Ontologies for the life sciences
Part 4. Bioinformatics
4.7. Structuring and Integrating Data
Published Online: 15 NOV 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
How to Cite
Schulze-Kremer, S. and Smith, B. 2005. Ontologies for the life sciences. Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. 4:4.7:80.
- Published Online: 15 NOV 2005
Where humans can manipulate and integrate the information they receive in subtle and ever-changing ways from context to context, computers need structured and context-free background information of a sort that ontologies can help to provide. A domain ontology captures the stable, highly general, and commonly accepted core knowledge for an application domain. The domain at issue here is that of the life sciences, in particular, molecular biology and bioinformatics. Contemporary life science research includes components drawn from physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and many other areas, and all of these dimensions, as well as fundamental philosophical issues, must be taken into account in the construction of a domain ontology. Here we describe the basic features of domain ontologies in the life sciences and show how they can be used.
- domain ontology;
- molecular biology;