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Title:Part-of Relations in Anatomy Ontologies: A Proposal for RDFS and OWL Formalisations
Authors: Stuart Aitken ; B.L. Webber ; J. B. L. Bard
Date: 2004
Publication Title:Proceedings of the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
Publisher:World Scientific
Publication Type:Conference Paper Publication Status:Published
Volume No:9 Page Nos:166-177
Part-of relations are central to anatomy. However, the definition, formalisation and use of part-of in anatomy ontologies is problematic. This paper surveys existing formal approaches, as well as the use of partof in the Open Biological Ontologies (OBO) anatomies of model species. Based on this analysis, we propose a minimal ontology for anatomy which is expressed in the Semantic Web languages RDFS and OWL-Full. The paper concludes with a description of the context of this work in capturing cross-species tissue homologies and analogies.
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author = { Stuart Aitken and B.L. Webber and J. B. L. Bard },
title = {Part-of Relations in Anatomy Ontologies: A Proposal for RDFS and OWL Formalisations},
book title = {Proceedings of the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing},
publisher = {World Scientific},
year = 2004,
volume = {9},
pages = {166-177},
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