The Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI) project is developing an integrated ontology for the description of life-science and clinical investigations.
- To cite a journal article for OBI please use the following: Bandrowski, et al, PLoS One, 2016
- To refer to the most current information on the OBI project, please use the following: The OBI Consortium http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/obi
- The latest complete version of ontology (.owl) file will always be available from http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/obi.owl with release notes
- To use OBI, remember the licensing terms: OBI is released under CC-by 3.0 Unported License
What is it?
The Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI) project is developing an integrated ontology for the description of biological and clinical investigations. This includes a set of 'universal' terms, that are applicable across various biological and technological domains, and domain-specific terms relevant only to a given domain. This ontology will support the consistent annotation of biomedical investigations, regardless of the particular field of study. The ontology will represent the design of an investigation, the protocols and instrumentation used, the material used, the data generated and the type analysis performed on it. Currently OBI is being built under the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO).
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Who is OBI?
The OBI project is an international, collaborative effort to build an ontology to be used for annotation of Biomedical Investigations. The OBI Consortium is the name under which the OBI project authors its work.
Talk with us
We have mailing lists for both users and developers. Join the users list to be notified of each OBI release. If you represent a Community that would like to collaborate in the development of OBI, contact the Coordination Committee.
Twice a week Developer Working Group conference calls are held on Monday from 12-1PM EST, 5-6PM GMT, and Wednesdays from 11-12AM EST, 4-5PM GMT, with the exception of the second Wednesday of each month (Coordinate Call). For more information on these calls, check the conference call agenda.
Visit our issue tracker to report problems or submit terms for inclusion, and to track their resolution.
Contribute to the software effort
Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.