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NCBO-Sponsored Dissemination and Training Events 2005-2015

International Conference on Biomedical Ontology, Lisbon, July 27-30, 2015

The Role of Ontology in Big Cancer Data, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, May 12-13, 20

Information Artifact Ontologies, Workshop organized as part of FOIS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22, 2014

5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014), Houston, TX, October 6-9, 2014

Protein Ontology Workshop

  • Georgetown, DC, June 18-19, 2014

Tutorial on Ontology for Image Informatics

  • Buffalo, NY, June 23, 2014

Ontology and Imaging Informatics: Third Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop

  • Buffalo, NY, June 24-25, 2014.

NCBO Hackathon 2013

PRO-PO-GO Meeting: Challenges of Ontology Coordination Across Organisms

  • Buffalo, NY, May 15-16, 2013
  • The goal of this meeting is to enhance ontology coordination in relation to plant genomics, proteomics and related fields. A special focus will be the ontological treatment of diseases and phenotypes in relation to all organisms.

Second CTSA Ontology Workshop

  • Orlando, FL, February 11-12, 2013
  • This is the second meeting of the new IKFC Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Affinity Group which has been established to leverage the use of common ontologies to support different aspects of information-driven clinical and translational research. The focus of the meeting is to explore new and existing uses of common ontologies to support sharing and discovery of data and resources, researcher networking, and particularly to support the evaluation of research.

SWAT4LS2012 Tutorial

  • Paris, November 29, 2012

Clinical Classifications and Biomedical Ontologies: Terminology Evolution, Principles, and Practicalities

  • AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium, November 3, 2012 Chicago, IL. Presented by Christopher Chute, James Cimino, and Mark Musen.

Overview Presentation for the NCBC Showcase

  • November 8-9, 2012

Course on Anatomy Ontologies

Bio-Ontologies 2012 Long Beach, CA July 13-14, 2012

  • NCBO Web services: Powering Semantically Aware Applications

International Conference on Biomedical Ontology, Graz, Austria, July 21-25, 2012.

Semantics of Biodiversity

Immunology Ontologies and Their Applications in Processing Clinical Data

  • Buffalo, NY, June 11-13, 2012.

CTSA Ontology Tutorial

  • Baltimore, MD, April 24, 2012.

Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Workshop

  • Baltimore, MD, April 25-26, 2012.

Introduction to Bio-Ontologies and Their Applications

  • Stanford University, CA, March 15, 2012.


  • San Francisco, CA, March 22, 2012.

NCBO Hackathon

  • Stanford University, CA, March 26-27, 2012.

Introduction to Bio-Ontologies

  • New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY, February 5, 2012.

SWAT4LS Tutorial: NCBO Web Services and Development of Semantic Applications

  • London, UK, December 7-9, 2011

DBCLS Hackathon

  • Kyoto, Japan, August 22-26, 2011

2nd International Conference on Biomedical Ontology ICBO ↑

  • Videos of all presentations and discussions are available here
  • Buffalo, NY. Workshops and tutorials: July 26-27, 2011. Conference: July 28-30, 2011.

How to Build a Biomedical Ontology

The Importance of Biomedical Ontology for Dental Research, General Session of the International Association for Dental Research

  • San Diego, CA, March 16-19, 2011.

Infectious Disease Ontology Dissemination Workshop

  • Baltimore, MD, December 8-9, 2010.

Introduction to Ontology Building

  • Tutorial, University at Buffalo, October 23, 2010.

Medinfo Workshop on Infectious Disease Ontology

  • September 9-15, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa,

W3C Workshop – RDF Next Steps

  • June 26-27, 2010, Stanford, CA.

Formal Ontology in Information Systems

  • Toronto, Canada, May 11-14, 2010.

