Relations in biomedical ontologies

Genome Biol. 2005;6(5):R46. doi: 10.1186/gb-2005-6-5-r46. Epub 2005 Apr 28.


To enhance the treatment of relations in biomedical ontologies we advance a methodology for providing consistent and unambiguous formal definitions of the relational expressions used in such ontologies in a way designed to assist developers and users in avoiding errors in coding and annotation. The resulting Relation Ontology can promote interoperability of ontologies and support new types of automated reasoning about the spatial and temporal dimensions of biological and medical phenomena.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Vocabulary, Controlled*