CTSA Ontology Workshop

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The National Center for Biomedical Ontology is planning a CTSA Ontology Tutorial and Workshop in its series of training and dissemination events.

The Tutorial will provide an introduction to ontology technology focusing on the needs of CTSA clinical scientists.

The Workshop will provide an opportunity for those involved in ontology-related projects across the CTSA Consortium to review what has been achieved thus far and consider plans and strategies for enhanced coordination in the future.

Venue: To be decided

Date: Scheduled tentatively for spring 2012

Organization: Barry Smith (NCBO), Jessica Tenenbaum (Duke), Rob Wynden (UCSF)

Tutorial Day 0

Introduction to Biomedical Ontology for Non-Experts
What is an ontology and what is it useful for?
The problem of data silos
NIH mandates for sharing and reuse of research data
Examples of biomedical ontologies:
  • Gene Ontology (GO)
  • Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA)
  • Infectious Disease Ontology (IDO)
Ontology Technology
An Introduction to the Semantic Web and the Web Ontology Language (OWL)
Using ontologies for data retrieval, integration and reasoning
Success stories

Workshop Day 1

Major Ontology Initiatives within the CTSA Consortium
Chris Chute (Mayo): Data Governance and Normalization within the Mayo Clinic Enterprise
Melissa Haendel (Oregon) and Jon Corson-Rikert (Cornell): eagle-i and VIVO Ontology Initiatives
Jessica Tenenbaum (Duke): Remarks on Genetics Ontologies 
William Hogan (Arkansas) and Werner Ceusters (Buffalo): Referent Tracking and Demographic Data Ontology
Shawn Murphy (Partners): i2b2-Specific Ontologies
Richard Scheuermann and Lindsay Cowell (Dallas): NLP-Based Mapping of Textbook Pathology to Ontology for General Medical Science (OGMS)
Possibly also: OCRe (for clinical research), Permissions Ontology (for consent; owned by Jihad Obeid at Medical University of South Carolina); BRO and Biositmaps (for resource registry); biobanking ontology (Arkansas)

Workshop Day 2

EHR, Ontology and Interoperability
Presentations by EHR vendors
Rob Wynden (UCSF): The Health Ontology Mapper (HOM).
Next Steps
How can we measure the value brought by ontology-based approaches?
How can we ensure high-quality and high-value approaches?
How can we promote a consistent approach across the CTSA consortium?