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[protege-owl] taxonomies, OWL-DL and Protégé

Paul Libbrecht paul at
Fri May 23 16:42:49 PDT 2008

A simple example?
Mmmh, an example of a taxonomy would be may something such as the  
topics of  a given domain, say, the library of congress  
classification... it's just a hierarchy.

Now, if I have a class in my ontology that has properties that refer  
to the "topics" in question, I'd refer to individuals that are of  
class "topic".

Do I have an easy way in Protégé to do:
- transparent maintenance of "a representative by class" (we do this  
- easy choice when populating a property value in my topic

thanks in advance


Le 24-mai-08 à 00:50, Tania Tudorache a écrit :

> Hi Paul,
> I did not understand exactly what you mean. Can you give a simple  
> example?
> Thanks,
> Tania
> Paul Libbrecht wrote:
>> Hello fellow Protégéers,
>> it is a common-trick, I think, in order to encode taxonomies, that  
>> the
>> class-hierarchy is used.
>> If you want to do this in OWL-DL, with some properties having values
>> into this taxonomy, you have to create (artificial) "representative"
>> instances. Fair enough. That's easy to do.
>> Now... when it comes to editing in Protégé, things aren't that
>> elegant, because one has to choose the class then the instance...
>> could there be a special form type (or option) to edit "taxonomy
>> values" that is only have to choose among the hierarchy (of classes)
>> but actually choose the (single) instance?
>> I guess it'd help editing such as SKOS.
>> thanks for hints
>> paul
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