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:
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.
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.