Describing cellular phenotypes with CMPO
The Cellular Microscopy Phenotype Ontology (CMPO) provides a species-neutral controlled vocabulary for describing phenotypic qualities relating to the whole cell, cellular components, cellular processes and cell populations. Terms from CMPO are being used to annotate phenotype descriptions from high-content screening databases and cellular image repositories. Annotating data with ontologies adds value to the data that can then be exploited computationally to support smarter querying and to facilitate data integration. Find out more about CMPO and the projects invoved here. If you are new to ontologies, there is a short introduction on the subject available and a blog post by James Malone on what ontologies are for.