Military Ontology Available


File Army-officer-icon.png from Wikimedia by RionThe Muninn Military and Organization ontologies have been released in OWL format on the Muninn RDF server and comments are welcome. These provide ontological terms for the markup of information about historical data and they provide more depth in terms of supporting changes to and the lineage of entities.

One of the ongoing problems with RDF markup and ontologies is that most of them are meant to support the expression of facts about the world as it currently is and not as it was or will be. This can create some issues in that most data is meant to be true at only one point in time.

The ontology includes support for military ranks, roles, organization types and service-specific chains of commands. Limited NATO rank equivalencies are provided and the country specific rank instances are being worked on. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.


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Graves Ontology Available


Grave of an Unknown SoldierA new OWL ontology has been released for the RDF markup of graves, human remains and commemorative monuments. It supports complex relationships between the remains, the grave and the different markers in use; recording the movement of remains is also possible as well as the linkage to the identity of the deceased.

The documentation is available here and the ontology in OWL format here. While the ontology is meant to support Muninn's data, it can be used on a stand alone basis for other projects.

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