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[protege-owl] Ontology reuse

fariz darari capucinnolover at
Fri Nov 12 02:52:24 PST 2010

I'm afraid the benefits are less than the disadvantages. The OWL-Full will
make your ontology undecidable. It will be hard to be reasoned by any
inference systems.

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 5:38 PM, Dário Abdulrehman
<dario.rehman at>wrote:

> I would like to annotate an information system front end in the Biology
> domain with RDFa.
> There seems to be two ways to do it:
> 1. Create an ontology specifically for this purpose where I can create
> terms (classes) such as GeneDescription along with data properties that
> describe a gene (standard name, gene sequence, etc.), and use this terms to
> annotate the XHTML code.
> 2. Reuse terms from existing vocabularies: it is difficult to find terms
> that are exactly appropriate (I used the search
> engine), sometimes it is not possible to find them, or I end up annotating
> elements in the XHTML interface related with the same class with terms
> coming from different vocabularies, which results in a messy "ontology". In
> this case, where terms come from different ontologies the resulting
> (implicit?) merged ontology can even be inconsistent.  I found a Protégé
> plugin for ontology reuse Prosé
>, but it seems
> to be non-trivial to use.
> Since the main goal of using ontologies is the ability to perform inference
> (if you keep them in OWL-DL) it seems to be a very difficult task to reuse
> ontologies while keeping up with this restrictions.
> Are there any benefits in providing RDFa annotations if the resulting RDF
> is in RDFS/OWL-Full?
> I am more inclined to follow the approach 1, even though the effort to
> build a new ontology is big, it seems to be even harder to reuse existing
> ontologies.
> Thanks.
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Fariz Darari
Universitas Indonesia
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