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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, 2nd Edition by James Hendler, Dean Allemang

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Common Modeling Errors

In light of the AAA slogan (Anybody can say Anything about Any topic), we can’t say that anything is really a modeling error. In our experience teaching modeling to scientists, engineers, content managers, and project managers, we have come across a handful of modeling practices that may be counterproductive for the reuse goals of a semantic model. We can’t say that the models are strictly erroneous, but we can say that they do not accomplish the desired goals of sharing information about a structured domain with other stakeholders.

We have seen each of the antipatterns described in the following in a number of models. Here, we describe each one in turn and outline its drawbacks in terms of the modeling guidelines just ...

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