BOWiki: An ontology-based wiki for annotation of data and integration of knowledge in biology

Robert Hoehndorf*, Joshua Bacher, Michael Backhaus, Sergio E. Gregorio, Frank Loebe, Kay Prüfer, Alexandr Uciteli, Johann Visagie, Heinrich Herre, Janet Kelso

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations


Motivation: Ontology development and the annotation of biological data using ontologies are time-consuming exercises that currently require input from expert curators. Open, collaborative platforms for biological data annotation enable the wider scientific community to become involved in developing and maintaining such resources. However, this openness raises concerns regarding the quality and correctness of the information added to these knowledge bases. The combination of a collaborative web-based platform with logic-based approaches and Semantic Web technology can be used to address some of these challenges and concerns. Results: We have developed the BOWiki, a web-based system that includesa biological core ontology. The core ontology provides background knowledge about biological types and relations. Against this background, an automated reasoner assesses the consistency of new information added to the knowledge base. The system provides a platform for research communities to integrate information and annotate data collaboratively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberS5
Issue numberSUPPL. 5
StatePublished - May 6 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'BOWiki: An ontology-based wiki for annotation of data and integration of knowledge in biology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this