Ontologies

Community of Practice

 

Welcome!

Community members gathered at the 2018 PhenoHarmonIS workshop, the biennial event hosted by the Ontologies Community of Practice.

The Ontologies Community of Practice is led by Bioversity International and has been launched as a part of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture.

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the CGIAR Big Data Platform for Agriculture , the CoP Ontologies will span the knowledge domains that are relevant to the Platform with the objective of establishing best practices, and guidelines in the selection of ontologies of reference.

It will also focus on the use and application of semantics for data harmonization at the levels of collection and storage, and for data interoperability and data discovery following the FAIR principles. This space can be used as a discussion area, share and request relevant information and contribute towards building the community as a whole.

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Ontologies are important to all data-driven research, and this group serves as an intermediary to assess common goals, needs ,and opportunities across all BIG DATA CoPs and working groups.

The CoP aims at bringing together experts in ontology design, ontology-driven applications (fieldbooks, databases, annotation tools, query tools, etc), semantic web technologies, specialists from 15 CGIAR Centers, collaborative organizations, and other BIG DATA CoPs, to create a critical mass of expertise needed to tackle major issues related to semantics for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data in agriculture. By promoting FAIR data principles, the Ontologies CoP fosters a culture that values data and enables its members to solve global grand challenges faster, better, and at greater scale.

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CoP Lead

Elizabeth Arnaud | Email
Elizabeth leads the Ontologies CoP and is a scientist at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT in Montpellier, France

CoP Communication

Céline AubertEmail
The International Food Policy Research Institute, France

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Working groups

Plant Phenotypes Ontologies

The Plant Phenotypes Ontologies WG develops and maintains the community-built Crop Ontology (CO) compiling traits and variables per crop species. CO fosters the standardization of data including data recorded on phenotyping platforms, collected during food processing, generated from consumers’ surveys and used to describe ecological interventions.

This work enriches the species-agnostic reference ontologies of the Planteome project: 

Bioversity International leads the working group in collaboration with CGIAR centers, Boyce Thompson Institute, members of ELIXIR-EXCELERATE, Phenome Projects, and the Jaiswal Lab of the Oregon State University.

 

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See CGIAR Crop Ontology Curators

Guillaume Bauchet
Breeding Bioinformatician, Boyce Thompson Institute
Banana ontology

 

 

Jing Yu
Genome Database Curator, Washington State University
Cotton ontology

 

Vilma Rocio Hualla Mamani
Data Management Specialist, International Potato Center
Sweet potato and potato ontologies

 

 

Abhishek Rathore
Principal Scientist and Theme Leader, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Chickpea, finger millet, groundnut, pearl millet, pigeonpea, and sorghum crop ontologies

 

 

Roma Rani Das
Statistician, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Chickpea, finger millet, groundnut, pearl millet, pigeonpea, and sorghum crop ontologies

 

 

Praveen Reddy Teegala
Programmer-cum-Systems Analyst, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Chickpea, finger millet, groundnut, pearl millet, pigeonpea, and sorghum crop ontologies

 

 

Afolabi Agbona
Data Manager, IITA
Cassava and yam ontologies

 

 

Noel Madalla
Bioversity International
Banana ontology

 

 

Rosemary Shrestha
Data Coordinator, CIMMYT
Wheat and maize ontologies

 

 

Marie Angélique Laporte
Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
Global Curator

 

 

Julian Pietragalla
Regional Deployment Manager, Latin America, Integrated Breeding Platform
Global Curator

Fish Ontology

The Fish Ontology Working Group aims to enable easy aggregation and analysis of data. This will be done by describing the fisheries terminologies that enhance data quality, thus ensuring that fisheries-related datasets can be integrated and used in more efficient ways.

The Fish Ontology Working Group was formed in April 2019 and is currently led by WorldFish with the support of Bioversity International.

 

Agronomy Ontology

AgrO, the Agronomy Ontology, provides semantically described agronomic terms to facilitate the standards-annotated collection, storage and use of agronomic data, enabling easy aggregation and analysis. AgrO is being built using traits identified by agronomists, the ICASA variables, and other existing ontologies such as ENVO, UO, and PATO. A key use case for AgrO is the Agronomy Field Information Management System (AgroFIMS) that enables digital collection of agronomic data that is semantically described a priori with agronomic terms from AgrO. This effort involves multiple centers and is lead by IFPRI and Bioversity International.

Socio-Economic Ontology (SEONT)

A socio-economic ontology of controlled vocabularies, classifications, and concordances that allow standardization of key indicators. The key is that SEONT is a ‘living’ ontology, since the high variety of socio-economic data implies that it will need to evolve continuously.

The ontology has been developed by CGIAR researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Bioversity International, and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). The working group on the socio-economic ontology works in close collaboration with the SED CoP led by Gideon Kruseman. The working group is led by Soonho Kim of IFPRI.

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Community News

FAO cooperates with CGIAR to increase interoperability between food and agricultural information systems

FAO cooperates with CGIAR to increase interoperability between food and agricultural information systems

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CGIAR and FAO announce new collaboration aiming to enhance data sharing in the food and agricultural sector through the AGROVOC ...
Release: Crop Ontology Guidelines for Annotation of Phenotypic Data version 2.0

Release: Crop Ontology Guidelines for Annotation of Phenotypic Data version 2.0

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The Crop Ontology (CO) compiles concepts related to crops (traits, methods and scales), validated by community members. To better structure ...
Webinar - Advances of the Crop Ontology website and graph visualization using graph database

Webinar – Advances of the Crop Ontology website and graph visualization using graph database

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Webinar on how to use the new version of the Crop Ontology website ...
Training Session - Searching and requesting new terms in ontologies

Training Session – Searching and requesting new terms in ontologies

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Training session on the use of the Crop Ontology/Planteome term submission form and GitHub issue tracker to ask for new ...
New Publication from the Ontologies Community of Practice: A CGIAR Initiative for Big Data in Agrifood Systems

New Publication from the Ontologies Community of Practice: A CGIAR Initiative for Big Data in Agrifood Systems

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The Ontologies Community of Practice (CoP) published a paper on recent developments and how the CoP is contributing in identifying ...
2020 Convention session - Connecting ontologies and thesauri for Agrifood data annotation: the use case of AGROVOC and the agronomy ontology

2020 Convention session – Connecting ontologies and thesauri for Agrifood data annotation: the use case of AGROVOC and the agronomy ontology

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This session on ontologies and thesauri for agri-food data annotation aired live at the 2020 virtual CGIAR Convention on Big ...
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Resources

Tools & Publications

Ontology registries

Ontologies developed/curated by the CoP

  • Agronomy Ontology provides standardized terms to describe agronomic practices, techniques, and variables used in agronomic experiments.
  • Crop Ontology Curation Tool enables you to browse the Crop Ontology, search for specific terms and access the definition, as well as additional information.
  • Planteome provides a suite of reference and species-specific ontologies for plants and annotations to genes and phenotypes.

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  • Fairsharing is a curated, informative and educational resource on data and metadata standards, inter-related to databases and data policies.
  • Obo-Foundry has the objective to develop a family of interoperable ontologies that are both logically well-formed and scientifically accurate.
  • Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines provides a common framework for describing, representing, linking and publishing wheat data with respect to open standards.

Documents

 

Webinars

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Training Sessions

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Events

[WEBINAR] FAIR Guidelines and Assessment in GARDIAN

June 25, 2019 – June 25, 2019 | Online

[WEBINAR] Semantic Annotation of Images in the FAIR Data Era

September 3, 2019 – September 3, 2019 | Online

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