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Bioinformatics. 2008 Mar 15;24(6):885-7. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn042. Epub 2008 Feb 1.

ONTO-PERL: an API for supporting the development and analysis of bio-ontologies.

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  • 1Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Department of Molecular Genetics, Ghent University, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Gent, Belgium. erick.antezana@psb.ugent.be

Abstract

MOTIVATION:

Many biomedical ontologies use OBO or OWL as knowledge representation language. The rapid increase of such ontologies calls for adequate tools to facilitate their use. In particular, there is a pressing need to programmatically deal with such ontologies in many applications, including data integration, text mining, as well as semantic applications supporting translational research.

RESULTS:

We present an Application Programming Interface (API) called ONTO-PERL. This API significantly extends the repertoire of available tools supporting the development and analysis of bio-ontologies.

AVAILABILITY:

The source code code as well as sample usage scripts can be found at: http://search.cpan.org/dist/ONTO-PERL/

PMID:
18245124
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