The objective of the VIE Project is to ease the development of semantic web applications on the user interaction level. The project started in February 2011 during the IKS Semantic Interaction Framework Workshop in Vienna and meanwhile comprises several sub-projects: the core VIE library, a number of semantic user interface widgets and a set of applications that build upon these technologies.
The development of web-applications for the semantic web is a hard process that usually involves several experts to work together. Especially when the benefits of the various semantic data needs to be visible to the user. However, when looking at such applications, we can easily identify different classes of semantic interaction patterns that are re-used in one way or another throughout the applications (e.g., “querying a database”, “accessing a semantic service”, …). We analyzed these patterns and collaborated closely with partners from the CMS world to support web-applications when relying on such patterns.