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[protege-owl] Moving a statement from one ontology to another, imported, one?

Nick Drummond nick.drummond at
Fri May 9 05:16:17 PDT 2008

You can use protege 4's merge to do this. It just copies all axioms  
from a given set of ontologies into another one you specify.


On 9 May 2008, at 08:12, Paul Libbrecht wrote:

> Le 8 mai 08 à 20:29, Thomas Russ a écrit :
>> On May 8, 2008, at 5:35 AM, Paul Libbrecht wrote:
>>> as part of my desperate effort to distribute the tasks of Protégé
>>> editing through many distant nodes, I realized that the imports of
>>> an ontology in another is a very valuable practice.
>>> In our case, currently, I can be working quietly (and behind a slow
>>> line) on our german-side part of our ontology while some other folks
>>> work on the spanish parts. Mostly, we create disjoint individuals
>>> and classes. We can group our work within an ontology that imports
>>> our core ontology and the spanish and german ontology.
> Unfortunately, I have deep bugs trying to do that with some
> individuals where it is impossible to add properties. This
> disqualifies the approach, it is a shame!
> (both with the core ontology as a file aside and as an http URL)
>>> But sometimes, I have to create, in my german ontology, a class and
>>> instances, that should move to the core ontology at some point.
>>> How can I do that?
>>> I know it'd be possible by editing the OWL file manually but I am
>>> scared that this makes things inconsistent.
>>> Can you confirm this is doable?
>>> Is there a way to automate such a move? (e.g. I could try owl-api)
>> I'm not really sure about truly automating it, but you could take a
>> look at the PROMPT tab.  It allows you to move items between
>> ontologies.
> As far as I could see the prompt tab does not allow to work OWL
> ontologies.
> Is that true?
>> The other alternative would be to look at setting up a central server
>> and using the collaborative Protege to allow multiple developers to
>> work on the ontology at the same time.
> This is what we are doing already, with the client-server mode, but
> the performance is catastrophic for anyone with DSL or less (it
> probably requires at least 10Mb/s up and down). Two of the companies
> in our project have their network that is too weak for it! Hence I
> really want to look for another solution.
> paul
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