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RE: proposal to close ISSUE-102

From: Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 16:28:46 +0100
Message-ID: <0EF30CAA69519C4CB91D01481AEA06A08031E6@judith.fzi.de>
To: "Boris Motik" <boris.motik@comlab.ox.ac.uk>
Cc: <public-owl-wg@w3.org>
Hi Boris!

Boris Motik wrote:

>As for your first question, note that no OWL 1.1 ontology can 
>consist solely of a property: ontologies consist of axioms, so there
>is no way for an ontology to contain an entity directly. An 
>ontology can contain a declaration axiom for a property. Then, the
>translation of such an ontology into RDF would generate RDF triples.

It has been pointed out by Peter in a different mail that this topic is
already covered by ISSUE-89. What I want to add here is that I believe that
this is more than just a theoretical problem. 

Imagine there is some "lightweight" OWL-1.0-DL ontology on the SemWeb, which
defines a bag of terms in the following way: For each term only its URI and
its "syntactical category" (whether it is a class, an object property, or a
data property) is determined. But no further semantic relationships between
these terms are specified, because the ontology's author does not need/want
such restricting information.

An example:

  ex:Person rdf:type owl:Class
  ex:Homepage rdf:type owl:Class

  ex:hasAuthor rdf:type owl:ObjectPropery
  ex:hasHomepage rdf:type owl:ObjectProperty
  ex:knowsPerson rdf:type owl:ObjectProperty

  ex:hasGivenName rdf:type owl:DatatypeProperty
  ex:hasFamilyName rdf:type owl:DatatypeProperty

As far as I understand, this RDF graph will be translated into an *empty*
Functional Syntax ontology by the OWL-1.1-DL RDF-to-FunctionalSyntax
mapping. Is this correct?


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