Anatomical information science

In A. G. Cohn & D. M. Mark (eds.), Spatial Information Theory. Springer. pp. 149-164 (2005)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
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.
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
SMIAIS
Upload history
Archival date: 2019-08-09
View other versions
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
96 ( #46,202 of 64,182 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #47,980 of 64,182 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.