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[protege-owl] Thanks Thomas

henry fonbeyin fonbeyin at
Mon Mar 23 12:32:08 PDT 2009

Mighty Thanks Sir.
--- On Mon, 3/23/09, Thomas Russ <tar at ISI.EDU> wrote:

From: Thomas Russ <tar at ISI.EDU>
Subject: Re: [protege-owl] What can I do in SWRL that is not possible using QueriesTab, Access database
To: "User support for the Protege-OWL editor" <protege-owl at>
Date: Monday, March 23, 2009, 6:44 PM

On Mar 22, 2009, at 8:05 AM, mbikinyi brat wrote:

> 2) Furthermore, can someone provide me with an example of a query  
> possible in ontology knowledgebase or SWRLTab or QueriesTab that is  
> not possible in traditional database system such as MS Access?

One very simple example.

   Class: Person
   Property: hasChild
   Class: Parent <=>  Person and atleast 1 hasChild

   Query:   Parent(?x)

   Table: Person
   Table: hasChild

   Query:  ??

You don't have the terminology for "Parent" in the relational
so you can't directly query for it.  Instead, you would have to  
manually expand the definition of a parent into the SQL query itself.   
Deductive databases can help a bit in this direction, but even with a  
deductive database, you would not be able to directly assert that  
someone was a Parent, since that would be a virtual relation that  
could only be used in queries.

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