The W3C released OWL 2 today. Most readers of this blog are IT management people (whether they call it “cloud computing” or “boring old system management”) and don’t follow RDF, OWL, SPARQL etc too closely (if at all). Yet there is a lot of potential value in using these technologies for IT management, so I thought it might be helpful to provide some practical resources on the topic. I have selected articles that cover the special (some may say “twisted”) approach of using OWL and its friends for validation rather than just inference, as this use case is very relevant to IT management.
- Dave Reynolds’ overview of OWL2, with a focus on vocabularies and validation.
- A good series of articles from Clark&Parsia, starting with this one.
- SPIN (which I blogged about before), from the TopQuadrant guys, who produce the TopBraid tool (their free edition is a great way to get started using Semantic Web technologies).
Of course you can also go to the W3C standard itself, starting with the overview of OWL 2.
Just so you don’t feel lonely if you decide to explore this path, have a look at Elastra’s sexy technology stack. ECML, EDML and EMML are all defined as OWL ontologies.