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From Alessandro Adamou <>
Subject Public aliasing management API for Stanbol ontology manager
Date Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:52:05 GMT
Hi all,

esp. those whom I reckon were more interested in the ontology 
naming/reconciliation issue in Stanbol.

At last I just committed an initial implementation for the Ontology 
Manager aliasing API

You can create an orphan (actually "uncharted") ontology entry, before 
loading content into it:

  $ curl -X PUT http://[stanbol-host]/ontonet/[my-id]

[my-id] can be of your choice, even simpler than a URI. Then you can 
either add more aliases

  $ curl -X POST -F "alias=[alias1]" http://[stanbol-host]/ontonet/[my-id]

or add the actual ontology content in the payload, e.g.

  $ curl -X POST -F file=@[filename] http://[stanbol-host]/ontonet/[my-id]
  $ curl -X POST -F url=[url] http://[stanbol-host]/ontonet/[my-id]

so that the entry referred to by all aliases is no longer uncharted. 
Note that if the POSTed ontology is named, an alias with that name will 
automatically be added.

the general syntax for a public key is  ontologyIRI [":::" versionIRI] , 
where an IRI does not need to necessarily be a URI.

(I am still to write this in the documentation)

The implementation is still in need of refinement, but it might work for 
your needs already. Please do not hesitate to let me know if it does.

Some TODOs:
- If this API is okay, see if it should be extended to ontologies in 
their "managed" form (by a scope or session).
- Deleting or moving aliases is not supported yet. There is a policy to 
be decided here: a DELETE on an alias should mean that the ontology is 
removed, or just the alias is removed but the ontology stays until there 
are no more aliases (a bit like the unlink primitive in Unix)?



M.Sc. Alessandro Adamou

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Department of Computer Science
Mura Anteo Zamboni 7, 40127 Bologna - Italy

Semantic Technology Laboratory (STLab)
Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology (ISTC)
National Research Council (CNR)
Via Nomentana 56, 00161 Rome - Italy

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