book recommendation - basic formal ontology (BFO) for biomedicine

Rikard Lövström rikard.lovstrom at
Mon Sep 7 04:17:51 EDT 2015

Thank you, Thomas, this looks very promising. I have placed an order so now
I am waiting :-) Very considerate of you, many thanks. Kind regards, Rikard

2015-09-07 3:26 GMT+02:00 Thomas Beale <thomas.beale at>:

> A new book, *Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology *(BFO2) has
> been published by Robert Arp, Barry Smith and Andrew Spear.
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> 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 information items.
> 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 Technology Overview
> <>document,
> 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.
> - thomas
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