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[bioontology-support] Follow-up on request for display of properties

Alan Ruttenberg alanruttenberg at
Thu Dec 9 11:55:16 PST 2010

One implementation would be to allow the ontology developer to specify a set
of annotation properties, which, in addition to the label and definition
property values, would be easily available when browsing through
autocomplete choices. For OBI that would be 'example of usage' and 'editor

There are several ways you could display this information. The completion
entries could be larger, including a snippet of the definition, and/or a
pop-up with this information displayed when the user clicks on or hovers
near the choice.

In more general terms one wants to present as much useful information as
possible, with the least effort possible, so that users can make informed
choices when presented with a set of ontology terms. Other useful
information that could be used in this capacity are other siblings, parents,
upper-level ontology class, etc.

At a minimum, it should be that for novice user approaching bioportal or
using a bioportal widget, more rather than less information is shown, so
they can start their experience using ontologies by getting into the good
habit of having the means to assess the relevance of a term to their needs
when presented a choice. If you want to offer the user choice, offer them
the choice to see less only after they understand what they will be missing.


On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 2:05 PM, Trish Whetzel <whetzel at> wrote:

> Hi Alan,
> Can you send details on your request for display of properties that you
> mentioned during the AM IDO workshop session?
> Thanks,
> Trish
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