Dispositions and the infectious disease ontology

Albert Goldfain, Barry Smith, Lindsay G. Cowell

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This paper addresses the use of dispositions in the Infectious Disease Ontology (IDO). IDO is an ontology constructed according to the principles of the Open Biomedical Ontology (OBO) Foundry and uses the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) as an upper ontology. After providing a brief introduction to disposition types in BFO and IDO, we discuss three general techniques for representing combinations of dispositions under the headings blocking dispositions, complementary dispositions, and collective dispositions. Motivating examples for each combination of dispositions is given along with a specific use case in IDO. Description logic restrictions are used to formalize statements relating to these combinations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFormal Ontology in Information Systems
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781607505341
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


  • Basic formal ontology
  • Dispositions
  • Infectious disease ontology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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