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Re: Southampton Pub data as linked open data

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 17:01:37 +0100
Message-Id: <3394C7CF-B080-45AD-AE7C-B498FC6C8B3E@cs.man.ac.uk>
Cc: "John Goodwin" <John.Goodwin@ordnancesurvey.co.uk>, "Chris Wallace" <Chris.Wallace@uwe.ac.uk>, <public-lod@w3.org>, <semantic-web@w3.org>
To: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>

On 28 Jul 2008, at 16:23, Richard Cyganiak wrote:

> On 28 Jul 2008, at 15:52, John Goodwin wrote:
>>> In an ideal
>>> world, John would declare pub:name a subproperty of
>>> rdfs:label, and the tools would infer the rdfs:label value...
>>> But most clients don't do that yet.
>> Am I allowed to declare something as subproperty of rdfs:label?
> As far as I know, yes.
>> I'm
>> guessing this is one of those things that is allow in RDF, but not in
>> OWL DL?
> I would be surprised if that is the case.

You're surprised.

> What makes you think so?

The spec? :) But also you can try one of the species validators.

(rdfs:label is an annotation property and you are not allowed to  
subproperty annotation properties in OWL DL)

"""Properties relate individuals to other information, and are  
divided into four disjoint groups, data-valued properties, individual- 
valued properties, annotation properties, and ontology properties"""

Then if you look at the rest of the grammar, you'll see where  
annotation properties are allowed.

> Can anyone else comment on this?
> (FWIW, foaf:name is a subproperty of rdfs:label.)

And hence, not OWL DL.

Historywise, this sort of annotation is a kind of metamodeling. At  
the time, the WebOnt working group (at least the DL contingent)  
wasn't sure how to handle this (it's not a standard feature of  
logics, esp. if you give it a strong semantic reading a la OWL Full).  
So the compromise was to forbid this.

In OWL 2 (DL), you can get this sort of effect two ways, annotations  
(which are under discussion and being explored) or by punning classes  
and individuals (which won't actually help you with the built in  

Typically, subpropertying rdfs:label isn't really a *domain modeling*  
thing, but an attempt to spec a *presentational* issue (i.e., many  
UIs exploit rdfs:label, and one wants to indicate which properties  
should show up in the UI). Thus, there's a bit of tension there.


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