- Versions and applicability of concept definitions in legal ontologies
- OWLED 2008 DC: OWL: experiences and directions: 4th international workshop
- Book/source title
- Papers for OWLED 2008 DC: OWL: experiences and directions
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Leibniz Center for Law (FdR)
In many domains concept definitions undergo change on a
relatively frequent basis. Especially in law, such changes can have far
reaching consequences. Existing ontology versioning techniques often do
not consider that old and new definitions may need to co-exist side by side
in a knowledge base, or they require non-standard language extensions.
In this paper we present a description logic based representation that
allows us to model and switch between varying definitions of concepts in
a single OWL ontology. We show how this representation can be used to
model complex versioning schemes in law.
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