S6: Why Do We Need Ontologies?

Thomas Exner, Douglas Connect
PRESENTING AUTHOR: 

Thomas Exner

INSTITUTION / COMPANY : 

Douglas Connect

POSITION: 

Chief Scientific Officer

ABSTRACT CONTENT / DETAILS: 

NCBO BioPortal lists currently 517 different ontologies ranging from very general like the Units of Measurement Ontology to more specific like the Ontology of Adverse Events.

Still, new ontologies are developed all over the world and they are part of many new project proposals submitted to funding agencies.

However, the question remains: How do we use them in the most efficient way to support browsing and searching for data, making databases and software tools more interoperable, harmonizing knowledge bases like the AOP-KB and comparing different experimental methods and protocols?

This talk is not meant to provide the answer but to be the start of a session with inspiring talks and fruitful discussions.