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Name: AffectedBy
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Intent: To represent properties/qualities that may affect the status of a feature of interest.

Competency Questions:
  • CQ1: What are the properties/qualities that affect the status of a feature of interest?

CQ2: What are the properties/qualities that affect a given property of a feature of interest? CQ3: Which feature of interest does a given property/quality belongs to? CQ4: What are the properties/qualities that affect to a given property/quality?

Solution description: The AffectedBy ODP consists of two classes aff:FeatureOfInterest and aff:Quality; and three properties aff:hasQuality, aff:belongsTo, and aff:affectedBy.

This ODP is a reengineering of the SEAS Feature of Interest ontology ( The constraint on the property seas:derivesFrom to be symmetric is unnecessary and sometimes innapropriate. For instance, the temperature of a room may derive from the occupancy of the room; however, it is not necessary that the occupancy derives from the temperature of the room. A new property aff:affectedBy (released from the symmetric constraint) is defined in the AffectedBy ODP to replace the role of the property seas:derivesFrom. It can be asserted that seas:derivesFrom is sub property of aff:affectedBy. The class aff:FeatureOfInterest is equivalent to seas:FeatureOfInterest, and the class seas:Property is sub class of aff:Quality. Moreover, seas:hasProperty is sub property of aff:hasQuality, and seas:isPropertyOf is sub property of aff:belongsTo. Furthermore, aff:belongsTo is defined to be functional, to support the notion that a quality is intrinsic to the feature of interest (i.e., an entity) to which it belongs (according to the conceptualization in DUL); and it is asserted that every quality belongs to a feature of interest (aff:Quality rdfs:subClassOf aff:belongsTo some aff:FeatureOfInterest). Finally, the property chain axiom aff:hasQuality o aff:affectedBy rdfs:subPropertyOf aff:hasQuality is asserted.

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Consequences: A quality cannot exist without the feature of interest to which it belongs. A quality is intrinsic to the feature of interest to which it belongs. For example, the temperature of room X cannot exist without the room X, and it is a different quality to the temperature of a different room Y.

A quality can affect another quality, but not necessarily the other way around. For example, a quality Z may affect the quality W, but the quality W does not need to affect quality Z.

Scenarios: A room (feature of interest) has a temperature (quality) and this temperature is affected by the air conditioner status, by the number of people in the room, and by the sun radiation that passes through the room’s windows. A basement (feature of interest) has a temperature (quality) that is affected by the air conditioner status, by level of the basement’s relative humidity, and by the quality of the thermal insulation of the walls. Room temperature and basement temperature are different qualities, although both could be individuals of a Temperature subclass of Quality class.
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