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Re: use case: finding employees by type (disjunction and OWL)

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 20:39:04 -0500
To: Rob Shearer <Rob.Shearer@networkinference.com>
Cc: RDF Data Access Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1081733943.16759.11696.camel@dirk>

On Sun, 2004-04-11 at 17:20, Rob Shearer wrote:
> A company classifies employees into three groups: management, support,
> and engineering. Each employee is assigned to exactly one of these
> groups.
> There exists an RDF store which encodes information about employees.
> This information also includes the office in which the employee works.
> E.g.
> #David hasGroup #Engineering
> #David worksInOffice #Carlsbad
> The information is not complete; e.g. there may be employees whose group
> is not explicitly stated in the RDF store.
> The company also builds an OWL ontology to supplement their RDF data
> with semantic information. Among other things, this ontology contains
> the assertion that certain corporate locations contain no engineers,
> only management and support.
> A user wishes to query the RDF store to find all employees who are in
> either the management or support groups (and print out their names).
> While inferencing and OWL may be beyond the scope of this working group,
> this use case demonstrates the continuity from RDF queries to OWL
> queries. The user's question can be answered fairly well by a simple RDF
> store (with no OWL), but precisely the same query (in terms of the
> user's desire for information) can retrieve even better information if
> OWL data is available.
> Note that this use case is *not* subsumed by any other we are
> considering. The use of disjunction makes the OWL ontology incompatible
> with the naive "inferred triples" model.

I don't believe so. It's straightforward to infer
	Bob rdf:type ManagementOrSupport
	Bob rdf:type Management
	ManagementOrSupport owl:unionOf (Management Support).

Using hasGroup rather than rdf:type is slightly more tedious,
but just as doable.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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