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Re: URI of "this" ontology

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 08:45:25 -0400
Message-Id: <p05111700b9702ef75c4f@[]>
To: David Allsopp <d.allsopp@signal.qinetiq.com>, public-webont-comments@w3.org

At 11:17 AM +0100 8/2/02, David Allsopp wrote:
>Each OWL ontology has a URI, as used for the "import" feature. However,
>there doesn't seem to be any mechanism to record that URI _within the
>ontology document itself_. Of course, if the ontology is obtained over
>the web using the URI, there is no issue, but if the ontology is cached
>on disk, or obtained from a mirror, or otherwise used offline, it is not
>possible to determine from the ontology itself what its URI should be.
>This is already a problem with RDF - e.g. caching the RDF Schema itself
>often requires hacks such as replacing all relative URI references with
>absolute ones.
>Is there such a mechanism? If not, can I suggest that in the Header
>information, a field similar to "imports" be included to provide this
>URI? Perhaps "uri" or "baseUri" would be appropriate.
>Applications could use this URI to correctly parse cached ontologies. If
>the ontology is obtained directly using its URI, the internal URI could
>be either ignored or used as a check to ensure the correct document was
><Ontology rdf:about="">
>     <versionInfo>$Id: Overview.html,v 1.4 2002/07/31 19:44:09 henri Exp
>     <rdfs:comment>An example ontology</rdfs:comment>
>     <uri rdf:resource="http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl/example.owl"/>
>     <imports rdf:resource="http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl"/>
>David Allsopp

David - thanks much for this suggestion.  We had some discussion of 
this at our recent face to face, but had not worked out a solution - 
the idea of using a baseuri in the ontology definition is a very good 
one - I will forward it to the working group to be included in the 
discussion of this issue
  -Jim H
  WG CoChair

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