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[protege-owl] Deleting Individuals

Robert A. Elliott,Sr. robertelliottsr at
Tue Aug 11 06:46:29 PDT 2009

Tim,It is from an ontology that I'm progressively working on ( I'm using an XSLT application to extract particular members from an identical text backup(SRSontologyTEST.ow). The particular member is: <rdf:Description rdf:ID="RequirementsEngineer_1">    <SRS:hasRequirementsEngineerIDNumber>      <SRS:RequirementsEngineerID rdf:ID="RequirementsEngineerID_1">        <SRS:RequirementsEngineerIdentificationNumber rdf:datatype=        "">11</SRS:RequirementsEngineerIdentificationNumber>      </SRS:RequirementsEngineerID>    </SRS:hasRequirementsEngineerIDNumber>    <SRS:RequirementsEngineerName rdf:datatype=""    >Epluribus Elliott</SRS:RequirementsEngineerName>  </rdf:Description>
I did rename this individual :RequirementsEngineer_1  to RequirementsEngineer_One.  Both are in the .owl file. After deleting all of the indiduals in the RequirementsEngineer class, RequirementsEngineer_1 was the only individual I was not able to delete in the instance browser because it would not show up. But it is in the .owl file. Hope I'm not confusing my issue. Thansk for  your response and I really do need to resolve this. I can send you any files that you need.

Robert A. Elliott,Sr.
(601) 597-2786

--- On Mon, 8/10/09, Timothy Redmond <tredmond at> wrote:

From: Timothy Redmond <tredmond at>
Subject: Re: [protege-owl] Deleting Individuals
To: "User support for the Protege-OWL editor" <protege-owl at>
Date: Monday, August 10, 2009, 6:45 PM

I did not replicate this problem.  I did the following steps:

1. Opened  the standard pizza ontology that comes with a Protege

2. Went to the individual tab, selected the country class and selected
a country.

3. deleted the country with the X-like icon at the top of the asserted
instances panel.

4. saved the ontology

5. opened the ontology in a text editor.  The country that I deleted
was gone.

Is this problem specific to a particular ontology?


On Mon, 2009-08-10 at 10:59 -0500, Robert A. Elliott, Sr. wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm using Protege 3.4. I delete individuals using the delete icon
> inside the Instance Browser. The individuals still show up inside of
> my ontology .owl file.
> I have shut down Protege and restarted several times yet the deleted
> individual doesn't show up inside the  Protege tool but does show up
> inside the ontology .owl file.
> Why are the deleted individuals still inside the .owl file? I would
> think they would disappear from this file which is what I need them to
> do. 
> I hope I explained this well enough for a solution. Thanks.
> Robert
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