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<title>Package documentation for com.hp.hpl.jena.ontology</title>
Provides a set of abstractions and convenience classes for accessing and manipluating ontologies
represented in RDF. The two prevalent ontology languages based on RDF are
<a href="http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/WebOnt/">OWL</a> and
<a href="http://www.daml.org">DAML+OIL</a>. Since these two languages are similar, this package
attempts to present a common set of abstractions, parameterised by vocabularies fot the different languages.
<b>Note:</b> this package primarily seeks to provide easy programmatic access to the terms in the ontologies. The
ontology languages have well-defined semantics that provide entailment rules for triples not directly asserted by the
ontology. By and large, an inference engine is needed to access these entailed triples, for which several options
and an open architecture are provided elsewhere in Jena.