Modular ontology techniques and their applications in the biomedical domain

Jyotishman Pathak, Thomas M. Johnson, Christopher G. Chute

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Abstract

In the past several years, various ontologies and terminologies such as the Gene Ontology have been developed to enable interoperability across multiple diverse medical information systems. They provide a standard way of representing terms and concepts thereby supporting easy transmission and interpretation of data for various applications. However, with their growing utilization, not only has the number of available ontologies increased considerably, but they are also becoming larger and more complex to manage. Toward this end, a growing body of work is emerging in the area of modular ontologies where the emphasis is on either extracting and managing "modules" of an ontology relevant to a particular application scenario (ontology decomposition) or developing them independently and integrating into a larger ontology (ontology composition). In this paper, we investigate state-of-the-art approaches in modular ontologies focusing on techniques that are based on rigorous logical formalisms as well as well-studied graph theories. We analyze and compare how such approaches can be leveraged in developing tools and applications in the biomedical domain. We conclude by highlighting some of the limitations of the modular ontology formalisms and put forward additional requirements to steer their future development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2008
Pages351-356
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2008 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Jul 13 2008Jul 15 2008

Publication series

Name2008 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2008

Other

Other2008 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2008
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period7/13/087/15/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Software

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    Pathak, J., Johnson, T. M., & Chute, C. G. (2008). Modular ontology techniques and their applications in the biomedical domain. In 2008 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2008 (pp. 351-356). [4583056] (2008 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2008). https://doi.org/10.1109/IRI.2008.4583056