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Natural language & AI

Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2015)


Peter Patel-Schneider

Using Description Logics for RDF Constraint Checking and Closed-World Recognition


RDF and Description Logics work in an open-world setting where absence of
information is not information about absence. Nevertheless, Description
Logic axioms can be interpreted in a closed-world setting and in this
setting they can be used for both constraint checking and closed-world
recognition against information sources. When the information sources are
expressed in well-behaved RDF or RDFS (i.e., RDF graphs interpreted in the
RDF or RDFS semantics) this constraint checking and closed-world recognition
is simple to describe. Further this constraint checking can be implemented
as SPARQL querying and thus effectively performed.

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