OWL Paths: A library for processing SPARQL-like property paths over OWL classes

Melissa D. Clarkson, Landon T. Detwiler

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Ontologies representing knowledge of biomedical domains are often constructed primarily of classes, rather than individuals. Classes are related to one another using OWL property restrictions which represent the complex network of relationships that would hold between individuals. The SPARQL query language is limited in its ability to represent the complexity needed for some types of queries over ontology class structures. We present the OWL Paths library, which uses a grammar syntactically similar to SPARQL and allows the user to write path expressions in relation to OWLClass objects in the OWL API. We demonstrate the need for this library using an example from the Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA) ontology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2024
Event14th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns, WOP 2023 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Nov 6 2023 → …

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  • Anatomy
  • Knowledge representation
  • Ontology
  • Ontology pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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