The Units Ontology: a tool for integrating units of measurement in science.

Georgios V. Gkoutos*, Paul N. Schofield, Robert Hoehndorf

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Units are basic scientific tools that render meaning to numerical data. Their standardization and formalization caters for the report, exchange, process, reproducibility and integration of quantitative measurements. Ontologies are means that facilitate the integration of data and knowledge allowing interoperability and semantic information processing between diverse biomedical resources and domains. Here, we present the Units Ontology (UO), an ontology currently being used in many scientific resources for the standardized description of units of measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)bas033
JournalDatabase : the journal of biological databases and curation
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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