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[protege-discussion] Help needed in understanding the advantage of OWL over plain XML

Daya Patil daya.patil at
Tue Sep 8 21:38:39 PDT 2009

Hi all,

I am fairly new to the world of ontology, so need your help in 
understanding certain basic fundamentals. I would like to understand what 
advantage does one get in creating an ontology. After all, it has an XML 
representation of the data. So why not store the data that an ontology 
would represent in plain XML itself? Also if we talk about domain 
modelling, this is possible in other tools like UML, so what advantage 
does Ontology tools like Protege have over  other modelling tools?
I am sorry to be too naive here, but I really need help in understanding 
these basic features in ontology.

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