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[protege-discussion] REMINDER: NCBO Webinar - Maryann Martone, Nov. 4

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Tue Nov 3 13:17:27 PST 2009

The next NCBO Webinar will be held TOMORROW, November 4 at 10am PT. Please
note there will not be a VOIP option and attendees must call into the

The Webinar will be presented by Dr. Maryann Martone, from the University of
California San Diego. The title of the presentation will be “The use of
ontologies within the Neuroscience Information Framework, a
neuroscience-centered portal for searching and accessing diverse resources”.
Below is Information on how to join the online meeting and accompanying
teleconference. For a schedule of the 2009 presentations or for more
information about the NCBO Seminar series, see:

The use of ontologies within the Neuroscience Information Framework, a
neuroscience-centered portal for searching and accessing diverse resources

Although a plethora of resources (tools, databases, materials) for
neuroscientists is now available on the web, finding these resources among
the billions of possible web pages continues to be a challenge. The lack of
discoverability is particularly acute for information contained in on-line
databases, whose dynamic content is largely opaque to web search engines
such as Google.  The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF; was launched in 2008 to address the problem of finding
neuroscience-relevant resources.  It provides simultaneous search across
multiple information sources to connect neuroscientists to available
resources. Search through the NIF portal is enhanced through the utilization
of a comprehensive ontology (NIFSTD) covering major domains in neuroscience,
including diseases, brain anatomy, cell types, subcellular anatomy, small
molecules, techniques and resource descriptors.  Through the NIFSTD
vocabularies, users can expand search using synonyms and related terms and
resource providers.  NIFSTD also provides a large neuroscience-centered
vocabulary for resource providers to utilize when building or annotating
tools and data.  In the past year, the NIF has undergone a significant
upgrade in both functionality and content.  New features make it easier to
search across the NIF information sources and to organize and view results.
The NIF vocabularies continue to be enhanced and expanded.  Tools for
resource providers to make their tools and data available through NIF have
been improved.  NIF has also made available a set of community tools whereby
neuroscientists can contribute their knowledge and expertise, including the
Neurolex Wiki, a semantically enhanced Wiki where each page represents a
NIFSTD concept.

Topic: NCBO Seminar Series
Date: November 4
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Meeting Number: 926 719 478
Meeting Password: ncbomeeting

To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones too!)
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 view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

To join the audio conference only
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers:

Access code:926 719 478

For assistance
1. Go to
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

You can contact me at:
whetzel at

To update this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft
Outlook), click this link:

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time
you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by
clicking this link:

Trish Whetzel, PhD
Outreach Coordinator
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology
Ph: 650-721-2378
whetzel at
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