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Re: [hcls] Harmonization of labels, descriptions and definitions

From: William Bug <William.Bug@DrexelMed.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 16:52:00 -0400
Message-Id: <3D08A697-4552-46E2-A33A-B1870D7DA5B3@DrexelMed.edu>
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org, cjm@fruitfly.org
To: samwald@gmx.at
Thanks for the reminder, Matthias.

Cheers,
Bill

On May 25, 2007, at 11:44 AM, samwald@gmx.at wrote:

>> [2] For instance, definitions in the PATO OWL file (quality.owl) are
>> not visible in Protege.  The OWL version of PATO has an
>> AnnotationProperty called "oboInOwl:hasDefintion" that has the value
>> "@_:A4843".
>
> I and some other people have already nagged Chris about the  
> representation of defintions and synonyms in the OWL versions of  
> OBO ontologies.
> This is partly related to a larger problem, namely the  
> inhomogeneous representation of labels, descriptions and  
> definitions among biomedical Semantic Web ontologies. I have  
> started a Wiki page on this topic:
>
> http://esw.w3.org/topic/HCLS/Labels_and_Definitions
>
> The page is intended to contain the following (please add to it /  
> discuss!):
>
> * Examples from biomedical ontologies of non-standard constructs to  
> represent Labels, names, descriptions and definitions of entities.
>
> * An analysis of the motivations behind the creation of these  
> constructs
>
> *A description of the problems that arise through a lack of  
> harmonization (e.g. for queries and user interfaces)
>
> * A review of the basic constructs in the RDF, RDFS and OWL  
> vocabularies and their intended usage for labels, descriptions and  
> definitions
>
> * An informal recommendation for the representation of labels,  
> descriptions and definitions and suggestions for the harmonization  
> of biomedical ontologies in this regard.
>
>
> I have started comparing the constructs from a few ontologies, but  
> there are many additional ontologies that have created their own  
> style for the representation of this information. We should try to  
> find the smallest common denominator between all these approaches,  
> because this really is a large hindrance to practical  
> interoperability between our ontologies.
>
> cheers,
> Matthias Samwald
>
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