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[p4-feedback] SWRL editing in protégé 4

Michel_Dumontier Michel_Dumontier at
Wed Apr 1 09:15:34 PDT 2009

Yai! SWRL support!





From: p4-feedback-bounces at [mailto:p4-feedback-bounces at] On Behalf Of Nick Drummond
Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 12:11 PM
To: Submit feedback for Protege 4.0 beta
Subject: Re: [p4-feedback] SWRL editing in protégé 4


Hi All,

P4 build 110 will have basic editing support for rules. This is simply in the form of a SWRL expression editor hooked up to the OWL API parser.

I will have to look at the serialisation issues (not supported by OWL/XML and rendering of axiom annotations in RDF/XML).


2009/3/31 Fornara Nicoletta <fornaran at>

It is not possible to edit SWRL rules in protégé 4.0 and certain rules have some problems (see my post in February).

I use this solution: I edit SWRL rules with protege 3.4 save them in the .owl file and copy them in the protégé 4.0 .owl file, and open the file with protégé 4.0 where I can only browse the rules. In protégé 4.0 you can use pellet 1.5 or the plug-in pellet 2.0 to reason on SWRL rules without using the Jess bridge.

My main problem is that when I open the .owl file with rules with protégé 4.0 I am not any more able to save it. If I want to change the ontology I have to remove the rules, change the ontology and insert them again.
If you find a better solution please let us know!

Nicoletta Fornara

-----Original Message-----
From: p4-feedback-bounces at [mailto:p4-feedback-bounces at] On Behalf Of Pallinger Péter
Sent: martedì, 31. marzo 2009 12:07
To: p4-feedback at
Subject: [p4-feedback] SWRL editing in protégé 4

I have recently explored the SWRL editing and execution capabilities of protégé 3.4 and 4.0. The SWRL editor of 3.4 is quite OK. Execution, on the other hand, requires JESS and even then it is not fully integrated.

Protégé 4.0 beta (Version 4.0.109) however can infer upon SWRL rules using both pellet
1.5 and 2.0. The only problem is, that I can only display SWRL rules using the 'Rules'
ontology view.

My question is whether it is possible to create and/or edit rules in Protégé 4 somehow.
It would make Protégé 4 the perfect platform for our project.

Thanks in advance for your answer!


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