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[ontolog-forum] National Center for Biomedical Ontology

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From: Mark Musen <musen@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 08:53:11 -0700
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Friends,    (01)

As many of you know, part of the Roadmap initiative of the National  
Institutes of Health (http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/) includes major  
support for biomedical computation through, among other mechanisms,  
the creation of National Centers for Biomedical Computing (http:// 
www.bisti.nih.gov/ncbc/index.cfm).  The NIH just announced the three  
new National Centers to be created this year, and one of them will be  
a "National Center for Biomedical Ontology" (see see http:// 
www.bioontology.org).    (02)

The National Center for Biomedical Ontology is being founded by a  
consortium that brings together the Protégé group at Stanford, the  
informatics team of the Gene Ontology Consortium centered at  
Berkeley, the informatics group at the Mayo Clinic responsible for  
the Common Terminology Services standard promoted by HL7, the  
ontology group in the Department of Philosophy at SUNY-Buffalo, and  
several other collaborating centers.  Together, we will develop new  
technology for managing libraries of biomedical ontologies, for  
indexing, aligning, and annotating biomedical ontologies, and for  
facilitating peer review of online knowledge resources in both  
clinical medicine and the life sciences.  We also plan to develop  
technology to help biologists to use ontologies, primarily in the  
area of annotating large data sets.  We are planning outreach  
activities to help biomedical scientists in the development and  
refinement of ontologies in particular domains.    (03)

The NIH roadmap initiative includes set-aside funds to encourage  
investigators at other institutions to collaborate with the National  
Centers for Biomedical Computation (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ 
guide/pa-files/PAR-05-063.html).  This grant mechanism might provide  
a very tangible way to fund projects of importance to Ontolog.    (04)

The National Center for Biomedical Ontology, with its primary  
administrative site at Stanford, involves several investigators who  
also are involved in the National Center for Ontological Research  
(http://ncor.us), which has previously been announced on this forum.   
The two Centers have distinct missions, but should be extremely  
synergistic.  The National Center for Biomedical Ontology is an NIH- 
funded entity with the primary aim of creating specific technologies  
to promote the management and application of ontologies in  
biomedicine.  The National Center for Ontological Research is an  
umbrella organization that will be seeking funding from a variety of  
sources to promote the application of ontologies in a wide range of  
disciplines and to offer educational programs to encourage sound  
principles of ontology design.    (05)

We are extremely excited that the NIH has recognized the importance  
of ontologies in biomedical research through the funding of our new  
Center.  It makes us feel that ontologies are almost becoming  
mainstream!    (06)

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