book recommendation - basic formal ontology (BFO) for biomedicine

Ian McNicoll ian at freshehr.com
Mon Sep 7 04:54:19 EDT 2015


Me too - nice bed-time reading.

I will reserve judgement for the "2-5 years and we will be using this". I
agree this is the future but it still feels a lot like nuclear fusion to me
- nice to have but a b****r to use (at least in our messy world of clinical
documentation).

Ian

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On 7 September 2015 at 09:17, Rikard Lövström <rikard.lovstrom at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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 oceaninformatics.com>
> :
>
>>
>> A new book, *Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology *(BFO2) has
>> been published by Robert Arp, Barry Smith and Andrew Spear.
>>
>> Amazon.com
>> <http://www.amazon.com/Building-Ontologies-Basic-Formal-Ontology/dp/0262527812/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441588367&sr=8-1&keywords=basic+formal+ontology>
>> Amazon.co.uk
>> <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Building-Ontologies-Basic-Formal-Ontology/dp/0262527812/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441588327&sr=8-1&keywords=basic+formal+ontology>
>>
>> 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
>> <http://www.openehr.org/releases/AM/latest/docs/Overview/Overview.html#_identification_and_the_virtual_archetype_space>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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