The Sequence Ontology: a tool for the unification of genome annotations
1 Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Life Sciences Addition, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94729-3200, USA
2 Howard Hughes Memorial Institute, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Life Sciences Addition, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94729-3200, USA
3 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724, USA
4 Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1SA, UK
5 Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EH, UK
Genome Biology 2005, 6:R44 doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-5-r44Published: 29 April 2005
The Sequence Ontology (SO) is a structured controlled vocabulary for the parts of a genomic annotation. SO provides a common set of terms and definitions that will facilitate the exchange, analysis and management of genomic data. Because SO treats part-whole relationships rigorously, data described with it can become substrates for automated reasoning, and instances of sequence features described by the SO can be subjected to a group of logical operations termed extensional mereology operators.