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.


  1. Review the currently available ontologies for biological data
  2. Review biological databases and their use of ontologies in data curations
  3. Develop a set of recommendations and best practices guidelines for data curation with ontologies.
  4. Identify communication strategies for this topic