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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 5, Issue 6-7, Pages 501-508
Conference paper

Biomedical Informatics and Granularity

1IFOMIS, University of Saarland, Postbox 151150, Saarbrücken D-66041, Germany
2Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo, NY, USA

Received 4 October 2004; Revised 12 October 2004; Accepted 13 October 2004

Copyright © 2004 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An explicit formal-ontological representation of entities existing at multiple levels of granularity is an urgent requirement for biomedical information processing. We discuss some fundamental principles which can form a basis for such a representation. We also comment on some of the implicit treatments of granularity in currently available ontologies and terminologies (GO, FMA, SNOMED CT).