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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Protege Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Protege is an open source ontology development environment that utilizes a graphical user interface (GUI) to define ontologies. Protege`s architecture can be used to develop, build, and maintain simple and complex Web Ontology Language (OWL) ontology-based applications. The Protege platform supports two main ways of modeling ontologies: Protege-Frames and Protege-OWL editors. The Protege-Frames editor enables users to build and populate ontologies that are frame-based, in accordance with the Open Knowledge Base Connectivity protocol (OKBC). The Protege-OWL editor enables users to build ontologies for the Semantic Web, in particular in the World Wide Web Consortiums (W3C) Web Ontology Language (OWL).

This technology does not utilize a database, as data generated by this technology is saved to the user`s local drive.

Note: For working with frames-based ontologies users can only use Protege 3.x. Frames support is not currently available in Protege 4.0 and higher. Also, Protege 3.x only supports OWL 1.0 language support while Protege 4.0 and higher supports OWL 2.0 language support.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has been assessed by the Section 508 Office and found non-conformant. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.9
Decision Date: 09/21/2022 at 02:03:49 UTC
Aliases: Protege Desktop
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (09/21/2022 at 02:03:49 UTC).