OWL 2 Web Ontology Language: Structural Specification and Functional-Style Syntax

  • Bock C
  • Fokoue A
  • Haase P
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The OWL 2 Web Ontology Language, informally OWL 2, is an ontology language for the Semantic Web with formally defined meaning. OWL 2 ontologies provide classes, properties, individuals, and data values and are stored as Semantic Web documents. OWL 2 ontologies can be used along with information written in RDF, and OWL 2 ontologies themselves are primarily exchanged as RDF documents. The OWL 2 Document Overview describes the overall state of OWL 2, and should be read before other OWL 2 documents. The meaningful constructs provided by OWL 2 are defined in terms of their structure. As well, a functional-style syntax is defined for these constructs, with examples and informal descriptions. One can reason with OWL 2 ontologies under either the RDF-Based Semantics OWL 2 RDF-Based Semantics or the Direct Semantics OWL 2 Direct Semantics. If certain restrictions on OWL 2 ontologies are satisfied and the ontology is in OWL 2 DL, reasoning under the Direct Semantics can be implemented using techniques well known in the literature.

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  • Conrad Bock

  • Achille Fokoue

  • Peter Haase

  • Rinke Hoekstra

  • Ian Horrocks

  • Alan Ruttenberg

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