Supporting Ontology-Based Standardization of Biomedical Metadata in the CEDAR Workbench

TitleSupporting Ontology-Based Standardization of Biomedical Metadata in the CEDAR Workbench
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMartínez-Romero M, O’Connor MJ, Dorf M, Vendetti J, Willrett D, Egyedi AL, Graybeal J, Musen MA
Conference NameICBO-International Conference on Biomedical Ontology
Date PublishedSeptember, 2017
Conference LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, UK

The availability of associated descriptive metadata for scientific datasets is important for discovering and reproducing scientific experiments. The use of ontologies has become a key focus for increasing the quality of these metadata. Despite the wide availability of biomedical ontologies, scientists wishing to use these ontologies when developing metadata descriptions face a number of practical difficulties. A core difficulty is the lack of tools for developing ontology-linked metadata specifications that can be published and shared. Additional difficulties include the lack of support for defining new terms in cases when no existing terms are found and for creating custom term collections to meet domain-specific needs. To address these problems, we developed tools that allow scientists to find terms in ontologies for annotating their data and to dynamically create new terms and value sets. This work has been incorporated into a Web-based platform called the CEDAR Workbench. The resulting integrated environment presents a set of highly interactive interfaces for creating and publishing ontology-rich metadata specifications.

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