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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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
UPDATED LOADING-, STARTING-, AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS:
Preparation: Conzilla is written in Java, and we suggest that your download the latest free version of the Java SDK by clicking on Adoptium.
Conzilla can be downloaded, installed, and started in the following three steps:
1. To download Conzilla, click the link https://kmr.dialectica.se/files/conzilla-telmap.jar
and decide into what directory you want this file to be downloaded.
2. After the install has finished, click “Start”. Then, in the window asking about configuring collaboration settings, click “Don’t ask me again”.
3. In order to run Conzilla, you need to take note of the search path that you chose for the downloaded .jar file and then run the command: java -jar <“your chosen search path to the file” conzilla-telmap.jar>
If you want to make use of Collaborilla, once you have Conzilla “up and running” you should copy the “Conzilla-URI” http://www.conzilla.org/people/amb/politics/presentation/contextmap#77236adf1816c3ddd1e8ba into the address window of the program, which is located directly above the yellow window.
Note that a “Conzilla-URI is not a proper URL, and therefore cannot be opened by clicking it directly. Instructions on how to navigate a Conzilla map (version 2.3) can be found at www.conzilla.org.
Presently, only Ambjörn can create and publish Conzilla maps, but this will be changed in the next version (Conzilla 3), where a Conzilla-URI will become a proper URL and therefore, Conzilla will become navigable directly in the web browser.