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Software Tools for XML to OWL Translation



Thomas Kramer, Benjamin H. Marks, Craig I. Schlenoff, Stephen B. Balakirsky, Zeid Kootbally, Anthony Pietromartire


This paper describes a set of closely related C++ software tools for manipulating XML (eXtensible Markup Language) schemas and XML instance files and translating them into OWL (Web Ontology Language) class _les and OWL instance files. They include: (1) an XML schema parser (2) an XML instance file parser generator, (3) the instance file parsers generated by the XML instance _le parser generator (4) an XML schema to OWL class generator, (5) a domain instance XML to OWL translator generator, and (6) the domain instance XML to OWL translators generated by the domain instance XML to OWL translator generator. These tools have been applied to information models for kitting environments and kitting plans. The main focus is on the last three tools, which differ significantly from existing resources. The tools were built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in support of the Agility Performance of Robotic Systems project conducted in connection with the Working Group on Ontologies for Robotics and Automation of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - NIST IR 8068
Report Number
NIST IR 8068


XML, OWL, C++, translation, parser, generator


Kramer, T. , Marks, B. , Schlenoff, C. , Balakirsky, S. , Kootbally, Z. and Pietromartire, A. (2015), Software Tools for XML to OWL Translation, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created July 6, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021