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Aljalbout, Sahar ; Buchs, Didier ; Falquet, Gilles

OWL^C: A Contextual Two-Dimensional Web Ontology Language

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Representing and reasoning on contexts is an open problem in the semantic web. Despite the fact that context representation has for a long time been treated locally by semantic web practitioners, a recognized and widely accepted consensus regarding the way of encoding and particularly reasoning on contextual knowledge has not yet been reached by far. In this paper, we present OWL^C : a contextual two-dimensional web ontology language. Using the first dimension, we can reason on contexts-dependent classes, properties, and axioms and using the second dimension, we can reason on knowledge about contexts which we consider formal objects, as proposed by McCarthy [McCarthy, 1987]. We demonstrate the modeling strength and reasoning capabilities of OWL^C with a practical scenario from the digital humanity domain. We chose the Ferdinand de Saussure [Joseph, 2012] use case in virtue of its inherent contextual nature, as well as its notable complexity which allows us to highlight many issues connected with contextual knowledge representation and reasoning.

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  author =	{Sahar Aljalbout and Didier Buchs and Gilles Falquet},
  title =	{{OWL^C: A Contextual Two-Dimensional Web Ontology Language}},
  booktitle =	{2nd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2019)},
  pages =	{2:1--2:13},
  series =	{OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-105-4},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{70},
  editor =	{Maria Eskevich and Gerard de Melo and Christian F{\"a}th and John P. McCrae and Paul Buitelaar and Christian Chiarcos and Bettina Klimek and Milan Dojchinovski},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-103666},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.LDK.2019.2},
  annote =	{Keywords: Contextual Reasoning, OWL^C, Contexts in digital humanities}

Keywords: Contextual Reasoning, OWL^C, Contexts in digital humanities
Collection: 2nd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2019)
Issue Date: 2019
Date of publication: 16.05.2019

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