The near ubiquity of family relationship ontologies in the Semantic Web has brought on the question of whether any formal analysis has been done in this domain. This paper examines kinship relationships that are normally overlooked in formal analyses of domain-specific ontologies: how are such ontologies verified and validated? We draw inspiration from existing work done in anthropology, where attempts have been made to formally model kinship as atemporal algebraic models. Based on these algebraic models, we provide an ontology for kinship written in first-order logic and demonstrate how the ontology can be used to validate definitions found in Canadian legal laws and data collection documentation.
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