FUnctionality Sharing In Open eNvironments
Heinz Nixdorf Chair for Distributed Information Systems

Partitioning of BioPortal Ontologies: An Empirical Study

Title: Partitioning of BioPortal Ontologies: An Empirical Study
Authors: Alsayed Algergawy and Birgitta König-Ries
Source: 12th International conference on Semantic Web Applications and Tools in Healthcare and Life Sciences (SWAT4HCLS)
Place: Edinburgh
Date: 2019-12-10
Type: Conference Paper

BioPortal is a leading repository of biomedical ontologies developed in different formats such as OWL and OBO. There is an increasing number of ontologies as well as an increasing number of concepts available via this platform. This has sparked a number of studies analyzing different aspects of BioPortal ontologies, such as their quality and reuse. With this paper, we add a new aspect to this body of work: The current version of BioPortal supports the access to whole ontologies; however, often, users are interested to obtain access to subsets of ontologies. This is particularly true for big ontologies. This requires partitioning of ontologies. In this paper, we, therefore, investigate how suitable BioPortal ontologies are for being partitioned with state of the art tools.