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Protege-Frames User's Guide
Project Types
Understanding Project Types
Protege Files
Protege DB Format
Experimental XML Format
RDF(S) Support in Protege
Using the RDF Backend
Exporting a Project to CLIPS
Exporting a Project to HTML
Glossary, Editing Help

Note: This User's Guide describes how to use the Protege-Frames interface. If you wish to use the OWL extension to Protege, see the CO-ODE website for documentation and examples.

In addition to the Protege-Frames editor, which these help topics document, Protege supplies a separate Protege-OWL editor, which enables users to build ontologies for the Semantic Web, in particular in the W3C's Web Ontology Language (OWL). See the Protege-OWL overview for a description of Protege-OWL and see the CO-ODE website for documentation, sample ontologies, and additional OWL plug-ins.

"An OWL ontology may include descriptions of classes, properties, and their instances. Given such an ontology, the OWL formal semantics specifies how to derive its logical consequences, i.e., facts not literally present in the ontology, but entailed by the semantics. These entailments may be based on a single document or multiple distributed documents that have been combined using defined OWL mechanisms." (see the OWL Web Ontology Language Guide)

Although Protege-OWL uses the Protege engine to display and manage projects, the logic and user interface of Protege-OWL and Protege-Frames are substantially different. You should determine which model suits your project and do all your project creation and editing in either Protege-OWL or Protege-Frames, rather than attempting to switch between modes. Although there is substantial overlap between the two models, both Protege-Frames and Protege-OWL have features which are not supported by the other.

Following are some of the differences between Protege-Frames and Protege-OWL.

  • Protege-Frames:

    • primarily object-oriented (frame-based) with classes and slots

    • builds classes and adds or creates attributes

    • supports frames-specific constructs, such as Abstract classes

  • Protege-OWL:

    • based on Description Logic

    • defines classes by their logical characteristics

    • supports advanced OWL features

To install Protege-OWL:

  1. Download the Full version of Protege from the Protege website.

  2. Once the installer has downloaded, double-click to start the installation.

  3. During the installation wizard, select "Basic + OWL". This will install Protege, the OWL Plugin, and selected other plugins that are suited for OWL.

    Choose Components dialog

If your installation has been successful, you should see the entries "OWL Files" and "OWL Database" in the listing of project formats at Protege's start-up screen.

If you do not see a Project Type called OWL Files when you attempt to create a new project, there may have been something wrong with the way Protege was installed.

  1. Check that a folder named plugins/edu.stanford.smi.protegex.owl is present in your Protege installation directory. Make sure that this folder is not empty (you should see some .jar files and other things). If the folder and its contents are not present, they can be downloaded and unzipped into the plugins folder by hand.

  2. If you cannot get OWL projects to load, try re-installing Protege. Make sure that you select Basic+OWL as your installation type.

  3. Finally, refer to the OWL Plugin web pages to see if any changes have been made to the installation or running process.

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