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Merging and comparing ontologies

Part 4. Bioinformatics

4.7. Structuring and Integrating Data

Short Specialist Review

  1. Natalya F. Noy

Published Online: 15 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047001153X.g408311

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Noy, N. F. 2005. Merging and comparing ontologies. Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. 4:4.7:87.

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  1. Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2005

Abstract

The use of formal systems to define biomedical concepts and to represent and store biomedical knowledge has never been more important to the informatics community. In the past few years, ontologies have become the cornerstone of the information-systems research. With the wider use of ontologies, the problem of ontology management began to arise: ontology developers and users must be able to find and compare existing ontologies or their parts, merge and align ontologies, compare different versions, and translate ontologies from one formalism to another. We describe various approaches to the ontology-management tasks and the recent developments in defining a general ontology-management framework.

Keywords:

  • ontology;
  • ontology integration;
  • ontology versioning