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Table 1 Comparison of OLSVis and other two-dimensional ontology visualisers

From: OLSVis: an animated, interactive visual browser for bio-ontologies

  OLSVis OLS FlexViz OntoViz IsaViz GOSurfer GOMiner OntoTrack OBO-Edit QuickGO AmiGO
Full Dynamic layout method   (semi) 1 (semi) 1     (semi) 1 (semi) 1   
Layout user-interaction Interactive; + continuous optimisation2   one-by-one dragging one-by-one dragging highlighting a selected branch    one-by-one dragging one-by-one dragging   
Hierarchy layout ancestors: layered; children: circular ancestors: layered; OR: parents + children several3 ancestors + children: layered graph-view or radar-view tree view ancestors + children: layered ancestors + children: layered ancestors + children: layered ancestors subfolders
Term searching    
Multiple term search           
Auto-suggest         
Filters           
Undo 4      4 4
Context dependent display 5           
Click on term expands it page reload      
Path to root  
Simple tree view      
Handling 500 terms           
Term source OLS (79 ontologies) OBO (79 ontologies) NCBO (293 ontologies) OWL ontologies RDF graph visualiser GO (1) GO (1) OWL ontologies OBO ontologies GO (1) GO (1)
Web tool (Technology) (Javascript) (images) (Flash) –(Protégé) –(Java) –(.exe) –(Java) –(Java) –(Java) (HTML) (HTML)
  1. 1: Only shifting between static configurations. 2: Also during the several editing functions (which are displayed on OLSVis’ toolbar). 3: Each with their own shortcomings, see ‘Background’. 4: Browser’s back button. 5: The visualiser can optionally clean up nodes that are not in the latest expanded node’s “environment”.
  2. Comparison with: OLS [13], FlexViz [11], OntoViz [22], IsaViz [23], GOSurfer [24], GOMiner [25], OntoTrack [26], OBO-Edit [27], QuickGO [9], AmiGO [10]).