Applications of semantic Web methodologies and techniques to biology and bioinformatics

Paolo Romano, Andrea Splendiani

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Abstract

Semantic Web technologies are appealing for biomedical researchers since they promise to solve many of the daily problems they face while accessing and integrating biological information that is distributed over the Internet and managed by using tools which are extremely heterogeneous and largely not compatible. On the other hand, the complexity of biomedical information and its heterogeneity, together with the need of keeping current production services steadily up and running, make the transition from current semantic-less to future semantic-aware services a huge problem. In this paper, authors present the characteristics of biomedical information that make adoption of semantic web technologies both desirable and complex at the same time. They then present the tools and the applications that have been developed so far, including biomedical ontologies, RDF/OWL data stores, query systems and semantic-aware tools and browsers. Finally, they present community efforts and the perspectives that can be sought for short- and mid-term developments in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages200-239
Number of pages40
Volume5224 LNCS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event4th International Reasoning Web Summer School 2008 - Venice, Italy
Duration: Sep 7 2008Sep 11 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5224 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other4th International Reasoning Web Summer School 2008
CountryItaly
CityVenice
Period9/7/089/11/08

Keywords

  • Bio-ontologies
  • Biological data integration
  • Molecular biology databases
  • Semantic web applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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    Romano, P., & Splendiani, A. (2008). Applications of semantic Web methodologies and techniques to biology and bioinformatics. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 5224 LNCS, pp. 200-239). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 5224 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-85658-0-6