In addition to generating ontologies from spreadsheet data, Anzo for Excel includes an RDFS & OWL ontology editor within Excel. Because of that, I've removed the parenthetical in the wiki. (Well, I tried to remove the parenthetical, but got a 500 system error. Oops!)

(11 Apr '11, 13:52) lee lee's gravatar image

The Sweet Compendium of Ontology Building Tools is very comprehensive :


The list doesn't have a rating for each tool but it does include comments about their status.

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answered 23 Feb '11, 13:28

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Does Neologism count as a (portable) online modelling tool? (RDFS/OWL)

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answered 23 Feb '11, 05:31

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There's another list on Wikipedia. It doesn't seem to include anything major that's missing here (I've just gone through it and weeded out a lot of bad stuff and fixed links).

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answered 11 Apr '11, 07:53

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  1. eulergui it use internaly JEdit as editor.
  2. fcastone
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