Ontologies in biology

Janet Kelso*, Robert Hoehndorf, Kay Prüfer

*Corresponding author for this work

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In recent years ontologies have come to play an increasingly important role in the biomedical domain. Primary applications have been the formalisation of community knowledge in molecular biology, and the provision of a shared vocabulary for the annotation of the growing amount of biological data being generated. Ontologies now play a key role in the analysis and reporting of biological data and act as the basis for new biological services being hosted by various GRID projects. More formal methods from ontology theory are gradually being adopted, and have made the existing ontologies more robust. These approaches will continue to extend the number of potential applications for ontologies in the biomedical domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheory and Applications of Ontology
Subtitle of host publicationComputer Applications
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789048188468
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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