Anatomy Ontology Workshop

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General Information

The National Center for Biomedical Ontology will host a two-day workshop focused on the Ontology of Anatomy. The workshop will take place on September 8-9, 2006 in Seattle.

Aim of the workshop

At the Workshop for the Ontology of Anatomy we want to gather researchers who are actively involved in the development and continued improvements to a particular anatomy, for various organisms. Regardless of organism differences, if we use common methodologies and principles to build our ontologies then, ultimately, this will enable us to tackle the big issue: to recognize homologous anatomical structures of different species.

The main focus of this workshop is to pave the way for interoperability between the anatomical ontologies developed for various organisms (including human) by agreeing on shared methodologies for build our respecting ontology. Its objectives are to develop:

1. a list of relations used within anatomical anatomies, their definitions, and their consistent use within anatomy ontologies (esp part_of);

2. a list of major organizational units of biological organisms at all levels of granular partitions (e.g. biological macromolecule, cell, organ);

3. a representation of developmental stages of organisms, that is, are anatomy and development two separate, or one single integrated ontology? If separate what are the relations between them and how should they be applied;

4. a method that allows automated reasoners to recognize homologous anatomical structures of different species.


For the usual practical reasons we want to keep the number of people attending small. This workshop is not open for participants who have only passing interest; we want to limit it to those who are in the trenches building these ontologies, since it sharpens the mind to have a tangible problem to be solved. Requests for participation are welcome. Please send a brief statement of your expertise to Fabian Neuhaus.


Michael Ashburner

Albert Burger

Thorsten Henrich

Suzanna Lewis

Onard Mejino

Martin Ringwald

Cornelius Rosse

Barry Smith

Monte Westerfield


The event will be held at:

Silver Cloud Inns / Seattle-University Village

5036 25th Avenue NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: 206-526-5200

Silver Cloud Inns / Seattle-University Village is located just one mile from the University of Washington main campus, and two blocks from the upscale University Village shopping center. A complimentary continental breakfast is offered daily (6:30-9:30am M-F, 7:00-10:00am Sat/Sun). A fitness and business center, year round indoor pool and spa, and local area shuttle service is also available to Silver Cloud Inn guests.

All guest rooms have complimentary high-speed internet access, microwaves, and refrigerators. We have negotiated a special guest room rate for Workshop attendees of $119 per night for a Standard King or Double Queen guest room. (For those Workshop participants wishing to extend their stay in Seattle, this rate will be offered for 3 days prior and/or after the conclusion of the event.) In order to receive this special rate, WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS MUST MAKE ROOM RESERVATIONS BY AUGUST 24, 2006. After this date, all unreserved rooms within the NCBO block will be released for general sale at prevailing rates.

To make room reservations online:

1. Visit

2. Select "Reservations"

3. Select "Seattle-University District" under Properties

4. Select "Group"

5. Type in "Group Number": NCBO

6. Type in "Password": NCBO

7. Complete reservation

To make room reservations via telephone:

1. Call the hotel directly at 206-526-5200 or 800-205-6940

2. Be sure to indicate that you are with the "NCBO Workshop" group (Group code: NCBO).