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Multiple Alternative Classification Criteria

Title: Faceted Classification Scheme (FCS)

Description: This modeling issue refers to the conceptualization of a specific domain concept using a Faceted Classification Scheme (FCS).

A FCS is defined as: "a set of mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive categories, each made by isolating one perspective on the items (a facet), that combine to completely describe all the objects in question, and which users can use, by searching and browsing, to find what they need" (Denton, 2003).

The section Diagram below presents an example of a FCS in the domain of "Dishwashing Detergent" from (Denton, 2003).


Image:Denton - 2003 - FCS Dishwashing Detergent.jpg


Users BenedictoRodriguezCastro, HughGlaser, LesCarr
Domains General, Vocabulary
Competency Questions Allow me to retrieve all "elements" (classes/individuals) of a "domain concept" viewed by a "classification criterion" (or "facet").
Scenarios Retrieve all "dishwashing detergents" whose "Brand" is "Palmolive" and whose "Scent" is "lemon".
Proposed Solutions (OWL files)
Related patterns

Additional information

A more detailed explanation of this modeling issue and the rationale of one proposed solution is presented in the paper: How to Reuse a Faceted Classification and Put It on the Semantic Web.

The OWL file in section Proposed Solutions provides an OWL DL implementation of the example FCS in section Diagram applying the Normalization ODP as outlined in the paper mentioned.


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  • Denton, William. How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web. Nov 2003. Documentation | reference page
  • Alan L. Rector. Modularisation of domain ontologies implemented in description logics and related formalisms including owl. In K-CAP '03: Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on Knowledge capture, pages 121{128, New York, NY, USA, 2003. ACM. ISBN 1-58113-583-1. Documentation | reference page
  • Rodriguez-Castro, B., Glaser, H. and Carr, L. (2010) How to Reuse a Faceted Classification and Put it on the Semantic Web. In: The 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), November 2010, Shanghai, China. Documentation | reference page
  • Welty, C., McGuinness, D.L., Smith, M.K.: OWL web ontology language guide. W3C recommendation, W3C (February 2004). Documentation | reference page
  • Krotzsch, M., Patel-Schneider, P.F., Rudolph, S., Hitzler, P., Parsia, B.: OWL 2 web ontology language primer. Technical report, W3C (October 2009). Documentation | reference page
  • Matthew Horridge, Nick Drummond, Simon Jupp, Georgina Moulton, Robert Stevens. A Practical Guide To Building OWL Ontologies Using Protege 4 and CO-ODE Tools Edition 1.2. Technical report, The University Of Manchester, March 2009. Documentation | reference page
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