Best behaviour? Ontologies and the formal description of animal behaviour.

Gkoutos, Georgios V and Hoehndorf, Robert and Tsaprouni, Loukia and Schofield, Paul N (2015) Best behaviour? Ontologies and the formal description of animal behaviour. Mammalian genome : official journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society, 26 (9-10). pp. 540-547. ISSN 1432-1777

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Abstract

The development of ontologies for describing animal behaviour has proved to be one of the most difficult of all scientific knowledge domains. Ranging from neurological processes to human emotions, the range and scope needed for such ontologies is highly challenging, but if data integration and computational tools such as automated reasoning are to be fully applied in this important area the underlying principles of these ontologies need to be better established and development needs detailed coordination. Whilst the state of scientific knowledge is always paramount in ontology and formal description framework design, this is a particular problem with neurobehavioural ontologies where our understanding of the relationship between behaviour and its underlying biophysical basis is currently in its infancy. In this commentary, we discuss some of the fundamental problems in designing and using behaviour ontologies, and present some of the best developed tools in this domain.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A100 Pre-clinical Medicine
B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
C100 Biology
C400 Genetics
C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Loukia Tsaprouni
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 09:17
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 09:17
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4779

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