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Building your first ontology: Part II

Michael Uschold presenting:


Building your First Ontology:
Part II of 7 Things you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

We give a gentle introduction to the process of building ontologies in OWL for the complete beginner.  We start with a few basic concepts, and you can follow along as we build a portion of a simple ontology.  We give some examples of how inference is used and show a few queries in SPARQL.  We will demonstrate a graphical ontology authoring tool that we use to build large scale enterprise ontologies for our clients.


We then give some practical tips for those who may wish to build OWL ontologies on their own.   We will be using Protégé and we briefly discuss some of the other tools out there.  We point out some of the things you need to be thinking about and highlight some common pitfalls that people often face.   We explore the some common preconceived notions that people have that cause these pitfalls and suggest how to avoid them.

If you want to follow along, then go here: and download and install version 4.0.2 of Protégé.

Special thanks to our venue sponsor Wright Robbins, Inc for this evening. Wright Robbins will have an event on Thursday the 28th discussing the insights and the finer points of Microsoft's "Private" Cloud Technologies offering - Please check out the following link:



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Part II was twice as good as Part I. Dr. Uschold had another cool and crisp presentation and discussion.

    May 13, 2011

  • Michael U.

    Very enjoyable, good questions and discussion from the audience.

    May 13, 2011

  • Jill M.

    Had a great discussion! Thank you Michael for your presentation!

    May 13, 2011

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