Re: Attribute or Property Ontology?

Hi Aldo,

Very helpful references. Your ref [1] (see corrected link below) is 
excellent and goes to much broader questions of the primitive power of 
classes and the importance of context (I think that is another way to 
consider "framing", no?) in situating semantic Web assertions. Very 
useful. And I agree with the DBpedia infobox observations.

However, what I am looking for is a reference "grounding" that would 
enable descriptive or quantitative attribute properties from different 
vocabularies and ontologies to be mapped to one another. Two different 
properties for, say, distance, could be related to a canonical distance 
reference. Such a reference system should also allow, say, relating 
different unit measures (e.g., English v metric distances) or possibly 
allow string literals to be "lifted" to an object property or specific 

The ultimate purpose of such an attribute reference ontology would be to 
aid true data operability between systems. I also have an intuitive 
sense that such quantity and descriptive properties lend themselves to 
an overall logical organization. Portions of Cyc seem to demonstrate 
this; I will poke further into DOLCE as well.

Maybe this is just too difficult to do, and that is the reason I'm not 
finding any prior work. ;)

Thanks, Mike


On 7/11/2014 2:34 AM, Aldo Gangemi wrote:
> Hi Mike, you’re probably talking of a “framing” ontology that “unifies" sets of properties for certain entities?
> This Infobox-like structure is missing from DBpedia for example, as I described in [1].
> Probably the oldest ontology pattern for that is Descriptions and Situations [2], also embedded in the DOLCE+DnS-Ultralight (DUL) foundational ontology [3].
> Aldo
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> On Jul 11, 2014, at 4:42:26 AM , Mike Bergman <> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I have been looking for an ontology that organizes and describes possible characteristics or attributes for common entity types, such as what might be found in a key-value pair in Wikipedia infoboxes and such.
>> I have had no luck finding such a vocabulary or ontology. The closest representation I found was one related to sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) [1]. The Wolfram Language also has an interesting structure around units [2]. Biperpedia has recently been discussed by Google [3], but no actual ontology or structure yet appears available for inspection.
>> Does anyone know of a general ontology for capturing record/entity attributes or characteristics (properties)? I know some domains like biomedical may have partial approaches to this, but I'm seeking something that has as its intent being a general-purpose attribute reference.
>> Suggestions or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
>> Thanks, Mike
>> [1]
>> [2]
>> [3]

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