Basic Formal Ontology

Last uploaded: August 27, 2019
Preferred Name

role

ID

http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023

BFO CLIF specification label

Role

BFO OWL specification label

role

editor note

BFO 2 Reference: One major family of examples of non-rigid universals involves roles, and ontologies developed for corresponding administrative purposes may consist entirely of representatives of entities of this sort. Thus ‘professor’, defined as follows,b instance_of professor at t =Def. there is some c, c instance_of professor role & c inheres_in b at t.denotes a non-rigid universal and so also do ‘nurse’, ‘student’, ‘colonel’, ‘taxpayer’, and so forth. (These terms are all, in the jargon of philosophy, phase sortals.) By using role terms in definitions, we can create a BFO conformant treatment of such entities drawing on the fact that, while an instance of professor may be simultaneously an instance of trade union member, no instance of the type professor role is also (at any time) an instance of the type trade union member role (any more than any instance of the type color is at any time an instance of the type length).If an ontology of employment positions should be defined in terms of roles following the above pattern, this enables the ontology to do justice to the fact that individuals instantiate the corresponding universals – professor, sergeant, nurse – only during certain phases in their lives.

elucidation

b is a role means: b is a realizable entity & b exists because there is some single bearer that is in some special physical, social, or institutional set of circumstances in which this bearer does not have to be& b is not such that, if it ceases to exist, then the physical make-up of the bearer is thereby changed. (axiom label in BFO2 Reference: [061-001])

example of usage

the student role

the role of a building in serving as a military target

the priest role

John’s role of husband to Mary is dependent on Mary’s role of wife to John, and both are dependent on the object aggregate comprising John and Mary as member parts joined together through the relational quality of being married.

the role of subject in a clinical trial

the role of a stone in marking a property boundary

the role of a boundary to demarcate two neighboring administrative territories

has associated axiom(fol)

(forall (x) (if (Role x) (RealizableEntity x))) // axiom label in BFO2 CLIF: [061-001]

isDefinedBy

http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/bfo.owl

label

role

prefixIRI

BFO:0000023

prefLabel

role

subClassOf

http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000017

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https://schema.org/Role DEMETER Agriculture Information Model LOOM
http://semanticscience.org/resource/SIO_000016 Semanticscience Integrated Ontology LOOM
http://www.yso.fi/onto/yso/p2742 Agriculture and Forestry Ontology LOOM
http://purl.org/ppeo/PPEO.owl#role Plant Phenotype Experiment Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 FoodOn LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 Agronomy Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 Plant Trait Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 Cell Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 Plant Experimental Conditions Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 Environment Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/CHEBI_50906 Plant Environment Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 FoodOn LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 FoodOn SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Agronomy Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Agronomy Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Plant Trait Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Plant Trait Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Relations Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Relations Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Cell Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Cell Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Population and Community Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Population and Community Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Biological Collections Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Biological Collections Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Process and Observation Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Process and Observation Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Biological Collections Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Biological Collections Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Plant Experimental Conditions Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Plant Experimental Conditions Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Environment Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Environment Ontology SAME_URI
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Plant Environment Ontology LOOM
http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/BFO_0000023 Plant Environment Ontology SAME_URI
http://www.w3.org/ns/org#Role INIA Research Datasets LOOM
http://www.ifomis.org/bfo/1.1/snap#Role Experimental Factor Ontology LOOM

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