book recommendation - basic formal ontology (BFO) for biomedicine
thomas.beale at oceaninformatics.com
Sun Sep 6 21:26:33 EDT 2015
A new book, *Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology *(BFO2) has
been published by Robert Arp, Barry Smith and Andrew Spear.
I've read a pre-print, and this is an excellent book. Many of us here
have studied or used some of the key upper level ontologies (BFO,
BioTopLite etc), and I think BFO2 will probably end up being the one of
choice for general biomedicine. It contains all the concepts from Barry
Smith's earlier work (SNAP and SPAN - spatial and temporal regions,
partonomy concepts etc) and will ultimately (I have been told)
contain/be merged with a new version of the Information Artefact
Ontology (IAO) which will probably become the upper level ontology for
describing types of information that stand in the IS-ABOUT and similar
relationships with real world referents - in other words, EHR
My personal feeling is that in the next 2-5 years, we will finally see
the joining up of these key ontologies with information models and
archetypes in the clinical information space. It will be up to us in the
openEHR community and other related communities (13606, CIMI, HL7 etc)
to engage with this material and consider how this integration will be
achieved. A few very early ideas are mentioned in the Archetype
but of course this is just one narrow area of application.
We need to all get on the same page in terms of understanding and
conceptual nomenclature in this space, and BFO2 I believe is an
excellent foundation for that. We will be using it increasingly in the
openEHR specification space, and I think others will find it useful as well.
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