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[protege-owl] loading instance definitions in Manchester syntax

Derrick McCain derrick.mccain at
Thu Apr 15 08:28:06 PDT 2010


First, thanks for the quick reply. I apologize for the imprecise question. The users will be experienced software developers that will create some simple individuals based on a published ontology specification, so the simpler the better. The intent is to then to send the resulting text to a restful service for inclusion into a rdf store. My reading to date on loading is that the Manchester syntax is not supported as a format that can be automatically  parse the and insert the OWL individuals into a rdf store. I would like to conform that this can NOT be done or how could this be achieved using either the OWL or Protégé APIs.


From: Timothy Redmond [via Protege Ontology Editor & Knowledge Acquisition System] [mailto:ml-node+1897856-1928228510-61366 at]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:13 AM
To: McCain, Derrick (N-General Dynamics)
Subject: Re: loading instance definitions in Manchester syntax

On 04/14/2010 07:28 AM, Derrick McCain wrote:
> I am working with a group of uers that are not ontologists and do not have
> access to a a ont editor but need to provide some simple instance
> information based on my ontology. I woud like for them to use the Manchester
> syntax because of it's simplicy, but I don't know if there is a document
> reader availible to parse and add the instances to my ontology using the
> OWL/JENA API. Is ther support in a API to load information into a ontModel?
So I am not sure how the Manchester Syntax will help with providing
instance information - I may need a simple example.  I am interpreting
this as meaning that you are adding OWL individuals to an OWL ontology
but this interpretation may be wrong.

If you don't want them to have to worry about installing a ontology
tool, then our best offering is probably Web Protege [1] which will
allow users to edit an ontology with just a browser.  This tool will
also be better at editing the definitions of individuals.  Unfortunately
in Protege 4.1 we do not yet have an ideal tab for editing individual
data but hopefully this will change soon.



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