Ontology Development Group

The Ontology Development Group in the OHSU Library is an interdisciplinary group led by Dr. Melissa Haendel. An ontology is a formal representation of domain knowledge in the form of concepts and how they relate to each other within the domain.

The Ontology Development Group (ODG) strives to promote research innovations, service development, and education through semantically enabled technologies for the purposes of data management and publication, research reproducibility, and the building of novel tools for biomedical data exploration.

Who are we?

  • Bench scientists turned ontologists[1] and biocurators[2]
  • Computer scientists turned bioinformaticians
  • Medical practioners turned software developers

[1] Ontologist (on·tolo·gist n.) a domain expert who classifies information in a knowledgebase

[2] Biocurator (bio·cu·ra·tor n.) a professional scientist who collects, annotates, and validates data that is disseminated by biological databases or journals

Upcoming Events:

Semantic Web applications and tool for life science conference, December 7-10, 2016, Cambridge, England.

Melissa Haendel will be giving a keynote at the upcoming International Society for Biocuration Conference, April 10-14, 2016, Geneva, Switzerland.

The OHSU Library will host the Force2016 conference in collaboration with Force11.
April 17-19, 2016
The Armory, Portland, OR