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:

Pacific Northwest Chapter of Medical Library Association
Portland, Oregon
October 16-18, 2016

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health 4th Plenary Meeting
Vancouver, British Columbia
October 16-18, 2016

American Society of Human Genetics
Vancouver, British Columbia
October 18-22, 2016

International Confernece on Semantic Web and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS)
Amsterdam, NL
December 05-08, 2016