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RE: [Obo-relations] Advancing translational research with the Semantic Web (Not clear about definition of <is_location_of_process>)

From: Kashyap, Vipul <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 16:56:56 -0400
Message-ID: <DBA3C02EAD0DC14BBB667C345EE2D1244285C2@PHSXMB20.partners.org>
To: "Smith, Barry" <phismith@buffalo.edu>
Cc: <samwald@gmx.at>, <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, <obo-relations@lists.sourceforge.net>

> >1. Does the presence of all participants of a process at a location
> enough to
> >define the presence of a process at a location?
> Sounds reasonable to me.

[VK] This probably is a consequence of the way you define a biological process.

> >2. I do not claim to understand the OBO definition of a biological
> >process, but
> >from a computer science point of view, a process running on a
> >computer can have
> >states, e.g., activated, terminated, suspended, waiting-for-event, etc.
> These
> >states may correlate to some aggregation of states of participants in the
> >process. But I am not sure of the reason why a process cannot have a
> state?
> It is (it seems to me) the program or algorithm or plan (all
> continuants) which is activated.
> If a process is suspended or terminated, then surely the process is
> not there any more.

[VK] OK that clarifies some of the issues and raises some others. For instance:
- A computer process is indeed activated, suspended or terminated when the
execution of the program is activated, suspended or terminated.
- Disagreement: A process in a suspended state (or according to you where all
the participants are in a suspended state) still exists.
- An interesting corollary is that the execution of a program needs to be
distinguished from a program (please feel free to fill in the biological
- A process comes into existence only when a computer program executes.
- The last statement suggests that a process is more than the "sum of its

> And processes do not wait; people (for example) wait.

[VK] Processes do wait for messages or events from other processes. For instance
the process1 = execution of the web browser program; waits-for
messages from process2 = execution of the web server program.

> This terminology of 'states' is not, it seems to me, ontologically clear.

[VK] In attempt to clarify further, a state of a computer process = state of the
execution of the computer program at a given point in time.
Also, it would be a big help if you can provide me with ontologically clear
terminology of 'states of process participants'.



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