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RE: Clinical semantics and coverage in OBI / OBO - was Re: HCLS SW "Web Metro Map"

From: Kashyap, Vipul <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 22:36:31 -0400
Message-ID: <DBA3C02EAD0DC14BBB667C345EE2D124428681@PHSXMB20.partners.org>
To: <ogbujic@ccf.org>, <samwald@gmx.at>
Cc: <kei.cheung@yale.edu>, <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, <Kerstin.L.Forsberg@astrazeneca.com>

> Theoretically, it should mostly be a matter of names not semantics.
> At the top-most levels there seems to be a strong correspondence.
> Since, the POMR ontology only uses a handful of DOLCE terms, I'll take
>  a stab at trying to find equivalence in OBI / BFO.  This way, we can
> easily determine where these foundations do not account for the kind of
> semantics you need for clinical data (such as diagnostic actions, their
> interpretations, etc.).

[VK] I am not sure whether I would agree on this. Some times conceptualizations
can differ widely, for example the notion of a process across different domains.
It is much more than a matter of naming.

Interestingly this was triggered by your definition of process location which I
did not like (since I was viewing it from the perspective of a computational

I was wondering if you could try to find the correspondence in the context of a
use case probably involving process. For example, how about the following:

(A) Define the notion of disease as a biological process using BFO and DOLCE
(B) Define the notion of disease as a clinical care process using BFO and DOLCE

This will help create bridges across the HCLS domains? As posted earlier, the
wiki page is at:




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