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[protege-discussion] NCBO Webinar: Removing roadblocks: leveraging ontologies for data aggregation and computation - Mar. 6 at 10am PST

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Fri Mar 1 17:06:34 PST 2013

The next NCBO Webinar will be presented by Melissa Haendel from the Oregon
Health & Science University Library on "Removing roadblocks: leveraging
ontologies for data aggregation and computation" at 10:00am PST, Wednesday,
Mar. 6.  Below is information on how to join the online meeting via WebEx
and accompanying teleconference. For the full schedule of the NCBO Webinar
presentations see:

The scientific literature is the cornerstone of biomedical research: it is
where we put our collective knowledge about science. Recent years have seen
a vast increase in diverse biomedical databases that complement and extract
information from this literature, and they contain unparalleled content
about genetics, genomics, anatomy, environmental interactions,
developmental processes, and research resources. Researchers face a
daunting challenge in using these vast stores of biomedical data to inform
their understanding of biological mechanisms and drive their research
activities toward novel discovery. Key contributors to this problem include
a lack of unique reference to biomedical entities (e.g. genes, disease) and
the research artifacts used to investigate them (e.g. antibodies, model
organisms), as well as a lack of conceptual and technical interoperability
between databases. These barriers make it difficult to fully exploit this
enormous body of knowledge to facilitate sound and reproducible science as
a foundation for continued discovery.

Ontologies represent a key technology that can address many of these core
challenges, by supporting unambiguous identification of research entities
and helping bridge gaps between different data sources. Moreover, use of
ontological logic in combination with aggregated data sources can enable
inferred connections to be made, and improve navigation and analysis of
biological data. In this presentation, we will discuss various projects in
which multiple ontologies have been leveraged together to enhance data
integration and exploration.

Dr. Haendel is an Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health & Science
University Library. She has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, where she studied
early cell and molecular development in mouse, chick, and zebrafish model
organisms. Her team works on projects that leverage ontologies for
translational research, including linking human diseases to model organism
data and identification and linking of research resources to publications
and people. Her interest is in using ontologies as a nexus for linking and
querying across many types of data - genomic, biomedical, evolutionary, and
research profiling.

Meeting information
March 6, 2013
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
Meeting Number: 925 343 903
Meeting Password: ncbo

To start or join the online meeting
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Audio conference information
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meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers:

Access code:925 343 903

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

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