LoLa: A Modular Ontology of Logics, Languages, and Translations

Christoph Lange, Till Mossakowski, Oliver Kutz

In: Modular Ontologies - Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop. International Workshop on Modular Ontologies (WoMO-12) 6th located at FOIS 2012 July 24 Graz Austria 875 IOS Press 2012.


The Distributed Ontology Language (DOL) is currently being standardised within the OntoIOp (Ontology Integration and Interoper ability) activity of ISO/TC 37/SC 3. It aims at providing a unified framework for ontologies formalised in heterogeneous logics, modular ontologies, links between ontologies, and annotation of ontologies. This paper focuses on building an ontology that formally describes DOL's vocabulary for logics, ontology languages (and their serialisations), as well as logic translations, called LoLa. Interestingly, to adequately formalise the logical relationships between these notions, LoLa itself needs to be axiomatised heterogeneously - a task for which we choose DOL. Namely, we use the logic RDF for Abox assertions, OWL for basic axiomatisations of various modules concerning logics, languages, and translations, FOL for capturing certain closure rules that are not expressible in OWL, and circumscription for minimising the extension of concepts describing default translations.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz