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This is one of the possible Use Cases.

1. Abstract

This use case covers scenarios where rules are needed to extend the expressive power of OWL for use in large biomedical ontologies.

2. Status

3. Relationship to OWL/RDF Compatibility

/!\ Many biomedical ontologies are represented in OWL DL, so a Web rule language should be compatible with OWL DL.

4. Benefits of Interchange

5. Requirements on the RIF

In conclusion, many biomedical ontologies are represented in OWL DL, so a Web rule language should be compatible with OWL DL.

6. Narratives

Life Sciences have a long tradition of controlled vocabularies. Large-scale terminologies, classifications and ontologies have been developed for many years in various biomedical domains. These resources have the potential to contribute to the Semantic Web for the Life Sciences. Several actual biomedical ontologies, e.g. The Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA), the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), the Gene Ontology™, the National Cancer Institute Thesaurus are converted to OWL. The conversion of other ontologies to OWL is also been investigated, including the UMLS® Metathesaurus® and Semantic Network and other ones e.g., SNOMED-CT, GALEN are represented in other DLs. New biomedical ontologies are now directly developed in OWL e.g.; BioPax an ontology for biological pathway information. For example, the FMA is the most complete ontology of human canonical anatomy. It contains more than 72,000 concepts and more than two million instantiations of 150 relations. 2/3 of the FMA (i.e. a subset of 40000 concepts) including about 40000 subclass axioms, with existential and union in rhs and other OWL constructors has been represented in OWL DL [17]. The FMA is used in several actual applications e.g. the Virtual Soldier project Virtual Soldier project ( [16].

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