Representation of Tensed Relations in OWL

A Survey of Philosophically-Motivated Patterns
  • Paweł GarbaczEmail author
  • Robert Trypuz
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 755)


The topic of this paper are the so-called tensed relations, i.e., those relations that hold between objects with respect to time. As tensed relations are not, almost by definition, binary relations, they need a special treatment in the case of such formal languages as OWL where only binary relations are explicitly expressible. We study in this paper a number of ways in which this expressivity constraint can be worked around focusing only on the solutions that seek their rationale in a philosophical argument of some sort. Besides fleshing out the details of those patterns we compare them to one another to show their strengths and limitations in various usage scenarios.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of HistoryPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Philosophy PolandJohn Paul II Catholic University of LublinLublinPoland

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