Experiences with the Conversion of SenseLab Databases to RDF/OWL

Matthias Samwald, Kei-Hoi Cheung

Matthias Samwald, Kei-Hoi Cheung, Experiences with the Conversion of SenseLab Databases to RDF/OWL, World Wide Web Consortium, Note NOTE-hcls-senselab-20080604, June 2008.

One of the challenges facing Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences is that of converting relational databases into Semantic Web format. The issues and the steps involved in such a conversion have not been well documented. To this end, we have created this document to describe the process of converting SenseLab databases into OWL. SenseLab is a collection of relational (Oracle) databases for neuroscientific research. The conversion of these databases into RDF/OWL format is an important step towards realizing the benefits of Semantic Web in integrative neuroscience research. This document describes how we represented some of the SenseLab databases in Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL), and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of these representations. Our OWL representation is based on the reuse and extension of existing standard OWL ontologies developed in the biomedical ontology communities. The purpose of this document is to share our implementation experience with the community.


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