Biomedical ontologies: a functional perspective

  title={Biomedical ontologies: a functional perspective},
  author={D. Rubin and Nigam Haresh Shah and Natasha Noy},
  journal={Briefings in bioinformatics},
  volume={9 1},
The information explosion in biology makes it difficult for researchers to stay abreast of current biomedical knowledge and to make sense of the massive amounts of online information. Ontologies--specifications of the entities, their attributes and relationships among the entities in a domain of discourse--are increasingly enabling biomedical researchers to accomplish these tasks. In fact, bio-ontologies are beginning to proliferate in step with accruing biological data. The myriad of… 

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