Rule-based OWL modeling with ROWLTab Protégé plugin

Md Kamruzzaman Sarker, Adila Krisnadhi, David Carral, Pascal Hitzler

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It has been argued that it is much easier to convey logical statements using rules rather than OWL (or description logic (DL)) axioms. Based on recent theoretical developments on transformations between rules and DLs, we have developed ROWLTab, a Protégé plugin that allows users to enter OWL axioms by way of rules; the plugin then automatically converts these rules into OWL 2 DL axioms if possible, and prompts the user in case such a conversion is not possible without weakening the semantics of the rule. In this paper, we present ROWLTab, together with a user evaluation of its effectiveness compared to entering axioms using the standard Protégé interface. Our evaluation shows that modeling with ROWLTab is much quicker than the standard interface, while at the same time, also less prone to errors for hard modeling tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web - 14th International Conference, ESWC 2017, Proceedings
EditorsDiana Maynard, Aldo Gangemi, Rinke Hoekstra, Eva Blomqvist, Olaf Hartig, Pascal Hitzler
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319580678
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event14th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2017 - Portoroz, Slovenia
Duration: 28 May 20171 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10249 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th Extended Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2017


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