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Visualizing RDF Data

RDF data is online - most RDF visualizer are not
We see the necessity for an easy-to-use RDF visualizer which everybody can embed in a homepage. Therefore we are developing balloon Synopsis. A node-centric RDF viewer & browser in a modern tile design, available as jQuery-plugin.

Our current prototype offers following features:

  • HTML/JavaScript RDF Viewer & Browser
  • jQuery Plugin
  • Automatic information enhancement (intergration of balloon Fusion)
  • Configurable Templating (aggregate information for human-friendly view e.g. Google Maps instead of long/lat)
  • Semantic Colors based on rdf:type information (similar entities have similar colors)
  • Timeline (track history of the browsing behaviour)
RDF visualization in the browser
Easy-to-use jQuery plugin to render RDF data inluding automatic information enhancement and custom templating.

For more detailed information please refer to:

Kai Schlegel, Thomas Weißgerber, Florian Stegmaier, Michael Granitzer and Harald Kosch Balloon Synopsis: A jQuery plugin to easily integrate the Semantic Web in a website in ISWC2014 Developers Workshop, co-located with the 13th International Semantic Web Conference, At Riva del Garda - Trentino, Italy

Kai Schlegel, Thomas Weißgerber, Florian Stegmaier, Christin Seifert, Michael Granitzer and Harald Kosch Balloon Synopsis: A Modern Node-Centric RDF Viewer and Browser for the Web in 11th European Semantic Web Conference (Poster Session), Anissaras, Crete, Greece, 2014

Balloon Synopsis: A Modern Node-Centric RDF Viewer and Browser for the Web (ESWC 2014 poster)

Download and Sources

balloon Synopsis is free and open-source jQuery plugin. All contributions are welcome. Sources and the build are available on



This demonstration shows balloon Synopsis in the direct overlay mode. You can click on the red terms to get more information about the entities. DBpedia is currently used to get more infomration about the entities. The current prototype allows sorting, filtering and searching for predicates.

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