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[protege-discussion] Modelling question

rich hardy ontouser at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 10:14:15 PDT 2008


Hi,

I'm teaching myself ontology engineering, and having studied the amino acid
ontology (http://www.co-ode.org/*ontologies*/*amino*-*acid*/2005/10/11/*
amino*-*acid*.*owl)*.

I'm now trying to model a human action ontology.

The Action classes will be e.g.:

Action
-- Walk
-- Run
-- Jump
-- Turn
-- Skip
-- Hop

With multiple modifier classes, eg:

Modifier
-- Direction (Forward Or Backward Or Stationary)
-- Speed (Slow Or Medium Or Fast)
-- Rotation (Clockwise Or AntiClockwise)
-- Path (Circular Or Straight)
-- StartingBodySide (StartsOnLeftFoot Or StartsOnRightFoot)

It's pretty simple, but assuming there are many more Actions and Modifiers
to be added, there are going to be an explosion of classes if i try to store
all the combinations of Actions and Modifiers.

I would like to store and search on instances of e.g. a Run that:
StartsOnLeftFoot, Forward, Fast, Circular and Clockwise, or a Walk that:
StartsOnLeftFoot, Forward, Fast, Circular and Clockwise.

My questions is:
Are there any good examples/techniques/practices/design patterns available
to model this type of ontology (especially something using Dolce-Lite)?

Thank you for any tips/pointers/suggestions.
Rich
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