Ontology Development Group
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.
What do we do?
- Build ontologies and semantically enabled technologies
- Promote data sharing as Linked Open Data
- Develop data standards
- Support data management and best practices
- Build knowledge discovery tools
- Promote scientific reproducibility
- Promote altmetrics and data publication
Why is it needed?
- Improve the process of science and accessibility to data and information
- Help individual scientists and laboratories improve their data management and reporting processes
- Use of data standards can promote management, attribution, and data sharing
- Semantic representation of data can promote novel hypothesis generation and testing
Who are we?
- Bench scientists turned ontologists  and biocurators .
- Computer scientists turned bioinformaticians
- Medical practioners turned software developers 
Ontologist (on·tolo·gist n.) a domain expert who classifies information in a knowledgebase Biocurator (bio·cu·ra·tor n.) a professional scientist who collects, annotates, and validates data that is disseminated by biological databases or journals.