Abstract. This paper presents the OWL API a high level Application Programming Interface (API) for working with OWL 2 ontologies. The API is closely aligned with the OWL 2 structural specification. It supports parsing and rendering in the syntaxes defined in the W3C specification, namely, the Functional Syntax, RDF/XML, OWL/XML and the Manchester OWL Syntax. Finally, the reference implementation of the API, which is written in Java, includes validators for the various OW
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