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The aim of the DOPE project (Drug Ontology Project for Elsevier) is to investigate the possibility of providing access to multiple information sources in the area of life sciences, through a single interface. In this paper, we describe how DOPE allows thesaurus-driven access to heterogeneous and distributed data, based on the RDF data model. This architecture allows for the easy addition of ontologies and data sources, to facilitate the investigation of ontology mapping and data integration issues. We also describe some user studies evaluating the effectiveness of this system. Next steps for expanding on this work are proposed.




Heiner Stuckenschmidt
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Email: heiner@cs.vu.nl