NCBO will host the W3C Workshop on Next steps for RDF

The Resource Description Framework (RDF), including the general concepts, its semantics, and an 

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  • NIGMS article: What is an ontology?

    Stephanie Dutchen from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) writes on “What is an ontology” explaining how ontologies can be used to organize biological knowledge by providing a common vocabulary for scientists in different organizations and specialties and by representing the relationships between terms providing added knowledge.
    Click here to read the full article.
    To learn more about ontologies, review the NCBO Educational Materials and BioPortal, a library of biomedical ontologies. 

    ICBO summary for Phenoscapers

    At the IBCO there were a number of talks of interest to Phenoscapers, including one from the BGEE group on Homolonto and Chris Mungall’s on GO cross products and Uberon.  Read more.  See also here.

    Peter Jackson’s blog on IBCO conference

    Peter Jackson, chief scientist at Thomson Reuters with responsibility for corporate research and development, attended the first International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO), held in Buffalo, NY. He appeared on a Panel of Ontology and Publishing and blogs about the Role of Ontology in Biomedicine as well as about Tools for Annotation and Mapping.

    C2 Domain Ontology within Our Lifetime by Ms. Leslie Winters, U.S Joint Forces Command, Dr. Andreas Tolk,Old Dominion University

    It is not only in the biomedical domain that ontologies are increasingly being used to advance data information and analysis. Similar developments can be witnessed in many other domains, for example in the military domain of what is called 'C2' or 'Command and Control', which requires agile information sharing with an increasingly wide variety of military and non-military partners. This paper describes an initiative to develop a C2 domain ontology in order to improve C2 data and service integration. It provides an overview of ontology, examples of existing ontologies (including biomedical ontologies), and key C2 areas of potential application.Click here to read the paper.

    From Ancient Philosophy to Drug Safety at GSK by Gary H. Merrill, Semantic Technologies Group, GSK

    I would like to take this opportunity to describe the type of work that the Semantic Technologies Group in Statistical and Quantitative Sciences has been involved with over the past five or so years.  Since most SQS and DDS members are unfamiliar with this area, this letter will be a bit longer than is customary.   We start with a brief history lesson.

    Feedback from Harold Solbrig, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics at the Mayo Clinic to Barry Smith, NCBO

    The ICBO meeting impressed me by how much of it focused on the science of biomedicine itself, using the language of ontology for clarification and communication.  This was a refreshing change from many of the earlier meetings in this subject area, where the discussion centered primarily on whether one person's opinion on the organization and naming of a subject area was any better or worse than another's and whether we had a right to even say.

    A Brief on ICBO 2009

    Some 200 participants enjoyed 3 days of biomedical ontology at the first ICBO conference, preceded by 4 days of classes and tutorials on topics ranging from spatial ontology and qualitative reasoning to the metaphysical foundations of biomedical ethics. The meeting itself included 38 presentations, 43 posters, 6 software demonstrations, 2 panels, and 1 plenary lecture (by Howard Garner, on the use of high-powered text-mining software applied to PubMed for drug discovery).

    Bioontology Community Blog

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    The National Center for Biomedical Ontology is an international consortium of researchers in informatics, computer science and biomedicine committed to improving human health and biomedical research. We support the development of technology and infrastructure to accelerate biomedical discovery, and strive to provide tools to improve the management and analysis of biomedical data and knowledge.

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