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Re: OWL without RDF

From: William Bug <William.Bug@DrexelMed.edu>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 14:52:30 -0500
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Cc: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
To: Holger Knublauch <holger@topquadrant.com>
As I expected, the experts are listening.  :-)

Many thanks, Holger.  That's extremely important to know.

I will dig into the thread for more detail.  One main concern would  
be whether that was just a token gesture to stay compatible for now,  
as opposed to a commitment to remain compatible, until or unless an  
effective alternative is provided to representing very large  
knowledgebases in RDF.

I think more than anything I was a bit overwhelmed by the collective  
picture given by those half-dozen or so presentations from last  
week's meeting.  The meeting seemed "fresh" enough, so that it could  
be expected to be reflective of the status quo.  I assume there was  
much heated discussion during the meeting, that would have filled out  
such detail - or such has been carried out on the owl-dev list.

I suppose it's also a good idea to dig into the OWL Extensions list  
hosted by Jim Hendler's lab:


On Nov 16, 2006, at 2:33 PM, Holger Knublauch wrote:

>> However, I'd point out, in the last document, where they describe  
>> a mapping of OWL 1.1 to RDF, they make the following caveat:
>> Not every OWL 1.1 ontology can be serialized in RDF. In  
>> particular, ontologies using the following features of OWL 1.1  
>> cannot be serialized:
>>    1. punning and
>>    2. annotations on axioms.
> Please see a recent thread on the public-owl-dev mailing list about  
> this: http://www.nabble.com/Limitations-of-OWL-1.1-to-RDF-mapping- 
> tf2639224.html
> Bijan states:
> "The RDF mapping has lagged behind the others, but the plan is to
> extend the mapping to cover these cases."
> Holger
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