Ontology Summit 2010: Creating the Ontologists of the Future

  • March 15-16, 2010, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Co-sponsored by the National Center for Ontological Research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Ontolog Forum, and the International Association for Ontology and Its Applications
  • Communique

3rd Interdisciplinary Ontology Conference

  • February 26-28, 2010, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Conference co-sponsored with the Japanese Center for Ontological Research
  • Barry Smith, Riichiro Mizoguchi and Sumio Nakagawa (eds.), Interdisciplinary Ontology. Proceedings of the Third Interdisciplinary Ontology Meeting (Tokyo, Japan, February 27-28, 2010), Tokyo: Keio University Press, 2010.

Ontologies for the Virtual Physiological Human

  • February 14, 2010, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

The Future of the Foundational Model of Anatomy

From Aristotle to the Universal Core: Ontology Training Event

  • October 10-11, 2009, Buffalo, NY
  • Co-sponsored with the University at Buffalo
  • Webcast

Signs, Symptoms and Findings: Towards an Ontology for Clinical Phenotypes

  • September 3-4, 2009, University of Milan, Biccaca, Italy
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop, co-sponsored by the Italian National Research Council
  • Follow-up from 2008 NCBO Clinical Phenotypes meeting

International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO)

  • July 27-29, 2009, Buffalo, NY
  • Co-sponsored by the National Center for Ontological Research and the University at Buffalo
  • Proceedings

From Basic Formal Ontology to the Information Artifact Ontology

  • July 25-26, 2009, Buffalo, NY
  • NCBO Tutorial co-located with the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO); Faculty: Werner Ceusters, Alan Ruttenberg, Barry Smith
  • Webcast

International Consensus Workshop: Convergence on an Orofacial Pain Taxonomy

Joint JCOR-NCBO International Biomedical Ontology Workshop

  • Feb 27-Mar 1, 2009, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan as part of the InterOntology09 meeting
  • Co-organized with the Japanese Center for Ontological Research

Evolutionary Biology and Ontologies

  • January 5, 2009, Boston, MA as part of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
  • Co-sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
  • Report

Signs, Signs, Symptoms and Findings: First Steps Toward an Ontology of Clinical Phenotypes

How to Make Useful Ontologies for Biomedicine

  • July 19, 2008, Toronto, Canada.
  • NCBO Tutorial at ISMB 2008 (Faculty: Nigam Shah and Barry Smith)
  • Slides

Evolutionary Biology and Ontologies

  • June 20, 2008, Minneapolis, MN
  • Held in conjunction with the Evolution 2008 meeting.
  • Co-sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
  • Report

The Ontology of Relations

  • May 19-20, 2008, Denver, CO
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop

Introduction to Biomedical Ontologies

  • April 12-13, 2008, Buffalo, NY
  • NCBO Tutorial (Faculty: Barry Smith)
  • Webcast

Ontologies of Cellular Networks

  • March 27-28, 2008, Newark, NJ
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop
  • Publication

Joint JCOR-NCBO International Biomedical Ontology Workshop

  • February 26-27, 2008, Tokyo, Japan, organized in conjunction with InterOntologies 08
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop, co-sponsored with the Japanese Center for Ontological Research

Dagstuhl Seminar: Ontologies and Text Mining for Life Sciences

  • July 23-27, 2007: Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany
  • Organizers: Ulf Leser, Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann and Michael Ashburner
  • Proceedings

Ontologies for Biomedicine – How to Make and Use Them

  • July 21, 2007, Vienna, Austria
  • NCBO Tutorial at ISMB 2007 (Faculty: Nigam Shah and Barry Smith)

Reasoning with Biomedical Information: Training Course in Logic for Biomedical Research

Sequence Ontology Immunology Workshop: Focusing on Gene, Allele, HLA, and More

  • June 12-13th, 2007, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Clinical Trial Ontology

  • May 16-17 2007, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop
  • OCRe Ontology

Dagstuhl Seminar: Ontology Interoperability in Biomedicine

  • March 27-30, 2007, Dagstuhl, Germany
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop
  • Seminar Report

The OBO Foundry - A Gold Standard Approach to Ontology Evaluation

Phenotype Ontology Announcement

  • December 1-2, 2006, Clark Center, Stanford, CA
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop

