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November 10, 2005
Barry Smith, Biomedical Ontologies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Colloquia
Yesterday I attended a colloquia by Barry Smith, Ph.D. Biomedical Ontologies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Smith is Julian Park Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the University at Buffalo (New York, USA) and Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science in Saarbrücken, Germany. His talk focused on his work with the new National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR).
Ontologies fascinate me, the balancing between developing detailed structures that define their field clearly while remaining flexible enough to allow for new unseen definitions is a huge intellectual undertaking. I can see why a philosophers would be draw to the work.
I was particularly taken with Smith's discussion of terminology used to define relationships in biomedical ontologies. I scribbled down a quick sample of the terms his group is using and will be playing with them in my own thinking about CMC, wish I could have grabbed all of them. Here's my very partial list:
I am totally in learner space here, and will have to explore my surroundings more thoroughly at some point.
Posted by prolurkr at November 10, 2005 09:25 PM
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