Infectious Disease Ontology

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Please Visit the Main IDO Website

The main IDO website is

Email List

Please subscribe to the Infectious Disease Ontology email list. Anyone can subscribe, and anyone can email the list. We plan to use the email list to discuss the addition of new terms and proposed changes to the current ontology. To subscribe, visit To email the list, write to

Medinfo 2010 Workshop

There will be an IDO workshop at the 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (Medinfo 2010). A separate wiki for this workshop can be found here: Infectious Disease Ontology Workshop - Medinfo 2010

Beginnings of an Infectious Disease Ontology

At the recent Infectious Disease Ontology Workshop (see below), we began preliminary work on a draft infectious disease ontology. OBO edit and Protege OWL versions of the ontology are available for download. Please send comments and suggestions to

Accessible data to test the ontology, existing ontologies of related interest can be found here: Toolbox

Most current version of the ontology can be found here.

Infectious Disease Ontology Meeting in Buffalo (September 16 - 17, 2008)

Details available here.

Past Meetings

Infectious Disease Ontology Kick-off Workshop (September 19 - 20, 2007) and Meeting (September 21, 2007)

The Infectious Disease Ontology Workshop and Meeting (see link below under "Past Meetings") were intended to serve as both a training workshop for participants and a forum through which to establish a community for development, maintenance, and use of the Infectious Disease Ontology (IDO). The workshop and meeting were supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Training Workshop: September 19-20, 2007

Public Meeting: September 21, 2007



September 19, 2007

September 21, 2007

Software Downloads

Workshop on the Ontology of Diseases, November 6-7, 2006


Recommended Background Reading

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