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Re: Family and Book ontologies

From: Robert Stevens <robert.stevens@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:14:11 +0000
Message-ID: <50B921A3.6070707@manchester.ac.uk>
To: David Shotton <david.shotton@zoo.ox.ac.uk>
CC: Silvio Peroni <essepuntato@cs.unibo.it>, Mohamed-Foued Sriti <sritia@gmail.com>, semantic-web@w3.org

You can find an initial blog about my Family History KB at
and there are more recent blogs that have highlighted some things about 
this OWL KB.
faCT++ could manage it) It's been used as the basis for an advanced 
tutorial in OWL - it maximises inference and also doesn't work in 
interesting ways. I think it's nice to look at, but for actualy, 
practical applicaitons I wouldn't do it this way at the moment.

The thing about this FHKB is that it was designed to maximise inference 
- it works, but runs like a very slow thing. (last time I checked only
FaCT++ worked). However, the property hierarchy could be re-used in 
other settings with ease. One could even attached rules to infer the 
same relationships...

For my FHKB I very deliberately used euro-centric nomenclature for 

My friend John Goodwin did his family as linked data:


On 30/11/2012 18:25, David Shotton wrote:
> Robert Stevens at the University of Manchester (cc'd) has done a 
> considerable amount of work mapping family relationships to RDF. I 
> would consult him.  David
> On 30/11/2012 08:49, Silvio Peroni wrote:
>> Dear Mohamed,
>>> 1. I'm developing now an ontology in which I need to describe 
>>> persons, family relationships and book/author information.
>>> Is there a well known (consistent/mature/commonly used) ontologies 
>>> or anybody knows or had used/tested/developed ontologies  about 
>>> family or books.
>> For books, probably you would like to look at the FRBR-aligned 
>> Bibliographic Ontology (FaBiO), available at:
>> http://purl.org/spar/fabio
>> I think you may also be interested in reading a descriptive ontology 
>> article recently published in JWS [1] about the aforementioned ontology.
>> I hope it might help.
>> Have a nice day :-)
>> S.
>> [1] - Peroni, S., Shotton, D. (2012). FaBiO and CiTO: ontologies for 
>> describing bibliographic resources and citations. In Journal of 
>> Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web, 17 
>> (December 2012): 33-43. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. DOI: 
>> 10.1016/j.websem.2012.08.001
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Silvio Peroni, Ph.D.
>> Department of Computer Science
>> University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
>> Tel: +39 051 2094871
>> E-mail: essepuntato@cs.unibo.it <mailto:essepuntato@cs.unibo.it>
>> Web: http://www.essepuntato.it
>> Blog: http://palindrom.es/phd
>> Twitter: essepuntato
> -- 
> Dr David Shotton
> Research Data Management and Semantic Publishing Research Group,
> Department of Zoology, University of Oxford,
> South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK.
> Phone: +44 (0)1865-271193   Skype: davidshotton

Robert Stevens
Reader in Bio-Health Informatics
School of Computer Science
University of Manchester
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United Kingdom
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