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Reheating the OWL API

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What's Cooking?

We’ve just submitted a short paper to the Semantic Web Journal about the OWL API [1] (which coincidentally has a new release just out). It’s over seven years since we first started work on this. I’m still not quite sure where the title for the original paper [2] came from though — I blame Raphael Volz.

The API has been used in a variety of projects and tools, including Protege-4 and the NeOn Toolkit and the download statistics for the API are still very encouraging — over 34,000 downloads in total for the project, with 500+ per month over the last year. Web traffic to the site is also showing an increasing trend.

OWL API Downloads

OWL API Downloads

The Semantic Web Journal is operating with an open and transparent review process, which has some overlap with the Ontogenesis Knowledge Blog [3] experiment that I was involved in earlier this year. It’ll be interesting to see how much community input the open review process attracts, and what effect the open nature has on the tone of the reviews. Get your comments in now — we can take it!


  1. OWL API
  2. S. Bechhofer, R. Volz and P. Lord. Cooking the Semantic Web with the OWL API. 2nd International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2003 DOI: 10.1007/b14287
  3. Ontogenesis Knowledge Blog.

Written by Sean Bechhofer

August 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

Posted in owl, tools

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  1. We heard today that following minor revisions, the paper has been accepted for publication. Hooray!

    Sean Bechhofer

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm

  2. The published version is now available on-line:

    Sean Bechhofer

    May 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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