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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist by James Hendler, Dean Allemang

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CHAPTER 9 Basic OWL

In previous chapters, we saw how RDFS-Plus as a modeling system provides considerable support for distributed information and federation of information. Simple constructs in RDFS-Plus can be combined in various ways to match properties, classes, and individuals. We saw its utility in application to social networking (FOAF) and knowledge organization (SKOS); although RDFS-Plus has provided considerable and valuable infrastructure for these projects, we also identified capabilities required by these systems that RDFS-Plus cannot provide. In this chapter, we go further into the modeling capabilities of OWL, beyond RDFS-Plus, which provides a systematic treatment of information description. OWL provides constructs for describing ...

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