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Goals

Convert BEL to an RDF data model to store richer semantics and enhance our query capabilities.

The following use cases are in mind:

  • Connect to life sciences dataset (e.g. owl:sameAs for namepaces, annotations)
  • Namespace canonicalization and translation
  • Validation of BEL syntax and semantics
  • Extract subsets of BEL knowledge (e.g. by biological context, by citation, by curation method, etc.)
  • Orthologize BEL knowledge
  • Identify contradicting knowledge based on signal propagation along pathways
RDF Model

The following data types need to be converted to RDF to support these uses.

Queries

BEL Sparql queries

Technology

bel2rdf: (obsolete; use bel.rb) Initial proof-of-concept code to convert BEL to RDF

bel.rb (master branch): BEL to RDF conversion being merged into ruby gem as an optional feature.

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