July 6, 2008

You Know OBO? Let’s GO!

Oboe mechanics by starriseAccording to their website “The Open Biomedical Ontologies (OBO) Foundry is a collaborative experiment involving developers of science-based ontologies who are establishing a set of principles for ontology development with the goal of creating a suite of orthogonal interoperable reference ontologies in the biomedical domain”. This week they are having a workshop in Cambridge, to bring myself up to speed, here is a quick name check of some of the people involved.

Some of these people I’ve already met, many more are new to me. Hopefully it will be an interesting and productive workshop. One of the things I love about being a Scientist is all the mad wackaloons, dangerous megalomaniacs with crazy hair, egocentric nutcases, anally-retentive pedantic control freaks, obsessive-compulsive types, ambitious, creative and fascinating characters with great BIG ideas that you meet along the way (see list above!)


  1. Barry Smith et al (2007) The OBO Foundry: coordinated evolution of ontologies to support biomedical data integration, Nature Biotechnology 25(11):1251-5. DOI:10.1038/nbt1346, pubmed.gov/17989687
  2. OBO Foundry Workshop 2008 outcomes

(CC-licensed Oboe mechanics picture by starrise)

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