Ontologies Working Group

Sook Jung (Chair), Laurel Cooper, Clemson Jonquet, Marie-Angelique Laporte, Naama Menda, Monica Munoz-Torres, Rex Nelson, Carissa Park

To facilitate data discovery, exchange, and integration by guiding biological databases in the use of ontologies and controlled vocabularies.The increased use of ontologies will contribute to data interoperability and reduce redundancies that arise through inconsistent terminologies.


  • Use ontologies in data curation
  • Make methods transparent to researchers when computational annotation is done instead of manual curation
  • Make an effort to create a network of ontologies as a community
  • Facilitate ontology annotation by data generators