Workshop on BFO and the Ontology of Social Entities 2016

February 17, 2016 – February 18, 2016 all-day
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
UF Hotel and Conference Center
1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607
Barry Smith and William Hogan

The goal of the workshop is to develop the account of social entities in Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) to the point where BFO users have adequate guidance to develop and apply in software applications the ontology of organizations, document acts, roles, claims, obligations, consent and other social entities, in a reliable and consistent manner that enables semantic interoperability.

Several BFO-based ontologies have emerged that are grappling with such social entities in various ways, often taking different approaches. Examples include the Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI), the Ontology of Medically-relevant Social Entities (OMRSE), the document acts (d-acts) ontology, and the Ontology for General Medical Science (OGMS). Work has also been done on ontological representations of informed consent. The process of creating BFO, however, in order to make progress on capturing key entities studied by more basic sciences, has not yet developed fully an account of social entities beyond information content entities. The purpose of this workshop is to make substantial progress in developing such an account.