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UMBEL Annex B: Historical UMBEL Documentation

UMBEL Annex Document - 10 February 2011

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TR 11-2-10-B
Michael Bergman - Structured Dynamics
Frédérick Giasson - Structured Dynamics

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UMBEL: Upper Mapping and Binding Exchange Layer by Structured Dynamics LLC and Ontotext AD is provided under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. See the attribution section for how to cite the effort.

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Terminology Note

As of version 0.80, 'Reference Concept' (RefConcept) has replaced the notion of 'Subject Concept' (SubjectConcept). Historical documentation may still use the older term and some use is kept in current documentation for continuity reasons. Please treat the two terms as synonomous.

Versions History

  • Version 1.00 - January 25, 2011 (CURRENT VERSION)
  • Version 0.80 - November 15, 2010
  • Version 0.72 - August 21, 2009
  • Version 0.71 - September 3, 2008
  • Version 0.70 - July 16, 2008 (first public release)

UMBEL v. 0.72 and Prior

The UMBEL ontology namespace is (see Vol. 2 of the Ontology Documentation for access instructions).

Ontology Documentation

The UMBEL ontology is documented in two volumes:

Ontology Files

  • umbel.n3 – describes all of the classes and properties created for the UMBEL Ontology; that is, the basic UMBEL vocabulary and formal specification
  • umbel_external_ontologies_linkage.n3 – links between UMBEL subject concepts and external ontologies classes
  • external ontologies – access to specific external ontologies files linked to UMBEL subject concepts

Named Entities Instances Files

  • These files are no longer distributed.

DBpedia Linkage Files

  • These files are no longer distributed.

Cytoscape Files

Please note that Appendix G in Distilling Subject Concepts from OpenCyc, Vol. 3: Appendices, TR 08-07-16-B3, provides installation and use tips for Cytoscape, the open source program used for much of the large-scale UMBEL visualization and analysis. Here are the two input files:

  • – lists all the nodes and arcs to import into Cytoscape to visualize the UMBEL graph and a pre-prepared input file to Cytoscape.

Other Technical Documentation

The UMBEL ontology documentation is accompanied by a three-volume series describing the selection and vetting of UMBEL's 20,000 subject concepts from OpenCyc. These three volumes are:

The two key volumes for explanation of the initial UMBEL project and build process are UMBEL Ontology, Vol. 1: Technical Documentation and Distilling Subject Concepts from OpenCyc, Vol. 1: Overview and Methodology.

The two complete references to all archived files and access procedures in the UMBEL project prior to version 0.72 are UMBEL Ontology, Vol. 2: Subject Concepts and Named Entities Instantiation and Distilling Subject Concepts from OpenCyc, Vol. 2: Files Documentation.

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