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Workshop on the Relationship Ontology


The National Center for Biomedical Ontology will host a two-day workshop focused on the relationship between terms (classes) in ontologies.

The goals of this workshop are to develop the content of the relationship ontology. In particular we will discuss these areas:

  1. To add new relationships to RO: Current Proposals for new relations
    • The "regulates" relationship
    • The relations that are required for anatomies and development
    • The relations that are required for describing phenotypic data
    • The relations that are required for cross-products between anatomy and biological process
  2. To consolidate the methodology for doing so

Draft Agenda

Monday, May 19th 2008

8:30 Suzi Lewis: Logistics and protocols

8:45 Introductions: why you attended, background and expertise

9:00 Barry Smith (moderator): Discussion of methodology for creating new relations (e.g. some-part question)

10:00 break

10:30 (continued) Discussion of methodology for creating new relations (e.g. some-part question)

11:30 Set priorities and ordering of the listed discussion topics.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Discussion of topics

15:00 break

15:30 Discussion of topics

17:30 Done for the day

19:30 dinner

Tuesday, May 20th 2008

8:30 Discussion of topics

10:30 break

11:00 Discussion of topics

12:00 lunch

1:30 Discussion of topics

2:30 Suzi Lewis: Summary of the meeting, action items, resolutions, and future plans.

3:30 Departures


Monday and Tuesday, May 19-20, 2008


University of Colorado Medical School

This meeting will take place on the [Anschutz medical Campus of the University of Colorado at Denver], probably in room 204 of the Ben Nighthorse Campbell building.

Fly in to the [Denver International Airport].

A good nearby hotel is the [East Denver Drury Inn]. It's not quite walking distance, but we will carpool.

If you need advice or want to talk to someone regarding logistics, email [Kathy Thomas] and mention the Relation Ontology expert meeting in May.

Invited Participants


  1. Mike Bada (host / Denver, CO)
  2. Judith Blake (JAX / Bar Harbor, ME)
  3. Larry Hunter (host / Denver, CO)
  4. Suzi Lewis (NCBO / Berkeley, CA)
  5. David Osumi-Sutherland (FlyBase / Cambridge, UK)
  6. Alan Ruttenberg (Science Commons / Cambridge, MA)
  7. Barry Smith (NCBO / Buffalo, NY)


  1. Thomas Bittner (Center for Ontology / Buffalo, NY)
  2. Melissa Haendel (ZFIN / Eugene, OR)
  3. David Hill (MGI / Bar Harbor, ME)
  4. Waclaw Kusnierczyk (Bergen, Norway)
  5. Chris Mungall (Flybase / Berkeley, CA)
  6. Fabian Neuhaus (NIST / Wash, DC)
  7. Cornelius Rosse (FMA / Seattle, WA)
  8. Nigam Shah (NCBO / Stanford, CA)

Background Material

Relation Ontology Home

Current Proposals for new relations

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