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OArCS is a structural model for the description of anatomical features (morphemes) using ontologies. Its domain is the Arthropod ciruclatory system. The OArCS ontology, in OWL format, is available https://github.com/aszool/oarcs. The ontology is fully accessible and editable through the web, and interested parties are encouraged to become involved in its development. Although the database is continually updated the list of terms, definitions, and relationships should be considered incomplete. If you find errors or omissions, or you would like to contribute please use the give feedback link.
OArCS contains a comprehensive collection of over 370 terms tied to over 290 concepts which are used for the description of various phenotypic aspects of circulatory organ features in arthropods. Each concept contains a genus-differentia definition which is taxon-independent and is based exclusively on structural attributes in strict avoidance of any reference to function or homology. Besides the obligatory relationships “is_a” and “part_of”, it also provides relationships specific for the circulatory system, e.g. “gives_rise_to/emanates from”, etc.

This site

The site is navigable through the links found on all pages:

  • search - The search box allows you to search through the anatomical concepts, both through the labels that reference them ("e.g. heart") or the words used in their definitions (e.g. "The aorta that is connected to the heart").
  • analyze - This tool allows researchers who describe or otherwise reference the anatomy of hymenopterans to match their word usage against the ontology. A downloadable analysis is produced, including Universal Resource Identifers (URIs) that point to annatomical concepts.
  • give feedback - A form to provide feedback to the curators, including suggestions for new concepts or usages of labels, or just general comments.
  • references - A list of nearly all the references tied to the data in the ontology. If you have a reference that you would like to include, please send it to us.
  • terms - A list of all the words used in hymenopteran anatomy presently captured in the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology. If your term is not on this list please send it to us along with a reference that uses it.
  • tree - An experimental browser for the ontology in the form of an expandible list.
  • parts - A specialized search that uses the part_of properties to return all the parts of a given annatomical structure. For example you can ask for "all the parts of the heart".
  • pulse - A RSS feed that documents the ongoing changes to the underlying Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology database.
  • about/how to cite - These pages.

How to cite

[STUB for Sys. Biology paper] doi:doi stub
The Ontology of Arthropod Circulatory Systems Wirkner et al. . Accessed on Mon Mar 01 03:18:55 -0600 2021. Available at http://oarcs.speciesfilegroup.org.
Individual OArCS natomy Ontology Concepts:See URIs through - more detail - links.