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OOPS! (OntOlogy Pitfall Scanner!) helps you to detect some of the most common pitfalls appearing when developing ontologies.

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Evaluation results

It is obvious that not all the pitfalls are equally important; their impact in the ontology will depend on multiple factors. For this reason, each pitfall has an importance level attached indicating how important it is. We have identified three levels:

  • Critical Critical : It is crucial to correct the pitfall. Otherwise, it could affect the ontology consistency, reasoning, applicability, etc.
  • Important Important : Though not critical for ontology function, it is important to correct this type of pitfall.
  • Minor Minor : It is not really a problem, but by correcting it we will make the ontology nicer.

Results for P08: Missing annotations. 3 cases | Minor Minor

This pitfall consists in creating an ontology element and failing to provide human readable annotations attached to it. Consequently, ontology elements lack annotation properties that label them (e.g. rdfs:label, lemon:LexicalEntry, skos:prefLabel or skos:altLabel) or that define them (e.g. rdfs:comment or dc:description). This pitfall is related to the guidelines provided in [5].

• The following elements have neither rdfs:label or rdfs:comment (nor skos:definition) defined:
http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Organization
http://www.w3.org/ns/prov#Activity
http://purl.org/goodrelations/v1#BusinessEntity

Results for P11: Missing domain or range in properties. 4 cases | Important Important

Object and/or datatype properties without domain or range (or none of them) are included in the ontology.

• This pitfall appears in the following elements:
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#memberDuring
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#remuneration
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#siteAddress
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#identifier

Tip: Solving this pitfall may lead to new results for other pitfalls and suggestions. We encourage you to solve all cases when needed and see what else you can get from OOPS!

Results for P13: Inverse relationships not explicitly declared. 13 cases | Minor Minor

This pitfall appears when any relationship (except for those that are defined as symmetric properties using owl:SymmetricProperty) does not have an inverse relationship (owl:inverseOf) defined within the ontology.

• OOPS! has the following suggestions for the relationships without inverse:
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#linkedTo could be inverse of http://www.w3.org/ns/org#transitiveSubOrganizationOf

• Sorry, OOPS! has no suggestions for the following relationships without inverse:
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#classification
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#hasRegisteredSite
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#headOf
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#role
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#reportsTo
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#siteAddress
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#remuneration
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#organization
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#hasPrimarySite
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#basedAt
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#memberDuring

Results for P20: Misusing ontology annotations. 6 cases | Minor Minor

The contents of some annotation properties are swapped or misused. This pitfall might affect annotation properties related to natural language information (for example, annotations for naming such as rdfs:label or for providing descriptions such as rdfs:comment). Other types of annotation could also be affected as temporal, versioning information, among others.

• This pitfall appears in the following elements:
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#transitiveSubOrganizationOf
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#unitOf
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#hasPost
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#headOf
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#hasRegisteredSite
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#hasUnit

Results for P34: Untyped class. 6 cases | Important Important

An ontology element is used as a class without having been explicitly declared as such using the primitives owl:Class or rdfs:Class. This pitfall is related with the common problems listed in [8].

• This pitfall appears in the following elements:
http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core#Concept
http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Agent
http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Person
http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Organization
http://www.w3.org/ns/prov#Activity
http://purl.org/goodrelations/v1#BusinessEntity

Results for P35: Untyped property. 4 cases | Important Important

An ontology element is used as a property without having been explicitly declared as such using the primitives rdf:Property, owl:ObjectProperty or owl:DatatypeProperty. This pitfall is related with the common problems listed in [8].

• This pitfall appears in the following elements:
http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/member
http://www.w3.org/ns/prov#used
http://www.w3.org/ns/prov#wasGeneratedBy
http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core#notation

Results for P41: No license declared. ontology* | Important Important

The ontology metadata omits information about the license that applies to the ontology.

*This pitfall applies to the ontology in general instead of specific elements.

SUGGESTION: symmetric or transitive object properties. 4 cases

The domain and range axioms are equal for each of the following object properties. Could they be symmetric or transitive?
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#linkedTo
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#reportsTo
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#hasSubOrganization
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#subOrganizationOf


According to the highest importance level of pitfall found in your ontology the conformace bagde suggested is "Important pitfalls" (see below). You can use the following HTML code to insert the badge within your ontology documentation:


Important pitfalls were found
<p>
<a href="http://oops.linkeddata.es"><img
	src="http://oops.linkeddata.es/resource/image/oops_important.png"
	alt="Important pitfalls were found" height="69.6" width="100" /></a>
</p>


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