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EMBL-EBI: Ontologies in life sciences - examples from GO and EFO




This module will introduce the concept of biomedical ontology, what an ontology is, the two primary types of ontology: domain ontology, and application ontology by the example of Gene Ontology (GO) and Experimental Factor Ontology (EFO). The module will also go into details of why big data need ontologies, the ontology best practice, and the ontology capabilities in advanced computational biology.

Also note: This event is part of a series of short introductions focusing on EMBL-EBI resources.



Sirarat Sarntivijai, EMBL-EBI


Audience and Prerequisites

  • The workshop is suitable for anyone who wishes to find out what ontology
    is about, from ontology 101 to the intermediate level of ontology
    knowledge. The participants are not expected to have prior ontology
    knowledge. This course is an introductory to intermediate level of
    ontology learning.
  • Basic computing skills
  • No previous bioinformatics experience is required, but an undergraduate level understanding of biology would be an advantage
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals


Syllabus, Tools and Resources

During this course you will learn about:

  • Ontologies: what are they and why should you care
  • Gene Ontology: the resource and its usage
  • Gene Ontology Annotations: how are they created and used
  • Experimental Factor Ontology


Learning Objectives

After this course you should be able to:

  • describe basic ontological concepts
  • build an ontology: best practices
  • comprehend the need for ontologies in life sciences
  • discover what the Gene Ontology and Experimental Factor Ontology are and how they are structured
  • describe how gene products are annotated to the Gene Ontology and how to access GO annotations



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