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General description

Name: Description
Submitted by: ValentinaPresutti
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Intent: To formally represent a conceptualization or a descriptive context.


Competency Questions:
  • Which are the assumptions under which a certain thing is described?
  • Which are the concepts involved in the description of a certain thing?
  • What is the interpretation of this case/event/observation?
Solution description: -
Reusable OWL Building Block: (972)
Consequences: This CP allows the designer to represent both a (descriptive) context and the elements that characterize and are involved in that context.
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The Description Content OP locally defines the following ontology elements:

Class Description (owl:Class) A description represents a conceptualization. It can be thought also as a descriptive context that defines concepts in order to see a relational context out of a set of data or observations. For example, a Plan is a description of some actions to be executed by agents in a certain way, with certain parameters; a diagnosis is a description that provides an interpretation to a set of observed entities, etc.

Description page

Class Concept (owl:Class) A concept can be an idea, notion, role, or even a reified class, and is defined in a description. Once defined, a concept can be used in other descriptions.

Concept page

ObjectProperty is defined in (owl:ObjectProperty) A relation between a description and a concept, e.g. a workflow for a governmental organization defines the role officer, or the Italian Traffic Law defines the role Vehicle. In order to be used, a concept must be previously defined in another description. The defines object property is its inverse.

isDefinedIn page

ObjectProperty is concept used in (owl:ObjectProperty) a more generic relation holding between a description and a concept. The uses concept object property is its inverse.

isConceptUsedIn page

ObjectProperty defines (owl:ObjectProperty) A relation between a Description and a Concept, e.g. a Workflow for a governmental Organization defines the Role 'officer', or 'the Italian Traffic Law defines the role Vehicle'. isDefinedIn is its inverse.

defines page

ObjectProperty uses concept (owl:ObjectProperty) A generic relation holding between a Description and a Concept. In order to be used, a Concept must be previously defined in another Description. This last condition cannot be encoded for object properties in OWL.

usesConcept page

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Modeling issues

Modeling issues about Description
Modeling issue Competency question Domains
Situation classification What situations satisfy a certain description? What descriptions can be (partly) satisfied by that situation? What situations (partly) satisfying a certain description can emerge out of this dataset?


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