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bfo
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phismith@buffalo.edu
Barry Smith
The upper level ontology upon which OBO Foundry ontologies are built.
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bfo.owl
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bfo.obo
Basic Formal Ontology
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BioPortal
BioPortal Browser
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BFO is imported by multiple OBO ontologies to standardize upper level structure

BFO grows out of a philosophical orientation which overlaps with that of DOLCE and SUMO. Unlike these, however, it is narrowly focused on the task of providing a genuine upper ontology which can be used in support of domain ontologies developed for scientific research, as for example in biomedicine within the framework of the OBO Foundry. Thus BFO does not contain physical, chemical, biological or other terms which would properly fall within the special sciences domains. BFO is the upper level ontology upon which OBO Foundry ontologies are built.