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:

Advanced Data After Dark
May 23-26, 2016

Joint International Conference on Biological Ontology and BioCreative (2016)
August 1 - 4, 2016
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, USA