Reviewing the design of DAML+OIL: An ontology language for the Semantic Web

Ian Horrocks*, Peter F. Patel-Schneider, Frank Van Harmelen

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Abstract

In the current "Syntactic Web", uninterpreted syntactic constructs are given meaning only by private off-line agreements that are inaccessible to computers. In the Semantic Web vision, this is replaced by a web where both data and its semantic definition are accessible and manipulable by computer software. DAML+OIL is an ontology language specifically designed for this use in the Web; it exploits existing Web standards (XML and RDF), adding the familiar ontological primitives of object oriented and frame based systems, and the formal rigor of a very expressive description logic. The definition of DAML+OIL is now over a year old, and the language has been in fairly widespread use. In this paper, we review DAML+OIL's relation with its key ingredients (XML, RDF, OIL, DAML-ONT, Description Logics), we discuss the design decisions and trade-offs that were the basis for the language definition, and identify a number of implementation challenges posed by the current language. These issues are important for designers of other representation languages for the Semantic Web, be they competitors or successors of DAML+OIL, such as the language currently under definition by W3C.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Pages792-797
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event18th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-02), 14th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference (IAAI-02) - Edmonton, Alta., Canada
Duration: 28 Jul 20021 Aug 2002

Conference

Conference18th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-02), 14th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference (IAAI-02)
CountryCanada
CityEdmonton, Alta.
Period28/07/021/08/02

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