Addressing Cognitive and Social Challenges in Designing and Using Ontologies in the Biomedical Domain

  • Margaret-Anne Storey
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7745)


In the life sciences and biomedical domains, ontologies are frequently used to provide a theoretical conceptualization of a domain leading to both a common vocabulary for communities of researchers and important standards to facilitate computation, software interoperability and data reuse [3]. As a theory, an ontology defines the meaning of important concepts in a domain, describes the properties of those concepts, as well as indicates the relations between concepts [7]. Most ontologies will have one or more underlying hierarchical structures, providing ways to classify or categorize important data sets. When scientific or clinical data is annotated with ontological terms, that data can be searched for and reasoned about more effectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret-Anne Storey
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  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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