This article is part of the supplement: Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences, 2008

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Reuse of terminological resources for efficient ontological engineering in Life Sciences

Antonio Jimeno-Yepes1*, Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz2*, Rafael Berlanga-Llavori2 and Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann1

Author Affiliations

1 European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, UK

2 Departamento de Lenguages y Sistemas Informáticos, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, 12071, Spain

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BMC Bioinformatics 2009, 10(Suppl 10):S4  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-10-S10-S4

Published: 1 October 2009


This paper is intended to explore how to use terminological resources for ontology engineering. Nowadays there are several biomedical ontologies describing overlapping domains, but there is not a clear correspondence between the concepts that are supposed to be equivalent or just similar. These resources are quite precious but their integration and further development are expensive. Terminologies may support the ontological development in several stages of the lifecycle of the ontology; e.g. ontology integration. In this paper we investigate the use of terminological resources during the ontology lifecycle. We claim that the proper creation and use of a shared thesaurus is a cornerstone for the successful application of the Semantic Web technology within life sciences. Moreover, we have applied our approach to a real scenario, the Health-e-Child (HeC) project, and we have evaluated the impact of filtering and re-organizing several resources. As a result, we have created a reference thesaurus for this project, named HeCTh.