Welcome to the EMBL-EBI Ontology Lookup Service

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About OLS

The Ontology Lookup Service (OLS) is a repository for biomedical ontologies that aims to provide a single point of access to the latest ontology versions. You can browse the ontologies through the website as well as programmatically via the OLS API. OLS is developed and maintained by the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team (SPOT) at EMBL-EBI.

Related Tools

In addition to OLS the SPOT team also provides the OxO, Zooma and Webulous services. OxO provides cross-ontology mappings between terms from different ontologies. Zooma is a service to assist in mapping data to ontologies in OLS and Webulous is a tool for building ontologies from spreadsheets.

Contact Us

For feedback, enquiries or suggestion about OLS or to request a new ontology please contact ols-support @ ebi.ac.uk. For bugs or problems with the code or API please report on GitHub issue. For announcements relating to OLS, such as new releases and new features sign up to the OLS announce mailing list

Data Content

Updated 01 Jun 2020 10:23
  • 251 ontologies
  • 6,201,782 terms
  • 28,160 properties
  • 486,337 individuals