BARRY SMITH


Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology, MIT Press, forthcoming August 2015

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This book addresses the important, 2000 year old challenge of how to soundly formalize the content and organization of scientific knowledge. As a user and teacher of ontological methods in medicine and engineering, I have for years warned my students that the design of domain ontologies is a black art with no theoretical foundations and few practical principles. Without progress on the problem, I argue, many fields ranging from informatics and computer science to AI and cognitive science will struggle to achieve their enormous potential, or to do so in a way that is convincing or safe. I now have a much more positive story for my students. Arp, Smith, and Spear have pulled together years of experience and lessons learned in diverse application domains into a treasure trove of guidance and good practice for the ontology builder. In the journey from black art to a truly scientific theory for ontology design, this book is an important milestone.
John Fox, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford; Director, OpenClinical knowledge sharing project

Detailed Table of Contents

Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics:
The Foetus and The Maternal Organism

University of Southampton, United Kingdom, July 21, 2015
Definitions in Ontologies
Workshop, International Conference on Biomedical Ontology
Lisbon, Portugal, 27 July, 2015
Introduction to Basic Formal Ontology
Tutorial, International Conference on Biomedical Ontology
Lisbon, Portugal, 28 July, 2015
Best Practices for Ontology Use
OBO Tutorial, International Conference on Biomedical Ontology
Lisbon, Portugal, 28 July, 2015
Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine
Buffalo, NY, July 29-31, 2015
Ontology in Practice
Charleston, SC, September 23-25, 2015

Video presentations and training materials

 

Basic Formal Ontology 2.0 (2012)

Intelligence, Defense and Security (2012)

Semantics of Biodiversity (2013)

Massively Planned Social Agency (2013) 

Information Ontologies for the Intelligence Community (2013)

Ontology of Poker (2014)

The Ontology of Disease (2014)

Document Acts and the Ontology of Social Reality (2014)

Mind, Language and Emotions (2014)

Towards an Ontology of Philosophy (2015)

Metaphysics After Darwin (2015)

Commanding and Other Social Acts (2015)

How to Build an Imaging Ontology (2015)

 

Department of Philosophy

Vita: Long / Short / NIH

Ontology Research Group (ORG)

University at Buffalo

Publications / PubMed / Google Scholar

 National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR)

Contact

HL7 Watch

Studying Ontology in Buffalo
Careers in ontology

Varia

ImmPort: Bioinformatics for the Future of Immunology

National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO)

Biomedical Ontology Dissemination Events

The Monist

Interview on OUP blog

Buffalo Ontology Site

Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS)

FORMAL ONTOLOGY

Basic Formal Ontology (BFO)

Granular Partitions

Fiat Objects

Dependence Relations

Mereotopology

SNAP and SPAN: Dynamic Spatial Ontology

Framework for Formal Ontology

ONTOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Ontological Realism

Ontology Terminology

Ontology as Reality Representation

Ontology: An Introduction

Referent Tracking

Ontology (Science)

 

Video Introductions to Ontology

Buffalo Ontology Modules

BIOMEDICAL ONTOLOGY, TERMINOLOGY AND EHRS

The OBO Foundry

Ontology for Biomedical Investigations

EHRs and Medical Terminologies

Clinical Guidelines

Relations in Biomedical Ontologies

Infectious Disease Ontology

Immunology Ontologies

Neurological Disease Ontology

BIOLOGICAL ONTOLOGY

Gene Ontology

Protein Ontology

Plant Ontology

Biodiversity

Embryontology

Biomedical Ontology Integration

GEOSPATIAL ONTOLOGY

Geographic Ontology
Buffalo Geographic Norms

Do Mountains Exist?

Ontological Tools for Geographic Representation

Layers: Locating Objects in Space

Environment Ontology

Topography

INTELLIGENCE, DEFENSE AND SECURITY ONTOLOGY

 Ontology for the Intelligence Analyst

Data Integration through Semantic Enhancement

Horizontal Integration of Warfighter Intelligence Data

 Military Planning

Universal Core Semantic Layer

IAO-Intel: An Ontology of Information Artifacts in the Intelligence Domain

COGNITIVE, LINGUISTIC AND SOCIAL ONTOLOGY

 Emotion Ontology

Mental Functioning Ontology

Ontology of Mental Disease

The Information Artifact Ontology

 Roman Ingarden:

Ontology and Theory of Literature

Speech Act Theory

Document Acts / Document Ontology

Reference and Intentionality

Social Objects / Austrian Economics

PHILOSOPHICAL ONTOLOGY

Against Fantology

The Philosophome

Truthmakers

BOOKS

Other
John Searle
The Cambridge Companion to Husserl
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality

Austrian Economics