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How to align ontology terms that are similar but are set to potentially incompatible domain?

From: Peter DeVries <pete.devries@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 15:18:42 -0500
Message-ID: <CAE0MQeFCWAPUjDKTnQyzgTCZ=UJmu_LJewpM4AsWV7vCwe5uPg@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-lod@w3.org
 I was wondering what the best way to align similar ontology terms are not
exactly equivalent either because they have a specific domain or
 because there are slight differences in how they are used. For instance
some uses of Scientific Name include form with authority and others
 have a separate term for the scientific name with authority.

 Here are the terms that I am most concerned about, but similar issues
apply to genus, family etc.


    <!-- http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#scientificName -->

    <owl:DatatypeProperty rdf:about="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#scientificName">
        <rdfs:label>scientificName</rdfs:label>
        <vs:term_status>testing</vs:term_status>
        <owl:equivalentProperty rdf:resource="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#hasScientificName"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="http://purl.org/NET/biol/ns#name"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://www.uniprot.org/core/scientificName"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://rdf.geospecies.org/ont/geospecies#hasScientificName"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/scientificName"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://purl.org/ontology/wo/scientificName"/>
        <rdfs:isDefinedBy rdf:resource="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl"/>
        <rdfs:subPropertyOf rdf:resource="
http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core#prefLabel"/>
    </owl:DatatypeProperty>

    <!-- http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#commonName -->

    <owl:DatatypeProperty rdf:about="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#commonName">
        <rdfs:label>commonName</rdfs:label>
        <vs:term_status>testing</vs:term_status>
        <rdfs:isDefinedBy rdf:resource="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://purl.org/NET/biol/ns#commonName"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/vernacularName"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://rdf.geospecies.org/ont/geospecies#hasVernacularName"/>
        <skos:closeMatch rdf:resource="
http://purl.org/ontology/wo/commonName"/>
        <rdfs:subPropertyOf rdf:resource="
http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core#altLabel"/>
    </owl:DatatypeProperty>

    <!-- http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#authority -->

    <owl:DatatypeProperty rdf:about="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#authority">
        <rdfs:label>authority</rdfs:label>
        <rdfs:comment>The author and year of the species description
publication i.e (Baker, 1899)</rdfs:comment>
        <vs:term_status>testing</vs:term_status>
        <rdfs:isDefinedBy rdf:resource="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl"/>
        <skos:closeMatch  rdf:resource="
http://lod.taxonconcept.org/ontology/txn.owl#scientificNameAuthorship"/>
        <skos:closeMatch  rdf:resource="
http://purl.org/NET/biol/ns#authority"/>
        <skos:closeMatch  rdf:resource="
http://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/terms/scientificNameAuthorship"/>
        <skos:closeMatch  rdf:resource="
http://rdf.geospecies.org/ont/geospecies#hasScientificNameAuthorship"/>
    </owl:DatatypeProperty>

Respectfully,

- Pete

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Pete DeVries
Department of Entomology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
445 Russell Laboratories
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Email: pdevries@wisc.edu
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