EMBL-EBI workshop: Ontologies in life sciences - examples from GO and EFO


  Friday 2 February 2018


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


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Gabriella Rustici

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Course Overview

This module will introduce the concept of biomedical ontology, what an ontology is, the two primary types of ontology: domain ontology, and application ontology by the example of Gene Ontology (GO) and Experimental Factor Ontology (EFO). The module will also go into details of why big data need ontologies, the ontology best practice, and the ontology capabilities in advanced computational biology.



The modules is suitable for anyone who wish to find out what ontology is about, from ontology 101 to the intermediate level of ontology knowledge. The participants are not expected to have prior ontology knowledge. This course is an introductory to intermediate level of ontology learning.


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Learning outcomes

Participants should be able to:

  • describe basic ontological concepts
  • build an ontology: best practices
  • comprehend the need for ontologies in life sciences
  • discover what the Gene Ontology and Experimental Factor Ontology are and how they are structured
  • describe how gene products are annotated to the Gene Ontology and how to access GO annotations


This course runs from 13:30-17:30 including breaks.