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For the Sake of Research and Patient Care, Scientists Must Find Common Language

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In July, hundreds of international scientists from dozens of biomedical fields will meet at the University at Buffalo seeking a common language with which to energize cross-disciplinary research.

Tutorial on "How to Build a Biomedical Ontology", June 29 at Emory University

Barry Smith will present a tutorial on "How to Build a Biomedical Ontology" on June 29 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  The tutorial consists of two parts; a survey of ontology principles and applications in clinical and translational research and a case study of the new ontology for newborn screening that is being developed at Emory.  This tutorial is part of the series of dissemination events sponsored by the National Center for Biomedical Ontology. For further details, see http://ontology.buffalo.edu/11/Tutorial_Atlanta_2011.htm
 

 

Call for Paper: First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems

First International Workshop on Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems
MIXHS’11
October 28th, 2011, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
in conjunction with CIKM 2011

SemTech 2011: Semantic Technologies Conference in San Francisco

Many of NCBO users and friends will probably be interested in attending the Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech) in SanFrancisco June 5-9, 2011 (http://semtech2011.semanticweb.com). SemTech is the world's largest educational conference for the community of executives, technologists, researchers, investors and customers involved with semantic technologies.

Science Careers - Focus on Biomedical Ontologies

Check out Science Careers for an article on Biomedical Ontologies.

Call For Papers: new journal Bionomina: International Journal of Biological Nomenclature & Terminologyapers

Bionomina is a new journal that offers an interdisciplinary forum for general discussions of terminology, naming practices, and concept use in different parts of biology. The journal is edited by biologists, historians and philosophers of biology, and solicits contributions from these groups of researchers.

The Top 10 Errors To Avoid When Building Ontologies

1. Mixing singulars and plurals

"National Socialism is_a political systems" -- MeSH

Barry Smith’s comments on “Semi-automated ontology generation within OBO- Edit” paper

A new paper entitled "Semi-automated ontology generation within OBO-Edit" has just appeared in the journal Bioinformatics [1]. The paper describes a system called 'DOG4DAG', which supports the creation and extension of OBO ontologies by semi- automatically generating terms, definitions and parent-child relations from text in PubMed, the web and PDF repositories.

NCBO will host the W3C Workshop on Next steps for RDF

The Resource Description Framework (RDF), including the general concepts, its semantics, and an 

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  • NIGMS article: What is an ontology?

    Stephanie Dutchen from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) writes on “What is an ontology” explaining how ontologies can be used to organize biological knowledge by providing a common vocabulary for scientists in different organizations and specialties and by representing the relationships between terms providing added knowledge.
    Click here to read the full article.
    To learn more about ontologies, review the NCBO Educational Materials and BioPortal, a library of biomedical ontologies. 
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