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International Coordination Meeting for Ontology-Based Efforts for Plant Biology

A meeting to promote the coordination of the Gene, Protein, and Plant Ontologies and of other reference ontologies used in plant biology wa sheld on May 15 and 16, 2013 in Amherst (Buffalo) NY. Major goals of the meeting were:

  • To inform members of the Protein, Plant, Gene Ontology and related communities of developments in their respective ontologies in order to promote cross-ontology coordination. Specifically (1) to enhance the treatment of plant-related proteins in the Protein Ontology and (2) to address issues concerning reuse of GO terms to describe plant-related entities, for example in the treatment of plant life cycle and development stages.
  • To address general issues which arise when ontologies need to be extended to cover multiple species of organisms
  • To contribute to the cROP (Common Reference Ontologies for Plants) initiative
  • To contribute to the ontological understanding of phenotype and disease across organisms.
  • To identify potentially fruitful applications which enhanced ontology coordination might bring.

Meeting was attended by the participants representing the Protein Ontology, Plant Ontology, Gene Ontology, ChEBI, OBO Foundry, and the University of Buffalo.

For more information on the meeting and accessing the presentations, please visit the meeting website.

Common Reference Ontologies for Plant Biology presented at the G8 Open Data for Agriculture Conference

The cROP project was invited to make a presentation at the recently concluded G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture held in Washington, D.C. on April 29-30, 2013. The conference placed an emphasis on encouraging member states, participating countries from Africa and stakeholders to publish their data on agriculture, thus realizing a shared goal of global food security. Areas of discussion relevant to cROP included the development of standards, semantics and analysis tools for large-scale data generated by biology, genomics, breeding, demography, plant diseases, germplasm curation, phenotyping and genotyping projects in plants.

Project member Pankaj Jaiswal spoke on the following topics: (1) What is an ontology? (2) Why do we need it? (3) How does it help researchers and scientists? and (4) New and existing international collaborations.

The Jaiswal presentation may be downloaded here.

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