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From Chapter 4

Ontologies in OWL

of Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies:

In this chapter, we introduce the ontology language OWL. We focus on an introduction to the syntax and on conveying an intuitive understanding of the semantics. We will also discuss the forthcoming OWL 2 standard. A formal treatment of the semantics will be done later in Chapter 5, and a discussion of OWL software tools can be found in Section 8.5.


  • OWL Syntax and Intuitive Semantics
  • OWL Species
  • The Forthcoming OWL 2 Standard
  • Summary
  • Exercises
  • Further Reading