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[bioontology-support] OBO Foundry group

Melanie Courtot mcourtot at
Tue Nov 17 14:54:09 PST 2009

To expand a bit more on my original question:
It is in reference to the page 
, where one can browse the whole set of ontologies. One of my  
collaborators just did a search on BioPortal, selecting the "OBO  
Foundry" subset, and assumed that all these ontologies were Foundry  

As far as I know there is no Foundry ontology as of today, there are  
only candidates. All of those ontologies are however part of the OBO  

I was just wondering if others find that potentially confusing too,  
and if yes if we shall we consider updating the label. I should have  
added these details in my original enquiry, apologies for the  


On 17-Nov-09, at 2:48 PM, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 5:42 PM, Natasha Noy <noy at> wrote:
>> Is there a description somewhere on what "OBO library" is?
>> Our agreement with OBO Foundry has always been that the OBO Foundry  
>> site
>> maintains the listing of OBO Foundry candidates -- the ones that  
>> agree to
>> try and conform to the principles and remove orthogonality, etc.  
>> That site
>> will not be an alternative general library site for biomedical  
>> ontologies --
>> lest the user community gets confused any more than it already is.  
>> Has there
>> been a change in policy?
> I am unaware of such a policy.
>> It seems quite confusing for users to understand the difference  
>> between
>> "NCBO library" and "OBO library". With the NCBO renewal due in less  
>> than two
>> months, it would be helpful to understand the difference and the  
>> position.
> The OBO library consists of ontologies that are, minimally, openly
> licensed and which have asked to be listed on the web site. The
> current obofoundry site has pointers to ontologies and is not a
> repository in the NCBO sense.
> There are many things that are confusing, even if NCBO stands alone. I
> have tried, in my email to you and the various lists, to point those
> out and will continue to do so, though I have no illusions that all
> confusions will be eliminated.
> -Alan

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