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[protege-discussion] protege-discussion Digest, Vol 64, Issue 14

Girish Joglekar gjogleka at
Fri Nov 11 06:27:25 PST 2011

Hi Matthew,

Thank you very much for the pointers. I will certainly study the papers. 
A quick glance revealed that they are all 2011 publications. I am 
surprised to find that with so much work going on in semantic web where 
ontologies serve at the key building blocks, there is not much available 
to address the migration issue. Have people done it mostly the hard way 
in the past, or have they done it right the first time?

Does this mean that the plug-ins are available only for 4.0? Should I 
migrate to 4.0? How will the move impact the current code I have? How 
different is the Manchester API from Protege's OWL-API?

Thanks again for your help.


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Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:10:33 -0800
From: Matthew Horridge<matthew.horridge at>
To: User support for Core Protege and the Protege-Frames editor
<protege-discussion at>
Subject: Re: [protege-discussion] maintaining ontologies
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Hi Girish,

This is quite a big topic.  There is quite a lot of research on ontology 
versioning and evolution and a fair number of tools that support tasks 
related to these topics.  Here are some things related to Protege 4....

Some recent work, that is very nice, is work by Rafael Gon?alves at the 
university of Manchester - he looks at analysing changes between 
different versions of ontologies.  Here's a pointer to various 
publications on this:

Timothy Redmond and Natasha Noy have also done some recent work in this 
area and have produced a Protege 4 plugin.  Here's their paper

and here's their plugin 

There's also the OWLDiff plugin:

In terms of versioning with SVN, there were some recent posts on the 
Protege mailing lists about this.  A search through the archives should 
reveal some interesting posts.



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