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[protege-owl] Problem with Import Ontology

Timothy Redmond tredmond at
Tue Oct 28 06:48:24 PDT 2008

You have hit an awkward bug.  The problem is with the foaf ontology.   
The xmlbase of the foaf ontology ( is  
different than the ontology name ( 
foaf) for the foaf ontology.    There is actually some debate as to  
how the ontology name should be calculated in this case because some  
argue that the xmlbase should win in this case.  But Protege 3  
determines that is the name of  
the ontology because that is the name of the sole owl:Ontology  
instance found in the file.

Unfortunately the Protege 3 owl repository manager uses the xml:base  
to calculate the name of the imported ontology.  This is probably done  
because this is much more efficient that reading the file as an rdf  
file to determine the rdf file name.  I am noticing that Protege 4 has  
the same problem with foaf.  I am not sure how hard this is to fix or  
what owl 2.0 says should happen with this case (Protege 4 is based on  
owl 2.0).  I will investigate the fix for this issue.

As a workaround, since the foaf file is on your disk, you could change  
the name of the foaf ontology with a text editor.  Also there is a  
page that talks about ontology names and imports [1].



On Oct 27, 2008, at 9:43 AM, Najeeb Elahi wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I imported SIOC and FOAF ontoloies in my Protégé 3.4 beta OWL  
> project and these ontologies RDF files are saved locally.
> It works fine until I save and close project. The problem comes when  
> I reopen my project. Every time I try to open my project this error  
> message occurs “Unresolved Import”
> Any suggest are highly appreciated
> Thx in advance
> Best regards
> Najeeb
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