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[bioontology-support] Fwd: IDO, etc. problem with definitions

Lindsay Cowell Lindsay.Cowell at
Sun May 6 17:02:33 PDT 2012

On Apr 11, 2012, at 2:27 PM, Trish Whetzel wrote:

Based on the property specified to contain the term definition, the metrics for terms without a definition are correct. The BFO terms are counted as not having a definition since these terms use the "rdfs:comment" property for the definition and there are a few other groups of terms that do not have a definition, e.g. obsolete terms, NCBI Taxon terms.

It seems the metric should only cover IDO terms.  I think all IDO terms have definitions.



In past cases of a need to use more than 1 property to represent synonyms, e.g. different types of synonyms (abbreviation, code), the request was to represent these as sub-properties. Ray, would using sub-properties be the suggestion in this case?


On Apr 11, 2012, at 5:09 PM, Trish Whetzel wrote:

Hi Barry,

The property specified for the definitions in IDO is:
I'll run some additional checks to confirm the definition count.

In the meantime, Lindsay is the property for definitions in IDO?


On Apr 5, 2012, at 2:01 PM, Barry Smith wrote:

I notice that IDO is said to have 184 terms without definitions. I believe that the reason for this is that Bioportal does not recognize the 'has_definition' label, which is what IDO (and OGMS, and OBI, and BFO ...) uses to link a term to its definition. Can you include this annotation property in your  count of classes with definitions?
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