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The Data View


After clicking on the Data area in the VocBench Sections Manu, the user lands on any of the various Data View pages. All of the data pages are composed of two main areas: the structure on the left, and the resource view on the right.


The Data Structure View

For instance, the structure section for the Class Page is composed of a Class Widget and an Instance Widget. The first one shows the tree of Classes in the current project, while the latter shows the list of instances for the class selected on the Class Widget.

All structure areas in the Data View have two buttons in common (upper-right part of the structure area).

The Rendering Button activates the rendering for the resources shown in the structure. By default, the rendering is deactivated for OWL entities and activated for SKOS ones.

The Refresh Button allows the user to refresh the view on the structure. Usually structures are kept aligned with changes occurring from any operation. However, it might happen that certain actions cannot be intercepted in all of their outcomes (e.g. a massive inclusion of data); in these case normally a refresh is automatically invoked, though a manual button is included for all those cases which cannot be foreseen by the system.

The Resource View

The resource-view is a general widget for showing the details of different kind of resources. The resource-view is adaptive wrt the shown resource. So, in the case of classes, class axioms will be highlighted, in the case of properties, the different facets of the property (i.e. OWL types denoting further characteristic of the property) will be shown in a dedicated area, and so on for each major type of resource defined in the OWL SKOS and SKOS-XL vocabularies.

Everytime a new resource is being inspected, a new tab on the resource-view will be opened on the resource, while keeping the history of opened tabs.


A click on the X symbol available after the last tab will kill all open tabs but the selected one.

Alignment to an External Resource

Resources in a VocBench project can be aligned to resources available in the same project or in other projects available on the same VocBench instance. Note that, in order to be inspectable, the other projects must have granted access to the project that the user is logged on.

The option for alignment is available from the general menu at the top-rightmost part of the resource-view, as shown in figure below

align menu

after selecting the option from the menu, the following window appears

add the alignment

By clicking on the browse button it is possible to access to the search on the remote project (figure below). The list available in the "project" field is populated with the open projects which have granted access to the current project (the one that the user is logged on)

add the alignment

after selecting the type of resource that has to be aligned, it is possible to perform a search in the target project for the best candidate match, by using search keywords from the resource in the source project. In this case, the concept "filosofia del diritto" from Teseo is being matched to a concept in EuroVoc, and a perfect candidate match (with the same term in italian) has been found (figure below).

add the alignment

Once the corresponding match has been found, the matching property has to be selected (in this case an exact match, due to the perfect match found in EuroVoc).

add the alignment

After clicking on "ok", the matched resource is visible on the resource-view (figure below)

add the alignment

User Preferences for Visualization

Through the user menu - and only when a project is being accessed - it is possible to open the Preferences page.


Currently, the most prominent preferences options cover: