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[protege-discussion] When to introduce new object properties?

Timothy Redmond tredmond at
Fri Jun 29 10:16:09 PDT 2012

On 06/29/2012 09:49 AM, Gabriela Medina wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a question concerning the introduction of a new property. 
> Actually I would like to know if it's a "best practice" to use an 
> object property to include one class (or as few as possible) in the 
> domain and in the range. Is there any guidelines to know when it's 
> appropiated to reuse the existent object properties or when to create 
> new ones?

My first reaction to this question is that it is one of those things 
that is hard to give a clean answer.  I think that if you use a common 
object property the you are saying in some sense that it is doing the 
same thing for all the different types of individuals that it provides 
values for.  So for example with the pizza ontology, does it make sense 
to have the same hasTopping property for pizzas and for cupcakes or are 
these notions of toppings really quite distinct.

A simpler cleaner point is that domain statements for a property that 
takes values for several different classes becomes unwieldy. Thus

ObjectProperty: hasTopping

             Annotations: rdfs:comment "The disjunctions here can get out of hand."
          or Pizza

starts to be difficult to maintain.

Maybe some serious modelers would have something to say here.


> Thanks in advanced,
> Gabriela
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