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[OEP, ALL] nary relations vocabulary

From: Christopher Welty <welty@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 14:59:47 -0500
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Several people have mentioned a need for a standard way to represent when 
an n-ary relation has been turned into a class in OWL or RDF (this is 
called "introducting a new class for a relation" in the N-ary note).

The "need" is basically that to support interoperability between OWL/RDF 
and other languages and formats that have a native ability to support 
n-ary relations, such as CL, KIF, ER, etc., one must be able to recognize 
these classes and their instances and translate them into an n-ary 

In a project I am working on with KSL, we have come up with a very simple 
vocabulary in OWL that we are using to automatically transform OWL 
knoweldge bases into KIF, and I think it would make a suitable solution to 
this problem if it were made somehow a "standard" vocabulary.

I'm not sure how to proceed.  We can certainly write a note, but woudl it 
make sense to recommend something stronger?


Dr. Christopher A. Welty, Knowledge Structures Group
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