Aber-OWL: A framework for ontology-based data access in biology

Robert Hoehndorf, Luke Slater, Paul N. Schofied, Georgios V. Gkoutos

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Many ontologies have been developed in biology and these ontologies increasingly contain large volumes of formalized knowledge commonly expressed in the Web Ontology Language (OWL). Compu- Tational access to the knowledge contained within these ontologies refilies on the use of automated reasoning. We have developed the Aber-OWL infrastructure that provides reasoning services for bio-ontologies. Aber-OWL consists of an ontology repository, a set of web services and web interfaces that enable ontology-based semantic access to biological data and literature. Aber-OWL is freely available at http://aberflowl.net. Aber-OWL provides a framework for automatically accessing information that is annotated with ontologies or contains terms used to label classes in ontologies. When using Aber-OWL, access to ontologies and data annotated with them is not merely based on class names or identifiers but rather on the knowledge the ontologies contain and the inferences that can be drawn from it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2014
Event7th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences, SWAT4LS 2014 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Dec 9 2014Dec 11 2014


  • Ontology repository
  • Ontology-based data access
  • Semantic query

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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