Informatics framework for graphics libraries presented at ontology conference

Jul 31, 2019

Melissa Clarkson was invited to present her research at the 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology, July 31 – August 2, in Buffalo, NY. Together with Steve Roggenkamp, she is developing an informatics-based approach to developing graphic libraries to serve as visual representations in support of text-based biomedical terminologies and ontologies.

Visual representations are crucial for communicating biomedical knowledge, particularly in the domain of anatomy. But methods for integrating standardized visual representations into knowledge representation schemes are largely unexplored, leaving users dependent upon textual descriptions or ad-hoc
visuals.

Their approach is to build libraries SVG-based graphics that are composed of reusable graphic elements and assigned unique identifiers. A prototype of their web application for standardized anatomy graphics is available at endlessforms.info.