Re: Attribute or Property Ontology?

SIO looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing. Just to make sure we 
all talk about the same. Mike, are you looking for bundles of relations 
and attributes that characterize types or hierarchies of relations and 
attributes? We are doing the first for geographic feature types (e.g., 
state) if this would be of any interest to you.


On 07/11/2014 10:49 AM, Michel Dumontier wrote:
> Hi Mike,
>    We have done some work in SIO [1] to guide the development of
> descriptive and quantitative attributes. We have a recently published
> paper [2] that articulates some of our design decisions, and how we
> use them in our work. Happy to work with you on your use cases in the
> context of our public mailing list [3]
> Best,
> m.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> Michel Dumontier
> Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics), Stanford University
> Chair, W3C Semantic Web for Health Care and the Life Sciences Interest Group
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM, Mike Bergman <> wrote:
>> Hi Aldo,
>> Very helpful references. Your ref [1] (see corrected link below) is
>> excellent and goes to much broader questions of the primitive power of
>> classes and the importance of context (I think that is another way to
>> consider "framing", no?) in situating semantic Web assertions. Very useful.
>> And I agree with the DBpedia infobox observations.
>> However, what I am looking for is a reference "grounding" that would enable
>> descriptive or quantitative attribute properties from different vocabularies
>> and ontologies to be mapped to one another. Two different properties for,
>> say, distance, could be related to a canonical distance reference. Such a
>> reference system should also allow, say, relating different unit measures
>> (e.g., English v metric distances) or possibly allow string literals to be
>> "lifted" to an object property or specific datatype.
>> The ultimate purpose of such an attribute reference ontology would be to aid
>> true data operability between systems. I also have an intuitive sense that
>> such quantity and descriptive properties lend themselves to an overall
>> logical organization. Portions of Cyc seem to demonstrate this; I will poke
>> further into DOLCE as well.
>> Maybe this is just too difficult to do, and that is the reason I'm not
>> finding any prior work. ;)
>> Thanks, Mike
>> [1]
>> On 7/11/2014 2:34 AM, Aldo Gangemi wrote:
>>> Hi Mike, you’re probably talking of a “framing” ontology that “unifies"
>>> sets of properties for certain entities?
>>> This Infobox-like structure is missing from DBpedia for example, as I
>>> described in [1].
>>> Probably the oldest ontology pattern for that is Descriptions and
>>> Situations [2], also embedded in the DOLCE+DnS-Ultralight (DUL) foundational
>>> ontology [3].
>>> Aldo
>>> [1]
>>> [2]
>>> [3]
>>> On Jul 11, 2014, at 4:42:26 AM , Mike Bergman <> wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> I have been looking for an ontology that organizes and describes possible
>>>> characteristics or attributes for common entity types, such as what might be
>>>> found in a key-value pair in Wikipedia infoboxes and such.
>>>> I have had no luck finding such a vocabulary or ontology. The closest
>>>> representation I found was one related to sensors and the Internet of Things
>>>> (IoT) [1]. The Wolfram Language also has an interesting structure around
>>>> units [2]. Biperpedia has recently been discussed by Google [3], but no
>>>> actual ontology or structure yet appears available for inspection.
>>>> Does anyone know of a general ontology for capturing record/entity
>>>> attributes or characteristics (properties)? I know some domains like
>>>> biomedical may have partial approaches to this, but I'm seeking something
>>>> that has as its intent being a general-purpose attribute reference.
>>>> Suggestions or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
>>>> Thanks, Mike
>>>> [1]
>>>> [2]
>>>> [3]

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