Conzilla

This page is a sub-page of our page on Software.

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The sub-pages of this page are:

3D-Conzilla

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Related KMR pages:

Confolio

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Conzilla

Collaborilla

REMARK: Due to a security problem, Collaborilla is presently not working.
We hope to be able to fix this problem in the near future.

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Conzilla2 – our second generation concept browser – is a knowledge management tool with many purposes. Among other things, it aims to be

• an efficient collaborative knowledge environment / modeling tool.

• a versatile interface for editing and styling RDF.

Conzilla presents knowledge in terms of specific maps, which we call context-maps. A context-map displays nodes and arcs, referred to as concepts and concept-relations, with specific box-forms, icons, arrow-heads, linestyles etc.

The Conzilla ‘mantra’ can be formulated as: Content in Contexts through Concepts.

Conzilla2 features:

• Conzilla2 supports an open ended set of different diagram types. Per default the UML class, activity, Use-case, and process diagrams are provided.

• Each concept and concept-relation has a ‘life of its own’. This means that the same concept and concept-relation can occur in different maps, which is in accordance with the knowledge manifold information topology. It is also possible to provide a simple hyperlink from each concept or concept-relation to another context-map.

• Context-maps, concepts, and concept-relations can be endowed with metadata.

• Concepts or concept-relations can be filled with content components in the form of links to other resources, e.g. webpages or books in a library, persons etc.

• A context-map, a concept or a concept-relation can be distributed, allowing people to extend them easily. In this case they must be loaded from different sources. Each of these sources we refer to as a Knowledge Patch.

• A Knowledge Manifold typically contains a set of context-maps and has a responsible publisher which we call a knowledge gardener.

• The appearance in Conzilla2 is controlled by style sheets.

• Everything is stored in RDF, allowing integration with other tools.

• Conzilla2 includes an editor for Context-maps.

The following three points are presently not valid. For an explanation see the REMARK above.

• Since Conzilla 2.1 context-maps can be published easily to an information directory: Collaborilla.

• Published maps can be loaded by everyone who has access to Collaborilla (which means literally everyone, since this access is not restricted).

• Everyone can comment on or contribute to published maps.

Conzilla history:

The principles behind the design of efficient concept browsers have been developed by the KMR group at CID since 1997. The first incarnation of Conzilla, Conzilla1 can be found here.

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http://my.confolio.org/scam/4/resource/8904

Downloading, installing and running Conzilla2:

1. DOWNLOAD the file conzilla.zip
and place it in your home directory

2. OPEN a Terminal window and:

3. INSTALL conzilla by performing the following command in this window:
unzip conzilla.zip

4. RUN conzilla by performing the following command:
java -jar conzilla-telmap.jar

5. REQUIREMENTS: Conzilla requires Java SE 8.
It can be downloaded from here.

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COMMENT: If you substitute the command under point 4 with

4′. java -Duser.home=./ -jar conzilla-telmap.jar

you don’t have to unzip conzilla in your own home directory.

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