Modularization for the cell ontology

Christopher J. Mungall, Melissa Haendel, Amelia Ireland, Shahid Manzoor, Terry Meehan, David Osumi-Sutherland, Carlo Torniai, Alexander D. Diehl

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One of the premises of the OBO Foundry is that development of an orthogonal set of ontologies will increase domain expert contributions and logical interoperability, and decrease maintenance workload. For these reasons, the Cell Ontology (CL) is being re-engineered. This process requires the extraction of sub-modules from existing OBO ontologies, which presents a number of practical engineering challenges. These extracted modules may be intended to cover a narrow or a broad set of species. In addition, applications and resources that make use of the Cell Ontology have particular modularization requirements, such as the ability to extract custom subsets or unions of the Cell Ontology with other OBO ontologies. These extracted modules may be intended to cover a narrow or a broad set of species, which presents unique complications. We discuss some of these requirements, and present our progress towards a customizable simple-to-use modularization tool that leverages existing OWL-based tools and opens up their use for the CL and other ontologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-376
Number of pages7
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event2nd International Conference on Biomedical Ontology, ICBO 2011 - Buffalo, NY, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2011Jul 30 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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