This weeks side-project was the creation of an ontology store using Entity Framework 4. An ontology store stores axioms consisting of Subject, Predicate, Object which are usually serialized as RDF, OWL, N3, … Whereas there’s lots of details about these serialization formats, the actual mechanics of how to store and manipulate them was somewhat harder to come by. Nevertheless, after much experimentation I came up with an Entity Model that can store Quads (Subject, Predicate, Object and Meta) or Quins (Subject, Predicate, Object, Meta, Graph). The addition of Meta allows one Axiom to reference another. The addition of Graph allows the store to be segmented making it easy to import some N3 or RDF into a graph, then flush that graph if it is no longer needed or if a newer version becomes available.

The store is currently hooked up to an Euler reasoner that can reason against it, lazily fetching just the necessary records from the SQL database that backs the Entity Model.

Here’s the EDMX showing how I modeled the Ontology Store:

Ontology Store Entity Model