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Re: [ontolog-forum] National Center for Biomedical Ontology

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2005 09:06:05 -0700
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That good news indeed, Mark.    (01)

Congratulations!  =ppy
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Mark Musen wrote Tue, 4 Oct 2005 08:53:11 -0700:
> Friends,    (03)

> 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).    (04)

> 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.    (05)

> 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.    (06)

> 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.    (07)

> 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!
> Mark
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