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MIREOT: The minimum information to reference an external ontology term

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Frank Gibson, Dr Allyson Lister


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While the Web Ontology Language (OWL) provides a mechanism to import ontologies, this mechanism is not always suitable. Current editing tools present challenges for working with large ontologies and direct OWL imports can prove impractical for day-to-day development. Furthermore, external ontologies often undergo continuous change which can introduce conflicts when integrated with multiple efforts. Finally, importing heterogeneous ontologies in their entirety may lead to inconsistencies or unintended inferences. In this paper we propose a set of guidelines for importing required terms from an external resource into a target ontology. We describe the methodology, its implementation, present some examples of this application, and outline future work and extensions.

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Author(s): Courtot M, Gibson F, Lister AL, Malone J, Schober D, Brinkman RR, Ruttenberg A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Ontology

Year: 2011

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 23-33

Print publication date: 11/04/2011

ISSN (print): 1570-5838

ISSN (electronic): 1875-8533

Publisher: IOS Press


DOI: 10.3233/AO-2011-0087


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