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Re: Advancing translational research with the Semantic Web

From: Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 11:40:30 +0100
To: Marijke Keet <keet@inf.unibz.it>
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Message-ID: <uejle5s9t.fsf@newcastle.ac.uk>

>>>>> "MK" == Marijke Keet <keet@inf.unibz.it> writes:

  MK> Regarding “reification design patterns” and the reification &
  MK> OWL (not the thorny logic-based representation of beliefs et
  MK> al), permit me to mention that support for n-ary relations
  MK> ---where n may also be >2--- in description logics is already
  MK> possible with DLR [1] and implemented with reasoner-support in
  MK> the iCOM tool (the tool may not live up to end-user-level
  MK> expectations on userfriendliness, but it works) [2]. 

Out of curiosity, can you describe how different or similar this is to
the result that you can achieve in the N-ary relation design pattern
for OWL? 

Obviously, building things into the DL is nice, but it's not currently
representable in OWL, so would require tooling support, while the OWL
N-ary relation pattern doesn't. 

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