Ontology Development Group
The OHSU ontology development group is an interdisciplinary group led by Assistant Professors Dr. Carlo Torniai and Dr. Melissa Haendel. An ontology is a formal representation about a set of concepts and relationships between those concepts within a given domain. Ontologies are developed in many different domains, but share four common goals: 1) Represent what is known, 2) Infer what is not otherwise obvious, 3) promote the discovery of new insights from exploration and manipulation of complex data and 4) provide context and intuitive navigation during the exploration process.
The Ontology Development Group was brought together at the OHSU Library to build ontologies for the eagle-i resource discovery platform (eagle-i.net). The group contributes to ontology development within the context of the Open Biological Ontologies Foundry consortium of ontologies, and participates in a diversity of projects to represent knowledge and analyze data in biomedicine. Our research is currently directed towards ontological representation of persons and their roles and expertise in research, biological specimens and pathological anatomy, reagents and cell lines, cross-species anatomy, best practices for use of ontologies in software applications and publication of Linked Open Data, and ontology reuse and interoperability.
The OHSU Ontology Development Group serves the OHSU research community in support of their data management and analysis needs.