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[go-friends] proposed change to owl:imports for go-plus.owl

Balhoff, Jim balhoff at
Fri Apr 12 07:16:28 PDT 2019

Dear all,

We plan to make a change to versions of the ontology, such as 'go-plus.owl', that import external files. In an upcoming release, the external imports will be merged into the ontology, rather than referenced via an 'owl:import'. These external imports include content extracted from other ontologies, such as Uberon and ChEBI, which is needed for full classification of the GO. By merging the external content and GO content into a single file, we can ensure that the version of the external content used with a given release is exactly the version tested with that release.

This change will not affect the primary GO ontology files, such as go.obo, go.owl, and go-basic.obo, which are already standalone files.

For flexible OWL integration of GO axioms with different versions of external ontologies, we also provide 'go-base.owl', which references external terms but does not import any content from external ontologies.

This change to standalone, merged releases for 'go-plus' (and undocumented internal GO files 'go-gaf' and 'go-lego') will first take place as a snapshot release, no earlier than April 22, 2019. Any comments can be added to the issue:

If you are a user of go-plus.owl, please let us know if this change will impact your workflow.

Thank you,
Jim Balhoff

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