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Reuse of terminological resources for efficient ontological engineering in Life Sciences

Jimeno-Yepes, A., Jimenez-Ruiz, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-9083-4599, Berlanga-Llavori, R. & Rebholz-Schuhmann, D. (2009). Reuse of terminological resources for efficient ontological engineering in Life Sciences. BMC Bioinformatics, 10(Sup 10), S4. doi: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-S10-S4


This paper is intended to explore how to use terminological resources for ontology engineering.Nowadays there are several biomedical ontologies describing overlapping domains, but there is nota clear correspondence between the concepts that are supposed to beequivalentor justsimilar.These resources are quite precious but their integration and further development are expensive.Terminologies may support the ontological development in several stages of the lifecycle of theontology; e.g. ontology integration. In this paper we investigate the use of terminological resourcesduring the ontology lifecycle. We claim that the proper creation and use of a shared thesaurus is acornerstone for the successful application of the Semantic Web technology within life sciences.Moreover, we have applied our approach to a real scenario, the Health-e-Child (HeC) project, andwe have evaluated the impact of filtering and re-organizing several resources. As a result, we havecreated a reference thesaurus for this project, named HeCTh.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2009 Jimeno-Yepes et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (,which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
R Medicine
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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