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Re: The Two Dogs Problem

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 15:11:43 +0000
Message-ID: <4D0B7DAF.6080609@webr3.org>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
CC: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>, Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Sandro Hawke wrote:
> Another one is to use distinguishing characteristic and then declare OWL
> keys [1].
> For practical keys, one could use (owner, order-of-acquisition) as a
> key.  (The dog I got first is necessarily different from the dog I got
> after him.)  Or you could use some kind of registration number.  In the
> US, some people register their dogs with akc.org; in my town, you also
> have to register dogs with the town each year, and you get a
> registration number, so (year-of-registration, town-of-registration,
> town-reg-number) would be a good key.   Another option for a set of
> characteristics that would almost always be unambiguous would be (name,
> date-of-birth, owner of mother).
> I haven't actually used keys yet in practice, so I'm not going to try to
> provide a working example and get it wrong.  :-)
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/owl2-primer/#Keys

If I understand correctly, then owl:hasKey is like a unique index in 
dbms terms, over a collection of one or more properties?

So if you said:

   :Dog owl:hasKey (

Then that asserts that any :Dog is uniquely identified (in the unique 
existential sense) by the set of those property's values?

Just checking I've understood this correctly, looks really useful, 
thanks for the pointer Sandro.


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