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

From: Ogbuji, Chimezie <OGBUJIC@ccf.org>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 16:41:07 -0400
Message-ID: <2702D0EBA4F0A749968E52E8644184EA2887D5@CCHSCLEXMB59.cc.ad.cchs.net>
To: "Kashyap, Vipul" <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>, samwald@gmx.at
cc: kei.cheung@yale.edu, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org, Kerstin.L.Forsberg@astrazeneca.com
BTW, I've since moved that terminology mapping document (I had some problems within IE while it was attached to the Wiki).  It now lives at:
I'll update the BFOProcess Wiki with some thoughts on process usecases motivated by clinical research data.
Chimezie (chee-meh) Ogbuji
Lead Systems Analyst
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
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From: Kashyap, Vipul [mailto:VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG]
Sent: Tue 6/5/2007 10:36 PM
To: Ogbuji, Chimezie; samwald@gmx.at
Cc: kei.cheung@yale.edu; public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org; Kerstin.L.Forsberg@astrazeneca.com
Subject: RE: Clinical semantics and coverage in OBI / OBO - was Re: HCLS SW "Web Metro Map"

> 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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