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Name: Roles (OWL 2)
Submitted by: Rinke Hoekstra
Also Known As: Roles, Functions, Actions and Agents (OWL 2)
Intent: Capture the relational nature of roles using OWL 2 property chains, using theSocial Reality (OWL 2) pattern. Using this pattern the role-as-relation and role-as-class approach can coexist peacefully inside a single ontology.
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Solution description: Extend theSocial Reality (OWL 2) pattern with classes for roles, functions, agents and actions. Create a new subproperty "plays" for the counts-as relation. We create new property chains to traverse the context and plays relation, that allow us to infer the role-as-relation from the role-as-class description.

Imports theSocial Reality (OWL 2) pattern from [1].

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This pattern is made available under the CC-BY licence ( Under this licence the pattern can be freely reused but reusers should include an attribution to the original author (Rinke Hoekstra)

In your academic publications, please refer to this pattern by citing:

Rinke Hoekstra. Representing social reality in OWL 2. In Evren Sirin and Kendall Clark, editors, Proceedings of OWLED 2010, June 2010.


Rinke Hoekstra. Ontology Representation – Design Patterns and Ontologies that Make Sense, volume 197 of Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence and Applications. IOS Press, Amsterdam, June 2009.


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