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[protege-discussion] NCBO Seminar Series - Meeting Info for TOMORROW, Feb 4!

Kanel, Shauna Bella skanel at
Tue Feb 3 13:29:55 PST 2009

Hello All!

The next NCBO Seminar Series will be held TOMORROW, February 4th, at
10am PST.

Below is Information on how to join next week's online meeting and
accompanying teleconference. The seminar, Infectious Disease Ontology,
will be presented by Lindsay Cowell, Duke University, with an
Introduction by Barry Smith. Please see the abstract for this
presentation below, or at 

Please contact me with any questions at skanel at For a
schedule of 2009 presentations through June, or for more information
about the series, please visit the Seminar Series home page:

We hope to see you there.

TITLE: Infectious Disease Ontology

ABSTRACT: The Infectious Disease Ontology (IDO) was initiated as part of
OBO Foundry with funding from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund and from the
NIAID. Its goal is to provide a common template for the creation of
ontologies for families of diseases, pathogens, and vectors. The
benefits of this template approach are that it allows for each of the
ontologies to be developed by experts in the domain of a particular
ontology while ensuring that the resulting ontologies and the data
annotated in their terms are interoperable. In addition, providing a
template reduces errors and allows the ontology developers to progress
rapidly by reducing the false starts common to early stage 
ontology development.

IDO will be tested using data from Staphylococcus aureus (S.a.)
infection, one of the most common and potentially deadly human
infections, with the goal of predicting disease genes and drawing
consequences for developing new sorts of patient-centered diagnosis and
treatment. Other diseases being studied by the members of the IDO
Consortium include malaria and other vector-borne diseases,
tuberculosis, infective endocarditis, influenza and dengue fever. Dr.
Cowell will outline the structure and goals of the IDO project, and the
work of the IDO consortium. Further information on the initiative is
available at


 Topic: NCBO Seminar Series 
 Date: The 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every 1 months
 Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (GMT -08:00, San Francisco) 
Meeting Number: 926 719 478 
 Meeting Password: ncbomeeting 

 Please click the link below to see more information about the meeting,
including its agenda, or to join the meeting. 
 To join the online meeting 
 1. Go to
 2. Enter your name and email address. 
 3. Enter the meeting password: ncbomeeting 
 4. Click "Join Now". 
 5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 
 To join the teleconference 
 Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300 
 Global call-in numbers:
 For assistance 
 1. Go to 
 2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support". 
 You can contact me at: 
  skanel at 
 To update this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft
Outlook), click this link:

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