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Re: Vote on usage of non-schema.org terms

From: Gray, Alasdair J G <A.J.G.Gray@hw.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:43:11 +0000
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On 17 Nov 2017, at 11:00, Melanie Courtot <mcourtot@ebi.ac.uk<mailto:mcourtot@ebi.ac.uk>> wrote:

I would like to offer an alternative, as stated by Andra: "Wouldn't the best option simply be to be strict on the type Protein, but for the remaining properties use the complete ontological space out there, without any limitations.", where the type Protein would be replaced by others as appropriate.

I donít see that this helps us with the search use case that has been identified by the Protein working group which has agreed that having the connection with gene is a minimal property. As such, in the bioschemas approach a property needs to be used for the connection to gene.

The purpose of this vote is then to see whether we use profiles to fix that term to a particular ontology URI, as there is not a suitable term in schema.org<http://schema.org>.

By leaving things totally unconstrained, data providers must select a term to use and then hope that the clients can interpret the selected term.

The Bioschemas approach is about specifying the terms to use. Thus I believe that we should state the ontology term to use. This makes both adoption of markup easier (no choices to be made) and the use of the markup (the tool knows what to expect and how to interpret the terms).


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