Connecting BioPAX to Other Biomedical Ontologies

  • November 20-21, 2006, MIT, Boston, MA
  • NCBO Tutorial (Faculty: Barry Smith)

Panel on the Future of HL7

Genomics Knowledge Representation for Clinical Trials

  • AMIA Annual Symposium, November 12, 2006, Washington DC
  • Tutorial (Faculty: Nigam Shah, Barry Smith, and others)

Biomedical Imaging Ontologies

  • AMIA Annual Symposium, November 11, 2006, Washington DC,
  • Follow-Up Meeting to NCBO Dissemination Workshop on the Ontology of Images

Biomedical Ontology in Action

  • November 8, 2006, Baltimore, MD
  • Symposium of the Working Group on Formal (Bio-)Medical Knowledge Representation of the American Medical Informatics Association (KR-MED)
  • Publication

Ontology of Diseases

  • November 6-7, 2006, John Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop organized in association with the FOIS 2006 (Formal Ontology and Information Systems) Conference

Ontology Development

  • September 11-13, 2006, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.
  • Genomics Standards Consortium Workshop, co-sponsored with the National Institute for Environmental e-Science (NIEeS)

Anatomy Ontology Workshop

Tutorial on Standards and Ontologies

Ontologies for Biomedicine – How to Make and Use Them

On the Need and Utility of Ontologies "

  • Jul 30-August 4, 2006, Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • Presentation by Michael Ashburner at the Conference: In Silico Analysis of Proteins - Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Swiss-Prot.

Functional Genomics Investigation Ontology (FuGO) 2nd Workshop .

  • July 24-28, 2006, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, Hinxton, UK
  • This meeting led to creation of OBI Ontology for Biomedical Investigations;

Ontology Visualization with Jambalaya

  • July 23-26, 2006, Stanford, CA
  • NCBO Tutorial (Faculty: Chris Callendar)

Scientific Ontologies: NCBC Special Interest Group Meeting

  • July 17-19, 2006, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • i2b2, NAMIC and NCBO sponsored session at NCBC All Hands Meeting [1]

Ontology: A Vision for the Future and Its Realization

Training Course in Biomedical Ontologies

Phenotype Annotation Meeting

  • May 17-20, 2006, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop

Principles of Biomedical Ontology Design

The Ontology of Images

  • March 24-25, 2006, Stanford, CA
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop
  • Led to establishment of standards for BIRNLex Ontology
  • Webcast

Ontology Workshop: Focus on Immunology

  • March 21-22, 2006, Gaitherburg, MD
  • Sponsored by NIAID/DAIT at the 2006 American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Annual Meeting
  • Publication; Ontology

Navigating the Translational Researcher Through a Complex of Animal and Biological Resources

  • March 6-7, 2006, Bethesda, MD
  • Presentation by Monte Westerfield on Animal Models and Ontologies

BIRN ontology workshop Agenda

  • February 28-March 1, 2006, Stanford, CA
  • Tutorial by Barry Smith: "Critical Review of BIRN Ontologies" Part 1 Part 2
  • NCBO Dissemination Workshop
  • Led to creation of BIRNLex ontology

Functional Genomics Investigation Ontology (FuGO): First Workshop

International Biocurator Meeting

  • December 8-11, 2005, Asilomar, CA
  • Attending: Sima Misra, Chris Mungall, Monte Westerfield

Phenotype Ontology Content Workshop

  • Nov. 19-20, 2005, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Attending: Michael Ashburner, John Day-Richter, George Gkoutos, Suzanna Lewis, Chris Mungall, Mark Musen, Erik Segerdell, Nigam Shah, Monte Westerfield

Workshop on Bio-Ontologies

  • October 28, 2005, Buffalo, NY
  • Presenting: Suzanna Lewis, Frank Hartel, Sumi Yoshikawa, Olivier Bodenreider

Making Ontologies Better

  • NCBO Training Workshop (Faculty: David Hill and Barry Smith)
  • October 28, 2005, Buffalo, NY
  • Slides