OWL 2 Modeling Capabilities

A comprehensive list of the advanced modeling capabilities supported by OWL 2 is beyond the scope of this book, but we describe some of the most important ones here.

Metamodeling

Metamodeling is the name commonly given to the practice of using a model to describe another model as an instance. One feature of metamodeling is that it must be possible to assign properties to classes in the model. This practice causes a problem in OWL 1.0, since OWL 1.0 disallowed treating classes as if they were individuals in this way.

One motivation for metamodeling is that a model often needs to play more than one role in an application: A particular concept should be viewed as a class in one role but as an instance in another role. ...

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