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Re: Protein representation with a Bioschemas context ()

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:38:44 +0000
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Hi All

On 9 Nov 2017, at 22:11, Anders Riutta <anders.riutta@gladstone.ucsf.edu<mailto:anders.riutta@gladstone.ucsf.edu>> wrote:

The Bioschemas JSON-LD context could be a single file, or it could be a combined context, where "http://bioschemas.org/context.jsonld" might point to a collection of contexts  like this:

[
  "http://schema.org/",
  "http://bioschemas.org/Protein/context.jsonld",
  "http://bioschemas.org/LabProtocol/context.jsonld",
    ...
]

I like this suggestion from Anders of Bioschemas serving suitable json-ld context files for each of the profiles and these being referenced in the examples.

I suggest that we add as an output of the profile creation activity that they must provide a context file for the profile.

Is there best practice for versioning these context files?

> We have to select terms from existing ontologies, i.e. we will be selecting one ontology over another

Alasdair's concern above is justified, because doing this can be sensitive, and it can be tricky to accommodate the subtle variations in meaning that different sub-communities attach to certain terms, especially when there are multiple IRIs with a 98% overlap in meaning but a 2% difference that is just enough to prevent them from being exactMatches. However, judiciously endorsing selected IRIs as well-thought out and reflective of existing practice could actually be a significant source of value that the Bioschemas community could provide, because it would be an efficient and transparent process for recognizing and forming consensus. Note that we don't have to choose one ontology in toto over another; we can pick and choose terms from multiple ontologies, as appropriate.

I agree that we can mix and match terms from different ontologies. Also, for the search and lightweight exchange use cases that we are focusing on we are in the 98% case so hopefully consensus will not be too difficult but that is up to each of the working groups.

Best regards

Alasdair

Alasdair J G Gray

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