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Featured Article: Drug target ontology to classify and integrate drug discovery data

Currently only a small fraction of potentially druggable targets are being extensively studied, leaving lots of understudied ‘dark’ targets to be explored. In this paper the authors have developed a Drug Target Ontology to facilitate the integration and formal linking of diverse data important for drug discovery. This plays a key role in the grand task being addressed by the Druggable Genome (IDG) project - identifying and prioritising new drug targets.


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Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Goran Nenadic, University of Manchester, UK

Aims and scope

Journal of Biomedical Semantics addresses issues of semantic enrichment and semantic processing in the biomedical domain. The scope of the journal covers two main areas:

Infrastructure for biomedical semantics: focusing on semantic resources and repositories, meta-data management and resource description, knowledge representation and semantic frameworks, the Biomedical Semantic Web, and semantic interoperability.

Semantic mining, annotation, and analysis: focusing on approaches and applications of semantic resources; and tools for investigation, reasoning, prediction, and discoveries in biomedicine.

Featured series: BioOntologies SIG

In time for this year's meeting at ISMB, please check out our collection of articles based on last year's meeting. Edited by Karin Verspoor and Anika Oellrich.

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