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[protege-owl] Representing Organizations as an Ontology

John Feeney jfeeney at
Wed Sep 13 12:29:31 PDT 2006

I'm an new to OWL and want to use it to create an ontology to do the 
heavy lifting for a system - essentially having a rich ontology so I can 
use a smaller set of rules.

Here is my issue: I have a organization's structure something like:

Organization Class has subclasses:
Division - Section - Subsection - Group where: I could have numerous 
Divisions, Sections, Subsections, Groups. Also, there might be an asset 
at higher level that is available to all components - like contracting. 
So the Sections contracting office would be used by the Section's 
Subsection(s), and Unit(s).

Organization is the 'super' class, the Section is component of the 
Division and the Subsection is part of the Section, and the Group is 
part of the Subsection.   

I was thinking to define properties hasAComponent and isAMember to 
define the relationship explicitly.
Division hasAComponent Section 
Section isAMember of Division,
Section hasAComponent

I've looked all over for isAParent, isAChild type of properties - I've 
found them but never saw how they were used a class. 

Maybe I am thinking about this in the wrong way. If anyone has any 
answers, ideas, or directions to steer me into I would appreciate it. 

John Feeney, Ph.D. 
Cognitive Scientist	
Aptima, Inc.
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Washington, DC 20036
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