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J Biomed Inform. 2011 Feb;44(1):137-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2010.10.003. Epub 2010 Oct 16.

The Biomedical Resource Ontology (BRO) to enable resource discovery in clinical and translational research.

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Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA. jessie.tenenbaum@duke.edu

Abstract

The biomedical research community relies on a diverse set of resources, both within their own institutions and at other research centers. In addition, an increasing number of shared electronic resources have been developed. Without effective means to locate and query these resources, it is challenging, if not impossible, for investigators to be aware of the myriad resources available, or to effectively perform resource discovery when the need arises. In this paper, we describe the development and use of the Biomedical Resource Ontology (BRO) to enable semantic annotation and discovery of biomedical resources. We also describe the Resource Discovery System (RDS) which is a federated, inter-institutional pilot project that uses the BRO to facilitate resource discovery on the Internet. Through the RDS framework and its associated Biositemaps infrastructure, the BRO facilitates semantic search and discovery of biomedical resources, breaking down barriers and streamlining scientific research that will improve human health.

PMID:
20955817
PMCID:
PMC3050430
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbi.2010.10.003
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