The BioImage Database is an ontology-driven image database for multidimensional images of biological specimens. It is built using Jena and other Open Source components around an ImageStore Ontology written in OWL-DL that describes all aspects of the image. Manual metadata entry is simplified by the dynamic creation from the underlying ontology of simple Web form user submission interfaces (Fig 1.) Automated metadata entry will also be possible where metadata already exist in digital form. An advanced search interface permits accurate retrieval of relevant images. During this retrieval process, Web Service interactions with third-party services can permit the textual descriptions of the image to be marked up on the fly with definitions of key terms, including the disambiguation of gene names (Fig 2.).
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