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Author(s): Ana Margarida Sousa
Maria Olívia Pereira
Nuno F. Azevedo
Anália Lourenço
Title: An harmonised vocabulary for communicating and interchanging biofilms experimental results
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Biofilm studies are at the crossroads of Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Material Scienceand Engineering, among other fields. Data harmonisation in Biofilms is therefore crucialto allow for researchers to collaborate, interchange, understand, and replicate studies at aninter-laboratory and inter-domain scale. The international Minimum Information About aBiofilms Experiment initiative has prepared a set of guidelines for documenting biofilmsexperiments and data, namely the minimum information checklist. This paper goes a stepforward and describes a new ontology for the broad description of biofilm experimentsand data. In such an interdisciplinary context we chose to rely on a common integrationframework provided by a foundational ontology that facilitates the addition and extensionof various sub-domain modules, and the consistent integration of terminology extractedfrom several existing ontologies, e.g. EXPO and ChEBI. The community is participatingactively in the production of this resource, and it is already used by public biofilms-centreddatabases, such as BiofOmics, and bioinformatics tools, such as the Biofilms ExperimentWorkbench. This practical validation serves the purpose of disseminating the controlledvocabulary among researchers and identifying current limitations, glitches, and inconsistencies. Information branches will be added, extended or refactored according to userfeedback and group discussions.
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/PEst-C/EQB/UI0511/2013/PROJECTO ESTRATÉGICO - UI 511 - 2013-2014/UI0511
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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