1st Workshop on Ontology Editing (ONTOEDIT 2017)

Wednesday 13th September 2017 09:00 - 17:30

 in conjunction with

The International Conference for Biomedical Sciences (ICBO 2017)



Ontologies are increasingly important for scientific informatics and the progress of science itself. This success has led to larger, more complex ontologies, deployed in larger and more complex information systems. These changes require better tools, bringing their own complexity. More is going right with our ontologies -- more terms, more reuse, better domain coverage -- but more can go wrong. Increasing complexity means that it is harder to make changes to our ontologies and many good ontology developers are afraid to make changes in case something breaks. Additionally, the increased complexity makes it difficult for beginners to get involved, as they are often intimidated by the popular editing tools.

In this workshop we seek to address these problems directly with an end-to-end approach that includes a wide range of ontology developers and users, from scientists to curators to database administrators to software developers. Our goal is to empower our community members, first by recognising the problems, then by seeking solutions ranging from better training, improvements to existing tools, new tools, new approaches, and emerging best practises.


This is a full-day workshop, with many short presentations and a lot discussion:

  • introduction and discussion of the problems to discuss
  • problems e.g. difficulty editing ontologies, breaking ontologies, tool and workflow complexity
  • possible solutions
  • discussion i.e. matching solutions to problems and working toward shared best practises

Workshop Organisers

  • Randi Vita 
  • Nicole Vasilevsky 
  • James A Overton 
  • Matthew Horridge 
  • Marcus Chibucos 
  • Yvonne Bradford 
  • Bjoern Peters 
  • James A. Overton 
  • Chris Mungall 
  • Phillip Lord 
  • Jennifer Warrender 
  • Aisha Blfgeh 
  • Mohammad Halawani



09:00 - 09:10


 Randi Vita

09:10 - 09:30

OLS and EBI tools

 Simon Jupp

09:30 - 10:00

Ontologies 101 Tutorial

 Nicole Vasilevsky

10:00 - 10:30


 Matthew Horridge

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break


11:00 - 11:30

ROBOT templates

 Becky Tauber

11:30 - 12:00

Ontoanimal tools

 Edison Ong

12:00 - 12:30

DOS-DP templates

 David Osumi-Sutherland

12:30 - 14:00



14:00 - 14:30

OBO tools and workflows

 James Overton and Chris Mungall

14:30 - 15:00


 Phillip Lord, Jennifer Warrender, Aisha Blfgeh and Mohammad Halawani

15:00 - 15:30


 Lewis McGibbney

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 - 16:30

Programming OWL with Scala and Scowl

Jim Balhoff

16:30 - 16:50



16:50 - 17:10

ROBOT functionality

 James Overton and Chris Mungall

17:10 - 17:30

Closing remarks