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Re: Protein representation with and without BioChemEntity

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:18:58 +0000
To: Melanie Courtot <mcourtot@ebi.ac.uk>
CC: Justin Clark-Casey <justinccdev@gmail.com>, "public-bioschemas@w3.org" <public-bioschemas@w3.org>
Message-ID: <14EFD4A2-0AD9-48E5-91BA-530EB770B56A@hw.ac.uk>
Hi Melanie,

While we are free to pick terms from any ontology, it is important that as a community we select the terms that we are going to use in each specific profile. This means that the tooling to use these terms known what they are looking for.

Best regards


On 2 Nov 2017, at 10:02, Melanie Courtot <mcourtot@ebi.ac.uk<mailto:mcourtot@ebi.ac.uk>> wrote:


I'm wondering if we could take it a step further, and instead of defining specific properties we could just reuse terms from RO (or else)?

For example, "http://semanticscience.org/resource/is-transcribed-from"<http://semanticscience.org/resource/is-transcribed-from> could be replaced by http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/RO_0002510, "transcribed from", and "isContainedIn" could be  http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/RO_0001018, "contained in".


Mélanie Courtot, PhD
GA4GH/BioSamples Project lead
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

On 01/11/2017 16:18, Justin Clark-Casey wrote:
Direct term reuse sounds like a good choice to me, especially as

a) it's the mechanism that schema.org<http://schema.org/> themselves have to add existing ontology classes and terms to the structured data
b) will make applications much easier to write as they can use existing general tooling
c) allows us to do everything we were doing with AdditionalProperty and
d) still allows us to define profiles without having to move everything through schema.org<http://schema.org/>

-- Justin

On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 3:56 PM, Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk<mailto:A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>> wrote:
Hi All,

Apologies for the delay in sending this email. I have been working with Carole on submitting an Implementation Study proposal to the Data Platform for more work on Bioschemas.

For representing a specific bioscience type, e.g. a protein, we currently have a proposal for using a generic wrapper approach that we then specialise, e.g. BioChemEntity specialised with a Protein profile.

Protein profile

BioChemEntity type

To help understand the various advantages and disadvantages of this approach, Kenneth and I have drawn up an example of marking up a specific protein first using the current proposal and second  if we were to do the same with a specific ProteinEntity. Below are the examples and some analysis of them.

BioChemEntity Example
Minimum markup using BioChemEntity

Minimum + Recommended markup using BioChemEntity

One thing to note is that the minimum + recommended markup is not an additive extension of the minimum markup. Due to the use of the AdditionalProperty relationship, you need to use an JSON array and add the properties from the recommended level within the existing array.

An advantage of this approach is that it reuses terms from existing ontologies and we can represent types that do not currently exist in Schema.org<http://schema.org/>, e.g. Genes, Chemicals, etc.

ProteinEntity example
Minimum markup using ProteinEntity

Minimum + Recommended markup using ProteinEntity

While the markup in these examples using ProteinEntity is easier to interpret, the number of items that need to be changed to markup another protein is the same as in the BioChemEntity approach. The simplified markup should enable easier adoption, although we could help the current proposal of using BioChemEntity by using highlighting on the Bioschemas site to show which terms need to be changed.

A major downside of this approach is that we would need to add all the types to Schema.org<http://schema.org/> or host them at Bioschemas.org<http://bioschemas.org/>. While these could be mapped to existing terms, we would be accused of duplicating existing ontology terms.

Direct term reuse example
Last week, I showed the above examples to Dan (we were at ISWC together). He pointed out that the additionalProperty relation was added to allow the use of property/value pairs where the properties do not exist in an ontology. We are in the situation where the properties we are using come from ontologies. Dan suggested that we just use them directly. Note that the example also exploits the fact that you can define multiple types.

Minimum markup using BioChemEntity and term reuse

Minimum + Recommended markup using BioChemEntity and term reuse

As you will see, this seems to have the advantages of both the above approaches. The markup is more straightforward than the additionalProperty approach, but exploits reusing existing domain ontologies. The tooling and exploitation will be much more straightforward.

I invite you all to review and comment on these different examples. Do we believe that the BioChemEntity with term reuse (the third set of examples) is an appropriate path going forward?

Best regards


PS Sorry for the long email

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