Grid technology for collaborative ontology development

Stuart Aitken, Kemain Dang, Jonathan Bard

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


In contrast with the centrally-organised curation of the Gene Ontology, many biological ontologies are developed by loosely-organised groups who develop their ontology remotely. These groups tend to be formed from scientists and bio-informaticians from research groups with a common interest, who want to create a resource that will be useful to the community, rather than being formally mandated. Until recently, technological support for bio-ontology development relied on stand-alone editors running on users’ desk- tops for creating new ontology versions (e.g. OBO-Edit, COBrA and Protégé) and on private email, email lists and perhaps Wikis for the distribution of ontology files and discussions. Clearly, much better use could be made of the storage, versioning and visualisation techniques being developed by the database and e- Science communities. BioSphere is an online ontology editor supporting multiple users and is underpinned by a server that stores versions (in OWL-XML) and provides a discussion portal.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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