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Re: metadata in OWL 1.1 --> can I do that?

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 11:06:30 +0000
Message-Id: <66238FAE-24FB-49BE-9503-F48C7932AD88@cs.man.ac.uk>
Cc: public-owl-dev@w3.org
To: Soonho Kim <soonho.kim@fao.org>

On Nov 24, 2006, at 10:34 AM, Soonho Kim wrote:

> How are you?
> I am Soonho Kim who is working on Food and Agricultural  
> Organization of the
> United Nation.
> Now, I saw the OWL 1.1 provide a metadata facility. In my  
> understanding, the
> metadata is about describing classes and properties on ontology  
> such as 'who
> makes classes/properties', when or why?'.

Yes, though this isn't as useful as one might think :)

It also provides for annotations on *axioms*.

One should note that OWL Full already provides entity annotations  
(OWL 1.1 provides a "DL friendly, very weak version of that).

> I am not sure (or doubt) that the metadata facility in OWL1.1.  
> could provide
> a facility to reuse the current existing metadata such as Dublin Core.

You could use punning to do this.

> Now, I am creating  an ontology which covers  existing metadata  
> such as
> Dublin Core(DC) element, DC terms and others, since this ontology  
> would be
> used for cataloguing publications in FAO.
> My bottom line is to 1) reuse the current RDF version of Dublin Core
> (keeping the name space) without doing any further refinement, 2)  
> to keep
> OWL DL not OWL FULL, and 3) to use the Dublin Core for inference 
> (that's why
> I don't want to use Protégé Dublin Core ontology in OWL DL, which  
> adapts the
> annotation property providing no inference)
> Can I do the three things using the metadata facility in OWL 1.1?

Punning should work for that; it was a primary use case at least I  
had in mind.

Whether it's the *best* way to do this overall, or whether enhancing  
annotation properties would be better is a subtle question :)

> Thanks for your answer  in advance: )

Hope this helps.

You can experiment with this in the 1.4 (almost) release of Pellet.

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