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L14 Zoom room [clear filter]
Tuesday, July 26

4:00pm PDT

L14 – Introduction to Data Curation Using Ontologies: FAIR Datasets and Community Collaboration

Rhiannon Cameron, Damion Dooley, William Hsiao, Emma Griffiths, Anoosha Sehar

Abstract: The ways in which people encode meaning into text are complex. It is difficult to know for sure what one means without additional context. Semantic ambiguity can impede the sharing of knowledge and impact the comparability and interoperability of datasets.

This course covers how we can use ontologies to improve the consistency and communication of ideas. Ontologies are data structures that are composed of controlled vocabularies, and the relations between them, that represent a piece of knowledge in a subject area. They are being used to support a variety of academic research, government, and commercial projects by providing findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) data annotations that computers can reason over.

This is a course not on how to develop an ontology, nor on the underlying data models, but rather on how a data curator can engage in ontology practices to support their FAIR data objectives. Over three sessions we will cover what ontologies are, how to access and explore ontologies, finding and evaluating appropriate ontology terms, annotating spreadsheet data, and how to make new term requests.

We will introduce users to the Open Biological and Biomedical Ontologies (OBO) foundry community and their founding principles, as well as explore practical examples and applications using the Genomic Epidemiology Ontology (GenEpiO) and the Food Ontology (FoodOn). That being said, this course is not limited to individuals who work within genomic and epidemiological frameworks – our aim is to support users in solving practical data-quality problems using open access ontologies across disciplines.

Several free and/or open-source tools will be introduced throughout the course, including but not limited to: Ontobee, EMBL-EBI Ontology Lookup Service, Protégé, and OntoMaton.

Audience: Researchers, data curators.

Tuesday, July 26
Wednesday, July 27
Thursday, July 28

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Rhiannon Cameron

Graduate Student Researcher, PhD Candidate, Centre for Infectious Disease Genomics and One Health @ Simon Fraser University
Rhiannon completed her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 2019 and is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU under the supervision of Dr. Hsiao. Her work focuses on ontology curation and development for outbreak investigation and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2... Read More →

Damion Dooley

Ontology Development Lead, Centre for Infectious Disease Genomics and One Health, SFU

Anoosha Sehar

Ontology Developer / Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University

Tuesday July 26, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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