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[protege-discussion] protégé API/development questions

Samson Tu swt at
Sun Jan 14 11:10:35 PST 2007

zhanjun li wrote:
> Hi, All
> I wonder is it possible to use protégé APIs to implement/expand certain
> functionalities. For example,
> I want to automatically read/build the protégé classes from a formatted txt
> file instead of manually typed in protégé;
> I also want to automatically read the slots/relations of each class from a
> formatted txt file.
> Should these be kind of plug-in or widget or none of them? any clues of how
> to start it?
> I have looked over the wiki but I have not found any content which exactly
> fits my needs.

A few import plugins (e.g., data genie, xml tab, umls tab) do something 
similar to what you want to do. You can easily write a Java application 
that (1) loads/creates a Protege project, (2) reads data from your 
formatted text file, and (3) makes Protege API calls to create the 
appropriate classes, slots, and instances, (4) save the project. Take a 
look at the example file, which 
does everything except reading data from an external file.

Samson Tu                    email: swt at
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