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Re: rdfs:Resource versus owl:Thing

From: Damian Steer <damian.steer@hp.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 13:52:01 +0000
Message-ID: <45508F81.3050901@hp.com>
To: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
CC: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>

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Richard Cyganiak wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> Can anyone tell me the difference between rdfs:Resource and owl:Thing,
> both from a formal semantics point of view and a practical point of
> view? Any guidelines as to when I should use one or the other?
> 
> Cheers,
> Richard
> 

IIRC it depends. In OWL Full they're identical, in DL owl:Thing is the
class of individuals, so no literals, no classes, no properties (?).

I suppose that in practice you use rdfs:Resource to say 'everything',
and owl:Thing to say 'individuals', but it may be that they're one and
the same.

Damian
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