EMBL-EBI: Introduction to ontologies


  Friday 27 January 2017


University of Cambridge - Downing Site, Cambridge,  CB2 3AR, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 

Thursday January 26 2017


First come, first served


Louisa Bellis

Registration fee: 

This course is free to University of Cambridge students, but charges will apply for other participants.

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Course Overview

This workshop will give an introduction to the basic concepts of ontologies and how they are useful in biological applications. After a brief overview of some existing resources, we will focus on the Gene Ontology, annotations made using the Gene Ontology and tools leveraging those for biomedical discovery. 


This workshop is aimed at researchers who wish to understand what on ontology is, why they are important and how they can be used in practice to manage their own data.

Modules and resources

During this course you will learn about:

  • Ontologies: what are they and what should you care
  • Gene Ontology: the resource and its usage
  • Gene Ontology Annotations: how are they created and used 

Learning outcomes

After this course you should be able to:

  • Understand what an ontology is, and how it is used
  • Be familiar with the Gene ontology and the analyses it supports
  • Know how to search and use the Gene Ontology in your project