SDS SDK Python Aspect Model loader

The Python SDK offers functionality which helps software developers to work with Aspect Models in their Python applications.

This guide gives an overview of the components in the Python SDK and shows how to use them.

Getting Started


  • Python Version 3.10 or higher. Check your version with

    python --version
  • In order to include the packages a Python dependency manager is required; we recommend Python Poetry. The remainder of the guide assumes usage of Poetry. Please refer to the Poetry installation guide. You can check your installed Poetry version with

    poetry --version

Aspect Model Loader for Python


Aspect Models are stored as RDF Graphs in .ttl (RDF Turtle) files. The Aspect Model Loader for Python reads one or more Turtle file and parses the Aspect Model. The result is a Python object representing the root Aspect of the Aspect Model. The Aspect has references to all of its children (e.g., Properties and Operations).


If you want to work with Aspect Models in your Python solution you should install the Aspect Model Loader for Python and include it into your project.

Installation from package Repository


Currently not available

GitHub Releases

To use GitHub release as dependency using Poetry, you need to add it like this:

sds-aspect-meta-model-python = { git = "", tag = "1.0.0" }

for more information on depend on a library located in a git: git dependencies

Installation with local package

The Python package is an archive with the file ending .tar.gz. If you are working with Poetry, you can easily import that package by adding the local reference to your pyproject.toml

sds-aspect-meta-model-python = { path = "path/to/sds-aspect-meta-model-python-x.y.z.tar.gz" }

To make Poetry recognize your changes, run

poetry update

Loading an Aspect Model

Import the Aspect Model loader in your Python module

from sds-aspect-meta-model-python import AspectLoader

Then create an instance of the AspectLoader and run the method load_aspect_model() from the AspectLoader with

from sds-aspect-meta-model-python import AspectLoader

al = AspectLoader()
aspect = al.load_aspect_model("path/to/turtle.ttl")

where the input argument can either be a Path object or a string representing a path. Both, relative paths and absolute paths are allowed.

The return value of load_aspect_model() is an instance of the class DefaultAspect which is declared in the project.

Loading an Aspect Model from multiple files

If the Aspect Model is seperated into multiple .ttl files you can load the Aspect Model by calling the method load_aspect_model_from_multiple_files with a list of file paths.

from sds-aspect-meta-model-python import AspectLoader

al = AspectLoader()
aspect = al.load_aspect_model_from_multiple_files(
    ["file1.ttl", "file2.ttl", "file3.ttl"]

It may happen that the multiple files contain multiple aspect definitions and not only one. In this case it is possible to pass the URN of the Aspect as a hint, so the Loader knows which Aspect to load.

aspect_urn = "urn:bamm:io.openmanufacturing:test:1.0.0#myAspect"
aspect = al.load_aspect_model_from_multiple_files(
    ["file1.ttl", "file2.ttl", "file3.ttl"],

The urn can either be a string or an instance of rdflib.URIRef. If no urn is passed and the .ttl files contain multiple Aspects, the Aspect Loader will load the first one that is found.

Traversing the Aspect Model

The attributes of an Aspect can be accessed with like this:

name =
urn = aspect.urn
preferred_names = aspect.preferred_names
descriptions = aspect.descriptions
meta_model_version = aspect.meta_model_version
see = aspect.see

properties =
operations = aspect.operations
events =

Note that the attributes on Aspect Model objects are read-only.

BAMM Aspect Meta Model in Python


The BAMM Aspect Meta Model is defined by multiple Turtle files in the public OMP GitHub Repository. The project is developed in Java and the releases are published as JAR files.

Python applications that work with Aspect Models and RDF may need the BAMM as a Python package. Therefore, the project BAMM Aspect Meta Model for Python was created. It is set up to extract the RDF Turtle files from the released BAMM artifact or its Github repository and pack them into a Python project.

If you are not sure whether you need the BAMM Aspect Meta Model as a dependency you probably don’t need it because it does not contain any Python functionality. It is only intended for working with Aspect Models on RDF level.


The package is released on PyPI under the name sds-bamm-aspect-meta-model. The package can be imported to a Python project by adding the package as a dependency.

If you are using Poetry as a dependency manager you can execute the following commands:

poetry add bamm-aspect-meta-model
poetry install

The pyproject.toml file of your project should then include the following:

bamm-aspect-meta-model = "^x.y.z"

In the future it is planned to publish all packages of the Python SDK on public repositories. The authentication will then not be required anymore.