Metamodeling-Based Semantic Web Languages

  • Wenming Wu
  • Yisheng Dong
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2738)


RDF Schema and Web Ontology Language (OWL) have nonstandard metamodeling architecture. As a result, these languages are difficulty to read and implement. Thus it is significative to make the OWL meta-model simpler. This paper introduces a modified RDF Schema (M-RDFS) as a metamodeling basis for OWL; it also describes how to overcome some problems of the original RDF Schema. Based on this metamodeling architecture, the M-RDFS will be a meta-language for OWL, thus it will not directly define specific ontologies. This paper introduces a conventional metamodeling architecture for semantic web languages. This method makes the modified RDF Schema easier to read and formalize, and it offers a firm semantic basis for OWL.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenming Wu
    • 1
  • Yisheng Dong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringSoutheast University

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