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Re: A question on the vocabulary for 'persons'

From: kei cheung <kei.cheung@yale.edu>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:13:21 -0400
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Message-id: <450722F1.3010407@yale.edu>

Hi Ivan et al.,

Based on my limited experience, a person in the life science and 
healthcare context can be considered as a subject or patient (which can 
be a subclass of person). Of course, there are other roles a person can 
play (e.g., doctors, researchers, and authors). For genetic studies, a 
group of subjects/indviduals may be a family/pedigree. In this case, 
relationships among these  family members may include Father_of, 
Mother_of, Child_of, etc. Other types of relationships can be inferred 
(e.g., uncle, sibling, etc). For popualtion genetics, we need to know, 
for example, the ethnicity of the subjects and the geographical 
information about the population to which the subjects belong. There can 
be mutliple types of ID's (e.g., patient id, cell line id, etc) 
associated with a person (whether the person is a subject or patient). 
Sometimes a dummy person (not a real person) is needed to fill in the 
missing data (e.g., in linkage data analysis). I am not exactly clear 
how these specific HCLS use cases of persons would impact the generic 
modeling of person. Maybe this is something we all need to think more 
about. This is just my 2-cent thought.



 Ivan Herman wrote:

>Dear all,
>we would need some feedback...
>There were some brainstorming on what vocabularies to use for the simple
>notion of 'Person' in various settings. There is old W3C note for an RDF
>version of vCard[1], but another version was created by Norm Walsh a
>while ago[2]. And, of course, there is FOAF.
>The issue came up because some people would like us to update the old
>[1] note but, if we want to do that seriously, it is not necessarily
>that easy (the vCard spec itself is not soooo o.k.).
>Hence the question as a feedback: what does the HCLS community use for
>something like 'Person'?
>Thanks for the feedback
>[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/vcard-rdf
>[2] http://norman.walsh.name/2005/12/12/vcard
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