Manager's Blog: BioPortal Virtual Appliance News

Virtual Appliance Release 2.5 Announced

Special News: Some Important Changes In The Appliance

I'm announcing this Virtual Appliance Release through a blog post because, well, we are behind in updating our formal release announcements. So we'll do a proper release document a bit later, but for now, I want to share some important news about the new Virtual Appliance.

Manager's Blog: BioPortal Software Updates

We apply an agile philosophy to providing releases, moving quickly when feasible and appropriate to address issues and add features. When changes are not urgent or are coupled with other work, we will group them into monthly releases to minimize work and communication overhead. We believe this provides the best value to you, and welcome your communication about the urgency of particular changes.

For the Sake of Research and Patient Care, Scientists Must Find Common Language

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In July, hundreds of international scientists from dozens of biomedical fields will meet at the University at Buffalo seeking a common language with which to energize cross-disciplinary research.

Tutorial on "How to Build a Biomedical Ontology", June 29 at Emory University

Barry Smith will present a tutorial on "How to Build a Biomedical Ontology" on June 29 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  The tutorial consists of two parts; a survey of ontology principles and applications in clinical and translational research and a case study of the new ontology for newborn screening that is being developed at Emory.  This tutorial is part of the series of dissemination events sponsored by the National Center for Biomedical Ontology. For further details, see


Call for Paper: First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems

First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems
October 28th, 2011, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
in conjunction with CIKM 2011

SemTech 2011: Semantic Technologies Conference in San Francisco

Many of NCBO users and friends will probably be interested in attending the Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech) in SanFrancisco June 5-9, 2011 ( SemTech is the world's largest educational conference for the community of executives, technologists, researchers, investors and customers involved with semantic technologies.

Science Careers - Focus on Biomedical Ontologies

Check out Science Careers for an article on Biomedical Ontologies.

Call For Papers: new journal Bionomina: International Journal of Biological Nomenclature & Terminologyapers

Bionomina is a new journal that offers an interdisciplinary forum for general discussions of terminology, naming practices, and concept use in different parts of biology. The journal is edited by biologists, historians and philosophers of biology, and solicits contributions from these groups of researchers.

The Top 10 Errors To Avoid When Building Ontologies

1. Mixing singulars and plurals

"National Socialism is_a political systems" -- MeSH

Barry Smith’s comments on “Semi-automated ontology generation within OBO- Edit” paper

A new paper entitled "Semi-automated ontology generation within OBO-Edit" has just appeared in the journal Bioinformatics [1]. The paper describes a system called 'DOG4DAG', which supports the creation and extension of OBO ontologies by semi- automatically generating terms, definitions and parent-child relations from text in PubMed, the web and PDF repositories.

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