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Re: Individuals with more than one rdf:type

From: Steve Harris <S.W.Harris@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 09:41:29 +0100
To: semantic-web@w3.org
Message-ID: <20060920084129.GB12768@login.ecs.soton.ac.uk>

On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 08:51:31 -0500, ben syverson wrote:
> On Sep 19, 2006, at 7:46 PM, Richard Newman wrote:
> >RDF types are not object oriented classes. RDF instances are not  
> >objects. They do not inherit anything in the OO sense.
> Got it -- "inherit" is a dirty word. The issue I'm dealing with is  
> that the internal model of my application is indeed more closely  
> related to the OO class/object model, so I'm trying to figure out the  
> most useful way to publish that information as RDF documents and OWL  
> ontologies.
> For example, classes can have properties in likn, and I'm trying to  
> determine a good way to represent that in RDF/OWL. My current plan is  
> to simply copy out the properties of a class to its individuals when  
> serializing to RDF/XML. I don't know of a better way to represent,  
> for example, the concept "all individuals of the class CocaColaCans  
> have the property 'color' with the value Red."
> Any suggestions?

Use RDFS or OWL Full instead? RDFS certainly allows properties on classes,
and I'm pretty sure OWL Full does too. It doesn't sound like youre doing
any complex reasoning, so the abilities offered by sticking to the OWL DL
subset is probably not relevent.

- Steve
Received on Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:41:48 UTC

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