Ontology-based resources for bioinformatics analysis

Federica Viti, Ivan Merelli, Andrea Calabria, Paolo Cozzi, Ettore Mosca, Roberta Alfieri, Luciano Milanesi

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A number of specific web accessible databases are developed in order to shed light into biomolecular data, providing novel perspectives about particular scientific problems or presenting innovative data integration approaches. Ontologies constitute an important enhancement, since they allow a better representation of biological data, by providing a hierarchical structure to organise information, enabling more effective queries, statistical analysis and semantic web searching. Here we present our experience in exploiting ontologies to enrich biomolecular databases in diverse biomolecular contexts. The semantic layer improves data organisation, accessibility and analysis and represents an invaluable support to identify relations among biological components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • Bioinformatics resources
  • Biomolecular ontologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems


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