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RE: OWL and LOD

From: John Goodwin <John.Goodwin@ordnancesurvey.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 13:35:09 +0100
Message-ID: <D72AF46149B1D74FBC8CD7090ED2446BF5D160@EMAIL.ordsvy.gov.uk>
To: "Dan Brickley" <danbri@danbri.org>, "Steve Harris" <steve.harris@garlik.com>
Cc: <public-lod@w3.org>, <semantic-web@w3.org>

> It's worth distinguishing here between runtime use of OWL 
> reasoners over massive datasets, versus OWL as a 
> documentation standard.
> 
> There is no reason at all to avoid use of OWL in documenting 
> your classes and properties if OWL usefully captures the 
> meaning of the terms.
> 
> Asking eg. whether a property is considered a functional 
> property, or whether two classes are disjoint, is a useful 
> discipline for all RDF application developers. OWL provides 
> the modelling and terminological tools for doing this. 
> Developers shouldn't be discouraged from doing so by concerns 
> that larger data systems subsequently won't scale. Making use 
> of the OWL information is a largely separate problem...

Indeed yes...

Mind you maybe it would also be good practice for people doing
owl:sameAs between datasets to make some simple links at the ontology
level, run the merged ontologies through the reasoner and use that as a
guide as to whether your owl:sameAs links will be valid. Of course this
would rely on good quality ontologies, but OWL isn't really rocket
science :)

John

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