A proposal for a gene functions wiki

Robert Hoehndorf, Kay Prüfer, Michael Backhaus, Heinrich Herre, Janet Kelso, Frank Loebe, Johann Visagie

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Large knowledge bases integrating different domains can provide a foundation for new applications in biology such as data mining or automated reasoning. The traditional approach to the construction of such knowledge bases is manual and therefore extremely time consuming.The ubiquity of the internet now makes large-scale community collaboration for the construction of knowledge bases, such as the successful online encyclopedia "Wikipedia", possible. We propose an extension of this model to the collaborative annotation of molecular data. We argue that a semantic wiki provides the functionality required for this project since this can capitalize on the existing representations in biological ontologies. We discuss the use of a different relationship model than the one provided by RDF and OWL to represent the semantic data. We argue that this leads to a more intuitive and correct way to enter semantic content in the wiki. Furthermore, we show how formal ontologies could be used to increase the usability of the software through type-checking and automatic reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Workshop on Context-Aware Mobile Systems (CAMS)
EditorsRobert Meersman, Zahir Tari, Pilar Herrero
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540482733
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2006
EventThe International Workshop on Context-Aware Mobile Systems (CAMS) - Montpellier, France
Duration: 31 Oct 200601 Nov 2006

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ConferenceThe International Workshop on Context-Aware Mobile Systems (CAMS)
Period31 Oct 200601 Nov 2006


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