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Worldwide health scientists are producing, accessing, analyzing, integrating, and storing massive amounts of digital medical data daily, through observation, experimentation, and simulation. If we were able to effectively transfer and integrate data from all possible resources, then a deeper understanding of all these data sets and better exposed knowledge, along with appropriate insights and actions, would be granted. Unfortunately, in many cases, the data users are not the data producers, and they thus face challenges in harnessing data in unforeseen and unplanned ways. In order to obtain the ability to integrate heterogeneous data, and thereby efficiently revolutionize the traditional medical and biological research, new methodologies built upon the increasingly pervasive cyberinfrastructure are required to conceptualize traditional medical and biological data, and acquire the “deep” knowledge out of original data thereafter. As formal knowledge representation models, ontologies can render invaluable help in this regard. In this paper, we summarize the state-of-the-art research in ontological techniques and their innovative application in medical and biological areas.
Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD), 2010 Seventh International Conference on (Volume:5 )
Date of Conference: 10-12 Aug. 2010