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RE: Interoperability note

From: Uschold, Michael F <michael.f.uschold@boeing.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 07:35:42 -0800
Message-ID: <4301AFA5A72736428DA388B73676A381B4CCD7@XCH-NW-6V1.nw.nos.boeing.com>
To: "Alan Rector" <rector@cs.man.ac.uk>
Cc: "best-practice list" <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>, <chris.menzel@gmail.com>, <welty@us.ibm.com>, <dlm@ksl.stanford.edu>

Good example, Alan.

ChrisM: lets see if we an add this to the examples in our narrative we
are developing.
CHrisW, and DeborahM: can you think of a nice example in the
airplane/travel domain? 

Here's one I just thought of:

"O1: hotel_reservation" "O1:flight_booking" O2:car_rental_booking" and
"O2:plane_reservation" but no class that means booking or reservation.

It could be a case of 'poor' ontology development, where there should
have been the more abstract class.

It may also arise when bringing two ontologies together, where in each,
there was no need for the more abstract class.

In either case, it involves creating a new class, and stating a subclass


-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Rector [mailto:rector@cs.man.ac.uk] 
Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2005 5:40 PM
To: Uschold, Michael F
Cc: best-practice list
Subject: Interoperability note


An important case we have come across frequently in mapping medical
classes is where they are both subclasses of an interesting common
superclass that is present in neither ontology, usually formed by
deleting one or two restrictions from each.

Our usual examples come from linking up radiology and surgery where we
have several different versions of repair of bleeding aneurism by
different methods but not common parent simply 'repair of bleeding

Closely tied to non-standard reasoning about least common subsumers and

Worth a chat


Alan Rector
Professor of Medical Informatics
Department of Computer Science
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL, UK
TEL +44 (0) 161 275 6188/6149
FAX +44 (0) 161 275 6204
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