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Anatomical information science

Smith, Barry and Mejino, Jose L V and Schultz, Stefan and Kumar, Anand and Rosse, Cornelius (2005) Anatomical information science. In Proceedings, Seventh International Conference on Spatial Information Theory COSIT 2005 Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3693, pages pp. 149-164.

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Abstract

The Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA) is a map of the human body. Like maps of other sorts – including the map-like representations we find in familiar anatomical atlases – it is a representation of a certain portion of spatial reality as it exists at a certain (idealized) instant of time. But unlike other maps, the FMA comes in the form of a sophisticated ontology of its objectdomain, comprising some 1.5 million statements of anatomical relations among some 70,000 anatomical kinds. It is further distinguished from other maps in that it represents not some specific portion of spatial reality (say: Leeds in 1996), but rather the generalized or idealized spatial reality associated with a generalized or idealized human being at some generalized or idealized instant of time. It will be our concern in what follows to outline the approach to ontology that is represented by the FMA and to argue that it can serve as the basis for a new type of anatomical information science. We also draw some implications for our understanding of spatial reasoning and spatial ontologies in general.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Projects:Foundational Model of Anatomy
Subjects:SIG Publications
ID Code:179
Deposited By:Franklin, Joshua Daniel
Deposited On:11 January 2006