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OWL Simplified English: a finite-state language for ontology editing

Power, Richard (2012). OWL Simplified English: a finite-state language for ontology editing. In: Third International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language (CNL 2012), 29-31 Aug 2012, Zurich, Switzerland.

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We describe a controlled fragment of English for editing ontologies in OWL. Although this language substantially overlaps other CNLs that have been proposed for this purpose, it has a number of special features designed to simplify its learning and use. First, the language allows users to start typing in sentences with little or no preliminary effort in building a controlled vocabulary or lexicon. Second, it disallows sentences that people interpret as structurally ambiguous. Third, it employs a finite-state grammar, so facilitating fast and reliable implementation of an editing tool. These advantages are gained at the cost of severe restrictions in coverage, which mean that the majority of potential OWL axioms cannot be expressed. However, analysis of axiom patterns from several ontology repositories suggests that these constraints are almost invariably respected by ontology developers, so that in practice the loss of expressivity is rarely noticeable.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Springer-Verlag
Extra Information: Published in: T. Kuhn and N. E. Fuchs (Eds.): CNL 2012, LNCS 7427, pp. 44-60, 2012 (ISBN 978-3-642-32611-0)
Keywords: semantic web; ontology editing; controlled natural language
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 34272
Depositing User: Richard Power
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 15:24
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 23:08
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